Did you know that March 18, 2017 is Worldwide Quilting Day? And better yet, March is National Quilting Month! So how did we get so lucky? Well, The National Quilting Association (NQA) began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members in 1991. National Quilting Day has evolved — and now we have Worldwide Quilting Day and National Quilting Month! To help celebrate the love of quilts and quilting, we’ve complied some fun facts about quilts and their history.
Here are five thought-provoking tidbits for you on quilts and quilting:
- Quilting can date back to 3400 BC. The oldest quilt still around today is The Tristan Quilt dated around 1360-1400. Top 10 Interesting Quilt Facts from the Craftsy blog
- The term “quilt” comes from the Latin <i>culcita</i>, meaning a stuffed sack. History of Quilts from Quilting in America
- The world’s largest quilt is the AIDS Memorial quilt. Fun Facts About The Wide And Wonderful World Of Quilting by 24 Blocks
- According to dictionary.com the word Quilt dates back to 1250 or so. 12 fun facts about Quilting by QuiltingSewingCreating
- Some quilts were created out of necessity, while others were encoded with secret messages and symbols–African Adinkra symbols popular amongst the Akan of Ghana, West Africa–to aide enslaved Africans in their escape from chattel slavery. From Black History Month, Brooklyn Public Library
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Won’t you join us and help celebrate?!
Happy National Quilting Month!