Thanks all for your admiration. I love sewing and have since a kid. No longer bother with clothing, as I've been completely swept away by quilting. It is my creative outlet, but something that I only came to as I turned 40 or so. I look forward to retirement when I can give it more time, but right now, I only get to it in "spurts".
Pinkmug, thanks for posting that beautiful tile. It is an inspiriing pattern. My first thought on seeing it is that all that white surrounding the coloured bits would require alot of piecing of fabrics! The colour swirls are great, though.
Maychi, a made-in-Canada, handmade queen-sized quilt goes for $800-1000 here. Not nearly a fair representation of the actual amount of time that goes into them, but all that the market will bear. Most quilters use really good quality 100% cottons (why use cheap stuff for something that absorbs so much of your energy?) both front and back, and a cotton batting. The retail market is full of Chinese orIndian knockoffs, made with cheap cotton and polyester batting and "hand-quilted" with great big messy stiches of cheap white cotton thread. Really is rather sad to see these sold in "country decorating" boutiques. Just my little rant. I have sold a couple of smaller quilts, and my other queen-sized one, I made just for the love of the colours (couldn't use it myself without repainting my bedroom!), so I raffled it off to raise money for my last Guatemala trip. I sold tickets and raised almost $2000 for the trip!