National Quilting Day
National Quilting Day:
Every year third Saturday of March is recognized as the National Quilting Day by stopping in quilt museums, quilt exhibitions, and quilt tutorials worldwide.
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Why National Quilting Day?
A quilt is a type of fabric possessing many layers of cloth. Traditionally it is made with three layers of cloth – a woven fabric on the top layer, a clumping or batting forming the middle layer, and a woven layer at the back. The layers are sewed together. Quilting is the process of attaching three layers of cloth.
Mainly quilt means an array of pieces of cloth stitched together. The upper layer is stitched in many different styles to use for making a designer sheet. They can be used as a whole cloth or bed sheets. They are weightless and comfortable best to use in Summer or Spring when the weather is not too cold or warm.
The quilts are appreciated as a piece of artwork. People gift quilts for newborn infants as bed cloth, a designer bed sheet in the wedding ceremony, or a wall hanging or tablecloth. Design on the quilt is a variable depending on the neighborhood of a quiltmaker. There is rivalry in Japan, Europe, and the United States for making good quality quilt in the market. Apart from professional quiltmakers, women of the old generation can make a traditional quilt, and it’s passed down to this generation from grandmother to mother and mother to daughter.
This day we show our appreciation for hardworking quiltmakers.
How Can We Observe National Quilting Day:
Quiltmaking is a process of making the “best from waste.” It needs a lot of hard work. The stitching process passed down from generation to generation shows the love and bond in the family. The design of stitch often describes a story or ritual of a specific region. So share some love and celebrate National Quilting Day.
- Visit the quilt exhibition. There are quilt exhibitions and competitions held in many regions. Quiltmakers from all over the world bring their creation. You will get to see various sticking techniques like applique, reverse applique, trapunto, embellishment, colorful piece of cloth, and designs enriched with love and care.
- Make a quilt by yourself. As mentioned earlier, different types of stitching techniques set the quilt apart from each other. Applique is a stitching policy where a piece of small cloth is stitched onto the core cloth using the “hem” sewing style. Applique can be of different shapes and colors. Reverse applique is a strategy where the core cloth is cut, and another piece of cloth is placed under that. Trapunto is a stitching process where two plates of cloth containing a layer of wadding are attached, and then a different fabric is added to make it more comfortable.
- Share in social media. Click the photos of your work or those which you have bought from the exhibition and share them on social media. Also, share your story, experience of making a quilt or being in an exhibition, and do not forget to share with the hashtag #NationalQuiltingDay, #Quilt, #TraditionalQuilt.
Interesting Facts On National Quilting Day:
The quiltmakers stitch the cloth and design such a way that depicts the specialty of their lives or custom. This is very interesting to think that the quilts are like a book of tradition where pieces of stories are sewed together.
Amish lifestyle is reflected in Amish quilts. Amish quilts are made of weightless and solid-colored woolen cloth. Baltimore quilts are made mainly using applique, and the detailed design ideas are generated from birds, buildings, wreaths, or flowers. Crazy quilts are made of a layer of geometrically shaped cloth and rich embroidery.
Pictorial quilts are made using different pieces of cloth that are sewed together and form any structure.
European quilts are utilized as coverlets and warm clothes since the medieval era.
Asian countries like China, Japan, Bangladesh have their traditional design enriched with their cultural rituals.
History Of National Quilting Day:
In June 1991, at the 22nd quilting exhibition, the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska, announced to celebrate the 3rd March of each year as the National Quilting Day. However, the quiltmaking tradition is very old. The “quilt” term is derived from “Culcita,” a Latin word meaning a pillow. Now in this 21st century, modern quilts are made incorporating design from architecture, art into the traditional way of stitching.