Keep Simply Quilts on HGTV Twice a Day sign now

We the undersigned would like to request that HGTV, the Home and Garden network, reconsider cutting the programming of Simply Quilts, in half, and keep it at its normal twice-a-day schedule.

Simply Quilts, the only quilting/sewing show on HGTV, has been extremely important to quilters all over the United States. Alex Anderson is a wonderful and engaging host, who presents materials in a way that is easy for even the most novice quilter to understand, and has a wide variety of guests, opening up a whole new world of ideas to the quilting community.

In an email sent from HGTV Viewer Services to all of the quilters who have inquired about the scheduling change for Simply Quilts, the reasons they give for the change are as follows.

In conjunction with HGTVs new Fall Programming, scheduled to debut on September 29th, we will also begin our dual feed. What dual feed means to you as a viewer There will be two feeds of our programming, one for our East Coast viewers and (finally!) one for our West Coast viewers. So a show is promoted and scheduled to air at 9 a.m., it will be the same for both coasts. In the past, we have offered daily double runs of our programs so that viewers on the West Coast wouldnt have to get up at the crack of dawn to watch. With dual feed, this will no longer be the case.

Also, over the years, viewers have been requesting more variety, which hasnt been possible because of the double runs of programs.

Part of what quilters enjoy about the double run of Simply Quilts is that there are two episodes on each day. And most quilters, no matter what coast they live on, do whatever they can to watch both episodes, whether it means getting up to watch it at 5:30 in the morning, or setting the VCR to record it so that they dont have to get up, or because they are at work during the times when Simply Quilts airs. To reduce the number of times that Simply Quilts airs will only serve to make it even more difficult for fans to watch their favorite show.

In regards to the variety of programming that HGTV is trying to offer, if they were to look closely at the shows that they offer now, and separated them into categories, they would see that their variety is not much of a variety at all. Of all the shows they offer, approximately 36 of them are home design/remodeling shows, compared to the TWO crafting shows that they offer, one of them being Simply Quilts. If HGTV can show that many home design shows, then why cant they offer more in the way of quilting/sewing/needlecraft shows?

In an effort to keep Simply Quilts on the air for an hour each day, we are putting together this petition. Please add your name to it, let HGTV and their sponsors know that you want more Simply Quilts!

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