Celebrating National Quilting Day: 9 ways

Posted by on March 16, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

Happy National Quilting Day!
We’ve gone quilting! We’re gathering with quilting friends, visiting local quilt shops, and starting, finishing, or simply spending time with our projects. It’s so nice to have an excuse!

And what about you—what are you doing to commemorate National Quilting Day? If you haven’t decided just yet, below are nine ideas for infusing your Saturday with quilting fun. Go big or go small—but go on and celebrate!

Celebrate National Quilting Day1. Start a new project. Got a charm pack that needs unwrapping? How about an overcrowded scrap bin, ready for play? Or perhaps you have new yardage to unfold. Find a pattern to turn that fabric into a beautiful quilt—our ePatterns are only $1 each (yep, one dollar) through this weekend! Browse ePatterns now.

2. Finish an old project. Do your hear that? We do. It’s that quilt again—the one that keeps saying, “Finish me, finish me!” Today’s a perfect day to grant its wish. For help with borders, making a quilt sandwich, binding, and more, download the free eBooklets from our How to Quilt page. Resolve to get it done!

7 Summits Strip-Quilt Challenge3. Join the Jelly Roll race! Many quilt shops are bringing the “7 Summits Strip Quilt Challenge” to your hometown. Quilters are meeting at shops across the country to make strip quilts; then they’ll measure those strips to see how high they go! Measurements will be tallied and reported here.

4. Join the “Quilt Nation.” Watch a free episode of Why Quilts Matter, the groundbreaking documentary we told you about in August. The free episode, “Quilt Nation—20,000,000 and Counting!,” shares surprising news about the state of quilting today. Watch the episode free, in its entirety, through March 31st.

Why Quilts Matter, Episode 8: “Quilt Nation—20,000,000 and Counting!”

5. Try a new technique. Been wanting to try paper piecing? Hand appliqué? Wonky blocks? Machine quilting? Search the Stitch This! blog for a technique you’d like to learn more about. Simply type your keywords into the search box at left, or browse our “quilting tutorials” category. Use the day to broaden your repertoire!

Rocky Road Snack Cake recipe6. Plan a quilting party. You may not be attending a quilting party today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan your own quilty get-together soon. Find ideas for three quilter-friendly theme parties—plus free printable invites, cheat sheets, games, and even a dessert recipe (for “Rocky Road Snack Cake,” right)—in this post.

7. Get inspired by lots and lots (and lots) of quilts. We ♥ Pinterest! Visit our Pinterest page and start searching for your next project—or simply browse our boards and dream.

Organize your scraps8. Organize your scraps. Spending a quiet day at home surrounded by color, texture, and pattern? Sounds good to us! Take a walk down fabric-memory lane; then systematize your scraps with these foolproof ideas.

9. Call a quilting friend. What better way to spend National Quilting Day than in the company of other quilters? Make a dinner date and swap stitching stories, visit your local quilt shop together, or simply meet and start sewing. Go on, pick up your phone—you know she (or he) would love an invitation to quilt!

Try one of the ideas above today, or make a list and try them all year through. After all, isn’t every day a special day when you make time to quilt?

How are you celebrating National Quilting Day? Share your story in the comments!

28 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Thanks for all the great ideas to choose one today and the rest throughout the year. My plan for the day is to finish a quilt. Sew on that binding, something that is time-consuming (the handwork) but ever so rewarding when completed. And of course to add that label!!

    —Marie C on March 16, 2013
  • I am celebrating National Quliting Day with almost all of the above! After taking some time to straighten up my studio I have settled at my sewing machine and finished machine quilting a table runner and adding binding. I have also started to cut out some background blocks for a new quilt I have been itching to start! I am sure I will finish off the day with some needle-turn applique. Oh if everyday could be National Quilting Day! But today I say "Seize the needle!"

    Debra on March 16, 2013
  • I celebrated by completely cleaning and organizing my sewing room! Now it is all fresh and bright and ready for the next project. http://www.nitadances.com/index.php/2013/03/16/happy-international-quilt-day/

    Nita on March 16, 2013
  • I sewed some blocks this morning and had great plans to do borders for a UFO but I had a nap instead!

    —Jane on March 16, 2013
  • Went to the yearly "Gathering of Quilters" in Indiana. Lots of antique quilts and new; vendors; a speaker and lunch. So much to see and inspire a new project. A very enjoyable day.

    —Linda Jones on March 16, 2013
  • today for a couple of hours, I cut out more blocks and windows for my cathedral windows quilt. and some more blocks for my puzzle quilt.these little blocks are 2′ squares for the puzzle and 2 1/4 ‘ for the cathedral windows. time consuming, but enjoying every stitch. thanks for you website.

    —ysharpe on March 16, 2013
  • I work at a long term care facility and spent a portion of my morning with a group of residents to make a quilt that can be raffled off so that something special can be purchased for the residents to use in the Activity Room. I had squares that were already cut out and my designe wall. The residents chose 4 of the small squares to make a block. I then pinned the blocks to my design wall so they could see what the quilt top will begin to look like. I will be putting the quilt top together this weekend and then take it back to show the residents the finished result. I used fabric squares that my friend and I had cut from our stashed and plan on using other fabrics from my stash to finish the quilt! It was fun to spend time with the residents of my facility and hear their stories of quilting!

    —Shirley on March 16, 2013
  • I started by reading this email. Then I watched the video, "Why Quilts Matter." Next, perhaps I will finish the quilt my daughter started for nephew, my grandson. She made the top, but ran out of time before going to the Philippines. Then I might plan the patchwork blanket for my son’s birthday. I think he wants super heroes. I’m sure I have what I need in my stash!

    —Sheri~mama to eight on March 16, 2013
  • Members of our local Ewenique Quilt Guild in St. Peter, Minnesota gathered on Saturday for a full day of quilting with friends. Everyone enjoyed sharing project ideas, sewing for grandchildren, finishing projects started earlier and hand quilting. All that together with laughing and eating made for a great fun-filled day. One young Mom even brought her 3 year old son who brought many smiles to everyone – especially when he "helped" her sew as he sat on her lap. Nothing like starting him in early to appreciate her love for sewing!

    —Ruth Hall on March 16, 2013
  • Three of us drove 120 miles to the city to a guild’s quilt show. Great quilts, nice vendors. Then we visited 2 quilt shops and 2 chain stores on the way home. Great way to celebrate National Quilting Day and a birthday.

    —Mona on March 16, 2013
  • Today also happens to be my birthday so I celebrated by having breakfast with a non-quilting friend and will spend time this evening practicing free-motion quilting on my HQ Sweet Sixteen. Great day! Love the daffodils and flowering shrubs/trees.

    Judie on March 16, 2013
  • This is the first time I have been able to actually get in some sewing on National Quilting Day. My guild had a workshop today and I sewed and sewed! It was nice to spend the day with about a dozen other quilters.

    —JoAnne T. on March 16, 2013
  • I invited a friend who recently moved into a new home to meet with me this morning and choose fabrics for two placemats and two coasters for
    the counter where they have their meals. Then we went to a special
    bake shop for donuts(they only make on Saturday) and beverages.

    —Mary Arline Smith on March 16, 2013
  • Going to a quilt show.

    Sallie on March 16, 2013
  • I organized a party sewday for our quilt guild. We had an awesome potluck luncheon, played a fatquarter game and everyone got to finish UFO’s, solve piecing problems, shared opinions of block placements. We also completed some charity quilts for our local cancer clinic. A fun social time was had by all. Quilting in Southern Ontario, Canada.

    —Debbie Allan on March 16, 2013
  • My girlfriend and I went to a quilt show and met up with several members of our guild. It was not our guild show, but we certainly had a fair numbers of our members there. I bought a kit that I have drooling over for several months now as it was on sale. Will do my quilting work tomorrow. We also stopped at their local quilt shop and looked around.

    —Cathryn H on March 16, 2013
  • Spent day working on my new quilt project it was a wonderful day just relaxing and sewing.

    —zusie on March 16, 2013
  • My husband and I attended a Guild Board Meeting at our Treasurer’s home, which is absolutely beautiful. I remarked, it should be shown in the Southern Living magazine. Her only regret was, she didn’t take before and after pictures as to what it originally looked like. Fot the remainder of the day, I explained to our Treasurer how to determine what size HST papers she needed to order for a quilting project and at home, I put on a good movie, got out my seam ripper and separated some mis-matched blocks.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on March 17, 2013
  • My grandson came over to visit. He helped me put a sewing machine into the Grace quilt frame and helped me get it all going. He did a bit of machine quilting with me. It was fun. He is 16 and usually too busy for long visits. It was a gift. Thank Broderrick!

    —cathy martin on March 17, 2013
  • My girlfriend and I celebrated Quilting Day by going shopping at a local quilt shop. There were numerous specials including fabric at $3.00 per yard. Fat quarters were $1.50 each plus regular priced merchandise was marked down. We then went to lunch and talked about our upcoming projects.

    —DKay on March 17, 2013
  • I spent the most delightful weekend at a quilting retreat. Visited and got to know 70+ ladies that all love quilting. Saw many new quilt patterns, the show and tell was fabulous and accommodations were more than adequate. The food was beautifully prepared and plentiful. Oh what fun. I can’t wait for the next scheduled retreat.

    —Diane Wright on March 17, 2013
  • I celebrated National Quilting Day by teaching a class at our 20th anniversary of the Minot Prairie Quilt Festival! The banquet speaker that night was Pat Speth, author of "Nickel Quilts" and "Five Inch is a Cinch" patterns. Many door prizes were given, too. What a great day!

    —Janet Sabol on March 18, 2013
  • Our group, Busy Bees, invited a catering quilter, Marilyn, and 2 other groups for a taco salad lunch. Marilyn brought fabric, supplies, notions, etc. had a couple of show and tell, and also gave a demonstrationo. We had a quilt in the frame that some ladies quilted as they had time; and everyone had a great "quilting day" visit.

    Elma on March 19, 2013
  • I am vacationing in Hawaii, so I have been visiting quilt shops on Maui and the Big Island. Spent way too much for fabric to add to what is overflowing at home, but what a delightful way to see the islands. Already have plans for some of what will be waiting for me when I get home, in the mean time I am just relaxing until the sewing begins.

    —Penny on March 22, 2013
  • I plan to work on some of the quilts thatnI haven’t finished.

    —Susan Clarkson on March 22, 2013
  • National Quilting Day was celebrated by a group of 16 "new" quilty friends who will be starting the "Quilters & Piecers" group at Mission West Resort Park in Mission, Texas. The Winter Texans here have a sewing group and in the fall we will have a group of quilters, too. At this start-up meeting we shared our favorite tools, had a great "show and tell" of past or current projects. We had chocolate to eat, snacks to munch, and Margaritas to sip. The quilty chatter was non-stop, ideas flew from everyone, and the excitement is wonderful. Word has spread about this group and so has the excitement. Preparation for the next camper/traveler season for these Winter Texans has allready begun!

    —Karen Stein on March 22, 2013
  • I plan to keep working on a lap quilt that I have been making for my Dad’s caretaker. She is a wonderful lady, who takes such good care of him, and she makes us all laugh. She is delightful! She has covered Dad with his lap quilts so many times, I decided that she needs one too!

    —Kathy Biciocchi on March 11, 2014
  • Celebrating a few days later with a trip up I-5 with a friend to the LaConner museum to see the Freddy Moran exhibit. And tulips in the field, we hope!

    Linda Carlson on March 17, 2015

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