Ideas  for celebrating National Quilting Day

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    Make it a service day

    Work on a quilt for the Happy Birth Day, Baby! project or for your favorite cause – national projects such as ABC Quilts and Project Linus, or local projects. If you don’t have a local service project, National Quilting Day is the perfect time to start one! Check with police and fire departments, children’s services, nursing or rehabilitation facilities or local hospitals to see if they have a need for quilts.

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    Organize an exhibit

    Organize an exhibit for your local library or historical society. Exhibit quilts, tools, books, etc. Donate books to the library. Or make arrangements with your local library, historical society, quilt shop, or other public space to demonstrate how to make and attach simple quilt labels. Provide printed instructions and encourage everyone to label all their quilts and value them as family and community history.

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    Share your quilting skills

    Offer to teach a simple quilt project to a school, 4-H, scout, or other youth group, or spend the day passing along your love of quilting to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or neighbors.

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    Save Quilt Stories

    Organize a quilt history day or a quilt documentation project. Invite members of the community to share their quilts and documents the quilts for your state documentation project. If you don’t have a state project, work with other quilters in the state to start one! A good place to start is with your local or state historical society, or search the internet for quilt documentation projects.


Mark your calendar for the third Saturday in March!

The Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum are proud to be the coordinators of this special day! Check this page often for fun and meaningful ideas for celebrating National Quilting Day, graphics and posters you can use to publicize your own NQD events and a home base for this important day to honor and promote quilting!

Tell us how you celebrate National Quilting Day!

We would love to hear how you plan to mark the 29th anniversary of National Quilting Day on March 20, 2021 (or what you’ve done in the past). Post your photos on the National Quilting Day Facebook page.

Make a quilt for the new kid in town!

This year, we are so excited to rekindle a project founded by the National Quilting Association – Happy Birth Day, Baby! Individuals and groups are welcome to participate – it’s easy! Make a quilt for the first baby born on National Quilting Day in your local hospital. Find our free downloadable pattern and instructions and full details here.

Document your quilts

This National Quilting Day, we encourage you to document your quilts. Add those labels you’ve been putting off! Interview a family member or friend as part of our Go Tell It! project. Or have a documentation day at your group or guild. Watch Go Tell It! recordings made on National Quilting Day at the International Quit Museum from 2014-2017.


Download a free quilt pattern to celebrate National Quilting Day!

Click on a partner’s name below to view their free downloadable patterns and projects:
Moda Fabrics
Handi Quilter
StudioE Fabrics
Henry Glass & Co.
Windham Fabrics
Make It Simpler 
Indygo Junction by Amy Barickman

National Quilting Day graphic

Download this free graphic to post on your blog, social media page, website, etc.


National Quilting Day Posters (2021 versions coming soon!)

Download free NQD 2020 posters to fill in details for your quilt shop, guild or group celebrations.

Choose standard poster or one with a customizable panel.

Click to download a pdf.

Standard posters:
Letter (8.5″ x 11″)
Legal (8.5″ x 14″)
Tabloid (11″ x 17″)

Posters with customizable panel for adding in your own details.

Letter (8.5″ x 11″)
Legal (8.5″ x 14″)
Tabloid (11″ x 17″)



National Quilting Day Kickoff Event

The kickoff of National Quilting Day 2019 was held at The National Quilt Museum on Saturday, March 16th, 2019.  The public will again be invited to attend this special event at the museum in downtown Paducah, Kentucky on National Quilting Day. The event is free and visitors are invited to stay and enjoy the museum galleries afterward. Details for the 2020 Kickoff Event to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 will be shared here soon.



The History of National Quilting Day

In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quiltmaking in Kentucky. In 1991, National Quilting Association officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.

The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network has evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form.”