National Quilting Day
Quilting is a practice that goes back thousands of years and at one point in history, was a necessary skill for people to have in order to produce the blankets that they needed. Now, quilting is mainly a hobby for most people, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve some recognition. That’s probably why National Quilting Day was invented in the first place. This holiday, a holiday that falls on the third Saturday in March, is a day in which everyone can try out quilting for the first time or hone their quilting skills to a fine point.
The History Of National Quilting Day
National Quilting Day is a holiday that was first established back in 1991 at the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association. This was held in Lincoln, Nebraska and it was proposed that a national day dedicated to quilting be established. It’s been celebrated ever since.
Facts About Quilting
We have to admit that when we first started researching this holiday, we didn’t know a whole lot about quilting. Fortunately, we learned quite a bit during the course of our research—information and bits of trivia we would like to now share with everyone.
- Quilting goes back to Ancient Egypt—approximately 5,400+ years ago.
- The word quilt comes from the Latin world “Culcita”, which means stuffed sack or bag.
- Medieval knights used quilted pads under their armor to protect against chaffing and to prevent the armor from rusting from sweat.
- The earliest American quilt made is from 1704.
- During the 19th century, it was customary for girls to make quilts to show off her quilting skills to her new husband.
- Quilting was popular 100-years after the sewing machine was invented at the end of the 18th century.
- There are three basic quilt types. These include Plain Quilts, Applique Quilts, and Patchwork Quilts.
- The most expensive historic quilt ever sold was a Civil War-era quilt that was sold in 1991 for $254,000.
- The average quilter is 63-years old.
- In 2017, the quilting industry was worth over $3.5 billion dollars.
- During the 1960s, quilting became popular again after interest had waned in it during the early part of the 20th century.
- Patchwork quilts became extremely popular in areas that only had leftover fabrics for people to quilt.
Celebrating National Quilting Day
Anyone looking to learn quilting or perhaps sharpen their skills a little bit can do so by celebrating this holiday. All they need is a few basic pieces of equipment, the right fabrics, and the time to get to work. People wishing to celebrate this holiday should also take the time to snap a picture of their work and post it on social media using the hashtag #NationalQuiltingDay so we can all marvel at their skills.