What do you do with all of those scraps of material lying around and not big enough to do something with? You make a quilt of course. Today we are celebrating National Quilting Day. Quilting has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. When I watched my mother quilt, she would be able to turn some of the most unused remnants of material into a work of art. I always called quilters the true “Recycling, Repurposing and Reusing” pros. The word quilt means a stuffed sack in Latin. Cuilte is the French word for quilt in English. For thousands of years, the techniques used in quilting for clothing, furnishings, or for utilitarian reasons made a huge impression on quilters around the world.
According to the National Quilting Association,
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt makers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate.
In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.
About nine years ago, I met a beautiful woman who I called Ms. Loretta, at a festival I attended. She was a third generation quilter and her stories were absolutely fascinating, since they reached back to accounts of the Underground Railroad. My article was published in The Charlotte Observer and I invite you to feel free to read what I shared with our community about my experience. Click the following title to read Quilts and their creator have histories to share.
Have you written a poem or blogged about quilting? If so, please feel free to share in the comment section. From June 18-20, the NQA 46th Annual Quilt Show will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Statehouse Convention Center. Click here for more information.
Happy National Quilting Day!