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March 21st Is National Quilting Day — Celebrate By Making An Awareness Ribbon Quilt!

March 21st is National Quilting Day! National Quilting Day is held the third Saturday in March every year, and quilters all over the U.S spend the day honoring this rich tradition in a variety of ways, whether it’s by working on a quilt, hosting an event, or donating quilts to those in need.

To celebrate National Quilting Day, we’ve found a couple different tutorials for making quilting blocks that feature an awareness ribbon.

In the first one, Jenny Doan shows you how to create a quilt block featuring the ribbon. When she first began looking around for patterns, she discovered that a lot of the ribbon tutorials required a lot of little tiny pieces. The more she looked at them, the more it dawned on her that there was an easier way! Take a look at her method!

In the second video, Mary and Erica use a die to cut the shape of the ribbon, and then create the quilt block from there!

The best part about these projects is that you can customize the colors to raise awareness for any cause!

How did National Quilting Day come about? The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society held a “Quilter’s Day Out” on the third Saturday in March of 1989, to celebrate the treasured tradition of quilting in Kentucky. Afterwards, the National Quilting Association (NQA) was so happy with the event, that they decided to expand it to a national level. Three years later, in March of 1992, the first National Quilting Day was held.

What quilt are you most proud of? Snap a picture of it and post it in the comments — we’d love to see your work. Happy quilting!

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.