Is quilting really on the wane?
After reading Barbara Brackman's post yesterday I was a little sad.
I knew the ever expanding quilt industry wouldn't last forever but it was a downer to read some of the statistics from last year.
It doesn't discourage me, just makes me sad.
I admit I don't spend as much on books and fabric as I used to. Part of the reason is because I have a large stash but the main reason is because I am a traditional quilter who likes reproduction fabrics
and patterns and my local fabric shops/magazines are catering more to those who like the trendy colors and themes.
|Kate Spain - cute but not me.|
But, I have to tell myself that they are catering in that direction because the quilters who like that are the ones spending the money. Makes perfect sense.
Also the many of the new patterns that are available are too simple and too "easy" for me. I want a challenge, I want something intricate.
|I guess they are trying to attract beginner quilters|
I love the ideas that are coming out of Australia. They seem to be going in lots of interesting directions.
|Jen Kingwell makes some interesting patterns|
I appreciate designers like Barbara Brackman, Betsy Chutchian, Jo Morton, and many many more who are still carrying the banner of "preserving the past". They haven't given up on quilters like me and I haven't given up on them. In fact, there is a new book I've got my eye on because of the pine tree quilt on the cover. Warming up to cheddar has taken me a long time but it sure makes this quilt sparkle.
Here is the book.
Regardless of the trends, I'm not giving up on quilting. I have many more fabrics to piece and stitches to make before I'm finished!!!