“Block” out your calendar: Worldwide Quilting Day March 15

Posted by on March 10, 2014, in quilting & sewing

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!
(In five days and counting…)

Worldwide Quilting DayIt only comes once a year—the grandest justification for setting aside all commitments, responsibilities, and obligations in order to dedicate your day to just one love: quilting! Worldwide Quilting Day is Saturday, March 15. This handy excuse to put your creativity above all else transpires only once every 365 days, so use it or lose it! (At least until next year.)

If you haven’t decided how you’ll celebrate just yet, we’ve gathered a few ideas for infusing your Saturday with quilting fun.

For the social butterfly: host a patchwork party!

In this post you can get ideas for throwing together a party featuring one of three themes: a newbie party, a charity-quilt bee, and a fabric swap. Then gather your friends for a few hours of stitching. Get inspired by the free downloads below.

Free quilt party downloads
Download free printable invitations, a free “Rocky Road to Dublin” quilt-block pattern, and a free party-friendly recipe for Rocky Road Snack Cake.

Check out our “Patchwork Party Ideas” board on Pinterest

For the quilting scholar: teach someone to quilt.

Know someone who admires your work? How about someone who’s expressed a curiosity about quilting? Set aside some time to teach him or her the basics. Download our free how-to-quilt booklets and spread the joy of quilting to others!

How to quilt: free downloads
See more free downloads on our How to Quilt page.

For the casual quilter: start a spark—make just one block.

Prefer to stay at home and snuggle up to your stash? We have a challenge for you: sew just ONE block. Choose your favorite quick-to-make block, or let the block collections below (all 40% off this week) inspire you. Whether you sew for 15 minutes or enjoy a quilting marathon from dawn ’til dusk, use Worldwide Quilting Day as a reminder of why you’re a quilter—every day of the year.


Quilt Block Bonanza: 50 Paper-Pieced Designs
by Nancy Mahoney

  • 50 paper-pieced block patterns
  • Sew by number
  • Simplify classic designs
  • Guarantee accuracy
Quilt-Block Bonanza

Quilt blocks from Quilt Block Bonanaza
See more quilt-block patterns from
Quilt Block Bonanza.


Easy Appliqué Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes
by Kay Mackenzie

  • 50 block designs for appliqué lovers
  • Hand, machine, or fusible appliqué
  • 5 sizes for each block (from 6″ to 12″)
  • eBook links to printable patterns
Easy Applique Blocks

Quilt blocks from Easy Applique Blocks
See more quilt-block patterns from
Easy Appliqué Blocks.


Gathered from the Garden: Quilts with Floral Charm
by Cindy Lammon

  • 39 patchwork and appliqué quilt blocks
  • Cindy’s preferred hand-appliqué techniques
  • Tips for appliquéing stems, circles, and more
  • Includes eight quilt projects
Gathered from the Garden

Quilt blocks from Gathered from the Garden
See more quilt-block patterns from
Gathered from the Garden.


Dutch Treat: 196 Appliqué Blocks Inspired by Delft Designs
by Judy Garden

  • Vast library of 196 block patterns
  • Learn recessed and reverse appliqué
  • Inspired by 17th-century delft ceramic tiles
  • Includes instructions for two quilts
Dutch Treat

Quilt blocks from Dutch Treat
See more quilt-block patterns from
Dutch Treat.


Are you planning to make a block (or more) on Saturday in honor of Worldwide Quilting Day? Tell us what your plans are in the comments!

You might also like: Celebrating National Quilting Day: 9 ways


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