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  1. Quilting in Washington“The Giving People” Lt. Governor’s Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations October 13, 2010 Presented by Linda Hill and Cindy Roth

  2. History of Quilting • Started as necessity to keep warm, possibly from the Chinese or Egyptians • Came to America with the first settlers • Moved west with the pioneers • Over the years construction techniques have changed • Hand sewn and hand quilted & tied • First quilts were utilitarian; made with any scraps the women had • As economic times improved and more fabric was available, women began to use quilts as an artistic outlet. • Machine sewn and hand quilted • Sewing machine as we know it was patented in 1846 • Machine sewn and machine quilted • Quilting became extremely easier with the development of the rotary cutter.

  3. Quilt Uses • Bed coverings • Baby blankets • Wall hangings • Home Accessories • Clothing • Raffles • Comfort for the sick • Stress Reliever (much cheaper than a psychiatrist • Note: most quilts are given away, not sold

  4. Quilting in USA • Estimated value of quilting market in 2010: $3.58 billion (+9% since 2006) • At least $720,000 in Washington • Quilting Households: 16.38 million • Total Number of Quilters: 21.3 million • Includes casual quilters who may have made only a few quilts such as baby quilts • Quilt shops individually owned (no franchises) Information taken from Quilting in America™ 2010 Detailed Report

  5. Dedicated Quilter Profile • Female • 62 years old • Well educated (72% attended college) • Affluent ($91,602 HH income) • Spends on average $2,442 per year on quilting • Quilting for an average of 16 years • This is NOT a cheap hobby • Many of these dedicated quilters started quilting as their children grew up and the women had more time to sew • Also, 16 years ago, 1994, was about the time machine quilting began to become accepted within the quilting community • Above is profile of dedicated quilter; however many younger people are starting to quilt. • School age students has entries in Puyallup Fair 4-H exhibits Information taken from Quilting in America™ 2010 Detailed Report


  6. Quilting Information for Washington • Approximately 140 Quilt Shops • Numerous guilds/Church organizations • Many focus groups, including: • American Hero Group (Quilts for wounded soldiers returning to Madigan from Iran and Afghanistan) 150 per month • Project Linus for children with cancer • Quilts given to police and fire departments for children in distress • Homeless shelters • Women’s crisis Centers • Hospice groups • Ronald McDonald House • Quilt shows i.e., • Association of Professional Northwest Quilters • WA State Quilters, Spokane Chapter • Quilters Anonymous in Monroe • Shop Hops • Held in many areas of the state • Western Washington had 54 participating shops in 2010 • Shoppers come from many states and some foreign countries

  7. Quilting Information for Washington, continued • La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum • New displays 4 times per year • Features works of many Washington quilters • Sewing Expo • One of largest in the US • Attendees from all over the US and foreign countries • Held annually at Puyallup Fair Grounds every February • Rusty Barn Sewing & Crafts Expo • Held annually at Puyallup Fair Grounds every November • Innovations Longarm Quilting Conference • Held annually in September in Tacoma • Attendees from all over the US and Canada

  8. Quilters’ Tools - Purchases • Necessities: • Fabric • Sewing machine • Notions: scissor, needles, rotary cutter, cutting mat, rulers, seam ripper, etc. • Thread • Patterns • Designated sewing area • Optional • Books • Embroidery Machine • Longarm Quilting Machine • Magazines

  9. Quilting Economic Contributions within WashingtonMonies coming in and going out • Quilt shops • Chain fabric stores • Sewing Machine Stores (may be in Quilt Shops) • Sewing Machines $200 - $13,000 • Embroidery Machines $400 - $13,000 • Longarm Machines • Mid Arm $6,000 • Long Arm $50,000 • Longarm Quilting Services • Pattern Designers • Individuals • Shop owners • Authors • Book Publisher • Martingale – in Bothell • Self-published • Notion Manufacturer • Omnigrid • Fabric Manufacturer • In the Beginning Fabrics in Seattle • Clothworks in Seattle • Warm and Natural Batting (Headquarters in Lynnwood, Manufacturing in Elma) • Quilting Classes • Retreat Centers

  10. Quilting Two Step Process • Create the Quilt Top. (Piecer) • Cut fabric into small shapes and pieces. • Sew pieces back together to make pleasing design • Stitch the Quilt. (Quilter) • Sandwich quilt • Pieced top • Batting • Backing fabric • Stitch sandwich together with thread to make the “quilt.”

  11. Professional Machine Quilters in Washington • Quilt many of the thousands of quilt tops made each year • At least 1800 within the state • 75% live in Western Washington • 80% are licensed businesses • Majority gross $5,000 to $15,000 per year • Majority charge $100 to $200 for labor quilting Queen Size Quilt (does not include charges for thread, batting, backing or binding)

  12. State Considerations for Quilters • Include quilt displays in state museums as part of Washington history • Hold show in Capital Building • Have Governor acknowledge state quilters on National Quilting Day – 3rd Saturday in March • Clarify tax codes for machine quilters – service vs. manufacturing • Provide grants to help guilds hold quilt shows • Provide grants to help start-up quilting businesses • Marketing campaign promoting local home based businesses