NATIONAL QUILTING DAY
2014 Press Release
The National Quilting Association, Inc. began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members attending the 22nd in Lincoln, Nebraska in June 1991. The third Saturday in March is officially designated as National Quilting Day, but over the years, observance of National Quilting Day has unofficially expanded to the whole month of March! This year the twenty third annual celebration will be held March 15, 2014.
National Quilting Day gives us the opportunity to reflect with pride on the traditions of quilt making and the contributions quilt makers have made to their families and communities for generations.
In 2013, the National Quilting Association, Inc. held a quilt design contest for the members. The designer of the winning quilt was Evelyn Young of LeRoy, Illinois. Her design for the quilt titled “Stash Attack” is a free design available below.
There are countless ways to celebrate National Quilting Day. In the past quilters have had sew-in days, made quilts for community charity venues, worked with Girl Scouts to earn sewing badges, etc. Please let us know how you celebrate and we can share your ideas with others. After all, sharing a great idea is how National Quilting Day got started. Send the description of your celebration to the National Quilting Day Coordinator, so it can be shared with others on Face Book and at the National Quilting Association Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-25, 2014.
A Brief History of National Quilting Day
In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a "Quilters' Day Out" on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quiltmaking in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of "Quilters'Day Out" that they voted to take it to a national level.
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, "Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network has evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form."
There are countless ways to celebrate National Quilting Day. Find a few suggestions here.
2014 NATIONAL QUILTING DAY PATTERN & DIRECTIONS
The National Quilting Association, Inc., hopes you enjoy making the official 2014 National Quilting Day project, Stash Attack. Whether you make this pattern for personal use or for charitable giving, enjoy the annual celebration of quilting on March 15, 2014.
Mark Your Calendar For The Third Saturday in March Every Year!
National Quilting Day - Celebrate!!
- March 15, 2014
- March 21, 2015*
- March 19, 2016