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National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2023: Date, History, Facts, Activities

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day, observed annually on the third Saturday of September and occurring on September 16 this year, is a day on which quilters have the opportunity to sew their many pre-cut and unused fabric bundles, commonly known as ‘jelly rolls.’ A quilter can contribute to the ultimate quality and functionality of the quilted material by utilising a variety of effects when sewing. The quilter manages these effects by manipulating such things as the type and thickness of the material, the stitch length and style, pattern design, and assembling and cutting.

The background of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

The word ‘quilt’ derives from the Latin term ‘culcita,’ which means ‘a bolster or cushion.’ The term is believed to have been first recorded in England in the thirteenth century. However, the piecing and quilting techniques have been used for clothing and home furnishings in various parts of the globe for thousands of years.

The earliest known quilted garment is depicted on an Egyptian carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh, which dates back to the First Dynasty of ancient Egypt, around 3400 B.C. In 1924, archaeologists discovered a quilted floor covering somewhere in Mongolia, and it is believed that the covering dates back between 100 B.C. and 200 A.D. Quilting has been a part of the needlework tradition in Europe since roughly the fifth century, with early objects containing Egyptian cotton, suggesting that Egyptian and Mediterranean trade may have facilitated the spread of the technique.

After the return of the Crusaders from the Middle East, quilted bedding and other similar products began to appear in Europe around the 12th century. Under maille or plate armour, or in lieu of the same, mediaeval quilted battle garments were worn. These garments would eventually evolve into the quilted doublet, which became fashionable for men in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. The oldest known surviving European bed quilt is the Tristan quilt from Sicily, which dates back to the 14th century and is composed of linen and wool padding.

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Activities on National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Take some classes in quilting

YouTube tutorials provide the ideal opportunity to learn some quilting techniques. You could also learn from someone in your immediate vicinity.

Sew all the Jelly roll strips

If you are already an accomplished quilter, why not remove your Jelly rolls from their shelves and sew them together for a single project? It sounds like a lot of excitement!

Share via social networks

Share photographs and videos of your quilting experience on social media. Use the #NationalSewAJellyRollDay hashtag when doing so.


Currently, the largest tapestry in the world is the AIDS Memorial.

There are between 10 and 12 million quilters in the United States, the vast majority of whom are middle-aged women.

The metropolis of Paducah in Kentucky, United States, claims to be the quilt capital of the world.

The Victoria and Albert Museum houses the earliest recorded quilt, the Tristan quilt.

In the United States, the most popular quilts are Gee’s bend quilts.


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