March is National Quilting Month. It’s our favorite month of the year here at Handi Quilter.
What are you going to do to celebrate? Here are TEN great ideas to help get you started.
Finish a UFO
If you have been a quilter for a while (a year? a month? a day!) you probably have a project (or 3) that isn’t quite finished and got put aside when you started something new. Maybe you ran into a problem that you couldn’t figure out how to solve. Or maybe you just lost interest. Perhaps you tried to finish before the new class you signed up for started, but you had to set it aside to concentrate on class. Whatever the reason, National Quilting Month can be your incentive to pull it out and get ‘er done.
Here are some of mine. Some. There isn’t enough room to show you all of them!
Plan a reward for finishing. Maybe a trip to the quilt shop, once the binding and label are on?
Start a new quilt
Nothing revs the quilting juices more than starting a new project. Pull out that pattern you bought and get busy picking fabrics for it. Buy that fat quarter stack of luscious new fabrics and decide which quilt pattern will show them off the best.
Grab your sketch book to draw out the quilting design you’ve had in the back of your brain. Take the time to do what you love.
Organize your quilting space
American Patchwork and Quilting is hosting a fun 31 days to an organized sewing space challenge.
They give one task per day for each day in the month of March. This one-task-at-a-time approach seems very achievable. The challenge for me, when straightening up my studio, is resisting the urge to play with just about every item I touch.
I’m going to give this a try. Then I’ll let you know how it went. It’s not too late for you to try too! Just double up the tasks for a few days. Just think how great it will feel to play in a clean and organized studio. Wonder how long it will last? 🙂
Visit a Quilt Museum
You will be in awe, inspired and delighted by what you see at any and all of these places:
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY
International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX
This is by no measure a complete list. You may find one in your neck of the woods! Check out your local history museum. My little town has a wonderful history museum that has a few quilts on display.
Take a class
Handi Quilter in-store events are starting to happen again, all over the country! We have worked with healthcare experts and our retailers to devise a way to hold in-person longarm quilting classes in a safe manner. Some are hands-on classes!
We are also offering virtual classes. These are such a great opportunity to take a class from an expert Handi Quilter National educator from the comfort of your own home. Check out what is available here.
Share your skills
Offer to teach a friend a new quilting skill that you know, but she hasn’t tried yet.
Or spend a day teaching a child a simple sewing/quilting project.
This little girl is hooked for life!
Join a guild
It multiplies the fun of quilting when you can meet with like-minded people who share your love of fabric and thread and color and pattern. Although we can’t really meet in person for a little while longer, many guilds are meeting virtually these days. Sharing knowledge and quilts and tips and tricks only adds to the joy of quilting. Find a guild near you. You can ask at your local quilt shop for recommendations. If that doesn’t get you results, try this website. Your new quilting friends are waiting for you.
Make a community quilt
Many organizations offer opportunities for making quilts for those who need the comfort only a quilt can provide. Knowing you’re helping others multiplies the fun of making quilts. An example of one of those organizations is Quilts for Kids. Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, trauma, abuse, and natural disasters.
There are many more. Once again a good place to inquire is your local quilt shop or guild.
Join a social media group
Handi Quilter oversees 3 Facebook groups. The Handi Quilter group is for all machine owners and folks who are interested in Handi Quilter or longarm quilting. At almost 11,000 members there is plenty of friendly help for all your longarm questions. It’s also a great place to share what you are working on.
If you’re interested in attending Academy, (the premier annual education event held by Handi Quilter), you might want to join the HQ Academy group. Alumni and future attendees share experiences and fun in this group. The excitement grows as the date for Academy draws near!
Are you a Pro-Stitcher Designer user? There’s a group for that! Help in learning the design and digitizing program is right at your fingertips. Share your achievements and projects, ask questions, this group is just getting started so all questions are welcome.
Watch a quilting video
Handi Quilter offers a bunch of options for this! We have a YouTube channel dedicated to helping you learn to use your Handi Quilter machine. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the bell to be notified when a new video is available.
You can also catch a video once a month on the 2nd Thursday called HQ Live. We present on a variety of quilting related topics. You want to mark your calendar for HQ Live. 2nd Thursday, 11am Mountain time.
Or get a quick dose of quilty fun every Tuesday on our Facebook page with HQ Watch and Learn. The studio educators share tips, tricks and how-to’s. It’s quick and fun and you’re sure to learn something each week. Tuesday at high Noon Mountain time.
Don’t forget to do something extra-quilty on National Quilting Day! March 20, 2021.
by Mary Beth Krapil