According to the survey, quilters in America spent $3.58 billion dollars a year, which is a lot of money! There are 21.3 million quilters in the US over the age of 18 and 14% of households had at least 1 active quilter. Here's the most interesting part for me, dedicated quilters (those whose households spend more than $600 a year on quilting goods) account for 6.2% of quilters and are responsible for 69% of the spend. That's nearly $2.5 billion. Wow!
So I asked myself how much do I spend? Well I have a small stash, 6 shoe box plastic boxes of Fat Quarters, a tub of backing fabric, 13 rolls of thread, 2 cutting mats, a 45 and a 60mm rotary cutter with spare blades, 6 rulers, 2 boxes of pins and safety pins for basting, 2 scisssors and unfortunately 3 seam rippers that I use a lot!
I bought my first charm pack for my very first quilt in December 2011 and since that date I have spent $3052 on quilt supplies, thats nearly $133 dollars a month. Yikes! And my stash is not huge!
Ok, I have made presents for people that otherwise I would have bought and spent money on and I did get paid for one quilt but that's still a fair bit of dosh. So does that make me a dedicated quilter?
Well the report asked who the dedicated quilter is and came up with the following:
- Female - Yup
- 62 years old - not for a long while yet!
- Well educated (72% attended college) - Yes
- Affluent - ahmm nope!
- Quilting for an average of 16 years - not yet either!
- Has a dedicated sewing room (85%) - nope, sew at the kitchen table
- On average has $8542 worth of quilting tools and supplies - definitely no to this one!
- On average owns $3677 worth of fabric - not there yet thank God!
- Owns an average of 2.7 sewing machines - have 2! (Husqvarna Viking H600e and Lidl Lervia basic)
- Bought an average of 4.4 quilting books in the past year - Yup (I bought Tula Pink "100 Modern Blocks", Sarah Fielke's "Handmade with Love", Lynnette Anderson "It's Quilting Cats & Dogs", Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr " Quilts Made Modern " and "Transparency Quilts" and Camille Roskelly's "Simply Retro")
- Subscribe to or read 4.4 quilt magazines a month - nope (not every month!)
- Averages 2 hour a week on quilting websites - yes
- Averages 40 hours a week sewing - nope, I have a full time job and sew on some evenings and weekends
After going through this exercise I would consider myself an enthusiast in the beginner/intermediate category who has to use her fabric on hand before buying another single thing! What do you think? Interesting or a load of old cabbage?