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    I have never kept a check on what I spend, but this year I decided that I would. I started at the beginning of the year with a notepad and I have marked down everyrhing so far, including thread or pins or anything connected to quilting. So far 75 which I think would equate to about 120 dollars

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    I demand to see the references the author used to make such claims! :-D

    I don't see golf courses or country clubs going out of business around here, or the local gun stores. Yet, there isn't a specialty LQS within 30 miles of my house anymore (Just a JoAnn's).

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    Now I find that REALLY hard to believe ! I know we quilters spend a LOT, it's a multi-billion $$$ industry.
    BUT as the wife of a life-long FISHERMAN I know that a LOT of $$$ is spent by the guys. My DH buys at least one new pricey rod & reel every year, plus the latest lures, live bait, lodging, food, gas, boat expenses, insurance, not to mention some offshore fishing trips too etc
    Thank goodness he doesn't hunt or golf TOO ! Some friends of his do all 3. Hunting leases are expensive here in TX and golf is too :roll:

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    One big difference between quilts and bullets... both the giver and receiver are happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    When I'm finished with a quilt or other sewing project whether it's for me, my family or charity, I have something tangible. Car racing and golf give you nothing.I think that's why I have such a hard time doing jigsaw puzzles, there is nothing to keep when I'm finished.
    Wrong if you ask me.. I do jigsaw puzzles when I can't afford to quilt. I glue them, adhear them to wood and hand them.. I have more then 100 puzzles glued boarded. Most of them are sitting at my moms right now. However I usually love to display them.

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    But it all goes for good causes. You know "when mamma's not happy, nobody's hap.............".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks
    But it all goes for good causes. You know "when mamma's not happy, nobody's hap.............".
    So very True :)

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    I would be willing to bet that those numbers could be skewed any way the you want to twist 'em. But even using those numbers, sewer's end up with a product that is beautiful (sometimes), useful (most of the time) and satisfying to the soul...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I really find that hard to believe. I'm not sure what greens fees are now even on public courses, but when I was playing 20 years ago it was expensive. I also know how much golf clubs, golf ball, boats, fishing poles and reels, shotguns and rifles, cartridges, etc, etc, etc. for all the other hobbies our sons, husbands, SILs, GSs, all put into their hobbies. Then you add on the cabin and lodge fees, food, gasoline, special trailers, it goes on and on. I would have to see their figures in black and white. I bet a man wrote that article!
    I agree with you. My SIL used to spend THOUSANDS of dollars to go hunting out west and hire a guide, etc. Now he hunts on the 120 acre farm he bought up in the Poconos. I haven't spent that much in my lifetime on my sewing, including my many expensive sewing machines, software, etc. That article was some phony statistic invented by a MAN. And our "hobby" provides love and inner peace to everyone around us. I can't say that I find inner peace when I have a bunch of elk and deer staring at me with glass eyes from high on a wall.

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    Just last night I said I was thinking of looking for a featherweight. My hubby responded that he was thinking of a few guns he would like. I said I would pay $25. He said his would be more than that...I don't think he has seen that magazine and I have just started my stash....hmmmm

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    Well now that doesn't seem like a fair comparison. Quilting uses disposable materials. We need to continuously buy new material to complete our quilts. I would say compare it to someone like my husband who does wood working. That would be more appropriate as he needs to buy more wood to complete each project. Seems to me these statistics were looking to cause a stir.

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    Quilting is my only hobby, it may seem like it costs a lot, but my Hubby has a horse and everything that goes along with it, guns,ammo, guitars, music books, tools, fishing rods and reels, lures(which he has lost a few the first time out). He never says anything about how much anything related to quilting cost,and he does go with me sometimes to the LQS,so he knows, he just wants me to feel happy and satisfied, gotta LOVE him he's a keeper.

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    When my then 12 year old daughter started quilting, I mentioned that it was getting a little expensive. Her reply "well it's cheaper than drugs!" She is now 32 and is an accomplished quilter!! As someone said to me in a Quilt Shop where she was selecting fabric for a project "she will have a lifelong hobby". She now volunteers teaching young girls the craft. The projects are simple, but many of then get "hooked"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I really find that hard to believe. I'm not sure what greens fees are now even on public courses, but when I was playing 20 years ago it was expensive. I also know how much golf clubs, golf ball, boats, fishing poles and reels, shotguns and rifles, cartridges, etc, etc, etc. for all the other hobbies our sons, husbands, SILs, GSs, all put into their hobbies. Then you add on the cabin and lodge fees, food, gasoline, special trailers, it goes on and on. I would have to see their figures in black and white. I bet a man wrote that article!
    You just know it!!!

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    How many golf balls are donated to a charity? How many bullets are given to a sick friend? Let's face it, we may spend more but a lot of it is for gifts, friends, charities. And the ones we keep are to keep us warm. When was the last time your DH cuddled up on a cold night with his 9 iron or his shotgun?

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    The way I like to look at it is:
    if 21.3 million quilters spent 3600 million dollars then,
    1 quilter spent 169.00$ in a year. That's perfect.
    It is cheap then.. Keep on quilting loll

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    I agree - it must be a man who wrote the article! The PGA course in PSL has a "winter" rate to play over $100 - for just 18 holes!!! AND - the game is over in about 4 hours. I bet all of us have held on to fabric for years - waiting for the perfect place to use it!

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    I agree with Lovingmama

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    I'm not saying a word about this to anyone. LOL.

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    LOL...

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    Wow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    Don't think about how much we may spend, think about how much we do give back.

    Golfing doesn't put a smile on someone who is in need of comfort.

    A gorgeous picture brings memories, doesn't provide the warmth, other than the one of the heart.

    As long as we enjoy our (different) hobbies and don't go overboard, it's all OK.
    SO TRUE!

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    Included in that price, I'm sure is the cost of the sewing machines and the quilting machines, not just the fabric. I've read on this post about the "featherweight" antique machines that the girls all seem to love. That just goes to show you that a good sewing machine will last practically generations! It all evens out, I'm sure. And really, who's counting?

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    Candi.. your right..once a person has their fishing items, it is a very cheap sport. We both summer fish all the time, and we only spend $15.00 for a entire summer worth of bait. Now his ice fishing bait is $5.00 each weekend. Still not as bad as my fabric. But as I told my husband.. what do we get out of his fishing.. we eat it..can gain weight..then need to buy new clothes.. ha ha ha ...mine will warm him up after freezing outside ice fishing.. ha ha ha ..he had to agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    HIDE that magazine! The traitors, putting information like that in print! LOL
    Oh, please do!

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