Tonight I finished the August block for Merry Merry Snowmen--now I just have to make the September and October blocks to get caught up. And, in fact, I think the October block is the last block, so I'm getting close to the end of this project. Here's the block I just finished:
I've read with interest your comments about how much you're willing to spend on a pattern. I have to agree with what many of you said that $20 is about as high as you'll go. I think I've paid around $24 for a couple Bee in My Bonnet/Lori Holt applique patterns because they're so cute AND because I can envision making them as embroidery projects too . . . not that I've made them yet, though. But they're waiting for me--I've INVESTED in my future projects, right?
I'm also more willing to splurge on Bunny Hill BOM patterns, as evidenced by Merry, Merry and Autumn House, as well as a couple other BOM patterns that I have kitted up and ready to start on just as soon as I have time. Most of these patterns cost around $40. A little more than I normally spend, but I always watch for sales on these.
Another thing I've splurged on and actually considered something of a bargain is when quilt shops do a BOM class based on a $60 pattern and charge $60--so the class is free and you pay for the pattern. Or maybe the pattern is free and you pay for the class. Whatever. Of course, the shop usually makes its profit when we go in and buy fabric since we're THERE anyway. Still, I've done it a couple times and it works well, especially when I can use my stash fabric to make the project. That was how I made the Christmas List quilt, and I really LOVE that one.
So, as with everything else in life, there are exceptions. It's funny now to look back at when I first started quilting. For several years I bought very few patterns because I knew I could design quilts myself. Only as time went by did a start buying more patterns, and quite often, I haven't even made the quilts out of those patterns yet. Doesn't that seem a little backwards, only starting to buy patterns after I'd been quilting for a few years? Maybe it's because I've learned to appreciate the work others put into their designs. Or maybe I've gotten lazy. Who knows? What really matters, I think, is that I enjoy making what I DO shell out money for . . . and I have.
Last year, in 2011, my focus for the year was to finish UFOs. In 2012, my focus has been to work on applique block of the month projects. I don't really know what my focus will be for 2013, but I'm starting to think about it. Right now, I think it looks like I may have to combine 2011's and 2012's goals into one: FINISHING all of the BOMs that are still in progress! How about you? Do you have any specific quilting goals for the rest of 2012 or for 2013?