My first thought on hearing that March is National Quilting Month was, “What does that mean how did it get started?” I found the answer from The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. site, Why Quilts Matter:
The National Quilting Association (NQA) began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members attending the 22nd Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1991. The NQA designated the third Saturday in March as National Quilting Day, but over the years it has been unofficially expanded to the entire month of March.
National Quilting day was a week ago today (March 17, 2018), but I also learned from Why Quilts Matter that there are other upcoming holidays to look forward to as well!
- National Sewing Machine Day (June 13) – Celebrates the day the sewing machine was patented.
- National Thread the Needle Day (July 25) – This holiday is also about metaphorically threading the needle – walking a fine line between two issues.
- National Sewing Month (September) – Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
In recognition of National Quilting Month, OLFA is featuring each of the OLFA Creators design team and asking us about how we learned to quilt. You can read my interview on the OLFA Creates blog.
I would love to hear about how you got started quilting or if you have done anything special to celebrate National Quilting Day or Month this year.