Happy National Quilting Month!
Here in our vast online world, I try to avoid geographical boundaries as much as possible. I think most people do – it’s why most of us got online in the first place – because otherwise we’d all just walk outside and meet our neighbours. And who wants to do that? 😉 Anyway, celebrating events only in the country that have called it “National” just doesn’t cut it for me. March is “National Quilting Month” but it might as well be Worldwide Quilting Month for all I care, I’m going to promote and enjoy it as if it were my own and yours too. I guess what I’m saying is, if you quilt/want to learn to quilt/enjoy quilts/love a quilter then this is YOUR MONTH.
So along with this glorious month dedicated to my birthday and quilting, there’s also a dedicated [national] Quilting Day: March 17. A single day dedicated to quilting is right up my alley, since I’m doing sewing and quilting-related business things every other day of the year. It’s the perfect excuse to just QUILT.
» The National Quilting Association is offering a free, downloadable PDF pattern for National Quilting Day called Pointing the Way, “an Ohio star with a simple Mariner’s Compass center designed by Martha Ethridge”. It’s gorgeous and combines several techniques, and uses fabric yardage you probably already have in your stash. Download the PDFand start stitching! 🙂 This looks like a project to stretch your limits as it uses templates and circles and applique for the Mariner’s Compass, with easy piecing techniques for the rest of the quilt.
» If you live near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) is marking National Quilting Month by offering several quilting-related activities, exhibits, and lectures with a special celebration being held on National Quilting Day (yep, March 17).
» And in Buffalo, this weekend kicks off National Quilting Month with their annual Quilt Show at the Johnson County Library (exhibiting throughout the month of March). This year the Show features a new display of many quilts based on the same pattern. You can also vote for your favourite quilt to be awarded the People’s Choice Award.
Here are more quilting activities taking place on March 17, National Quilting Day:
» Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan teams up with the West Michigan Quilters’ Guild to host Quilt Discovery Day. With assistance from local quilt experts, quilts from Michigan can be documented and registered with the Michigan Quilt Project Collection maintained by Michigan State University. The quilts will be photographed and examined, their condition recorded, and along with pattern, fabric and history information that will be taken down and sent to the MSU Museum Quilt Center.
» Benefiting Sojourn House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment facility, the very first annual Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo will be held March 16-17 at the Freeport Lincoln Mall. Featuring more than 20 vendors, as well as speakers and quilt exhibitions. Visit their website to schedule an appointment to have your quilt appraised.
» For those of you in the US midwest, “The Gathering of Quilters” to celebrate National Quilting Day is hosted by the Noble Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild of Noble County, promising “information and inspiration”. This year’s fun includes an ‘ugly fabric’ swap (exchanged via paper bags) plus a block drawing, vendor area, show and tell, scissor sharpening and of course – a quilt show. Contact the Noble Nimble Thimbles guild directly at their official website.
» Pinellas County Heritage Village and Museum in Florida is celebrating National Quilting Day by hosting six guilds displaying quilts in the historic structures at Heritage Village. Demonstrations will be available to view, and your assistance in preparing arm pillows for women recovering from breast cancer and kids getting IVs or in cardiac care is requested. Kids who help get to make one to take home. Download more information on their full-colour flyer (PDF file).
Whether you’re celebrating a single day or a full month of quilting, pull out those UFOs, grab your favourite pattern and fabric requirements, and get to it. You can spend the rest of Quilting Month learning new techniques, hand-quilting, crazy quilting, watching quilting shows, and shopping hard to build your fabric stash. There could not be a more perfect month.