Survey numbers

Nearly 700 people responded to my survey over the past few weeks. Although it’s safe to assume that the results are skewed toward people who were not offended by my earlier posts, the results are full of all sorts of interesting bits. Except for the first question, all responses are sorted in descending order. The first question is also the only question that allowed just one box to be checked. I’ll be posting some of the “Other” comments I received for each of theĀ  questions over the next day or two.

1. What skill level do you consider yourself?
Answer Options Percent Count
I’d like to learn to quilt someday 0.3% 2
Newbie Quilter 4.3% 30
Adventurous Beginning Quilter 22.5% 155
Intermediate Quilter 28.0% 193
Adventurous Intermediate Quilter 26.7% 184
Skilled Quilter 19.6% 135
Master Quilter 1.4% 10
answered question 690 690
skipped question 2 2
2. What techniques do you use?
Answer Options Percent Count
Half Square Triangles 88.9% 614
Chain Piecing 86.1% 595
Strip Piecing 83.2% 575
Squares and Rectangles measuring 2″ or smaller 70.3% 486
Flying Geese 67.7% 468
Quarter Square Triangles 62.7% 433
Foundation (Paper) Piecing 61.1% 422
Fusible Machine Applique 59.0% 408
Squares and Rectangles only, measuring 2 1/2″ or larger 55.3% 382
Hand Applique 49.3% 341
Partial Seams/Y Seams/Set In Seams 46.5% 321
Curves 46.0% 318
Other Size Triangles (60 degree, 30 degree, etc.) 45.9% 317
Templates 45.0% 311
Raw Edge Machine Applique 44.1% 305
Embroidery 43.4% 300
Improvisational/Wonky/Free Pieced 43.1% 298
One Patch – NOT Square or Rectangle (Hexagons, Tumblers, Pyramids, Apple Core) 33.3% 230
Hand Piecing 31.3% 216
Stack & Whack (Kaleidoscope) 26.8% 185
Bargello 13.7% 95
Pre-cut shapes (AcuQuilt Go Cutter or purchased shapes) 13.6% 94
Other (please specify) 10.3% 71
Trapunto 8.2% 57
answered question 691 691
skipped question 1 1
3. What size quilts do you make?
Answer Options Percent Count
Lap Quilts 84.9% 587
Baby Quilts 76.3% 527
Full/Queen Bed Quilts 68.6% 474
Twin Bed Quilts 64.0% 442
Small Quilts (under 36″) 52.0% 359
King Bed Quilts 27.9% 193
Mini Quilts (under 18″) 27.8% 192
Mug Rugs 21.9% 151
Other (please specify) 8.4% 58
answered question 691 691
skipped question 1 1
4. How do you create your quilts?
Answer Options Percent Count
Use patterns sometimes 70.2% 486
Use quilt pictures as a guide, but figure out the piecing on my own 66.0% 457
Create my own quilt patterns with traditional blocks on paper 37.4% 259
Create quilt designs entirely on my own on paper 34.7% 240
Follow detailed patterns only 16.0% 111
Create my own quilt patterns with traditional blocks using quilt design software 16.0% 111
Other (please specify) 12.9% 89
Create quilt designs entirely on my own using quilt design software 10.5% 73
answered question 692 692
skipped question 0 0
5. What fabric styles do you use?
Answer Options Percent Count
Solids and Near Solids (Kona, Moda Bella, Shot Cotton, Linen, etc.) 70.5% 488
Brights 61.8% 428
Tone on Tone 60.3% 417
Neutrals 60.0% 415
Small Scale Modern Prints 59.2% 410
Batiks 56.6% 392
Modern Florals 49.7% 344
Jewel Tones 48.8% 338
Holiday/Seasonal 48.1% 333
Large Scale Modern Prints 46.4% 321
Children’s 44.8% 310
Geometrics 44.1% 305
Celebrity Designers 42.1% 291
Modern Retro 41.5% 287
Novelty 40.9% 283
Current Traditional (French General, etc.) 39.3% 272
30’s Repros 38.3% 265
Romantic Florals 37.0% 256
Civil War Reproduction 33.1% 229
Pastels 31.1% 215
Traditional (Kansas Troubles, etc.) 30.1% 208
Words, letters and numbers 28.2% 195
Oriental 24.1% 167
Homespun 23.0% 159
Other Weight/Texture Fabrics (Minkee, Kona Crush, Corduroy, Voile, Sateen) 19.9% 138
Other (please specify) 13.7% 95
answered question 692 692
skipped question 0 0
6. In what format you do buy your fabric?
Answer Options Percent Count
Yardage, coordinating fabrics that I like regardless of the fabric lines 83.4% 574
Fat Quarters, coordinating fabrics that I like regardless of the fabric lines 64.2% 442
Pre-cut fabric bundles from a single line (Fat Quarter, Strips, 10″ squares, 5″ squares) 51.3% 353
Yardage, choosing fabrics mostly from a single line but adding some others (other than solids) 30.7% 211
Fat Quarters, choosing fabrics mostly from a single line but adding some others (other than solids) 23.8% 164
Fat Quarters, choosing coordinating fabrics from a single line (plus solids) 21.8% 150
Yardge, choosing coordinating fabrics from a single line (plus solids) 21.2% 146
Yardage bundles encompassing all or part of a fabric line (Half Yard or Larger) 15.3% 105
Other (please specify) 11.5% 79
answered question 688 688
skipped question 4 4
7. How do you finish your quilts?
Answer Options Percent Count
Straight line quilting on my domestic sewing machine 65.9% 455
Free motion quilting on my domestic sewing machine 57.8% 399
Hand quilting 32.9% 227
Pay to have them professionally quilted 32.0% 221
Free motion quilting on my quilting frame – longarm or short arm 14.3% 99
I don’t – I have a dozen quilt tops waiting to be finished 10.1% 70
Tied 9.7% 67
Other (please specify) 8.6% 59
Pantographs or stencils on my quilting frame 8.3% 57
answered question 690 690
skipped question 2 2
8. What do you struggle with in quilting?
Answer Options Percent Count
Finding time because of family or work commitments 59.0% 404
Getting distracted by new ideas 56.4% 386
Getting sidetracked by the computer (blogs, Flickr, EQ7) 45.5% 312
Fabric and color selection 21.0% 144
Accuracy – quarter inch seams 18.0% 123
Other (please specify) 15.2% 104
Accuracy – cutting fabric 14.3% 98
Losing interest in a project halfway through (because you no longer like it) 13.3% 91
Learning new techniques 10.5% 72
answered question 685 685
skipped question 7 7
9. How do you document your inspirations and design ideas?
Answer Options Percent Count
I keep an inspiration notebook where I jot down ideas and sketches 46.3% 316
I have an inspiration wall, board or folder where I put photos, fabric swatches, etc. 32.9% 225
I draw designs on graph paper 31.5% 215
I use Flickr (or other photo sharing site) Favorites and Galleries 26.9% 184
I don’t keep track of ideas! I forget more ideas than I make. 24.5% 167
Other (please specify) 18.4% 126
I use EQ6/EQ7/other quilt design software 10.7% 73
answered question 683 683
skipped question 9 9
10. How do you document your quilts?
Answer Options Percent Count
I attach a label with the basic information – my name, date, location, and who it’s for. 50.7% 350
I keep a photo album of quilts I’ve made. 50.6% 349
I post final photos and a brief description on my blog or in my Flickr (or other photo sharing site) photostream 41.3% 285
I write about the process on my blog, including progress reports. 30.0% 207
I don’t. Once they’re done, they’re gone. 13.8% 95
Other (please specify) 13.6% 94
I keep a journal with my design process, challenges I had during the construction, when I started and completed the quilt, who I gave it to, their response, and photos of the quilt. 8.7% 60
I journal on the label, including a story about the quilt, the recipient, or my design inspiration. 3.2% 22
answered question 690 690
skipped question 2 2
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2 thoughts on “Survey numbers

  1. Thanks for all the work you did getting this survey together.

    It is interesting to see what people had to say. Will you releasing the “other” comments at a later date.

    It says we have 10 MasterQuilters who took the survey. I hope they will come forward and give us techniques and tips? That would be great.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I try to reply to every comment, but sometimes it takes a few days. And sometimes, well... it has been known to drop off the radar. I'm easily distracted by shiny things.

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