Worldwide Quilting Day events include storefront celebrations and special sales, charity drives, online giveaways, and The Seven Summits Strip-Quilt Challenge!  

This March 16, 2013 is Worldwide Quilting Day, a day for people around the globe to celebrate the art of quilt making. Coinciding with National Quilting Day in the United States, an event that has been commemorated on the third Saturday in March since 1991, Worldwide Quilting Day is being celebrated by consumers and the quilt industry—storefronts, online retailers, manufacturers, designers, authors, official quilting guilds, and quilting associations.

"The idea for this celebration started last year when so many international quilt and fabric shops contacted me after hearing about National Quilting Day and said we need to make this a worldwide event," says Laurie Harsh, president of The Fabric Shop Network. "We know that the passion for quilting is far and wide and we’re out to prove it!"

The Website – www.worldwidequiltingday.com

The Daily Giveaways - bit.ly/WorldWideQuiltingDayGiveaways (Note: giveaways open to US and Canadian residents only)

The Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WorldWideQuiltingDay

Today there are more than 21 million quilters in the United States, according to the 2010 Quilting in America study. There are thousands of quilting guilds across the U.S. and Canada, and more quilt guilds throughout the world—from Australia to Europe, Africa to the Middle East (see QuiltGuilds.com for listings). Even in the increasingly rapid pace of life in the 21st century, people everywhere are taking time out of their busy schedules to create quilts with fabric and thread.

"Quilting has experienced a revolution over the last ten years," says WebCents Editor Teresa Coates. "There are growing numbers of men and younger people in their teens, 20s, and 30s discovering the art of quilting. With the gorgeous fabrics, non-traditional patterns, and the ease of online videos, classes, and tutorials, it's reaching a whole new audience."

"Traditional quilting is still alive and well," Coates adds, "but there is an exciting new energy with the modern quilters and art quilters. It's definitely making an impact on the quilting community."

In its inaugural year, Worldwide Quilting Day will be raising awareness for the art and craft of quilting and bringing together shops, online retailers, quilting groups and consumers for a variety of celebrations, special classes, charity drives, demonstrations, and a special quilting marathon: The Seven Summits Strip Quilt Challenge.

Worldwide Quilting Day and The Seven Summits Strip Quilt Challenge are designed to drive quilters to come together on March 16 to make as many strip quilts as they can in a single day. Quilt shops and quilting groups around the globe will be attempting to piece together strips of fabric to make strip-quilt tops. They’ll be counting every inch of fabric sewn together in their shop or by their customers, with the goal of piecing together enough fabric to reach the peak of one of the Seven Summits.

"Maybe a shop will only be able to summit Mount McKinley (creating 152 quilts), but we'd love to see every shop make it to the top of Mount Everest (218 quilts)," says Harsh.

Worldwide Quilting Day is organized by The Fabric Shop Network and is sponsored by leading sewing and quilting companies including Aurifil USA, Checker Distributors and Creative Grids, Clothworks, Coats & Clark, Cut Loose Press Patterns, Euro-notions, F. A. Edmunds & Co., Fox Chapel Publishing, Hoffman Fabrics, Island Batik, La Todera, Laurie Tigner Designs, Marcus Fabrics, Martingale, Nothcott, Paradiso Designs by Cheryl Kuczek, PRYM Consumer USA, Riley Blake Designs, Quilt with Marci Baker, Quilting Treasures, Rockland Industries, Inc., Studio e Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, and Westminster Fabrics.

For more information about how people are celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day 2013, visit the website at www.worldwidequiltingday.com