Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 20th - National Quilting Day

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
Dale Carnegie

In 1991 the National Quilting Association passed a resolution to make the third Saturday in March National Quilting Day.  I love a celebration and as a quilter I had to see what others had planned for that day, here is some of what I found.

In honor of National Quilting Day, The National Quilting Association,  has designed a free pattern that celebrates our troops that are so often away from home these days.  The pattern is called "Let's Tie One On" and features a tree with a yellow ribbon tied around it and is designed to use up your fabric scraps.  http://nqaquilts.org/nqday/nqday2010.php

On ehow.com,  there is a list of ideas on how to spend the day.  Celebrate in a number of ways from sewing to shopping, quilting with friends or alone, make March 20, 2010 a day to remember. http://www.ehow.com/how_2198713_celebrate-national-quilting-day.html

If you happen to be in the Harrisonburg, VA area, the Virginia Quilting Museum is sponsoring a National Quilting Day Tea, sounds like a great way to spend the day.   http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/eventTea.html 
Wish I could be there.

As I surfed the web I found that from coast to coast quilters will get together and share good times as they celebrate a craft that spans the ages.  If you find that you are too busy or can not make your way to one of these celebrations spend the day checking out some of my favorite sites for free patterns and inspiration for your first or next project.

The Quilter's Cache, is a great place to find free quilt block patterns and loads of tips and tricks for quilters of all skill levels.  http://www.quilterscache.com/

At Quiltville, http://quiltville.com/index.html you will find patterns to use up all those scraps as well as tutorials and other helpful information.

The Fat Quarter Factory, http://www.fatquarterfactory.com/Free_Patterns has free patterns to help you use up as few as 1 charm pack to as many as 12 charm packs in one quilt.

Free Patterns, http://www.freepatterns.com/ if you quilt, sew, crochet, knit or do other types of crafts there are patterns for you here.

Quilter's Paradise, http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators.php is the place to go if you need help calculating how much fabric you need for a particular project.

These are just a few and if you know of others please post a comment and add a link to your favorite websites that offer free patterns and other helpful info.

9 comments:

annsquiltnstuff said...

Great Article! I hope to Quilt all day!

kimbuktu said...

Very nice complete article on National Quilting Day. Thanks for the links.

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Great article!! Maybe that will be the day I finally get my quilt finished! Thanks for all those great links will check them out more throughly later!

Aviva/Sieberdesigns said...

Very nice article. I love the quote that you included by Carnegie... I completely agree!

Dawn said...

Thanks for all of the great links!

suzyQuilts said...

Great resources! I love the tree with the ribbon.

Terry Aske said...

Great article. I will use the link for the calculators at Quilters Paradise.

A great way to celebrate National Quilting Day would be to learn a new technique. Quilt University http://www.quiltuniversity.com/ offers online courses and is a great resource.

quiltingfrenzy said...

Thanks for the link Terry. I have taken classes through Quilt University and totally forgot to add them.

Nora said...

Very nice write up and thanks for all the great links.