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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 Came to America with the first settlers Moved west with the pioneers Over the years construction techniques have changed –Hand sewn and hand quilted –Machine sewn and hand quilted –Machine sewn and machine quilted

3 Quilt Uses Bed coverings Baby blankets Wall hangings Home Accessories Clothing Raffles Comfort for the sick 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) Quilting Households: million Total Number of Quilters: 21.3 million 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 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) –Project Linus Quilt shows i.e., –Association of Professional Northwest Quilters –Spokane –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 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 Quilting Information for Washington, continued

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 Washington Quilt shops Chain fabric stores Sewing Machine Stores –Sewing Machines –Embroidery Machines –Longarm Machines Longarm Quilting Services Pattern Designers Book Publisher Notion Manufacturer Fabric Manufacturer Quilting Classes

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 – 3 rd 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


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