A Recent Survey says......

Are you looking for Made in the USA products?

Many of us are. In 2009, FabShop conducted a survey of American quilters, which revealed some interesting data about their shopping preferences.

Just some facts to ponder:

check 84% said that purchasing items made in the United States is important to them;

check 64% said that they check product labels for the country of origin; and

check 85.6% of respondents said it bothers them that U.S.-made products seem few and far between.

Number crunching. Wow I didn't know.

check 97% of patterns are made in America

check 69% of zippers are made in America

check 56% of gifts are made in America

check 51% of books are made in America

check 48% of crafts are made in America

check 42% of notions are made in America

check 7% of threads are made in America

check 1% of fabrics are made in America

For this Little Guy!

I am still hooked on making Allison's Double-Hour Glass Blocks over at

In the freezing cold month of January, I took a challenge to make 50 quilts for this year in an on-line quilting group that I belong to. They didn't have to be big gigantic, enormous quilts. There were no rules. Just make 'em and bust some serious stuff in my stash. To date I have only made about 19 . OMGosh I better hurry.

I also made a commitment to myself (in November 0f 2009) to make most of my quilts to be delivered to babies who are born right here while their daddies are deployed. This has been the most gratifying project for me to date. Other than sending quilts to Alycia for her QOV project.

I am fortunate that I have a wonderful new son-in-law and daughter who call the US Air Force their employer. And with that comes an automatic "in" for a bunch of my quilts. These young, new wonderful families are all having babies. To me, I can never thank them enough for all that they do for our safety and freedom.

With all that said, Hilary this is for you!!!

I am also impatiently waiting for Pleasant Home's Square it Up Ruler to show up in her Etsy Store. It will make it so much easier to make this block without using a cardstock template.