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Konza Prairie Quilters' Guild

Manhattan, Kansas
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Did you know? You are not alone! Quilting Trends Survey 2024

Citing  the article from Craft Industry Alliance, "The Size of the Quilting Market:  Quilting Trends Survey Results 2024", by Abby Glassenberg. The full article can be found here.

At the h+h americas 2024 Conference in Chicago in May, the CEO of HandiQuilter, Mark Hyland, presented a summary of the results of the Quilter's Survey.  Of the 1.8 million quilters who were invited to participate via email, over 37,000 quilters responded to the survey. 93% of the respondents were from the US, 5% from Canada, and 1% from other countries.

According to Mr. Hyland's presentation of the survey, the quilt market is expected to reach $5 billion by 2027. There are now 85 million "active creatives" in the US and Canada, representing more that $35 billion in sales. Active creatives are individuals who have made a creative project in the past 12 months.

According to the study, the average quilter identifies as female (98%) and is retired (70%) and in her 60s with a household income of $70k or more. After having sewn for an average of 22 years, the average quilter started a first quilt at age 39. The average quilter starts 11 projects a year and finishes 9. (That's where those UFOs come from. :) 65% of quilters are spending more that 6 hours per week working on quilts. The average quilter owns four different types of sewing machines! New quilters represent 11% of the total quilting population. 

Where do quilters like to shop? According to the survey, average quilters have 2 preferred places to shop for quilting supplies:  61% prefer their local quilt shops and 16% prefer to shop online.

The majority of quilters (80%) say they are spending the same or more time and dollars now than they were in previous years.  However, increasing costs are also driving them to use more of their stash rather than replenishing or purchasing new for every project.

View graphic representations of the survey results  below. Click on an image to view in its entirety, then scroll with the arrow.

Congratulations to KPQG member, Patty Nelson!

Once again, Patty has exhibited her talent on the national scene at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, KY, and has been recognized for her expertise.  Patty's quilt, Twilight Garden, was the Third Place Winner in the Large Quilt category!  This exquisitely pieced and wool appliqued quilt will dazzle anyone who views it. We are so proud of you, Patty!

Tulip Festival Throwdown

A new event was introduced at this year's Wamego Tulip Festival.  The First Annual Quilting Throwdown was the brain child of Michelle Crisler who is a member of both the Konza Prairie Quilter's Guild and the Wamego Kaw Valley Quilt Guild. During this 90-minute challenge, seven members of each guild worked with an elementary student to create and complete a quilt top. The student's task was to select  forty fabrics from a collection of  folded and displayed options on a table. From these fabrics, twenty twelve-inch blocks would be cut, stitched, pressed, set, and sewn into a quilt top. Six fabrics could be selected before the event to allow for a "starter set" of fabrics. Once the start bell rang, a flurry of friendly competition began, complete with cheers and heckling. What fun!

Kudos to the Wamego Kaw Valley Guild for completing their twenty blocks within the 90-minute time span!  Due to some technical difficulties with bobbins and thread and a few "redos" on stitching, the KPQG came in a valiant second.


Upcoming Events

The purpose of this organization is to promote the art of quilt making, to stimulate an interest in quilts, and to provide educational programs and services in quilting to our community. 

The Konza Prairie Quilters' Guild welcomes all who are interested in quilting.  Our members range from beginners to advanced quilters.  We offer programming and workshops that feature professional presenters, as well as sessions presented by our own members.  You will get to know members with special interests in wool applique, Featherweights, modern quilting, traditional piecework, free-motion quilting, and much more.  

Visitors are welcome to meet with us on the second Monday morning of each month at 9:00 a.m.  in the Utopia Room at St. Thomas More Church. Our annual dues are $40.  You are welcome to visit twice before joining.

About us

We are here to promote quilting.  We have members of all ability levels from beginner to advanced.   You will meet members with interest in wool applique', Featherweights, modern quilting, traditional piecing, free-motion quilting, and much more.

Become a member

You are welcome to visit twice before joining.  We hope to see you at our next meeting!

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