Quilters, it’s OUR day – National Quilting Day!
The third Saturday of March each year is designated to celebrate quilts and those who create them. The concept is said to have been started by the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society when they celebrated a “Quilters’ Day Out” in 1989 to celebrate the tradition of quilting in their state. It was so popular that the National Quilting Association moved to create a national celebration just two years later.
Ways to Celebrate National Quilting Day
There are so many wonderful ways that you can participate in the celebration of the art that we love, and maybe share that love with others! Think about researching family quilts or starting someone on their own quilting journey. Here’s a family quilt that I’m working to learn more about – there are actually two identical quilts!
Look into special programs by local guilds, quilt shops and museums. Here in Nebraska, the International Quilt Museum is holding its 11th National Quilting Day Event after a 2-year break due to COVID concerns. This free event includes demonstrations, lectures, displays, and access to the current exhibits.
Maybe, just maybe, you want to observe the day by doing what we quilters do best – sewing! Whether stitching alone or with friends, it’s a great way to celebrate the day. With spring on the way and Easter right around the corner, here’s a little inspiration for you!
Ready for an Egg Hunt?
The GO! Easter Basket is perfect for egg hunts, but it’s so cute you may want one for display purposes only!
This project uses the GO! Qube English Paper Piecing-1” Finished Sides. The dies are made with a ¼” seam allowance, so if you have the option of traditional hand piecing or machine piecing. The adorable ears are made with the GO! Flower Power Die by Sarah Vedeler.
Next to the basket is the GO! Eggtastic Table Runner, providing the eggs and the GO! Easter Gnome Mug Rug - not that's a fun table setting!
GO! Easter Basket
GO! Eggtastic Table Runner
GO! Easter Gnome Mug Rug
Follow That Rabbit!
Check out the GO! Hopping Bunnies Table Runner for a fun, springy project that can also double as a wall hanging. The GO! Spring Medley Die is teamed up with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block and Companion Corners to make this a great weekend project.
Spell it Out
The GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase Set is the 2-die set for the job, and free downloadable embroidery will make it easy when you make the GO! Happy Easter Throw Quilt. The GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” and 12” Blocks make it quicker to finish than you think.
Set a Festive Table
What could be better for your table setting on Easter than the GO! Spring Medley Table Runner? The bunny, chick, basket, and egg shapes are all part of the GO! Spring Medley Die, ready and waiting to make this project fun and easy to complete.
Use the free, downloadable embroidery, raw edge applique, or simply quilt right over the fused on shapes, it’s all up to you!
Think Outside the Basket
Who says you have to actually use a basket, right? Why not use the GO! Crazy Oven Mitt using some springy florals and prints to share Easter goodies with others?
Machine Embroidery, Anyone?
Why not spice up a basic oven mitt made with the GO! Oven Mitt Die with some of the wonderful paid embroidery downloads that are available. Make it a look to remember when you create matching tea towels, aprons, and more. Just look at some of the options waiting for you!
For a seasonal version of the classic GO! Sunbonnet Sue and GO! Overall Sam these sweet designs just can’t be beat! Check out GO! Sunbonnet Sue and GO! Overall Sam Easter Embroidery by V-Stitch Designs.
GO! Spring Medley
Make the most of the GO! Spring Medley Die with the GO! Spring Medley Single 1 and Single 2 Chick and Bunny Embroidery designs!
My National Quilting Day Plans
Today, you’ll find me working away in my new sewing studio with my BQB – Best Quilting Buddy.
For Easter dinner this year, I plan to embroider pre-made napkins with an assortment of clever designs by V-Stitch that all use the egg shape from the GO! Spring Medley! The GO! Bunny Single and GO! Chick Single designs the perfect little touch!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Quilting Day. How are you spending your day?