National Quilting Day falls on Saturday, March 21st in 2020, and we're so excited to celebrate our favorite hobby! Have you decided how you will spend the occasion? Here's a long list of ways to honor National Quilting Day, but if you just want to sew, read on!
Make a Throw Pillow
Throw pillows are quick projects that can be finished in a weekend, which makes them perfect for a quick celebration of quilting! You won't need much fabric, so you can bust up some of your scraps and get super creative with your colors and the products you have in your AccuQuilt collection.
This pattern uses the GO! Hattie's Choice-8" Finished Block to create a unique, oversized pillow. It's bold with orange and teal, but you can easily adapt this to your space or use neutrals for any and every space. Don't have the GO! Hattie's Choice? All Block on Boards are great options quick quilted pillow projects!
Sunshine-y Pillow (PQ11650)
With the GO! Qube 12" Companion Set-Angles (55791) and the circle from the GO! Emojis Limited Edition (55191) dies, you can create this bright and cheery sun pillow. Adapt the pillow to be a spring flower or keep it neutral for a modern feel.
Nautical Compass Pillow (PQ11705)
Warm days are nearing and if you're dreaming of sunny days on sparkly waters, bide your time with this nautical pillow. The shapes from the GO! Qube 12" Companion Set-Angles (55791) and GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block (55778) make a compass-inspired design, so bust out your favorite nautical-inspired fabrics and make this beauty!
Wedged Together Pillow (LM-0004)
All you need to make this pillow is the GO! Wedge-9" Finished Die (55439), which is a great scrap buster. This pattern will give you plenty of opportunity to just enjoy the art of sewing with plenty of opportunities to chain stitch and piece. Don't have the GO! Wedge? How about a patchwork design with squares or half square triangles!
Try a New Technique
While there is never a bad time to give a new skill a try, National Quilting Day seems absolutely fitting. Below are tips sewing and organizational techniques that might not be mastered in a day, but will certainly provide the springboard you need to grow your skills!
Curves are striking and when you become more comfortable with them, you open up your opportunities for more patterns! These tips will help you get started and provide links to our curved piecing dies, which include notches for sewing accuracy.
Do you have a quilt top or project that's nearly done, but just needs a little something extra? Maybe you have a skill you've been itching to practice. Borders are a great place to practice or leave a quick but punchy accent to a project. This post shows off the unique look of the GO! Swag by Alex Anderson die (55108) when used as a border in the GO! Marmalade Swag Quilt (PQ10517).
Maybe your not necessarily looking for a new project, but instead want to finish a WIP (work in progress). Take a moment to look at this post all about how to save fabric when using your AccuQuilt fabric cutter. Bonus! If you're just binding away from finishing up, take a look at these easy quilt binding tricks.
Whip Up an Appliqué Project
Do you ever start putting the pieces of a project together and notice there is just something missing? Appliqués can really help spice up a project, even if there was no plan to include them at the beginning. The best part is that with an AccuQuilt appliqué die, it's even easier to cut those intricate shapes. Below are some project examples that you can put your own spin on!
Only have a few hours to devote to sewing? This is the project for you! You're one Block on Board and a cute appliqué away from a centerpiece worthy mug rug! This tutorial pairs the new GO! Crazy Quilt-6" Finished (55226) Block on Board with the GO! Scottie Dog (55224) that any dog lover would want.
Ready to get into the celebratory spirit? Why not create mantel-worthy bunting with the GO! Pennants die (55149)? This tutorial covers three unique designs for three different holidays, but feel free to give yours a completely different spin with seasonal fabrics, relevant appliqués or your own phrase!
With this pattern, piecing won't be a big to-do, but don't feel locked into spring! Change up the colors and adjust to "Summer Days" or "Happy Fall." Appliqué offers a ton of customization possibilities.
Create Something You Can Use
What better way to celebrate National Quilting Day than by creating something that is used often and well - just like all great quilts. The following projects all hold a purpose that will make them invaluable around the home.
This pieced casserole warmer keeps your homemade dishes ready to serve longer while looking festive at the center of your table.
This cute potholder will both look lovely and be extremely useful in your kitchen.
Everyone loves breaking out their seasonal and holiday decor, and this scrappy wreath can easily be adjusted to your fabric stash and any occasion.
Country-Chic GO! Early to Rise Placemats (PQ10438)
Placemats are another useful project that are fun to pull out for gatherings and holiday decorations. This design is great for someone who loves that country-chic look all year round.
So what will you be doing this National Quilting Day? Tell us in the comments or, better yet, share your projects with us on social media! Follow and tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don't forget to add the #AccuQuilt hashtag.