National Quilting Day is Saturday

Get your fabric, thread and thimbles ready for Saturday, March 17 which is National Quilting Day. Quilters around the U.S. will commemorate the occasion by teaching others, sewing for good causes and demonstrating their passion for all things quilty.

march calendar wallpaper National Quilting Day is Saturday

March calendar wallpaper by Sarah at sarahhearts.com. Used with permission.

The National Quilting Association began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members attending the 22nd Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1991. The third Saturday in March is officially designated as National Quilting Day.

For the 22nd anniversary of National Quilting Day, NQA has published a free Ohio star pattern with a simple Mariner’s Compass center; the quilt is 56″ x 56″. It was designed by Martha Ethridge using EQ7 from Electric Quilt Company.

QQ Projects2011 Pointing 1 300x220 National Quilting Day is Saturday

Pointing the Way by Martha Ethridge is the free NQA pattern for National Quilting Day 2012.

Several free patterns from the past are also available. In 2011, Build Your Own Log Cabin was featured.

NQADay2011 National Quilting Day is Saturday

Build Your Own Log Cabin is a free pattern from NQA.

Let’s Tie One On…For the Troops was offered for 201o and is still available.

2010quilt National Quilting Day is Saturday

Let's Tie One On…For the Troops was the free NQA pattern for 2010.

There was Welcome Home in 2009…still there…

2009quilt National Quilting Day is Saturday

Welcome Home was the free NQA pattern in 2009.

…and Happy Birth Day Baby in 2008, still yours for the taking.

2008quilt National Quilting Day is Saturday

Happy Birth Day Baby was the free NQA pattern in 2008.

How will you celebrate National Quilting Day? Here are a few ideas.

• Visit Quiltmaker‘s Pinterest board of Quilty Freebies and take advantage of them!
• Start a green quilt project since National Quilting Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day!
Attach a binding to a UFO so it’s finished and you can celebrate!
• Visit a favorite quilt shop.
• Spend time planning the quilting for a top you’ve finished; see QM’s The Actual Quilting.
• Tidy up your sewing area to stoke your creativity.
• Browse your back issues of Quiltmaker for ideas and inspiration!
• Resolve to join a quilt guild in your area and to be the friendliest person there!
• Take advantage of FREE shipping on US orders of $25 or more at quiltandsewshop.com! Use coupon code LUCKQV at checkout. Valid 3/15/12 to 3/19/12 (Thursday to Monday).

However you choose to observe it, have a great and quilty day on Saturday!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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One Response to National Quilting Day is Saturday

  1. Hannie says:

    Baie baie mooi

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