Volume 1, Issue 2
June, 2010

Welcome to STASH Talk, the Generations Quilt Patterns monthly newsletter. In this issue, you'll find news, information and thoughts on:
  • My Quilts Aren't Perfect...
  • Inklingo - Discover the Possibilites
  • The 2010 Quilting in Americaâ„¢ Survey
  • STASH Talk Back!
  • Share Your Quilts - Update

Now, let's get started!

"My quilts aren't perfect,
but the love that goes into making them is..."

I read this quote somewhere and it stopped me in my tracks. (I do not know who to give credit to, if you do, please let me know.)

How simple a statement...

...and how true.

I've sat through many a guild meeting or bee night where a gal proudly stands to reveal her latest creation, and instead of stopping with the "Ohhhhs!" and "Ahhhhs!", feels duty bound to point out every last "mistake" in the quilt.

There's really no need, for there are few things in life where one can achieve true perfection.

  • Simple math problems come to mind..."2+2" has a perfect answer..."4".
  • Spelling, if it's in English, depends on where you're from...color vs. colour...
  • Baking a cake. Sure every recipe has "correct" measurements, but small deviations still result in a tasty morsel that'll be gratefully gobbled down.

Strive for perfection.

DO...TRY...GROW as a quilter, as a person.

Enjoy the process. Learn new techniques.

Revel in creations wrought by your own hands. They are unique and an expression of YOU. And for that, there need be no apology!

I'll leave you with two divergent thoughts on the idea of perfection. This first truly speaks to me...

Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves,
for we shall never cease to be amused.

Now when you're struggling with the piecing, and things just aren't lining up exactly, ask yourself...

If it's perfect, will it get used?

Puts things into perspective, doesn't it!

Inklingo - Discover the Possibilities

In last month's issue, we introduced you to a product called Inklingo. It's a download-able quilting tool created by Linda Franz that allows you to print templates directly onto your fabric (think along the lines of "triangle paper" but without the printed papers to keep on hand, nor paper to remove after stitching.)

For this month, we've got a link to a mini-quilt show of quilts created with the Inklingo product. The link to the page is:


The quilter is only identified as Mary, but she is as amazing as she is prolific. I especially love her Lone Star quilt with the blue background and scads of LeMoyne Stars. Let me know what you think!

The 2010 Quilting in America™ Survey

Every three years Quilters Newsletter Magazine, in cooperation with the International Quilt Market and Festival, commissions this quilting study to take a snapshot of the quilting world.

Preliminary results are in, with complete results available sometime in August. In part 1 of the survey, 20,000 US households are contacted. (This year's study had a response rate of 63%). The second part of the survey specifically targets "dedicated quilters" (with a 60% response rate this year.)

The U.S. quilting market is still growing, despite the troubled economy, with quilting households spending an average of $219 in 2010 up 27% from the 2006 study.

The Dedicated Quilter (DQ)

What I, as a quilter, am most interested in, is how I stack up against the dedicated quilter, one who the study defines as a quilter who spends more than $600/yr on quilt related purchases.

I think of myself as a dedicated quilter, do you?

The survey determined that a dedicated quilter in the U.S. is a 62 year old female who is well educated (72% attended college), rather affluent with a $91K household income and spends an average of $2,442 a year on quilting.

Her favorite quilting style?

Well, that looks to be as different as each quilter. 44% prefer traditional quilts, while 50% enjoy both traditional and contemporary quilt styles. And she knows what she likes and what she's doing, because she's been quilting for an average of 16 years.

In her quilt studio (and 85% have a dedicated room for quilting) she's got an average of $8,542 worth of tools and supplies tucked away (not including fabric).

She owns more than 2 sewing machines. (25% of the DQs own more than 4 machines)

Time for Some STASH Talk

A DQs stash contains about $3,677 worth of fabric.

In the last year she's bought an average of 93.6 yards of fabric at an average cost of $9.90/yd. She's buying:

  • Small scale florals - 69%
  • Tone-on-tone neutrals - 52%
  • Batiks - 67%
  • Holiday prints - 60%

Her favorite color schemes are:

  • Jewel Tones - 56%
  • Bright colors - 52%
  • Earth Tones - 52%
  • Neutrals - 49%
  • Pastels - 42%

She's becoming a thread aficionado, spending an average of $144 last year on thread. Her collection includes an average 153 spools.

And she's warming up to using the computer for quilting, spending an average of 2 hours a week on quilting websites looking for free quilt patterns, learning about quilting products, finding supplies, and buying fabric.

What to Take Away From this Survey

Dedicated quilters represent only 6.2% (yeah, that's all!) of the 21,300,000 total quilters in the US, but we account for 69% of all quilt-related spending.

We know what we like and what we want, and are willing to spend to add it to our Quilters Resource Center (yes, I'm talking about STASH...fabric, tools, thread...all of it).

Let your local quilt store know what you like! If you see a pattern on the internet, see if your LQS can get it for you. Same goes for fabrics, threads, notions, battings, etc. If they know what you're interested in, and that others are interested as well, they absolutely will do their best to carry it.

A dedicated quilter is a powerful gal!

One Last Thought About the Survey

Quilting and Perfection...

OK, there's nothing in the survey about how many quilters are perfect quilters, but here's something to think about when nothing, absolutely nothing, is going together right.

The US population is about 310 million. There are about 21.3 million quilters in the US. Let's assume, that I'm the worst quilter in the world.

Hey! Guess what!

No matter how imperfect my quilts, I'm still a better quilter than the 278,300,000 people in the US who haven't even tried to make a quilt!


STASH Talk Back!

This newsletter is for YOU. So your input is very important to us!

If you have comments, ideas or feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Suggestions for topics to cover or general questions. We're all ears. Please Contact Us and tell us what you think!

For questions about quilting, you can ask them in our Machine Quilting Forum. Machine applique questions are answered at Machine Applique Questions...Answered.

"Share Your Quilts" Update

Have you scene the fabulous quilts our visitors have contributed? If you're into lots of pieces and beautiful quilts, you are in for a treat!

Since our last issue, our online Show and Tell has grown by 26 quilts. Is your quilt included?

If you have a quilt to share, add it to our Share Your Quilt page. It's easy to do and fun to see your own quilt, live, on the Internet!

If you received our newsletter from a friend, you can easily sign up for your own by visiting the:

Generations Quilt Patterns Newsletter Sign-up Page

Well that wraps up this issue of STASH Talk. I hope that you found something of interest. Expect our next issue the week of July 8, 2010. Until then...

Thanks for reading and Happy Quilting!


Julie Baird

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