March 15 is National Quilting Day!

March 15 is National Quilting Day! While I must admit that I personally have no skills with a needle, the DC Public Library has lots of resources to help you explore this exciting craft.

Show WayThere are many children's books that explore the art of quilting around the world. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautiful book, which discusses the history of a line of women and their quilting, including making quilts that showed slaves the way to freedom. Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt likewise tells a story about a handmade quilt tying together the generations of a Jewish family. The Quilt by Gary Paulsen is a great historical fiction chapter book for older readers with a strong theme about the use of quilts to preserve memories.

The Quilter's ApprenticeBut there's adult fiction about quilts, too! In The Goodbye Quilt, Susan Wiggs uses the metaphor of quilting to explore a mother's journey with her future as an empty-nester. Jennifer Chiaverini is well-known for her Elm Creek Quilts novels, which start with The Quilter's Apprentice.

But hopefully you're craftier than me, and would like to start quilting yourself. The library can help with that, too! Books like 5,500 Quilt Block Designs or Back to Basics: Quilt Templates and Patterns Explained are useful resources for someone ready to make a quilt. And if you're a true beginner, we do have the ebook of Quilting for Dummies! We also have an informative PBS presentation about the history of quilting in America, The Art of Quilting, if you prefer visual learning.

You can learn more about this holiday, and quilting in general, by visiting the National Quilting Association's website.

-- Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian