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The business of quilting

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Today I was going to give you a break from quilting, and show you some pictures from my garden.  It’s so hot and steamy, that I couldn’t get a good picture.  Eagle and I were in the pool before my first cup of coffee was finished.  So I thought you might be interested in some financials (hope I used that word correctly) about quilting.  I don’t know if 3.58 billion is a large number to you, but it sure impressed me!

 From the Salt Lake Dessert News:

“Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy.

But in today’s world it is also an industry — an industry that recently returned its annual International Quilt Market to Salt Lake City for a second time and drew hundreds of people from around the world to the Salt Palace.

Not open to the public, the show brought together people in all aspects of the industry, from fabric, thread and notion manufacturers, to book and magazine publishers, quilt shop owners, quilt designers and pattern-makers and more, to give them a chance to see what’s new, what’s exciting, what’s going on in the world of quilting.

 

Modern quilts are characterized by solid colors, easy patterns and a somewhat "wonky" look.

Amy Ellis
Modern quilts are characterized by solid colors, easy patterns and a somewhat “wonky” look.

Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry, when quilts were only made out of necessity. Today, it is a $3.58 billion industry in the United States with 21.3 million quilters, nationwide. Fourteen percent of U.S. households are home to at least one active quilter. But quilting is also popular all over the world, and Quilt Market attendees came from Germany, Belgium, Australia, Japan and other countries.”

If you had 3.58 billion dollars, you could afford Cortney Cox’s beach house.  You wouldn’t ever find me inside…her outside spaces were gorgeous.

I’m sending some warm weather to you, so Shannon and Harper can take off their winter coats!  Please take it a little easy on my poor Grand-dog.

Written by bevanddara

June 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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