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Thread: Has anyone bought a Sue Garman pattern before?

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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a Sue Garman, Friends of Baltimore BOM, applique pattern from a shop on Ebay. I was a little disappointed with the quality of the pattern. It is printed on poor quality paper and some of it is a little blurry. I have never purchased a Sue Garman pattern before. Has anyone here purchased one of these patterns? I'm curious, does anyone know if this is how her BOM patterns are usually printed?

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    never heard of those patterns

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    I'm really surprised.

    Sue does the BOM quilts for TheQuiltShow and they are beyond gorgeous. http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/bom2.php

    As a member, I get to download the instructions free, and while I've never made one, they seem very well written and detailed.

    Maybe because I'm printing .pdf's.

    Is that a new pattern or an older one?

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    Micha
    I have not purchased from her but she is a well-known designer and has been at major shows. Many of the ladies in my guild have her patterns and have heard no complaints. I would go to her website and email her. Attach a picture of the blurring. I know that some of the ladies use the pattern and make their templates with freezer paper.
    I would definitely contact Sue.

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    I've got "Omigosh" and I can't say that I have either of the problems you mentioned. My only complaint is that I had to do some of the math for the pattern to figure number of strips of each color for the pattern (because it's supposed to be 'scrappy' so she suggests a number of different colors only).

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    Wow, her blog is gorgeous!!
    http://suegarman.blogspot.com/

    I'm just paging back to 2007 - amazing how she puts a pattern together.

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    I just wanted to be clear, the design I love. I just speaking of the actual quality of the pattern print and paper.
    Quote Originally Posted by Micha
    Hi,

    I recently purchased a Sue Garman, Friends of Baltimore BOM, applique pattern from a shop on Ebay. I was a little disappointed with the quality of the pattern. It is printed on poor quality paper and some of it is a little blurry. I have never purchased a Sue Garman pattern before. Has anyone here purchased one of these patterns? I'm curious, does anyone know if this is how her BOM patterns are usually printed?

    Thanks,
    Micha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micha
    I just wanted to be clear, the design I love. I just speaking of the actual quality of the pattern print and paper.
    Understood.

    But I'd do what BeeNana suggested - write to her. Maybe she can reprint the pattern if you're having a hard time reading it.

    If it's really old, it could just be the way it was printed. I have some here that looked they were done on manual typewriters.

    I'm off to find a picture your BOM, I"m curious.

    Wow.

    WOW!!

    So this is a new current BOM Sue's got in the stores. Gorgeous.
    http://www.quakertownonline.com/bloc...baltimore.html

    Here's the cost of all 12 months (don't know is that includes the border or not)
    http://www.quakertownonline.com/bloc...te-set-po.html

    You said you bought it on eBay.

    Is it possible someone had, let's say, bought a legit copy at a local shop or online, and then copied it and put it up for sale on eBay? And that's why the printing was so crappy?

    Although your seller has been around forever. I've bought from her.

    I'd write your seller back first before I'd write to Sue.
    Don't leave any feedback just yet. It's eBay. The buyer holds all the cards.

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    Hi, I am making Stars for a New Day BOM from the Quilt show and again it is downloaded and I printed it but her instructions are really good-clearly written and detailed...you definitely need to email the person you bought it from because maybe it is a photocopy of the original...that person needs to send you one that is not blurry...not good!

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    was trying to add/edit info and ended up reposting..sorry...

    Hi, I am making Stars for a New Day BOM from the Quilt show and again it is downloaded and I printed it but her instructions are really good-clearly written and detailed...you definitely need to email the person you bought it from because maybe it is a photocopy of the original...that person needs to send you one that is not blurry...not good!
    I have also made the Applique pattern Hugs and Kisses and it is beautiful...another BOM...I am a member of the Quilt Show mainly for these patterns..since they are free for members...

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    Many years ago I did her Yuletide Joy block of the month...and still have in progress Autumn Joy (sure hoping that THIS is the year that I finally finish it!)
    I had no trouble with her patterns and the quality of patterns, but it was many years ago and maybe they have changed with time?
    Her designs are awesome!
    Kim

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    Some ebay sellers tend to make copies for sale. hence the blurry bit.

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    MTS~ I was thinking that it might be a possiblity that maybe I ended up with a copy of the orginal, since it was from Ebay, but I wanted to find out what Sue's patterns were like first. I've never had one of her patterns before. It could just have be a bad print of the pattern and the seller is unaware. I will contact her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micha
    MTS~ I was thinking that it might be a possiblity that maybe I ended up with a copy of the orginal, since it was from Ebay, but I wanted to find out what Sue's patterns were like first. I've never had one of her patterns before. It could just have be a bad print of the pattern and the seller is unaware. I will contact her.
    As the previous posters have mentioned, most of us get the patterns from TQS, and we're printing .pdf's.

    Your seller, though, is respectable. But who knows.
    DId the package look "new" - what about the color cover photo?

    Because in the listing, she's using the same photo that Quakerstown has on their website (see the link above).

    How does the price you paid compare to quakerstown? I'm assuming the borders were included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Micha
    MTS~ I was thinking that it might be a possiblity that maybe I ended up with a copy of the orginal, since it was from Ebay, but I wanted to find out what Sue's patterns were like first. I've never had one of her patterns before. It could just have be a bad print of the pattern and the seller is unaware. I will contact her.
    As the previous posters have mentioned, most of us get the patterns from TQS, and we're printing .pdf's.

    Your seller, though, is respectable. But who knows.
    DId the package look "new" - what about the color cover photo?

    Because in the listing, she's using the same photo that Quakerstown has on their website (see the link above).

    How does the price you paid compare to quakerstown? I'm assuming the borders were included.
    MTS~ The price is about the same as it is on Quakertown Quilts. I purchased it from the Ebay seller because she is in the same state that I live in. I like to support local if I can. I've sent her an email, I will wait for her reply.

    Micha

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    Sounds to me like you got a pirated copy of her pattern.

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    wow... Sue Garmen patterns are like $60 for the full sized, intricate bed quilts. I bought "Ladies of the Sea". It's a perfect pattern, not blurry at all.

    Perhaps the shop has a license to photocopy it... and didn't do a good job? I'd call the shop pronto and ask to have it replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Sounds to me like you got a pirated copy of her pattern.
    Oh... yeah,... that's true. If you didn't pay a hunk of cash for it, likely it's pirated. Ouch... go on sue's website or to the LQS in Tx that handles her stuff. See what the cost is through them for the same pattern. Then you'll know if you got a real pattern or not...

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    My pattern "Trick or Treat" is perfect, FYI.

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    OMG for me that would be BOY "Block of the Year"...lol

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    Perhaps you could give her some polite feedback so that she is able to watch quality control. Sometimes, when printing is out of the designer's hands he/she may not be fully aware of any production short - cuts the printers are taking until someone brings it to his/her attention. Her precision is excellent, so she may like to pay attention to the presentation of the patterns as well.

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    I have two of her patterns, am subscribing to her intricate Baltimore quilt block of the month which I'll probably never do, and am now doing the one where there are 16 identical blocks with hundred of berries on it and the blocks are set so it looks kind of like a kaleidoscope. I love the look of her patterns, but the actual patterns look like they've been drawn by hand. I was a little disappointed, but her patterns are so beautiful. She has detailed instructions and I can live with the not so professional patterns.

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    there is the possibility the ebay seller printed the pattern from her pdf files on cheap poor quality paper-
    happens alot- not everyone who sells on ebay are (honest) they are just there to make a buck.
    i have Sue Garman patterns they are commercial quality.
    i have also purchased a pattern from an ebay seller who had purchased a pattern and was then running off copies of it and selling them on line...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    there is the possibility the ebay seller printed the pattern from her pdf files on cheap poor quality paper-
    happens alot- not everyone who sells on ebay are (honest) they are just there to make a buck.
    i have Sue Garman patterns they are commercial quality.
    i have also purchased a pattern from an ebay seller who had purchased a pattern and was then running off copies of it and selling them on line...
    Isn't that illegal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer623
    I have two of her patterns, am subscribing to her intricate Baltimore quilt block of the month which I'll probably never do, and am now doing the one where there are 16 identical blocks with hundred of berries on it and the blocks are set so it looks kind of like a kaleidoscope. I love the look of her patterns, but the actual patterns look like they've been drawn by hand. I was a little disappointed, but her patterns are so beautiful. She has detailed instructions and I can live with the not so professional patterns.
    I forgot to add that the paper quality was poor, but it really didn't matter because the easiest way to work with it was to copy it on a copy machine and tape the different parts together. I usually do that anyway so I can keep the original in good condition. Your copy probably isn't a pirated copy. That's just the way they are.

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