Not too long ago Kelli was home and told me that she had see a posting in Quiltville’s Open Studio Facebook page. The survey was interesting to me and I had fun seeing where I stack up…
Survey Says Quilters Going Strong in America;
In a 12-month period, the Dedicated Quilter bought an average 99 yards of fabric, according to The Quilting in America™ 2017 Survey released in October. I am sure I buy more than that. I buy lots of quilt backs and that is usually 6 yards or more at a time!
The Dedicated Quilter is described as female, age 63, with 19 years experience; she spends nearly $3,400 a year pursuing her hobby. Well I am 52 and it’s been a 33 years that I’ve been quilting…as far as spending goes…I would like to think that I don’t spend that much. I’ve never figured it out. It’s really easy to spend $100 at a quilt shop though…so I likely spend less but I don’t know. I dropped $300 at a going out of business sale this year. It adds up quickly!!
In ranking quilting styles, the Dedicated Quilter prefers traditional quilting (85 percent), modern quilting (37%) and art quilting (20%). This confused me as 85%, 37% and 20% don’t add up to 100%. I can say this. I prefer traditional quilting…and can do a more modern quilt here and there. I’ve only dabbled in an art quilt. Traditional is still always my favorite. I sometimes get confused by the terms…How do you classify this quilt? Is it an “art quilt”?
97% of Dedicated Quilters are purchasing fabric, batting and thread in person, mostly at retail locations. Still, 68% of Dedicated Quilters purchase items online. I purchase both online and brick and mortar. I likely spend more money online. My favorite online shops are Whittles Fabrics and Quilted Twins. Both offer quality fabric at great prices and offer great shipping prices.
64% of survey respondents cited quilting-related websites as good resources, up from 28% in 2014. Yahoo! I don’t do a lot but I do consider our blog as a quilting resource.
52% watch online quilting classes and videos, up from 30% in 2014. I do watch videos on Youtube. Videos offering quilting motifs for the longarm are what I mainly view. I’ve yet to try a Craftsy type class. Here’s my favorite longarm quilting video and the motif I use ALL OF THE TIME!
They spend 7.9 hours a week visiting online quilting sites, up from 2.5 hours a week in 2014. That surprised me. I don’t. I’d say I spend about two hours a week looking at other blogs and quilting things online. For the most part, the only blog I read all the time are Country Threads and Quiltville. Every couple weeks or so I read a few others. I laugh when blog readers write and ask, “did you see this” or “did you see that”….I never do. I’m so busy doing all the things that I’m doing that I don’t have time to read other blogs or check out other quilting websites. Besides, a time or two I’ve been told I “copied someone’s idea”. It was this quilt….
I had made it with the intention of using up the leftovers from another quilt we made. I hadn’t seen anyone else post a pattern…I was told later it was done by Missouri Star Quilting. Well I ended up following the link that was sent to me. We constructed out quilts entirely differently. I don’t want to be accused of “stealing” other people’s ideas so I often don’t read other blogs.
I had fun reading through the survey results and thinking about my quilting habits….What are your quilting habits?
The Quilting in America™ 2017 Survey is sponsored in part by Quilts, Inc., which hosts the annual International Quilt Festivals. The 2017 survey is the eighth in a series of studies conducted since 1994. The research was conducted by ORC International and Advantage Research, Inc.