Friday, July 25, 2014

Spending Habits of the Dedicated Quilter

I've put together an infographic that I'd like to share with you today - it's all about quilters and the money we spend. I've got a few thoughts at the end of the post, and would like you to share yours, too! I know it's not popular to talk about personal finances, but we can always talk in generalities.

spending habits of the dedicated quilter

When I first looked at some of these statistics, I was really shocked. I consider myself a dedicated quilter, but $2,422 a year? Wow, that was a lot. How much did I spend in the past year?

Oh.

I spent over that. I mean, partly because I bought a new sewing machine. But still! Wow. It was definitely a wake-up call. 

I don't know if that's too much, but it still called for an evaluation - how much should I spend every month? Should I have a fixed monthly budget? Or should it be a rougher, yearly budget, so I have more flexibility depending on what kind of projects I'm making? 

I was also interested in the $600 number (minimum amount to spend a year to be considered a "dedicated quilter"). I'm guessing this could allow for about 2 - 6 quilts, depending on size and complexity of pattern (a pattern with more seams requires more fabric and thus costs more). I think one could spend less money and still be a dedicated quilter. For example, if you were making a single, extremely complex quilt that you spent a whole year on - like the Jane Stickle quilt - you would only need to buy supplies for one quilt that year, while still putting in a lot of hours. However, if someone was spending over $600 a year and barely spending any time quilting, I'd suspect they were simply hoarding fabric. Ha.

I also thought it was really interesting to see a dollar amount put on a thread stash. I have no idea how much my stash is worth, and had never even thought about it before. It's definitely an investment, though! 

It makes you think - if your house was burned down in a fire, and all of your items with it, how much money would it take to replace just your sewing stuff? According to this, it would probably be above $10,000! Crazy!!

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So, what stuck out to you from this information? How many of you have a budget? Are you strict about it? Do you spend around the average amount of $2,422 per year? Do you think you might have $10,000+ of quilting stuff in your sewing room? Food for thought!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sew-Vivor | 13 Spools

This year, I thought I'd audition for the Sew-Vivor competition! It's a quilter's edition this time around, so fingers crossed :). 


I know my readers have seen this a number of times already (so my apologies), but since it's one of my all-time favorites, I'd like to present to the judges my Mod Blocks quilt.

Mod Blocks

I based my design on a regency-style wallpaper. It finishes at 78" x 90".

Mod Blocks

I quilted it with an all-over rectangular meander.

Mod Blocks

He likes to hang out in our family room at the moment, and gets lots of snuggle time.

Mod Blocks


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quilting Away...


Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Or....we both win? Win-win.

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

This is gonna take awhile....

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Obviously I couldn't decide on just what to do for the quilting...

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

...so I did everything!

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

This is how quilting is supposed to be. Enjoyable.

Quilting the Dyed Quilt

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quilting with the Juki 2010

I've been quilting a lot on my Juki lately - for some reason, I'm still feeling hesitant to write the quilting review about it. Probably because I'm not entirely happy with it.

Really, truthfully, I'm having troubles with the machine liking the thread that I use, but I'm rather unwilling to let go of that thread. I use exclusively use Sulky for quilting, but I've been having a lot of breakage issues. I think I've gotten most of them worked out:
- use a needle with a larger hole (metallic 90/14 needles)
- be sure that the hook of the thread stand is sitting exactly centered over the spool
- lace the thread through an extra hole in the thread feeder
- be sure to move the needle quickly (I tend to move the fabric faster than the needle, causing breakage)

But still. I'm still getting occasional thread shread/breakage. I'm also having some troubles with consistency of tension in the settings. I once quilted an entire quilt where the tension was off - if I increased it by one click, it was too tight (on top), and if I decreased it by one click, it was too loose. Really? REALLY?!? I don't even know what to do about that!! (Perhaps a batting issue on that one?)

I've definitely come leaps and strides in using this machine for quilting, so I'm sincerely hoping that it's just a few remaining tweaks in figuring out how to set the tension to get everything just right.

To be honest, the majority of the quilting looks fantastic. I'm just so over re-threading my needle.

Quilting

I'm working on this quilt next - I'm soooo close to getting this machine to be happy. I'm hoping this will be an easy, fun quilting experience!

Quilting

I'm sure someone will tell me not to use Sulky, so...
Here's the reason I use it: I can buy it at Jo-Ann's. With a coupon. 
There's something so alluring that I just can't give up about 50% off, beautiful, vibrantly colored thread, that I don't need to wait 3 days for. 
Also? The variegated options. They. are. BEAUTIFUL. 
I have yet to see any competition.

So Juki? You will bow down to the Sulky. 

...

Pretty please.

Quilting

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Around the interwebz :D

Just some great links to share with you today!

A cool article on how creative people say no.

Splityarn's Flickr feed is so inspiring!

In case you didn't know, my friend Lindsay has this great collaborative Pinterest board on modern quilting projects.

And speaking of Pinterest, Alex Veronelli of Aurifil is a bit of a Pinterest demi-god. Basically the quilty-Pinteresty version of George Takei on Facebook. If that makes any sense to you.

Here and here are some interesting thoughts on the differences (or lack thereof) between modern quilting and traditional quilting by r0ssie - definitely worth a read!

I decorated these champagne glasses, which normally wouldn't be quilty, but don't they just scream Molli Sparkles to you?

In other news, I'm working on quilting up my friend's baby quilt - pics to come soon!! I just need to decide what quilting pattern to use next...it's my first time quilting someone else's quilt top, and it's definitely an interesting experience - I just hope she likes how I've done everything!