Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Member Survey Results Are In!

In June, we sent members an online survey in order to get information to guide us, your two new program directors, in the development of a program relevant to the interests of members for 2015-2016.

Here is what we learned from the 65 responses:

Most of us are doing traditional quilting; however, other forms of quilting are also popular. Our members are using a variety of piecing techniques regardless of the type of quilting, including foundation piecing, applique, English paper piecing, paper piecing, trapunto, and embroidery. In terms of other types of quilts, memory quilts and crazy quilts were mentioned.

Almost everyone pieces by machine, and almost half piece by hand. Most members quilt on a domestic machine; however, a little over half quilt by hand and almost a fifth of us either quilt on a long arm machine ourselves or send our quilts out to be long-arm quilted.
In terms of learning more, it seems we are most interested in modern quilting and art quilts; however, there is a general interest in all types of quilts and quilting such as machine quilting, design software and quilt layouts.

A slight majority of people indicated a preference for presentations/demonstrations over trunk shows, but people did find value in both. Trunk shows can be inspirational while demonstrations of techniques and “how to” is helpful. A strong interest in workshops that allow for trying out new learnings was mentioned by several members.

In terms of topics of interest, design/translating ideas into quilts tops the list. Other topics of interest mentioned were machine quilting, how to calculate a change in size of a block design and creative use of non-traditional materials.

Several names of possible guest presenters were provided. And several members indicated their desire to share their knowledge and expertise with us!

Your Program Directors are committed to bringing you a program that meets your needs! We’ll use this information to arrange for guest speakers from within our own guild and from the broader quilting community. There will be opportunities for members to present and demonstrate in the year ahead. Stay tuned! And we’re always interested in hearing your input and feedback! We hope you’ll enjoy your next year as members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Guild!

Catherine Clarke & Jane Barbeau

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