Aug 1, 2016

What's new in the Quilting Community

After hearing the Quilting Community’s interest in new types of products from different brands, I sent out a survey a couple of months ago to get a better idea of exactly what you’d like to see on Massdrop. The feedback was incredible—in a few short days, I received responses from more than 3,200 members! Now, as I begin reaching out to vendors to get your requested drops up on the site, I wanted to share the survey results, so everyone can see the fun that’s in store.



Survey Results

We asked: What types of crafting products would you like to see on Massdrop?
You answered: This one was pretty surprising! Though we’ve had numerous polls for knitting projects, garment sewing came out on top—and actually beat knitting by a solid 8 percent. “None of the above” was the second-highest response, which makes me think we have a lot of members who don’t look at quilting as merely a hobby, but as a serious passion that leaves little time for anything else.
We asked: What kind of knitting products would you like to see?
You answered: For the knitters in the community, yarn lead the way, but not by much. Again, a big chunk of survey participants (56 percent!) responded with “none of the above,” which reinforces my thinking that many of you focus solely on quilting, and don’t engage in other areas of crafting.
We asked: What are your favorite knitting brands?
You answered: Madelinetosh came up as one of the most popular brands, followed by Addi, Noro, Lion, Red Heart, Rowan, and Cascade. A handful of other brands had multiple requests, including Malabrigo, Chiagoo, Brooklyn Tweed, Clover, and Lantern Moon, and there seems to be interest in both hand-dyed and natural wool yarns.
As I keep sourcing, I’ll focus on brands and products that are of the same high quality quilters have come to expect from Massdrop, while steering away from brands that are readily available at big-box stores.
We asked: Which other needle-arts products and brands would you like to see?
You answered: We got lots and lots of comments about embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, tatting… and quilting, too! I love that the quilters among us want to make sure we’re not forgotten. There were also some callouts for specific products, like embroidery kits, embroidery patterns, sewing kits, fabric by the yard, looms, batik fabrics, and Creative Grids rulers (to name just a few).
We asked: Are there any other products or brands you’d like to see that we didn’t cover above?
You answered: The majority of these responses had to do with embroidery, quilting supplies, and even more quilting supplies—and many of them were just plain “no.” Some of you went into more detail, listing fabric brands like Moda and Cotton+Steel. Unfortunately, these two brands have been virtually impossible to source, as they’re not interested in working with Massdrop and exclusively support local quilt shops.



Anything Else?

While this survey provided some great insights, I know it’s only one survey, and I’m always open to more suggestions on how to make the community the best it can be. Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and I’ll do all I can to answer any questions and work to source the products you want!

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Well, the survey is almost 2 years old as I reference the posting date at the top. A lot has happened in the world in 2 years. Maybe you need a more recent survey of quilters only. Did the survey include quilting as an option as compared to garment sewing?
Sewezi portable table.
What about products from Alabama Chanin? She sales garment kits, floss, threads, needles books. Maybe they can come up with a nice sewing or getting started kit.
Some products by Martelli are favorites and would like to seea daylight slimline LED lighting for the sewing machines and cutting areas, along with various rulers for quilting.
Felted wool, please.
For the "anything else" category I suggest bag making supplies! In addition to fabrics, interfacings, and notions which will also be attractive to the quilting crowd, I'd love to see hardware (turn locks, rectangle rings, magnets, etc.), glitter vinyl, and zippers!
I too would prefer to receive information on my topic of choice which is quilting and Fiber related. Since I Quilt, weave, and dye fabric I have also ventured into Vinyl crafting using a silhouette (similar to cricut) machine) and am looking for good buys on supplies. Vinyl , tools, kits etc. I can get discounts on the machines but the supplies can be pricey. I also cut fabric on my machine so bright and colorful fat quarters, half yards and yards of material would be awesome.
Looking for really beautiful fat quarters bundles, & for the Coneflower Cone Thread stand to come up again. Would love to see some oriental fabric, as well as Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.
I am also new to your community. I do mostly EPP and quilting. I would love to see offers on supplies I need to replace frequently like rotary blades, Superior Bottom line thread, fabric glue sticks and high quality Milner needles like Bohin
I am new to the group and I would love to see some wool or felted wool and accessories offered. I would like to start exploring this form to add to my quilting! I also agree that any hand embroidery supplies would be fun to see also.
On the other topic, I love to loom yarn knit and even though their are many of us, there isn't many places offering supplies. I have purchased a couple quilt items as that is an interest as well.
I DO focus on quilting and that is the only community to which I subscribe. BUT and it's a VERY BIG BUT even on Black Friday weekend the MASSDROP new product email contained 23 off topic drops for knives and other weapons and only 2 quilting items. I would be very happy just to have seen the two quilting items without the items designed to hurt people knives, throwing star tornadoes, pens made from bullets. Come on, please. I understand that a company needs to upsale, but your own research demonstrates how many quilters are focused on quilting. You wouldn't have a quilting community if you did not know that QUILTERS SPEND MONEY ON QUILTING THINGS AND FABRIC. Just a guess here, but I think that if you asked the quilting community outright---Do you want to spend money on knives to gut animals? They might say, "No!"
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This comment is pretty old but.. I think you are VERY misguided about what people who collect knives use them for. Either display or practical applications, maybe self defense, most of the knives on here are not used to "gut animals" and most people who buy knives aren't using them for senseless violence.
BlueCrowned
My issue is not with weapon collections. I only subscribe to the quilting group. My goal is to have fewer, shorter, and more appropriate emails perhaps showing the daily quilting drop and those quilting drops that expire soon. I now filter MASSdrop email into SPAM. I stop by occasionally and purchase fewer drops because I find the emails a waste of my time. The post to which you responded was perhaps after 5 or 6 polite requests not be sent drop notices for other communities drops, in particular weapons. A quick glace through the SPAM messages reveal more than 75% of the items were for the weapons and gaming communities, some makeup, some cooking, some camping, and very few quilting. I feel unheard as a consumer rather than "misguided." If _you_ choose to receive off-topic emails about items that are several standard deviations away your subscribed communities, enjoy.
different rulers for quilting
I'm new to this site & found it through Facebook. I saw an ad for Karen Kay Buckley scissor set but the box brought me to the regular page & I haven't found the scissors yet. After looking at some of the things that have been posted as ended, I can see this site will be beneficial for quilting & sewing items, but have to agree with another poster about the fabric choices. I'm sure the big name brands like Moda are not going to sell to us to protect their local quilt shops, but they forget not everyone has a local quilt shop & those who do can only get the limited fabrics the shop owner chooses to carry. In my case, my shop is 45 min away & does not carry full lines, choosing to carry precut of lines with 1-3 regular bolts of that line. If I really like something I go online to fill out my fabric requirements for a project. And I love loud vibrant fabric & have to get most of that online also. Thank you for having this site & I'm looking forward to buying things here. I've also noticed from other poster's that delivery time can be lengthy, is that because you take the orders first & then procure the item?
Joquilter13
Joquilter13& Joquiler13,
First off - welcome to Massdrop!!!! I hear ya on the fabric selection. Joquilter13 is right in that there are a few highly sought after fabric lines that do not want to work with the Massdrop community. I am working on trying to secure more vibrant fabric collections from companies that will work for us but there's usually a 6-8 week lead time and that's if the fabric is already made. There's a lot of moving puzzle pieces! :-)

Joquilter13, yes, the length of time to receive a product is anywhere from 3-8 weeks and it is exactly for the reason you state. When the drop ends, usually after 7 days, we then place the order and have it shipped to our warehouse which in turn ships out to members.
I love sewing , crafting and quilting. I am disappointed in the fabric choices I've seen on here though.. They lack color and are bland and downright boring on top of being overpriced. Most all fat quarter options here are so lackluster that I cant imagine using them in any kind of time consuming project such as a quilt, but even smaller projects. Most of what I have seen on here is so blah that they are depressing. That would be my best description of the choices I've seen on here, depressing. Oh there have been some, but very few, that are actually colorful. Most are not and in my opinion downright ugly. Just wondering if it reflects the preferences of the person in charge of buying these? If you went to any online fabric store you would find a myriad of fabrics in an even broader range of colors and prints so I would think there would be more options than the washed out shaded versions that are offered here.
Waiting for my orders
While I understand and appreciate peoples' passion for all things quilting, I think the idea behind this survey was to find out if there was sufficient interest to possibly start a new community, or communities. I certainly would not want to take away from the variety and quality of the quilting products I've seen on MD, but as a stitcher of apparel I've gotta tell you: This site, with a strictly stitching community, would be a boon!