Hello all, Mary Ellen back again.
I’ve been looking for an easy fall pattern that isn’t Halloween themed and isn’t pumpkins. I have so many of those already. I came across this yesterday-a very cute fall banner that could go from September through until the holidays. She makes it from wool, with hand stitching. I think plaid homespuns or flannels with machine stitching would be very cute as well. Click here for a free acorn banner pattern.
We talk now and then about the status of quilting these days-more or less interest than there used to be? how to attract some younger quilters into the guild? traditional quilting growing? “modern” quilting taking over? I found a source for a few answers to these musings. When I was the guild newsletter editor I would follow the multiple survey results that would appear online and in quilting publications fairly seriously. Since I gave up that job I’ve gotten away from that. In a recent issue of Love of Quilting magazine the results of an extensive survey were summarized. This survey: Quilting in America 2017, has many details of the business of quilting. The survey is given in alternate years for use by anyone involved in the industry. I’m sure it drives many of the business decisions that retailers, designers, thread and fabric manufacturers make. (According to the survey quilting was a $3.7 billion industry in 2017.) The stat which grabbed the headline is that the average age of a “dedicated quilter” has dropped a full year (from 64 to 63 years old). That may not seem like much, but statistically it takes a major change for an average of a very large group of data to drop a full point). So perhaps the younger quilters are joining us in numbers. If you are interested in looking at some of the other statistics, here’s a link to the survey summary. Are you what they describe as a “dedicated quilter”? Most of the dedicated quilters I know don’t fit every descriptor, but do fit many of them.
Link to survey results: qia_summary-1