Celebrate Quilters National Quilting Day

Saturday, March 19th is National Quilting Day, and we are celebrating at The Stitchin’ Den.

Wedding Ring Quilt

Although I’ve quilted a little bit here and there for years, I haven’t thought about the rich heritage of quilting. I grew up with hand-quilted quilts on the twin beds in my bedroom. They were the wedding ring pattern and quilted by a group of ladies from my church. My mother had given the ladies pieces from my outgrown clothes to include in the quilt and I recognized them in the completed quilts. She told me that she picked that pattern because she and my dad joined the Wedding Ring Sunday school class as newlyweds. They stayed connected to that class for more than 50 years. Although the quilts are worn out and long gone, I still clearly remember them and the lovely design and scalloped edges. So, it has been delightful to learn a little bit more about the history of quilting. I have included a short four-minute video below. It's fun to watch.

The History of Quilting in Four Minutes, narrated by Padraic Fisher, National Wool Museum Director.

National Quilting Day recognizes quiltmakers and their quilt-making abilities. The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin word ‘culcita,’ which means stuffed sack, it became adapted to the English language from the French word ‘cuilte.’ (https://nationaltoday.com/national-quilting-day/)

There are estimated to be between 9 – 11 million quilters in North America. (https://craftindustryalliance.org/quilting-trends-survey-results-2020/). So, this is a good time to connect with quilters you know – and to make new quilting friends.  There are lots of ways to join those millions of quilters and celebrate National Quilters Day. Here are just a few.

  • Pull out your treasured quilts for display.
  • Sign up for a quilting class. You will enjoy expanding your skills and connecting to fellow quilters.
  • Join a virtual sew-along.
  • Clean out and organize your sewing space.
  • Organize a fat quarter swap and/or a block swap!
  • Share photos of your cherished quilts on social media like FaceBook and Instagram.
  • Make a quilt for someone you love or a charity.
  • Support your quilt shop.

In celebration of National Quilters Day, we have some special deals at The Stitchin' Den.

March is National Quilting Month, so quilters treat yourselves and others all month.