|Patchwork Quilt (Pixabay)|
When: The third Saturday of March
Where: Celebrated worldwide
National Quilting Day was begun in 1991 by the National Quilting Association to celebrate all quilt-makers and quilt lovers and to give recognition to the special art form called 'Quilting”. It has evolved into a worldwide celebration, often connected with quilting shops with quilters getting together to work on a quilt.
Basic History of Quilting
|Handmade Quilted Vest - Etsy|
*Handmade Quilted Vest can be found in the Etsy Shop Couleurs Patchwork.
|Bedford Home Quilt Set - Amazon|
|Quilting Book available on eBay|
Later, quilting became a social event with women gathering together and cutting fabric into various shapes, resewing them to form a design. Many designs well-known today came out of these social circles.
I can remember my grandmother spending hours at a time in her favorite rocking chair hand-sewing tiny pieces of material together for her beautiful quilts. Since she was an accomplished seamstress as well (making most of the clothes my siblings and I wore), we could often recognize several of the fabric pieces used in her quilts as being from leftover material from the dresses or shirts we were wearing). Fifty years later I still have some of her handmade quilts. A true treasure.
Quilting Has Evolved
Quilting is not just for quilt blankets these days.
|Quilted Purses, Lanyards & Table Runners|
Quilting, both hand-sewn and machine quilted, is used for everything from clothing to accessories to home décor.
CutePurseNalities on Etsy creates fantastic machine quilted purses on her quilting sewing machine.
|Green Frogs Fabric Lanyard|
Over time, Kathie has added more quilted items in the form of coin purses and colorful fabric lanyards. She has a wide variety of lovely creations made in interesting fabrics in her Etsy Shop.
Today there are numerous pattern books available for the quilter, as well as classes and quilting workshops. My creative daughter-in-law attends at least two quilting weekend workshops every year. She says it brings back the fun of the early days of women getting together in those social quilting circles.
|Heritage Quilts on Amazon|
So, take a class, get some quilting pattern books with templates for various designs, or get together with a quilting circle at your church or community center to enjoy the art of quilting and celebrate National Quilting Day.
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(c) Wednesday Elf (Written 3/19/16; Updated 3/19/2022)
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