Quilting Survey & Giveaway

(Collage of quilts I made, helped make or designed – I don’t like to repeat myself!)

I had so many interesting comments to yesterday’s post! Thank you everyone who took the time to share your point of view. Of course, it made me wonder about several things and I’m so curious I had to create a survey. Please take a couple of minutes to answer – it’s only ten questions, multiple choice. You can check more than one answer and in some cases you can add details. The link below takes you to an independent survey website called SurveyMonkey. They do not collect your personal information.

After you’ve taken the survey, pop back here and leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a fabric bundle. I’ll work with the winner to customize the fabrics that go into the bundle. You can earn a second entry if you post about this survey and giveaway on your blog. Just leave a second entry with a link to your blog post. The contest will be open through March 31, and I’ll announce the winner a few days after that.

Updated to add: This giveaway IS open to international entries.
Updated again to add: Although the giveaway is closed, the survey will remain open for another week since I’ve had a lot of recent traffic. Agree or disagree with my posts, I’d love your feedback in the survey.
Final update: The survey is closed. Watch the blog for results!



  1. I love your fabric. So many beautiful fabric and so little time. I have to learn to wean myself off the computer. I end up reading everything on here and have no time to sew.

    I have my fabrics organized similiar to yours. Only it doesn’t look as neat as yours.

  2. Interesting questions – be curious to read the results of your survey. Wonder if there’s a difference between US & International?
    Chris x

  3. I took the survey and I find myself fitting into many different categories. I like to try new things and I am open to new ideas. Like many quilters, I collect lots of fabrics (often with no purpose in mind) and I make lots of gifts that I sometimes forget to take pictures of. I am not trying to “be” any one type of quilter, just having fun!

  4. I just took your survey. Not to be offensive, but some of those questions made me feel like a fabric/technique slut. I’ve not thought much about it before, but choosing so many selections on some of those questions… apparently I’ll try and/or use anything.

  5. (I wish I could edit my previous comment: I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Using the word slut makes it sound negative, but I don’t think it is at all. It just amused me because I didn’t think I’d pushed myself very far into the quilting world, but to see it all laid out in front of me.. I really have tried/done a lot different things, and there are a lot more I want to go on trying.)

  6. Your survey was very interesting. I’ve come to the conclusion my style is ‘confused’ because I ticked so many different options.

  7. Took the survey. Had to back my way out of it to get back here though so I hope it counted! I am very interested in the results so thanks for the giveaway and for posting this!

  8. I took the survey; I actually enjoy responding to survey questions…it makes me think about what I do, and take stock of where I am as a quilter and where I want to go.

  9. It will be interesting to see what commonalities your survey shows- another question that came to mind was how long the person who took the survey had been quilting-
    I think there is a lot of desire to make quilts quickly and more of them these days. Traditionally, quilting a quilt was a whole winter’s recreation or a way to socialize. More recently, as in the resurgence of the late 70’s there has been a huge plethora of choices of fabrics, tools etc.
    I think there will always be some traditional quilters who love the original ways of quilting. Sometimes the pressure to make as many quilts as one can,reduces the degree of difficulty one chooses because complicated quilts take time. I know some quilters get scared off by lots of pieces and more complex techniques. Others thrive on making complicated patterns with intricate piecing. Perhaps as new quilters develop confidence with less demanding patterns we will see more complex patterns reappear because there will be a larger demand for complicated patterns.
    Interesting post- Thanks for raising the issue..

  10. That was an interesting survey.. i wish there was a multiple answer on the size of quilts, I make many different sizes – not just one size.

  11. It was interesting to see the different questions. I didn’t realize there were so many catagories.

    Thank you for asking.

  12. Interesting survey, very well thought-out; I’ll be interested to see the results. Thanks for yesterday’s post too; I’m so What-Is-Modern’ed out that I tend to gloss over the entire topic but you wrote well and thoughtfully on the subject.

  13. I just took the survey! I am new to quilting so it was interesting to see all the other options! Also I have tweeted about your give away!


  14. Fun Survey. I love trying new things. I am just about ready to start my most challenging quilt yet with partial seams and Y seams. I haven’t really done that before!

  15. Took the survey. Made me think about what I do and why. Not a bad thing at all. Will post it on my blog when I get a chance.

  16. Oops. Forgot I just made a bargello (hasn’t been quilted yet). Didn’t list it in my survey. I don’t think there was a place to put this, but reading your latest post about the comments, I want to mention that, like one person you cite, I get the most pleasure out of designing/creating and then piecing the top, not the actual quilting. Also, I do not have a home machine capable of quilting more anything larger than a baby quilt and even that is difficult because of problems with my arms and hands. Hence, the need to pay a long-armer for larger projects.

  17. I am new to your blog, referred here by Nancy at Blogging, near Philadelphia. Like others, I have a serious fabric addiction, and lack adequate space and time to put to use the stash in my possession. All that said, the fact that I have bookmarked your site on my own blog leads me to believe that there will be more quilting in my future. I just can’t get away from it!

  18. Click, click clicking away on your survey makes me suspect I have quilter’s ADD …

  19. Liked the questions. Some answers took more thought than others. My quilting has changed in the last 25 yrs.

  20. Great survey! I think there should have been a question asking how you learned to quilt as well….I haven’t been taught, I just pick things up as I go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I took your survery. Interesting survey and interesting discussion. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there.

  22. Survey completed. I’m probably going to be the only math quilter responding, but that’s okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I just found your blog today (from Nancy near Philadelphia) and took the survey. I’m interested in seeing what your results are!

  24. I took the survey, there are some interesting posts here about the dumbing down of quilting. I’ve been thinking this about fabric for a while and how some new fabric ranges are designed to suit a particular simple block design -ie not suitable for QAL or sampler quilt as there’s not enough variety in range of small/large prints or light/dark shades and the design of the block gets lost. To me, quilting today is more about the fabric print and less about the block design. Buying online does make it difficult to select complimentary fabric, so I do rely on co-ondinating ranges.

  25. Hi- I took the survey. I got here from Blogging, near Philly. I enjoyed reading your blog and will visit again.

  26. I took the survey after reading through your posts of the past few days.

    I’m also looking forward to your upcoming skill builder series.

  27. Just making a second comment to let you know that I blogged about the survey and giveaway.

    Oh and also about the skill builder series.

  28. I just finished the survey. I’m so glad we were able to choose more than one answer! thanks so much….

  29. I took the survey – I don’t have a blog, but love to read them. I’ve been inspired, in fact, by many quilts I’ve seen on blogs. I think my favorite part of the quilting process is getting an idea, or an inspiration for a new quilt project, and pulling the fabrics from my stash to create it. Love your blog!

  30. My survey is complete and, like many other commenters, would love to see the results (if you have time to compile them for us!) – I’m interested to find out if the answers vary according to country…Thanks for the survey and posts.

  31. I did your survey. I’m curious what the results will be. I’m just a scrap quilter at heart, i love them all, lol. Helen

  32. An interesting survey to take part in. There have been some interesting posts about this on your blog and others. Thanks for a thought provoking discussion.

  33. It was interesting to see the questions and realize just how far I have come. I am now teaching others to quilt and never realized I was so talented until I found out they knew nothing then I became brilliant (in my own mind). haha I can’t wait to see the results.

  34. I took the survey and left a comprehensive comment on another post of yours. The questions prompted me to take stock of my skills and inclinations, quilting-wise. It’s always a good thing to do a little self-evaluation.

  35. I finished the survey.
    All quilters/quilts are good in my eyes.
    Young or old, complicated or easy.
    Girls just want to have fun!!!

  36. I took the survey.

    It was fun to see what I have actually tried so far. I called myself an adventurous beginner although I’m not positive I’m right on that. I’m definitely a beginner but I’ve started trying new techniques, even though I haven’t posted a lot of them yet. I’ve made a lot of progress with my seams and I keep trying things I haven’t done.

    Can’t wait to see your summary of the results.

  37. I completed the survey. I am in the middle of reading your ‘Dumbing down’ posts. A fun read so far.

  38. I completed your survey and will look forward to seeing the results. I’ve been quilting for 14 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Even when I get frustrated over a design or method used.

  39. Took the survey. Very good questions. Will be interesting to see the results from everyone.

  40. Great posts on this topic, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your columns and the posts. I for one have been getting bored in blogland with so much ‘sameness’ and too may simplistic quilts. Love the colorways, so but much fabric from the same lines is getting boring. Love that they are attracting so many young quilters – I’m hoping they will love the fabrics, color challenges, and will stick around and learn more and more. Keep quilting alive for future generations.

  41. I took the survey. Look forward to seeing the results. Got here from ‘Dumbing down’ posts. I teach beginners quilting at my LQS and am always trying to encourage students to go to the next step in their learning. Some just want to do the same thing over and over so am starting new classes to help them ‘gently’ to take the next step.

  42. Took your survey, thanks for the opportunity and I look forward to seeing the results! I’m a longtime quilter of 25 yrs. and I enjoy the journey, from making a Civil War quilt to something new, modern and bright. I just love it all !!

  43. I love that you are taking this challenge to task, good for you, and all of us in cyberspace who will become better for participating in your challenges.
    I filled out the survey and hope it helps direct your challenges.

  44. Took the survey and look forward to the results. It would be interesting to see the results of the same survey if it were posted on a “modern” quilting blog.

  45. I took the survey, and thank you for your thoughts on the current world of quilting and for helping us think about our own views.

  46. I took the survey! I loved your interesting posts! I’m curious as to the results. I think there are a lot more intermediate/advanced to advanced quilters than people think online. I was surprised at how many techniques that you listed that I’d done. I think maybe you should have also asked whether you’ve taught someone else how to quilt. If you’ve taught someone else the basics, it makes you rethink where you lie on the spectrum of beginner to advanced. I recently taught my MIL and she made her first quilt so I now consider myself between intermediate and advanced. BTW I’m going to start following your blog.

  47. I completed the survey. It was interesting because it forced me to think about my quilting habits, likes and dislikes. I just discovered your blog today via Carrie Nelson’s post!

  48. Hi! I took the survey and hard to believe there are so many choices regarding quilting! YIKES! I had to laugh that you included computer distraction as one of the reasons my projects are incomplete! Right on target!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the give-away!

  49. I took the survey. I made my first quilt to take to college in 1975. I’m to the point where I try just about anything that appeals to me – modern, traditional, mixed. Always learning, trying something new. Still love it!

  50. I took the survey. I’ve been quilting on and off for over 10 years… And yes I too get distracted by the computer… Oh yeah – I think I’m supposed to be sewing right now!

  51. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of this survey! Thanks for these posts-you did a fantastic job of pinpointing a feeling that’s been nagging me while hopping around the quilting blogosphere.

  52. Very interested in seeing the survey results just as I have been intrigued by all the editorials on the blogs I follow. The questions have made me think about my own work and I can see using a timer to curtail time I spend on the computer instead of sewing. I really don’t want to win the contest of having the most fabric when I die! lol

  53. Please post the results of the survey as it wouldbe interesting to read what challenges your readers!

  54. Would love to win your giveaway.I did the survey for you and love your website and writings.

  55. Hello, I took the survey, thank you! This discussion is very interesting and together with my quilting friends we can talk about this.
    I am happy I discovered your blog and look forward to reading more of your thoughts and musings!

  56. Interesting survey! Made me think..hmmmm. It will be interesting to see the final results ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Hi Sandi – Cool survey! I’ll check back for the results – uh, and the lessons! It’s easy to neglect some of those basic skills sometimes (guilty) but I promise that my answers were honest ๐Ÿ™‚


  58. survey taken.

    i’ve used a lot of precuts lately, easy for quick quilts for babies (lots around), but I have a few WIP which will take me a little more time. need to move house to have space for a design wall….and in years to come a quilting frame and machine (sigh…..)

  59. I took the survey. I’m a fairly new quilter though. I really do love it and am looking forward to learning more skills.

  60. I am a day late but I did just take the survey. I was curious. I found your blog because someone on another blog was complaining about it. But I found your post interesting. Now I am going to go read more. I agree with a lot of your wrote. And I consider myself a longtime beginner quilter. I like the more complicated quilts I just have a hard time being accurate so they don’t work out.

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