Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Facts, just the plain facts

Did you know that 14% of all households report at least one family member who quilts?

The average dedicated quilter is 62 years old with a college education and in a median household income of more than $90,000.


The majority have a room in their home dedicated to quilting and/or sewing and spends an average of 2.2 hours a week on quilting websites.

She also subscribes to 4 quilting magazines and spends 5 hours a month reading these magazines.

She has purchased an average of 95 yards of fabric and bought 5 quilting books over the past year.


Estimated total value of the quilting industry in the US is an average of $3.5 BILLION

So how do you line up with these statistics?

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27 comments:

Linda said...

LOL! I'm helping boost those statistics! Pretty sure I'm an economy boosting machine because I love all things quilty!

Nanato4 said...

Wow, I don't fit any of those stats. I'm not sure how much time I spend on quilting websites ... especially if you throw in blogs and e-mail updates from Yahoo Groups ... it's probably MORE than 2+ hours/week! ha! Interesting information! Blessings!

Pat said...

I fit some of the stats......very interesting to read this info!

quiltingnana said...

the statistics almost match me....very interesting

luv2quilt2 said...

I really fit those stats. So glad I'm doing my part to support the economy.

~Niki~ said...

ya~i definitely contribute to that 3 million ;)

Emma said...

I'm much younger than average, at 25. :) I don't subscribe to any magazines, but spend much more time on websites! Not sure on how many yards of fabric I buy though...

Piecefulafternoon said...

I fit the age - but certainly not the income bracket (do you think some people nudged that income up a little to impress others???) - nor the magazines - nor the books - nor the shopping. Hmmm guess I bring down the average - but I have fun anyway. LOL

Darlene said...

HMMM - I fit some of the stats. Definitely not 62 - LOL

Bree said...

No magazines, no books - all my quilting info comes from online sources, so up that online time. I've purchased far more than 95 yards of fabric in the past year, lol, but my income is not over $90k.
And if you divide the median age in half and subtract 3 of my 2 year old, you get my age. :)

I guess I'm not average!

Andrea said...

Wow, I had no idea those were the stats. As for the fabric, and the patterns/books, well I definately fall into that category. I always seem to be adding to my ever growing stash!

Quiet Quilter said...

I'm older, college educated, buyer of magazines (and sometimes books), working on buying less, but that 95 yards of fabric is an interesting goal. My average computer time is so far above average! But so worth it.

Thanks for letting us know where we stand....

Quilt Hollow said...

I younger than the average and don't purchase that many quilt magazines or books. However, I spend waaaaaaay more time in my designated quilt room than the average quilter. Interesting.

Ivory Spring said...

Love this! I too am younger than the average age. :) I hope the next survey will tip toward the youngens'. :)

Tiffaney said...

Well I am younger then the average. I have a room that was ment to be my sewing room but has turned into just a stash room since I really enjoy sewing in the living room with the rest of the family. So I guess I have 1+ rooms in my house for my obsession

Way over the average time on quilty websites (how else can I get over the 95 yards of fabric purchased per year?)

Lisa West said...

Wow, I do not quilt but enjoy them! A quilt show would be fabulous. Have you been in a show!? Beautiful pictures. Lisa

Barb said...

I found that to be very interesting. With this move I have come to realize the value in all of my machines and hoardings....I still have items in storage....

Shirleymac said...

Wow, I fit the age demographic but that's about it. I don't subscribe to magazines anymore, too expensive. And lately my quilting work are long term projects so I can stretch out the cost.

Amazing statistics though.

Crispy said...

I don't fit into any of the catagories, except I'm close in the age bracket. I'm still pretty dedicated to the process though :0)

Crispy

Allie said...

WOW! Well, let's see - I'm 50 - we sure don't qualify for the median income, lol - I do have my own room though - and I spend hardly anything on my hobby. My last two purchases were with gift certificates! Although I did spring for some fabric today.
No wonder Ty Pennington wants in on the quilt market, wow.

Denise :) said...

Hmmm...though I *am* younger (and I'm willing to bet that particular statistic is no longer accurate) I pretty much am an over-achiever in the rest of the stats. LOL! Except with the magazines; I don't subscribe, but I do buy off the stand if they're interesting! :)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Well....hmmmm....I'm 16 years younger than the average quilter...LOL. But if you averaged out all my friends ages....we probably hit right near 62 :)

That was fun to read....great post!

Smiles,
Kelly

Paula Ganyard said...

You need a median income of $90K to be able afford this hobby sometimes! Seriously, I too fit some of the criteria but not others.

syocom said...

Well some of the stuff i fit into, have a room and education but my age and the money are slightly off for me. I am a 25 year old sewing major who loves to quilt and sew.

Talin's Corner said...

OMG! Those were really interesting statistics and pretty accurate for the quilters I know.

Stray Stitches said...

I'm a little younger, little less educated, a whole lot less income, and my sewing room is also our office. Otherwise the rest is probably pretty close. Except I spend way too much time on quilting websites if you count blogs.

Jackie said...

I'm younger by 13 years and have some college education and but did not get that degree. I'm not big on purchasing magazines and my book purchases have slowed waaaay down. The time online - yikes - I spend more than that even if you add the magazine time to it. The household income part is not surprising - quilting can be expensive - but I'd like to see that number come down so the art carries on!