Donald Duck was always jealous of Mickey Mouse’s popularity, but the sailor suit wearing duck actually has two days each year in his honor. Donald Duck Day is March 13 and June 9.
Apparently Donald Duck lovers have tried for years to determine when the Disney duck was born. Some say it was June 9, 1934. That is when Donald made his film debut in the cartoon called “The Wise Little Hen.” In it, Donald portrayed one of the lazy barnyard animals who would not help the hen plant the wheat, tend to it, or take it to the mill. In typical Donald fashion, however, the belly ache that kept him from helping suddenly disappeared when it was time to eat the cake.
Bob Bishop, known as Mr. Logic from a California radio show, has spent a lot of time and effort to determine Donald’s actual birthday. After all, Donald was not born on June 9, 1934 when he starred in his first cartoon. That was simply his movie debut.
Bishop, an avid Disney comic book and Disney character collector, noticed while watching a cartoon called “Donald’s Happy Birthday” that as the duck’s nephews were trying to decide on a gift for their uncle, a calendar in the background displayed the date clearly: March 13. He used a series of other deductions to determine that the year Donald was born was 1914.
So, Disney purists who want to celebrate the duck’s actual birthday should have done so in March. All Disney cartoon lovers, however, can rejoice in the duck’s film debut – which was June 9.
If you know a Donald Duck fan, there are so many fun ways to make quilted gifts for him/her.
Disney-licensed fabrics feature Donald and the rest of his buddies. These fabrics would be fun to include in any quilt block pattern. They would be great to use in I-spy quilts, too.
A great baby gift would be a small tag quilt featuring Donald fabrics and having blue ribbon tags (reminiscent of Donald’s hat ribbon) sewn into the borders. Add a quilted bib from the same fabric for a cute combo! If you have plenty of time, you can make a whole baby set: tag quilt, bib, matching burp cloths, a quilted shopping cart cushion, matching diaper bag, quilted changing pad, coordinating wipe cover – just about anything that a baby and new parents might need!
If you feel really creative and like using the applique technique, you can even make a quilt that features the image of Donald Duck himself. Use your favorite colors, but create an applique of Donald using a coloring book image or other Donald Duck drawing on which to base your pattern. Remember, when you do something like this, you are not allowed to sell the creation. That would violate the Disney licensing rules. You can, however, give the original creation as a gift or keep it for yourself.
If you like embroidery or cross stitch, you can also add Donald Duck to your quilts with those techniques. There are pattern books that feature Donald and other Disney characters for both hand embroidery and for cross stitch. Check online for vintage patterns, too.
Machine embroiderers have a ton of Disney characters to choose from, Donald included. Look for Disney embroidery cards that are compatible with your own embroidery machine. Costs will vary depending on the amount of designs you purchase on the card.
Donald Duck and his Disney friends are fun to include in your quilting projects, no matter which way you choose to do so…or which day you celebrate Donald.