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National Quilting Day

Celebrate National Quilting Day by joining a quilting circle, creating your own masterpiece, or shopping for the perfect fabric!
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Gather your fabric, thread, and needles and get ready to celebrate National Quilting Day on the third Saturday of March! This special day has been around since 1991, when it was created to recognize the art and skill of quilting. Quilting is an ancient craft that dates back centuries ago and has been used in many cultures throughout history. From making blankets for warmth to creating intricate art pieces, quilting is a great way to express yourself with fabrics and colors. So grab your materials and let’s get quilting!

History of National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day Dates

National Quilting Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Baltimore Album Quilts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Baltimore Album quilts, known for their intricate block designs, became popular in America in the mid-1800s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1933</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Chicago World’s Fair Quilt Contest</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Sears Roebuck & Co. contest at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 sparked a revival in quilting in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Whitney Museum's Quilt Exhibition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition "Abstract Design in American Quilts" became a watershed moment for quilts to be appreciated as art.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>AIDS Memorial Quilt Display</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt took place in Washington D.C., showing the power of quilts in conveying messages of sorrow, hope, and remembrance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of National Quilting Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Quilting Association declared the third Saturday in March as National Quilting Day, celebrating the rich history and the artistry of quilt making.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Quilting Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a quilt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some fabric, a sewing machine, and design a quilt. Whether you go with a traditional patchwork quilt or something more modern, there are hundreds of designs to choose from.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a quilting event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for local quilting events in your area. From quilt shows to classes and workshops, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with other quilters and learn about the craft.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a quilting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over for an afternoon of quilting. Provide the fabric, tools and snacks, then let everyone take turns working on the project. It's a great way to learn while having fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a donation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Quilting can be an expensive hobby. Consider donating fabric or finished quilts to a charity or organization that supports those in need. It's a great way to give back while celebrating your love of quilting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a quilt museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are numerous quilt museums around the world where you can learn about the history of the craft and see some amazing examples of quilting artistry.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Quilting Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Quilting is therapeutic</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The repetitive motion of piecing fabrics together can be calming and relaxing. Whether you’re making a quilt from scratch or working on one that has been passed down for generations, the act of quilting can help you decompress and get away from the stresses of everyday life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's creative & fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When it comes to quilting, there are endless possibilities for creativity. With so many different colors, patterns, and textures, you can let your imagination take over and create something truly unique! Making a quilt also gives you an opportunity to express yourself through design.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It creates lasting memories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Quilting is more than just a hobby - it's a way to create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. Whether it's a gift for someone special or a keepsake of your own, every quilt tells a story that will live on long after it's made.</p></div></div>

5 Stitched Secrets for National Quilting Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Quilting in the Military</h3><p class='facts-content'>Soldier quilting was a common practice during wars, where soldiers would create quilts as a pastime or for comfort in adverse conditions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Ancient Origins of Quilting</h3><p class='facts-content'>The practice of quilting dates back at least to ancient Egypt and perhaps further, as evidenced by a carved ivory statue of a Pharaoh wearing a quilted mantle.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"Whole Cloth" Quilting Style</h3><p class='facts-content'>Traditionally, quilting involved sewing together layers of fabric to create a thicker material, as seen in "whole cloth" quilts where the top layer is a single piece of fabric not patched together from smaller pieces.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Journey of Slaves Traced through Quilts</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are claims that quilts were used as secret messages for the Underground Railroad, helping slaves find the way to freedom, though these claims have been disputed by historians.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Quilting and Protest</h3><p class='facts-content'>Traditionally seen as a domestic craft, quilting has also been used effectively for political ends. Women have often incorporated imagery, text, and symbols into their quilts to express viewpoints on issues like war, women's rights and environmental conservation.</p></div></div>

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