poverty induced guilt.
when i posted the other day about "manly quilts", someone suggested cherri house's very wonderful city quilts book.
so i went and previewed the book on amazon, fell in love with one of the patterns via google image search and then rode over to the local quilt shop who has it in stock.
i looked up the pattern and there is no specific layout, no real pattern and a very well established technique in my skill set.
i'm a phd student with a child. $25 for a book i will only use for one pattern (which isn't really a pattern at all but rather a design idea....) is too much. so i didn't buy it. and i feel guilty because cherri house did a fantastic job, and so does that little quilt shop and well....
i'm going to make that quilt and no one is going to make any money for their time, effort or labour to help me make that quilt. and for that i am truly sorry.
Aileen that fact that you recognize that you are benefiting from the book and shop is a good thing. As long as you will not be selling the quilt.
You can always pay it forward in the future. Fully acknowledge where the idea came from in any online posts of the finished project.
May of us here post links to tutorials often we do not need to 'buy the book' after watching the online tute.
My budget is tight and I am heading to my LQS tomorrow because they have all their fat quarters on sale at a great price. I cannot afford to buy yardage from them at this time or take classes. I need FQ for my SS
No need to be sorry. Today's economy has us all in some sort of bind. We all do what we can. Like Ms.Tothill said....give credit to the person or what book the pattern came from.
We don't care how much you spend on a quilt, it's the love you put into it that is priceless.
I think everyone at one time sees an expensive item and says I can make that and goes home and makes it from memory. No need to apologize to anyone.
I use the library a great deal for quilting books.
My library also has an inter-library loan program that allows me to get virtually any book, (my library borrows from other libraries), with no charge to me.
I never feel guilty about borrowing a library book.
My goodness, I give you absolution. For your penance make two quilts and give them away. I'm sure you will give your quilt shop business whenever you can, and if you post a picture when you are done, I'll bet lots of people will go out and buy the book. You sound like a good person, and guilt is not good for you. Amen.
Love every post! Amen from me too! Guilt is not good!!!!
Forgive yourself. I don't see a thing wrong with what you are going to do. With the money you will be paying the school for your education, you won't be buying quilt books for a while. My Granddaughter is trying to put herself through college and will owe a boatload of money. There are several free quilt pattern site on the internet.
Good grief! I have never bought a pattern! I do have several of those books that some one with landscaping skills, or far out psychedelics (sorry about spelling) put out. I go on QB and study quilts and think, "I'd like to make that, but I'd use blue batik, instead of the printed red, and more of this design on both sides, and......." And I do make the quilt and NO ONE, not even the person who made the quilt that started me off, would recognize the "copy". It has morphed so much that it is my quilt. I'm a gut quilter, not a pattern quilter. And I never thought to feel wrong about what I do. And I'm Irish Catholic and you can't get into guilt much more than those types! Do I need absolution, too?!