Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quilting in America 2006

The quilt industry survey, Quilting in America 2006, has released topline results.
  • Total quilters in the US now exceed 27 million! Up from 21.3 million in 2003.
  • Total quilt industry spend.... $3.3 billion!
  • The average "Dedicated Quilter," who spends over $600 per year on quilting-related purchases, represents 4.7% of all quilters... AND... account for 88% of total quilting expenditures!
  • She, the average Dedicated Quilter, is about 59 years old, well educated (72% attended college), has quilted for 13.5 years, and spends $2,304 annually on quilting.
  • She owns 2.6 sewing machines. Now, I thought this was silly until I stumbled over my second sewing machine on the way to the kitchen.
  • She also purchased an average of 98.7 YARDS of fabric at a cost of $816.60 in the last 12 months. I'm sure that the THREE BOLTS of Nelson Mandela fabrics I purchased this summer DOES NOT count because I shared the yards with others!

Do these statistics represent you?


Anonymous said...

Please check your statistics.

On one bullet point you say "Dedicated Quilters" spend $600 per year.

Two bullet points later you say "Dedicated Quilters" spend over $2,000 per year.

Is the fist statistic perhaps the "Average Quilters" annual expenditures?

Kyra said...


Thank you for your note. First, there is a link to the actual study for you to get the specific details.

I bet the $600 is for quilting-related expenditures and the $2,000 includes ALL expenditures (e.g., fabrics, classes, books).

Again, feel free to read the original research for yourself.