Friday, March 20, 2009

National Quilting Day

Tomorrow is National Quilting Day. This is a serious day, unlike National Iron Your Hair Day or National Eat a Kosher PIckle day. Really! It's been celebrated for nearly twenty years, with events held in quilt shops all over the country.

Over that time, it has morphed into a holiday for doing something for the community at large, not just celebrating the community of sewers. Quilters get together and sew projects for people in need. Charity quilts, comfort quilts, whatever they're called, the result is the same.

Making quilts for others is a long-standing tradition. I have a friend who has quilts under her bed for unborn great grandkids, graduations that are ten years away, and marriages that might never take place. For many quilters, after the needs of the family and extended family are met, they turn to sewing quilts for charity.

Quilts are being made for premies, for war veterans, for nursing home residents, for troubled teens and for the homeless. Kids taken out of violent homes often receive a handmade quilt. Quilts are made for the survivors of war, or terrorist acts. The recipient tell of feeling wrapped in love.

My local guild, SCVQA, has a long-standing Philanthropy Committee that makes flannel receiving blankets and quilts for kids. Last year, guild members donated nearly one thousand items to local charities. I'm pretty sure that our numbers are in keeping with most of the quilt organizations across the nation. That's a lot of quilts. What amazes me is the sheer number of requests that we get. Seems like the number of unfortunate people who could use a quilt never diminishes.

So if you have the notion tomorrow, make a block, or a quilt top. I'll be sewing on a binding for a quilt that someone else pieced. This small quilt will be passed on to someone who needs a little comfort.


Camille Minichino said...

I have quilter friends who do this also - one group makes baby quilts for a women's shelter -- and I think it's such a wonderful thing to do.

Thanks to all of you!

Betty Hechtman said...

I think crafters have generous hearts. Crocheters in real life are always making things for people in need and my fictional crocheters make something for charity in every book.

Anonymous said...

I have a 14 year old daughter is Austic. She still sleeps with the alphabet quilt my mother made for her before she was born. The quilt is ratty. I want to store it away before it falls apart. I am interested in a new homemade quilt for my daughter.We would call it her "big girl quilt". My mother can no longer do sewing or needle work. I am legally blind and have never been able to sew. Do you know where I could purchase a homemade quilt? I have seen some in gift shops, but to be honest, I don't think they are handmade. Most of them look cheap.
Any ideas?

Linda O. Johnston said...

Happy National Quilting Day! It's hearing about wonderful crafts things like this that I wish I still indulged...

Terri Thayer said...

Hi Annette,

Handmade quilts are hard to come by. Most are sewn by machine. The Amish make quilts and sell them. And if you do a search online you might find someone who is selling them on Etsy or Ebay. Quilts are expensive to make and time consuming, so offering them for sale is not an option for most quilters.

Do you belong to any Autism support groups? You, or they, might reach out to your local quilt guild to make a quilt for your daughter. Where are you located? Email me with some of your details if you want and maybe I could put you in touch with someone local to your area. As I said, there are a lot of people making quilts for deserving people. Your daughter easily falls into that category.

A quilt is a wonderful source of comfort.