I've made a little progress on this Bunny quilt. It's fun to make the swirls on the bunny fur. This is coming along great.
I think this little basket would make a great block all on it's own. Can't you see a whole quilt with just this cute little basket?
I've been thinking a lot about a post I read on Lisa Bongean's blog. It's the post about Vegas Market and how she is thinking of new ideas for her quilting store (Primitive Gatherings). Possibly adding home decor or making a a retreat etc.
She was saying sales were down and that she is lucky to go to 10 shows a year (as a vendor) where she used to be able to go to 25 a year.
At first it saddened me to think that this craft I love is not as popular as it used to be. But, the more I got to think about it I realized that there are still lots and lots of quilters out there who love to create and share. The problem is that most of us don't go to a quilt shop to find a project anymore. We have numerous projects in our stashes that we still want to make.
I know my latest project, the wheel of fortune quilt, was made from fabric I already had in my stash. There has been so much wonderful fabric and rulers and kits and on and on that I previously bought and I still like them. I only have so much money to spend and I only have so much space to store what I bought.
I am truly sorry that quilt stores are going out of business because of lack of sales. But, I'm not any less zealous about making the very item I bought all that stuff for - QUILTS. I don't think there is less enthusiasm for quilting, there is just less inclination for buying.
I can understand why Lisa is trying to figure out a way to encourage quilters to come to her shop. And, she has a fabulous shop BTW. I've been to the one in Menasha Wisconsin twice.
I'm still just as "in" to quilting as I ever was.