Everybody had better start preparing for Saturday, March 20.  It’s a big day!

I had learned that March 20 would be Worldwide Quilting Day this year, which is pretty exciting in its own right.  But, gosh, it turns out it is also the first day of spring (hurray, although nature has a lot of catching up to do in our neck of the woods), International Day of Happiness (in short supply for many people these days), and – wait for it – National Ravioli Day!

So, in two weeks’ time you can ensure your happiness by working on your latest quilting project and chowing down on a fantastic meal of ravioli.  Perfect combination.  Celebrating three special days in one go.

Even though I am passionate about quilts and quilting, I have to admit to never having heard about Worldwide Quilting Day before.  It’s amazing what will show up in my newsfeed these days!  However, recently I’ve seen promos for virtual quilting retreats to be held on March 20, new patterns being promoted, and lots of general enthusiasm, which of course isn’t all that hard to muster among quilters.

For those of you who quilt – and those of you who might be itching to give it a try – this is a perfect opportunity to start a new quilt, start your first quilt, or mentor someone to start quilting.  Some of you even live in places where you can bring people together to quilt during the pandemic, although hopefully with masks on.

What do I love about quilting? Pretty well everything.  I love having someone in mind who I’m making the quilt for; that’s what makes it meaningful as well as satisfying.  I love choosing my new design.  I really love deciding on the colours and then the particular fabrics and their individual patterns.  And I love watching the quilt emerge as its own entity as it comes together.  As I say, so satisfying.

Quilt I made for one of our sons and daughters-in-law

My grandmother had made quilts when my mother was young, as I’m sure all her friends did, and as far as my mother was concerned, that was a bit of history that never needed to be repeated.  As she would have observed, “we can buy blankets at a store now”.  I didn’t even realize that people still quilted until my husband and I moved to the country (we bought a farm as our first home).  I was invited to a quilting bee and I was hooked.

My first attempt at applique, a duvet cover for our other son and daughter-in-law

It turns out that quilting goes WAY back.  I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising.  When it’s cold out, and especially all those centuries before insulated houses and central heating were commonplace and blankets weren’t readily available, multiple layers of cloth stitched together to keep the cold out and body warmth in were a brilliant solution.  And old clothes could be repurposed as patchwork quilts to great effect.  So quilts were created initially to serve very practical purposes.  And then, as we know, they became not just works of necessity but works of art.  Our creative juices just can’t help themselves.

An appliqued quilt for my brother

A few tidbits about quilting through the ages:

  • Quilting goes back to Ancient Egypt—approximately 5,400+ years ago.
  • In Europe, quilting appears to have been introduced by Crusaders in the 12th in the form of the aketon or gambeson, a quilted garment worn under armour (to protect against chaffing and to prevent the armor from rusting from sweat) which later developed into the doublet, which remained an essential part of fashionable men’s clothing for 300 years until the early 1600s. (Wikipedia)
  • The oldest surviving example of a quilted piece is a linen carpet found in a Mongolian cave, dated to between 100 BCE and 200 CE. It is now kept at the Saint Petersburg department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Archaeology Section. (Wikipedia)
  • The word quilt comes from the Latin world “Culcita”, which means stuffed sack or bag.
  • The average quilter is 63-years old.
  • The earliest American quilt made is from 1704.
  • The most expensive historic quilt ever sold was a Civil War-era quilt that was sold in 1991 for $254,000.
  • In 2017, the quilting industry was worth over $3.5 billion dollars. That’s a lot of happy quilters buying lots of fabric!!

If you’re already a quilter, think of something special to do on Worldwide Quilting Day.  If you’d like to give quilting a try, March 20 is the perfect day to start.  I think I’d better walk the talk and start a new project myself!  And be very happy at the same time. Maybe while eating some ravioli. 🙂

 

 

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19 Responses to Everybody had better start preparing for Saturday, March 20.  It’s a big day!

  1. This post has inspired me to get out my quilting supplies and work on at least a square. I am a beginner but love it all the same, when I can find time. I miss quilt shows. My husband and I used to go to them before the pandemic. We even took the kids with us when they were little to quilt shows and events. I need to find those old photos and maybe do a post for you all Saturday…along with a link to this post of yours with all the history and information on quilts. Can you tell I love quilts, little bit of a fanatic. You know, I was just thinking that I have never seen quilted facemasks. How cool would that be?

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Quilted face masks, why didn’t I think of that?! I’m not surprised you like quilts, LRH, they embody so much of the joy in crafting that you love. I also miss quilt shows; so many creative ideas and talent on display, with so much variety. Sigh. Maybe by next year! 😊

  2. Early wishes for a happy day, a super spring, the best of raviolis, and your most amazing quilt to date!

  3. LA says:

    Beautiful quilts!

  4. Your quilts are beautiful! I always wanted to make a quilt, the closest I got was making one out of leftover fabric from sewing projects. My “pattern” was very basic, squares… and, unfortunately, I did not plan out the positioning of the various squares. Nevertheless, I was proud of my accomplishment and I gained a whole new appreciation for those who can actually plan and create a work of art in this manner. Bravo to you!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thank you, Sue Marie. Bravo on completing your first quilt; that IS an accomplishment. And every quilt you make is a learning experience. What works. What doesn’t. What you’d like to try next. So many lessons to be had!

  5. The quilts are awesome! I’ve never learned, but hope to do so one of these days. Quilts and ravioli and the first day of spring. How cool is that? I knew there must be something to look forward to this month 🙂

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Debra. You’re pretty busy as it is, to say the least, but if you’re ever looking for new creative outlet, quilting is really fun and gives you a great sense of accomplishment when you (finally) finish a project.

      • Yes, and I’m so intrigued by the beautiful patterns and colours. We’ll see what the future brings 🙂 Writing and reading take up most of my time, but we’ll see if I expand my horizons down the road 🙂

  6. Inkplume says:

    You are one talented lady!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thank you, Linda. But the nice thing about quilting is that as long as you can use a sewing machine and sew a few hand stitches, you can make a quilt! 😊

  7. bernieLynne says:

    Definitely making ravioli that day and working on a Canada quilt for our new to use trailer. This post was just up my alley! Enjoy the day. I know I will.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Bravo, Bernie. From now on I’m going to have to think of ravioli when I quilt! Your Canada quilt project sounds intriguing. You’ll have to ost about it as it comes to life.

      • bernieLynne says:

        I don’t have much of a stash but I fell in love with all the Canada 150 fabric. I can’t just quilt without a plan so the new trailer will become the repository for at least one if not three quilts. Still working on design and colours as we are just starting to redo the 12 year old trailer. Excited to try ravioli – my daughter has made it but we haven’t.

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