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Just received a notice that a local quilt shop is closing its doors.  It will remain open as an on-line business only.  It was a favorite shop, but in a very small town in a very rural community, so I'm sure it was hard to keep enough foot traffic going through the doors to make it profitable.  Still, it makes me sad.  

Judging by the downturn in of chit-chat even here on QWU as compared to when it first started, do you wonder if quilting is losing its popularity as a whole or are quilters just quietly quilting and not participating in the on-line community any longer?  I realize there will always be those of us for whom quilting is a lifelong passion rather than a fad craft phase, but these things wax and wane.  Just wondering what your thoughts are.  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 15, 2014 at 12:35pm

Kathy, she's probably as thrilled to receive them as you are to see them go to a good home.  I've found quilters are very generous with their time, knowledge and lending a helping hand.  

Comment by Kathy Hylton on July 15, 2014 at 12:11pm

I am also purging fabrics.. was getting ready to post things on ebay and etsy.. but what a thrill to bless a friend who is learning..with a nice stack of backgrounds and fat quarters to get her started with a "stash".. that's what this is about.

Comment by Brenda Patterson on July 15, 2014 at 5:19am

Life here just got to be very busy.I went from working nights to days big change after 15 yrs nights.Currently going thru 6 tubs of fabric to finally get a hold on my sewing room. Slow and steady I tell myself.Have finished a few projects no new one started until the purge is finished.I too am saddened when we lose local QS.Thanks for your post .

Comment by Barb/Oregon on July 13, 2014 at 8:33am

Just rad you comment Kathy - and had to giggle.   I remember my Mother asking me once why i had so many unfinished projects - i told her that it was the process, not the finished project that held my interest.  I do not quilt much - am a knitter.  Part of that is that here in Pendleton, our quilt shop closed last year.  And i belong to a knit group - and, oh my, what a fun group.

I do not haver a place to have my sewing machine out - so most of my sewing is by hand  - which i really enjoy.  But just have not done much recently.  I think you have inspired me to do some quilting.


Comment by Kathy Hylton on July 12, 2014 at 7:05am

I came back to comment after thinking about this blog.. I started the learning process of quilting only about 7 years ago.. I love the process from start to finish.  After a couple of years and as my stash of fabric and tools increased, I started to notice that the short cuts were taking away my project time.  Instead of enjoying the time with each block and making each block special, I felt pressure to complete a project to "keep up."   The new offerings of tools causes "overload" and I quickly realized I didn't need all those gadgets.  They are created to  speed the process.   I love the gentleness of the process and have enough stress in my life without "speeding" up my gentle hobby.   My local quilt shop closed down and I could see it coming.   The kits and classes became hurried and competitive as to who could get done first.. the finishing was no longer an artform but again, the competition.  I am comforted to know I have a "few" unfinished projects.. my go-to corner.. and my quiet sanctuary is my place and I slam the door at the competitive nature I see going on.  Fabric prices got outrageous due to cotton crop issues..or whatever.. Connecting Threads lets me keep sewing at a reasonable price..but how can local shops survive these prices?   Economically it is not in the cards. So between that and the new "hurry up" attitude it has encouraged.. I stay out of the shops now..it is like being in Vegas when I am looking for a quiet lunch with friends..  Just sayin...

Comment by betweens on July 8, 2014 at 2:23am

I'm still here PQ just has been a busy year, have stopped in and read blogs to keep up and view the wonderful array of quilts and stuff on the slideshow. Have been quilting lots but have not posted much I even have a blog that has neglected for almost a year. I had taken office in 2 of my guilds so that takes up some computer time. Plus a new chihuahua that needs some TLC but I still visit just don't post as much, sometimes I think people just get tired of hearing about me...LOL

I know you are a devoted follower and it is always wonderful to hear from you!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 7, 2014 at 3:07pm

I appreciate each response, ladies.  They are all well thought out and insightful, and I agree.   It will be interesting to see how the trend continues.

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 6, 2014 at 3:19pm

Barbara, you hit the nail on the head.  When I took my first quilting class, the instructor came to my house and taught me how to use the quilting mat and ruler and taught me how to cut out the fabric before the class so I would be able to keep up with the more advanced students. She is a local lady who teaches classes. We all made Eleanor Burns Quilt in a day.  I was hooked and have since taken other classes to learn more.  I also agree with you on the cycle part.  I worked in a craft store and learned that crafts come and go.  When I got my first machine in the early 60's everything was garment making.  I hardly knew anyone who sewed except my cousin and some aunts and my mother.  And none of them did quilting.  I think quilting is here to stay but I agree that the young people don't seem to be that interested in any form of sewing.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 6, 2014 at 3:06pm

Very good point, Barbara! I struggle with both sides of that coin. While I do both hand and machine piecing, I applique and quilt only by hand. Obviously, this takes a lot of time, and frankly, while I only buy LQS quality fabric, I don't go through it fast enough to keep the local shops in business. On the other hand, many new quilters are used to the "project" approach in needlework and want to create something quickly and easily. I think you're right that many shops have catered to this need, especially since it does sell fabric quickly, but it doesn't develop a lifelong passion for quilting.

Comment by Pam/NY on July 6, 2014 at 1:38pm

I agree Barb!!!

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