Many people buy quilting machines to create warm bed coverings to showcase their artistic expression and give as meaningful gifts to loved ones. To showcase the craft, the Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum have collaborated to coordinate National Quilting Day on March 16. People are encouraged to visit the National Quilt Museum galleries in Paducah, KY, with the event live streamed on the museum’s Facebook page, too. Those celebrating the festivities at home are encouraged to take part in fun, quilt-focused activities.
3 Activities to Celebrate National Quilting Day
1. Label Your Quilts
A wide variety of fabrics are sewn together to create the colorful patchwork and intricate designs of quilts used as bed coverings and wall art. The blankets can also have cultural and historical significance, which is why the Quilt Alliance encourages quilters to place labels on the pieces they’ve created and acquired. When labeling, add the date the quilt was made, who helped create it, who was the recipient, and the occasion.
2. Take a Quilting Class
If you want to learn how to quilt or need to brush up on your skills, sign up for a quilting class. During the lessons, you’ll learn how to use quilting machines, master rotary cutting methods, learn how to construct a quilt block, and additional techniques. You can also discuss quilting with classmates and work together to create pieces, building lifelong friendships in the process.
3. Start a New Pattern
You can take the skills learned in a quilting class and apply them to projects at home. If you want to test your abilities, try a more difficult pattern. The Quilt Alliance has patterns by various companies you can currently download to try. You can keep the creation or give it to someone special.
If you need a new quilting machine and additional patterns to try, visit Luke's Sewing Centers. The staff also offers quilting and sewing lessons to help people in Kenton County, KY, and Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio who want to learn and improve. To learn more about classes and available quilting machines at the Elsmere, KY, location, call (859) 342-6600. You can also visit the sewing center online to see the class schedule and keep in touch on Facebook for a list of upcoming events.