Happy National Quilting Day!

As many of you know, today is National Quilting Day.  The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in June of 1991, making this year’s celebration the 20th anniversary!  National Quilting Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the skill, effort and reward associated with quilt making. 

There are many, many reasons to quilt.  We’ve provided a few examples below:

Fabric love.  It is such an amazing feat to take a simple sheet of fabric, sew it together with another beautiful sheet of fabric and watch as something amazing begins to transform. 

Relaxation.  If you quilt, you have probably experienced a sense of euphoria while doing it.  Many women and men around the world work hard at chaotic jobs all day and there is not much more relaxing than coming home and creating something beautiful.

The love of giving and making handmade gifts.  There is no gift that people appreciate more than one that has been labored over and custom made for them.  Whether you quilt or not, you know the time and effort that goes into making a treasured piece and you really appreciate it.

Instant heirloom. A quilt is something that stays in the family for a long time.  I still have a quilt that my God Mother gave me when I was born and I plan to give that same quilt to my children someday.  Whether you are making a quilt for a baby or for an adult, that quilt will be treasured and loved for many years to come.

What are your reasons for quilting?  Are you doing anything special to celebrate this wonderful day?



  1. Cat Lady - March 19, 2011

    Like many other quilters I know, quilting is therapy. When I go into the sewing area I can often forget about what is going on in other parts of my life. The rhythmic motion of needle and thread, whether by hand or machine, is soothing and relaxing.
    Today I am machine quilting a quilt. Well, at least I am starting to get it quilted. Later I will be cutting more hexes for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden EPP quilt.

  2. Betty HH - March 19, 2011

    Love of fabric, stress reduction, unique gifts, etc., these are my reasons for quilting. Today I spent the day at our guild’s annual quilt show. Sharing beautiful quilts and spending time with friends is how I celebrated.

  3. Bonnie Sneed - March 21, 2011

    I love every aspect of quilting. Each action (design, color choice, dyeing, cutting, piecing, quilting) offers innumerable artistic choices and affects the outcome of the piece. Today it is overcast, windy, and rainy in Scottsdale. This is not usual for us, but I love it because it adds meaning to making something warm and cozy…especially if it is intended for a loved one and I keep them in mind :-). Without the sun, it is easier to pretend the dust doesn’t exist and just sew…sew…sew!