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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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Loop5
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Feb 27, 2019
I’d love to see 5” and 10” wool fabric in a variety of colors! Hard to find for me.
lizharry1234
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Dec 11, 2018
Quilter's Select Rulers! They don't move, so great for accuracy.
StitchologieSarah
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Nov 22, 2018
More Dream Orient Batting please! I’d buy that stuff by the roll if I could. Also, Aurifil thread, fabrics from Alison Glass, Carolyn Friedlander, and more collections of solids. Rolling totes in various sizes, including large and extra large for our sewing machines. Lastly, Massdrop should think about sending someone to QuiltCon in February.
Nursesallyjo
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May 14, 2018
A more current survey of quilting items wound be helpful. I have enjoyed the quilting items I have bought through Mass drop.
A community member
May 14, 2018
I would love to see a drop for Annie’s Soft and Stable. It’s great for bags and totes in place of batting or stabilizer.
GrannyJG
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May 7, 2018
I’d like to have a source for suede without a backing out n a variety of colord. . I use this w my embroidery machine for back of bookmarks and other projects. Thanks!
pyromar
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May 7, 2018
Why are we just now seeing the results of this survey that was sent out in the summer of 2016?
ailgil
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May 14, 2018
This is the biggest frustration of mine with Massdrop: out of date conversations. The quilting and fiber arts community has grown a whole lot in two years here, but the survey is still being touted as relevant. Received it in email. Bad move.
pyromar
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May 7, 2018
Longarm sewing machine needles. A variety of sizes: 14, 16, 18, 20.
mserica10
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Apr 30, 2018
I suggest going to a major quilter's conference, AKA a quilt show. There you would see what quilters are interested in. All the research has already been done for you. Also, hire a person who quilts, I mean REALLY QUILTS, to be in charge of finding the drops that will make the quilting community SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. I am that person who stands out among my quilting community who has every gadget, every ruler and and enough fabric to open my own quilt shop. Quilters are like NASCAR fans. We are dedicated, passionate and ever so serious. We will pay big bucks too just to feed our quilter's soul.
sumac05301
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Apr 30, 2018
100% wool felt, not rayon/wool
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