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Quilting & Sewing in 2117? What Will It Be?

Thoughts wanted!
Just a very quick post because the future of
quilting and sewing was on my mind today

As I work to finally finish the backing for my 1876 Centennial Quilt (why did I choose to piece rather than simply use a 'fat back' ?!....I know I wanted to use up ALL of the fabrics that I had purchased for the quilt). I began to ruminate on the future of quilting. Perhaps the future of sewing in general as a valued skill.

The original maker of the 1876 Quilt may well have wondered how and where her quirky quilt would be in a hundred years (which, ironically, just happened to be 1976 when the 'great quilting revival' was in full bloom and was also when a I began to make quilts ).

Where, I wonder, will our quilts end up. Well loved and in pride of place at a family member's home? Ragged and torn in a basement?

What do you envision 'quilters and quilting' in 2117?

Will people still be making and using quilts? Will sewing still be a viable art form and avocation ? Will families still cherish 'hand made with love'?

I would love to hear your thoughts and prognostications for the future!



  1. I think there will always be quilters. We both lived through the 'rebirth' of quilting since the 70's and now it's bigger and better than ever. I think the whole sewing, quilting, 'creating' will be here to stay. As far as being 'cherished', I hope mine are loved to death! I am not making for the future, but for now.

  2. Fun idea to ponder! It seems to me that every so often, there's a design school graduate who reinvents the quilting wheel, or a gallery that showcases quilting arts, or a fashion trend that revives quilting. It's kind of irritating, when there are so many quilters who are perfecting their art, and remain unknown apart from their niche. I have no doubt, though, that quilting will continue as is, will continue in evolved iterations, and will continue to be rediscovered and reinvented.
    As for my quilts, I hope they're sentimentally loved to bits!

  3. I think quilting and sewing will always be around. I think people are getting tired of the Walmart/Target--everyone looks the same look. Sewing for yourself will be on the upswing--plus recycling of textiles. Quilting will "change" as it always has.


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