Saturday, March 17, 2007

Keep Me Warm in Style

The National Quilting Association met in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1991, and they named the third Saturday in March National Quilting Day. And why should quilters have their own special day?

Quilting is part of our heritage. State and county fairs, antique shows, swap meets and other gatherings always have beautiful quilts displayed. My great grandmother who lived on an Oklahoma farm was one of many who made quilts using scraps from the feed sacks. Old baby clothes are used to honor a childhood.

Women gathered to socialize and made productive use of their visiting time at quilting bees. Remember the 1995 movie How To Make an American Quilt?

On a more serious note, the AIDS Memorial Quilt serves to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. The quilt is a creative outlet for remembrance and healing, and an illustration of the enormity of this pandemic. Each of the 44,000 3 x 6 foot panels, representing all 50 states and 26 countries, commemorates the life of an individual who died of AIDS. The quilt was first displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1987. Click here to view the quilt and see how to add a name.

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