Did you know 2020 is a Leap Year? That means you get one extra day to fill with quilting and quilting related activities! That's right, an entire day to fill with cutting fabric, sewing pieces or planning projects. Even better, Leap Day lands on a Saturday, so with the right scheduling, you might not have any other responsibilities to worry about. Looking for some ways to fill your extra 24 hours? We've got some ideas, but first, check out these fun facts!
Leap Day Fun Facts
- Irish legend has it that St. Brigid made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men, instead of the other way around, on February 29th.
- Building on that legend, European tradition says that any man who refuses a woman's proposal must buy her 12 pairs of gloves so that she can hide the embarrassment of no engagement ring. Actual laws governed this in the middle ages.
- In Scotland, it's considered bad luck to be born on Leap Day, but don't worry. The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies extends an invitation to only those born on February 29th, so they get an entire club!
Now on to some Leap Day activities for you, dear quilters.
Download a Free, Leaping Frog Pattern
If you just want to make something, you have come to the right place! Check out GO! Quilt for over 900 FREE patterns to customize to your own fabric. Don't know where to start? These patterns are just jumping to be made:
- GO! Hop to It Table Runner
- GO! Little Froggy Mug Rug
- GO! Dancing Frogs Wall Hanging
- GO! Qube 12" Leaping for Joy Throw Quilt
- GO! Spring Medley Mug Rugs
- GO! Hopping Bunnies Table Runner
Make Leap Day Time Capsule
Gather a few things that symbolize what 2020 means to you. Things like swatches of your favorite fabric or color, a small project that shows your current skill level or a list of new techniques you would like to learn or master in the next four years. Grab a decorative basket, jar or shoebox and label it so you know that under no circumstances should the time capsule be opened until February 29, 2024. This would be a really fun activity to do with children or grandchildren but is also a wonderful way for adults to remember that learning and growth happen at all ages.
Get Springy with Some Cleaning
Get a jump (get it?) on spring cleaning! Take some time to organize your sewing room or space, run inventory on your supplies and clean your sewing machine and AccuQuilt dies. Make the task less overwhelming by turning on some music or an audiobook. Don't forget that GO! Quilt allows you to upload images of fabric in your stash so you can digitally organize your scraps while also considering ways to use them in future patterns. Then, you can separate your stash by size and fiber-like our GO! Getter, Bea Lee. That way you know just how much of each fabric you have for patterns.
When spring does come, you will be so glad you took the time to do this, even if you only finish one small chore. Need some help getting started? Check out these resources for help:
- 7 Tips to Spring Clean Your Sewing Room
- How to Clean GO! Dies
- 10 Storage & Organization Tips for Quilters
- 6 Tips to Store and Organize Your Fabric Cutter Dies
- 4 Ways to Store Your AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter
Host a Leap Day Sew-In
What better way to spend any day than sewing with friends? Call up your local quilting buddies and invite them to a day of fabric cutting and quilt piecing. After all, quilting was traditionally a community activity. Make it a whole day with a potluck and snack while you share tips and get WIPs done together. If this isn't feasible for you, consider visiting your local quilt shop for a fabric run instead. If all else fails, peruse our website and blog for amazing tips and pattern ideas, or check out our GO! Getters' sites and social media. There are so many digital communities excited to welcome you in!
This list is in no way exhaustive. Did we forget to mention your favorite way to spend an extra day of quilting? Tell us in the comments what you plan to do and be sure to share what you create with us on Facebook and Instagram!