2016 was a tough year all around.
Not particularly great in the quilt business.
Here's a selective recap of the year.
The Kansas City Star closed its book division including the PickleDish department, which published some fabulous quilt books (including mine).
Spring 2016 Quilt Market attendance numbers down 13% from 2015.
American Quilters Society in Paducah closed their book division. They'd published some classic books, including mine.
Quilters Newsletter magazine folded after 47 years. I'd written for them from 1976 to 2016.
New York's City Quilter closed its brick and mortar shop after 20 years, joining many other real world shops in explaining, "Business has really not been good."http://craftindustryalliance.org/city-quilter-close-20-years/
Attendance numbers posted for Fall Quilt Market in Houston (2,557) continued dropping, down from 2015 (2,634) and 2014 (2,933).
The last big quilt show I went to had more dealers in vibrating chairs than
fabric shops selling reproduction prints.
December Instagram Idea
"Last shopping spree until January 2018. Join me for my 2017 challenge---
no buying fabric during 2017."
What is an author/fabric designer to do?
Retire! (with just a few tears.)
I'm not working on any quilt books, magazine articles or fabric lines.
Spending more time playing with the dog,
and painting, drawing and breaking old dishes for mosaics.
I think I'll go to Spain to paint for a couple of weeks.
I'm looking forward to 2017.
I'm still blogging and I think I'll go back in the pattern business
Digitally, of course.
2017 has got to be better.