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Thread: I have 52 purchased quilt patterns, how many do you have?

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    I have 52 purchased quilt patterns, how many do you have?

    Sometimes it makes me dizzy thinking about how much money I have invested in quilt patterns. Out of the 52 purchased patterns I know I paid $60 each for 3 or 4 of them, $20 or so for several and $8 to $10 for the rest. That is a lot of money! And then, of course, there are all the books. I am not about to count the number of books I have and I love them all! And magazines! I don't subscribe anymore, but it seems I buy at least one every month. Again, I don't even want to know how many magazines I have and I intend to keep them all. I get many hours of enjoyment from all the books and magazines and about once or twice a year I go through all of them, and add more stickies! Do any of you feel the same way? or do you pass them on?

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    I don't have very many purchased patterns.....but I do have a lot of magazines. About once a year I go thru them and thin them out. Most of my space is filled with fabrics♥♥. Are we a little obsessed? Well, just a little I think!

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    I don't know I am afraid to count . Love your avatar.

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    I hate math so refuse to add up how much I've spent on patterns, book, mag. BUT I do belive it is cheaper than mental health therapy. But then isn't quilting therapy. See, I've justified what we spend on stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quilting View Post
    I don't know I am afraid to count . Love your avatar.
    Same here. I have so many I can't even find them all! Patterns, books, magazines, downloads on my 'puter... oh my! And yet, I have several that are my go-tos... go figure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM View Post
    I hate math so refuse to add up how much I've spent on patterns, book, mag. BUT I do belive it is cheaper than mental health therapy. But then isn't quilting therapy. See, I've justified what we spend on stuff!
    Wow! After reading your post I feel much better because like Polyjvan, I too have many patterns, books and magazines and the worst part I haven't even made a quarter of the things from any of them. I think I am obsessed with patterns cuz I do love buying them and having them in my library :0 I like knowing that if I do have a selection of patterns in my own stash that I can just pick out from if I do decide to make something from a pattern. As for the books and mags I do refer back to them quite often so that isn't a total obsession. So I will except the idea that our obsession for buying patterns, books, and mags as well as our love for quilting is a lot cheaper than mental health therapy and more rewarding too!
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    I have a lot of quilt books and a year or so ago donated many to the used bookstore. I only keep the magazine issues that have quilts in them that I like. Otherwise I leave a few at doctor's offices when I have an appointment now and then. I don't have many purchased patterns on their own.
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    Actually it's fabric that is my total downfall. Lately thread comes a close second, followed distantly by patterns/books.

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    Books and patterns have become an obsession with me lately also. I know I will never make even 1/4 of the patterns that I have but I just can't seem to resist when I just love the pattern.
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    I do not buy many patterns-I like traditional.now templates,books ,magazines and a ridiculous stash -that is different.I do thin the magazines out a few times a year.If there is one or two I really like I put just those in a binder and the magazine goes to my daughter and then my grand daughter for collages.
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    I have been quilting and looking at quilts for a long time. I do enjoy looking at quilt patterns but I decided that I can be obsessive about things and so I slimmed down my book collection to fit in a small bookcase. (I haven't counted them but I probably have around 75 books in the bookcase.) I'm trying to not buy any more books unless it is for a special reason. I try to keep only the books that I will definitely use in quilt making.

    I use to collect quilt magazines and found that the stacks of magazines were starting to irritate me so I tore out the patterns that I liked (along with the directions) and put them into a plastic sleeve with the picture of the pattern as the top page. I put those plastic sleeves in 3 plastic magazine holders. I get a lot of enjoyment and ideas looking at those patterns. I'm now trying to not buy any more magazines because I have more than enough to look at.

    I do buy patterns at the store but I'm trying not to buy to many. I try to not buy anything unless I really think I will make it.

    I also use EQ5 to design my quilts. I even use it for the quilt patterns that I have bought from the store. That way I can plug in the color that I want to use on that quilt block and decide how big I want to make the quilt. I print the picture of the quilt top out and pin it up in my sewing room with the demensions and notes written on the paper.

    All of this is done for the enjoyment of looking at quilts and for me, goes along with the enjoyment of making quilts.
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    I use to buy lots of quilt patterns but now I'm very picky. I have to see the whole pattern before I buy. I won't buy black and white pictures only patterns or lousy printing of text. I have two big binders full of patterns in plastic sleeves and one big tote bag full. It's easy to look though the binders to refresh my memory of what patterns I do have.
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    I have 4 purchased patterns , several books and a giant binder full of my favorite patterns ripped from magazines. I probably have around 50 patterns from magazines, nicely organized in a binder. I have to REALLY love a pattern to buy it because I think of the binder I have and all the free patterns online. But I'm sure my pattern library will continue to grow out of control.

    I'm currently working on two projects. One free tute from a blog and one purchased pattern.

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    I don't buy quilt patterns because then I would actually have to read them and follow the instructions. I find all the great quilts I want to do from the net now. What a money and timesaver! As for magazines, I do have a pile of those, okay several piles. I am currently getting rid of my older ones because they call for GASP templates!

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    I am glad to have such good company with my obsession! I want it ALL....lol.
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    I rarely buy a pattern and I don't get quilt magazines anymore. I get most of my patterns from books or the internet.
    The books are a much better value for the money since you get lots of patterns.

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    I don't use patterns when creating my one of a kind quilts.

    I hate using patterns. It drives me nuts and also is very boring to me.

    I like to just start cutting, sewing, and slashing and sometimes cutting again, sewing some more. Folks around here seem to like my art. Its not something they would do and I guess are not wired like I am nor am I wired like they are regarding such. :-)
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    Probably about what you have, but I cant help it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I don't buy quilt patterns because then I would actually have to read them and follow the instructions. I find all the great quilts I want to do from the net now. What a money and timesaver! As for magazines, I do have a pile of those, okay several piles. I am currently getting rid of my older ones because they call for GASP templates!
    I'm with you, I don't care for templates!

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    I did an excel spreadsheet and I had 952 quilt books and leaflets. Most were obtained at garage sales, for free, at library sales, at a discount bookstore, etc. There are very few that I paid retail for at a bricks and mortar store.

    The patterns fill three large plastic totes. One is for Cinci Edgerton patterns, one is foundation patterns, and one is
    for the others.

    It is an obsession. Lets not talk about the two lateral file drawers with clipped patterns or the huge file online of saved patterns.

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    This spring when I cleaned my sewing room, I was almost sick at the amount of money that i have spent on patterns and books. If I am going to sew with my applique group, we usually have to buy a book-that's o.k. But I had books that cost $29.95 that I sold for a quarter of the price. What didn't sell, I kept. When I would travel I would buy lots of patterns. Usually something that was not common to my area. Again, I haven't made any of them. Now I find that you can find almost anything on the internet free and I will look there first. But, I don't drink, don't smoke, don't have an antique car in the garage that I use for shelving, don't have a woodworking shop and tons of tools, don't collect coins or stamps, so I think I am still o.k.
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    I just started collecting pattern books. I have tons of separate patterns I've bought. So many. So so many. I know I have probably 52 also, at least. Then I have all the free downloaded ones I printed. And I get four magazines a month, too. Yes, I love collecting them. If someone here shows a quilt and says the name of the pattern, off I go and buy it. I'm bad, or good, it depends on which way you look at it!
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    I have only bought a pattern or two, but I have many magazines and look through them at least once a year! I like to use a pattern for basic instructions and seldom make my own pattern, except in applique. I love books, too, but have a very small library compared to what I read some of you have.
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    When I redid my sewing room I purged my books/magazines/patterns until it fit in one small book case and on one wire shelf. Well, fast forward a couple of years and there's a stack of books & magazines beside my bed, a couple of stacks on a NEW shelving unit a pile stacked on top of the fabric totes and who knows how many scattered here and there. I think it's time to go through them again and get them back in their allotted space.

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