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    Got the latest Quiltmania mag. today. In it there is an article on the Houston International Quilt festival which quotes from the 2010 Quilting in America survey and says that there are 21.3 million Americans "playing with bits of fabric" and that in 2009 they spent 3600 million dollars on fabrics, books, sewing machines and notions!

    Here comes the stinger: "This is much, much more than their golfing, hunting and fishing partners spend put together"

    I always thought that his hobby (photography/vintage cameras) was more expensive than mine. I will have to find another justification LOL
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    HIDE that magazine! The traitors, putting information like that in print! LOL

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    Wow, really? Bullets cost WAY more than fabric....we just must buy way more!!!!

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    It all goes to a worthy cause..our sanity! I refuse to admit I spend more than DH on his golf and bullets.

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    Shhhhhhhhh!

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    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.

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    That's one statistic I'll never quote to my husband, LOL. :)

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    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!

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    Wow, I would never let him seen that article. Buy a little at a time,they never know how much we spend.

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    I'm trying to use as much of my stash as I can before buying more. I have spent about $30 so far this year. Which I must admit is a fraction of what I usually spend.
    DH has no idea how much fabric is per yard - he would just freak!

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    I know i don't spend as much on my hobby as my DH...he's into R/C cars.

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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!
    Interesting article..thanks for sharing.
    Polly, depending in the area and golf course, green fees can be from as low as $15 to as high as $500+, so yes, they can be expensive. Golf balls can be bought at very reasonable prices these days, and as far as other golf equipment...well, they last a lifetime once you make the initial investment. My husband is a very avid golfer, and during a recent budgets analysis we did, I was spending a lot more on quilting than he was on golf....go figure! That being said, we really need to look at the difference, quilting IS about material..we need to buy material for every project..we need inspiration from books, patterns and magazines, we like to buy tools and gadgets to make certain quilting aspects easier or more accurate...which means money, money, money. For golf, if you have your clubs, a good golfer who needs one ball for the whole round,lol, and not golfing TPC Sawgrass, you probably can golf for pretty cheap.

    Know nothing about fishing and boating though. But again, it seems like once you have your equipments, it seems like the costs won't be that high.

    I really know of no statistics, just our personal experience here as a household.

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    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.

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    As long as your bills are paid responsibly, your money is to do with as you see fit. Quilting is expensive. Maybe we all "spend too much" on our hobby, whatever that means, but what is the alternative? Do we save every penny to leave to kids and grandkids?

    Money has no value unless it brings joy. Some people find joy in big bank statements. Some find joy in travel. Some find joy in golf or quilting or whatever.

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    Thats why I am so happy that QB is FREE!! Maybe we should write Pres Obama and tell him how we as a group are keeping the economy going. :)

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    I know my husband would rather I spend my money on quilting than on more power tools. I want to go build a shed outside, along with some other things. The wood alone for a picnic table would cost more than I am spending on my current quilts.
    I am one of those handymen that says "if it ain't broke, fix it till it is" Needless to say he gets annoyed with all my home improvment projects and likes it when I sit still to quilt.
    he never asks "do you really need more fabric?" I do get asked "Do you really need to go to Lowe's? Do you REALLY need a new power sander?!!!"

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    You have nothing to show when you golf but you do when you quilt. Our hobby keeps on giving long after a day at the greens!! Money for a quilt is money well spent in my book!!

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    DH & i both know i spend way more money then he does on his art

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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! Lies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippa
    Got the latest Quiltmania mag. today. In it there is an article on the Houston International Quilt festival which quotes from the 2010 Quilting in America survey and says that there are 21.3 million Americans "playing with bits of fabric" and that in 2009 they spent 3600 million dollars on fabrics, books, sewing machines and notions!

    Here comes the stinger: "This is much, much more than their golfing, hunting and fishing partners spend put together"

    I always thought that his hobby (photography/vintage cameras) was more expensive than mine. I will have to find another justification LOL
    Pippa
    HOGWASH!

    My hubby spends less on golfing at the sporting goods store, BUT add in the greens fees and that is a different story. $35 to golf and he goes two times a week in the winter, more in the summer. And their golfing clothes are also purchased a regular stores and I'll bet that isn't added in either. He can't golf in regular clothes, has to be special golf shirts. And special golf shorts. So I repeat.......HOGWASH!

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    still cheaper than therapy....lol

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    You know, I'm a beader before I am a quilter (I know, blasphemous) but at least if you buy $200-$300 or more of fabric at a time, you need a large bag to carry your stuff. My husband can't believe that I can spend that much in a bead store and only come out with 1.5 sandwich sized baggies...

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    I bet a non quilting spouse from a quilter wrote it to justify their hunting, fishing, camera, car ,wood working hobbies. I know for a fact DH spend way more on tools and wood then I did on fabric and machines. I think he knows it too because he totally enables me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neena
    still cheaper than therapy....lol
    Yes! And I need lots of therapy. Trust me I am a mess if I do not get it. LOL

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    I have my own personal spending money and DH has his so we seldom discuss what something costs we each buy. I do know he spends a lot more on his toys then I do. I see his account balance too! LOL

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