For Immediate Release

Media Contact: 
Amy Milne
Executive Director
828-251-7073
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

NATIONAL QUILTING DAY KICKOFF EVENT
SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 16 at 10 AM CST
This year, all quilters will be able to watch the event via live stream for free on the National Quilt Museum's Facebook page
Asheville, North Carolina (February 28, 2019) -  The kickoff of National Quilting Day 2019 will be held at The National Quilt Museum on Saturday, March 16th at 10am CST. The public is invited to attend and the doors will open at 9:45am. The museum is located at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah, Kentucky and free parking is available in the museum's lot and the large adjacent public parking lot. The event is free and visitors are invited to stay and enjoy the museum galleries afterward.
This year, quilters around the world will be able to watch the event via live stream on The National Quilt Museum's Facebook page. To watch the event, go to https://www.facebook.com/NationalQuiltMuseum/. Very high viewership is expected, so viewers are advised to please log on a few minutes early. The event is expected to run approximately 30 minutes.

National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett is excited about streaming the event live this year: "National Quilting Day is the day we honor our wonderful community and celebrate the art of quilting. I want every quilter to be able to experience this live."
National Quilting Day is the annual celebration of quilters and quilting. Taking place the third Saturday of March every year, National Quilting Day is the one universal celebration of all things quilt. The National Quilting Association launched the celebration in 1992. The event is now a partnership between The National Quilt Museum and the Quilt Alliance, two of the largest nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the quilting community. The National Quilting Day Kickoff Event marks the beginning of an entire day of quilt-related activities by organizations and individuals nationwide. Events and programs to date have included service projects, exhibits, quilt documentation days, and spreading the word about quilting through social media, websites, and other communication.

For more information about the event and about National Quilting Day, go to www.National-Quilting-Day.org. We ask that all quilters and companies that serve the quilting community please forward the information about this year's kickoff event so everyone passionate about quilting knows how to participate. On the day of the event, the quilting community is encouraged to add #NationalQuiltingDay to their relevant social media posts.

About the Quilt Alliance
The nonprofit Quilt Alliance was founded in 1993 to work with individuals and groups to document, preserve, and share the rich history of quilts and quiltmaking. The Quilt Alliance's Quilters' S.O.S - Save Our Stories (QSOS) project is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. QSOS was launched in 1999 to document the stories of today's quilters. It is the largest oral history collection of its kind, and documents the stories of over 1,200 quilters from all over the United States and abroad. Go Tell it at the Quilt Show! is the organization's newest oral history initiative, a 3-minute-or-less video show-and-tell series that captures quilt stories where quilters gather. 

About The National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy organization for the contemporary quilting community. Through exhibits, education programs, and preservation efforts, the museum brings the work of today's quilters to new audiences worldwide. The museum is a top destination for quilters and art enthusiasts, hosting visitors from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 foreign countries every year. Its rotating exhibits feature quilts from its own collection of more than 600 artifacts, as well as outstanding national and international touring collections. More than 120,000 people annually experience the museum's in-facility and traveling exhibits. In addition to exhibiting the work of today's quilter, the museum is committed to educational outreach, and its programs annually attract more than 4,000 young people and adults. Educational opportunities include the School Block Challenge, Quilt Camp, and the museum's acclaimed hands-on program, The Creative Stitch, in which people of all ages with no previous experience learn to make a quilt block. The National Quilt Museum has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, making it one of the top tourist attractions in the world by visitor review. The museum made Southern Living's "Top 25 Museums in the South" list in 2017 and it has been featured in Midwest Living, CNN Travel, National Geographic, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune.

For Inquiries, Contact:
Amy Milne
Quilt Alliance, Executive Director
Amy.Milne@QuiltAlliance.org
828-251-7073
PO Box 19116
Ashville, NC, 28815


Frank Bennett
National Quilt Museum, CEO
fbennett@QuiltMuseum.org
270-442-8856
215 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY 42001


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