National Quilting Day
Everyone had a grandparent who was passionate about quilting and creating beautiful blankets. National Quilting Day is for those who have inherited the passion or are close to someone who continues this tradition.
Comfortable pieces have been made from this ancient art. They were used to keep warm during long summer nights and given as gifts at weddings and birthdays. There are many quilting techniques around the world. National Quilting Day celebrates all of them.
National Quilting Day’s roots can be traced back to a “Quilters Day Out” held by the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society in 1989. This event celebrates this ancient tradition as well as how it was used in Kentucky.
The event became so popular 2 years later that the National Quilting Association decided to make it an official holiday. The name was changed to National Quilting Day and it has attracted people from all over the globe to celebrate, contributing to the preservation of the quilting heritage.
The 3400BC date of the first quilt remnants was a strong indication that quilting had been around since prehistory. It was an integral part their tradition of needlework by the 5th century AD in Europe.
They were widely traded, but they didn’t become widespread until the 12th century, when Crusaders returned these trade goods from the Middle East.
The tradition of quilting has continued to develop and evolve since then, with local styles evolving wherever the art form traveled. The Colonial colonists are well-known for their quilting skills.
Learn as much about National Quilting Day as possible to celebrate this ancient tradition. You can find a local tradition of quilting no matter where you are in the world.
You can research the history of an old quilt if it is in your family. You may be surprised at how old it actually is. You may find quilts with layers of old quilts over them, creating a blanket that looks new but is actually a generation old.
National Quilting Day allows you to get in touch with a long-standing textile tradition and help it continue into the future.