this chaps my ass....sorry, but it does. i try really hard to not be negative, but sometimes i feel pushed.
i ordered a quilt pattern from a well known (online) designer (high traffic blog, published book and patterns. teaches as well) for $10.00. i got it the other day and could barely wait til i got inside the house to open it.
when i did open it it was two pieces of paper!!!! TWO!!!! and only one sided!!! the 'cover' quilt shot and fabrics requirements were on one sheet and the my-kindergarten-kid-wrote-the-instructions directions on the other..that's $5/piece of paper
what the hell!!
now normally i don't A) buy patterns and B) only buy in person to open to double check this doesn't happen, but i was totally mislead by the 'reputation' of said 'designer'. when i do buy patterns/books it's pure laziness cause i don't want to figure it out, but sometimes i buy the pattern cause i can't figure the piecing from looking at the picture. these day i only buy applique or tote patterns...(with all the lawsuits flying around, i just design my own to be safe)
this is why i sit down with a pencil, graph paper, and a calculator (or plug everything into EQ) and figure out how to make a quilt from a picture, instead of forking over my hard earned money for two pieces of paper. *sheesh*
i have a little word of advice for future pattern designers-if your instructions only take one side of a piece of paper, it's best to 'fluff' the content with some nice in-progress diagrams, add a 'freebie' small project, or show some alternate layouts/sizes...cause trust me, if it comes up on conversation- i will tell my quilting friends to not waste their time or money.
oh oh oh oh.....and one paragraph at the bottom of the (already short) directions encouraged me to purchase the 'alternate fabric color chart' for $6.00. i expect that should be included with that one page $10 pattern- duh! $16 for three pieces of paper.....nope, don't think so.
this is just a bit of the 'commercialization' of quilting i'm witnessing. i miss the times when quilters would openly share and teach other quilters for the pure joy of it, not for copyright or money. i'm seriously worried for the future of quilting.
okay, i'm done.