National Quilting Day is the annual celebration of quilters and quilting. Taking place the third Saturday of March every year, National Quilting Day is the one universal celebration of all things quilt.
“National Quilting Day is the day we honor our wonderful community and celebrate the art of quilting,” explained Frank Bennett, National Quilt Museum director. “The public is invited to join in the fun on Saturday, March 16 at 10am - doors will open at 9:45am. Admission will be free for this event and visitors are invited to stay and enjoy the museum galleries afterwards.”
This year, quilters around the world will be able to watch the event via live stream on The National Quilt Museum’s Facebook page. “I want every quilter to be able to experience this live,” Bennett told me. “We expect very high viewership, so if you want to join in the fun, please log on a few minutes early. The event is expected to run approximately 30 minutes. To watch the event, go to quiltmuseum.org.”
The museum is located at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah, and free parking is available in the museum's lot and the large adjacent public parking lot.
National Quilting Day
The National Quilting Association launched the national Quilting Day celebration in 1992. The event is now a partnership between The National Quilt Museum and the Quilt Alliance, two of the largest nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the quilting community.
The National Quilting Day Kickoff Event marks the beginning of an entire day of quilt-related activities by organizations and individuals nationwide. Events and programs to date have included service projects, exhibits, quilt documentation days, and spreading the word about quilting through social media, websites, and other communication.
For more information about the event and about National Quilting Day, go to National-Quilting-Day.org. On the day of the event, the quilting community is encouraged to add #NationalQuiltingDay to their relevant social media posts.
The Quilt Alliance
The nonprofit Quilt Alliance was founded in 1993 to work with individuals and groups to document, preserve, and share the rich history of quilts and quiltmaking. The Quilt Alliance’s Quilters’ S.O.S – Save Our Stories (QSOS) project is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For more information please visit QuiltAlliance.org
The National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy organization for the contemporary quilting community. Through exhibits, education programs, and preservation efforts, the museum brings the work of today’s quilters to new audiences worldwide. Its rotating exhibits feature quilts from its own collection of more than 600 artifacts, as well as outstanding national and international touring collections.
For more information, visit QuiltMuseum.org.