The National Quilting Association (NQA) began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members attending the 22nd Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1991. The third Saturday in March is officially designated as National Quilting Day, but quilters are flexible and we love a celebration — especially when fabric is involved! So over the years, observance of National Quilting Day has unofficially been expanded to the whole month of March. The official date for 2013 is this coming Saturday, March 16th.
Often guilds will turn over a Saturday during the month of March to make a service project or distribute quilts to those in needs. Others do a quilt documentation day or something to preserve quilt history. Some work on a quilt with a school, 4-H, or scout group, or spend the day passing along your love of quilting to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or neighbors. Good ideas, a few things that we as a guild or individuals do anyway
NQA seems to go the route of making service quilts for veterans and/or people serving in the military or their families. A free pattern has been posted on the NQA Site for not only the quilt above but others they have used in the past back to 2008.
Here is the link you will need to access the pattern above—— http://nqaquilts.org/free-projects/
Friendship Quilters bylaws state–
“Beginning January 2013, each active member shall make at least one completed charity quilt each year and present it to the Service Committee (minimum size of 45” X 60”). When a member submits a charity quilt at the monthly general meeting she/he will become eligible for a special door prize during that meeting.”
Sounds like incentive to me for something that I do anyway! I am always on the look out for good patterns that might work for an organization I have supported since late 1999. I hope to share some of those with you here. As a guild our most recent service project was making quilts for the beds of the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City. Project Linus is also supported; in fact, 17 quilts and a fleece blanket were recently delivered to a coordinator. A list of some of the other community and nationally based organizations we have supported in the past can be found in the “Who We Are” tab here on our website.
If you like to piece but don’t know how to quilt, there is always someone around in guild that can get you started. Look at it as a learning opportunity! Come to a Thursday small group gathering or a sew-in. Team up with another guild member and share the tasks. Tie it, turn it, it all works!
If you have any questions, Brenda F. is the head of the service committee.