January 23, 2021: Local Quilt Shop Day

WHEREAS, local Quilt Shop Day is an annual arts celebration observed this year on Saturday, January 23, 2021 and was created to raise awareness about the importance of independent quilt shops to local economies; and,


WHEREAS, the great state of Michigan is home to over 111 local quilt shops; and,


WHEREAS, when the entire world seemed to “rip” apart due to the pandemic, quilters and seamstresses across three continents labored tirelessly to stitch their communities back together. Many spent countless hours under sewing machine lights creating tens of thousands of face masks to protect health care and front-line workers; and,


WHEREAS, local quilt shops embody the beating heart of sewing communities worldwide, and it is fitting to celebrate their efforts and contributions in this first month of 2021; and,


WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we should support our local businesses to ensure they remain vital parts of our community;


THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 23, 2021 as Local Quilt Shop Day in Michigan.