Monday, February 27, 2012

I can see spring from here....

Congratulations to Karen (karengcg89@gmail.com)! You're the winner of the 6-pack of MTT patterns this week. Enjoy and send us pictures of your finished projects. No pressure, but you should be able to do them all in a weekend :).

I know spring is just around the corner because the geese are back on the pond. There are about a dozen now, but in a few weeks, just 2 will remain to nest on a small mound of earth in the middle of the pond with a scraggly tree sticking up out of it that the grankids call "snake island". Why? Because Cooper's Dad told him when he was a kid, they found a nest of baby snakes out there. Fact or fiction? Knowing my son, Brent (half of a set of twins), probably all BS. But it does keep the grandsons from disturbing the mother goose and her nest.  Robert's dog, Gus, is in full guard dog mode, alternately slinking thru the tall weeds stalking the geese or standing on the dock barking his tail off. Takes the quiet right out of country living. Oh well....

For March, let's focus on Sandhill Plums. This week's winner will receive a roll of Sandhill Plums strips, generously sent to me from Moda after they cut their salesmen samples (UPS actually brought a 50# box of them that we've sorted, ironed and rolled). The strips are 45" width of fabric and vary from a couple inches to 6-7 inches wide. LOTS of possibilities! One option is our Scrapbook 101 quilt. It's shown here on a king size bed, but could be made in any size you wish. With lots of strips and squares, it's the perfect choice for a collection of scrappy strips. Heck, we'll throw the pattern in, too!


Comment by Sunday 10pm. to be eligible to win. My question to you this week is: Are you more likely to buy a single pattern for $8-10 or a book with several options for $25? I'm all ears!

150 comments:

  1. Boy, that's a hard one. Just recently went to a quilt show and bought a single pattern but also bought a couple of books. When I got home I realized one of the books is a remake of a previous one (which I own)with a couple of changes. I was disappointed because I could have used that money for the other patterns I liked or the wool bundles I saw after I bought the books. So I'll say that the book needs to have several projects I'd be willing to make before I buy it.

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  2. It depends on the patterns in the book. If I like two or more, then I'd buy a whole book instead of just one pattern. Unless ofcourse I couldn't live without the pattern...Then I'd have to buy both!

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  3. I would be more likely to buy the book. Sometimes I take several ideas from a book and make a completely different quilt. A book gives me more inspiration to work with.

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  4. I like to buy a single pattern, but if the book has lots of great ideas and patterns I like, I will purchase the book.

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  5. I usually prefer a book! having said that, there has to be at least 2 projects I would make in it!

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  6. I love books but they are hard to come by around here. I buy them off of the computer when I can see what projects are inside. It is a big chance buying a book when you don't know what projects are included. I also don't mind picking up a pattern here and there too!

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  7. I would be more likely to buy a book with a variety of projects rather than a single patterns.

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  8. I don't think there is an easy answer to that question. There are a lot of books I would like to have, but... Sometimes it is just a matter of what the budget will allow. As for single patterns, if I really love the pattern, I'll buy it. Over time I think I've bought more books than singles.

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  9. Lynne -- that's a great question. I agree with Gill - I love books but they need to have at least 2-3 project inside that catch my eye. Alot of the books I purchase include different types of projects. A cross stitch, a quilt or throw, maybe a punch needle or a "Make-Do". A pattern has to stand on it's own -- and that is sometimes harder to accomplish -- so many great things to make out there.

    Cheers to Snake Island to protect those Geese -- good idea !

    Take care.

    Karen

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  10. Depends on the patterns in the book..if I only liked one pattern, it would have to be something I couldn't live without, and then I would probably only buy the book if a single pattern weren't available. I'd rather buy more fabric than a lot of books.

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  11. I like both, since they both have advantages.
    With books, I can have several patterns and designs to work with, but if i only like one, I have to buy a whole book. So a pattern is better if I just want to make one and they are easier to store, than books.

    Debbie

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  12. I always think books have a better overall value than a single pattern. I usually can make more than 3 of the patterns in them and I think books usually have better content. thanks!

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  13. I will only purchase a book if there are 5 or more patterns that I really want to make. Books are too expensive for one or two patterns. I love your new line.

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  14. Book, book, book! But my local sources are nil so I need to be able to view the projects online beforehand. The Scrapbook quilt looks like just my kind. Would love to win a roll of strips!

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  15. I prefer to buy books, a pattern is usually limited to one quilt or maybe several smaller projects. I love spending hours going through my books and dreaming of the different ways that I can create a certain project. Pattern seem to be just stored away in a box and seldom reused.

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  16. Book everytime for me as mine is International postage so have to get as much for my money as I can!!

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  17. If I think I will use two or three patterns at least, I will always spring for the book. Then I have hours worth of looking, reading and dreaming all together in one place!

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  18. I have tons of books and tons of patterns. If I'm really drawn to it, I won't hesitate to purchase a single pattern. And if a book has two or three patterns (more than one!), then I will purchase it as well. Though that initial payout of over $25 can hurt... especially when I think of how much fabric I can buy for that!
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  19. I would probably prefer the book...seems like it would be more for the money. Thanks for listening to our opinions :)

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  20. Alot depends on the book. If the book only has a few projects that I might do and most are things that don't interest me definitely would just buy the pattern and spend the money I saved on fabric! lol

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  21. I have bought single patterns, but a book is a better option providing I am sure that I would use at least a few of the patterns. :)

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  22. It depends on how many patterns I LOVE in the book, if it is more than 2 or 3 I will go for the book.

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  23. Books, for sure. Single patterns are okay but a book will / should draw you in. Love the photography in them (other than just a quilt on the bed, hung on the wall), options for quilt sizes, detailed instructions with pics (not just b/w as in patterns) and additional projects (table runner, pillows, etc.)... a recipe or two. I like the variety, not just the same pattern in different fabrics. Also, allowing on-line venues, like Amazon, to show pics of the projects in the book. I would like to see the projects or at least a few of them before purchasing. Some authors do not allow for a look inside the book. I would not buy a book merely by the cover photo and a list of what's in it.

    Sandhill Plums... sigh...

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  24. Lately I've been buying individual patterns. But it's not like I don't have loads of books and magazines! Kathie L in Allentown

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  25. I would buy the book and have several patterns in one place. I love to look through a book, at all the projects, and then decide which one I will make.


    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  26. I'm an equal opportunity consumer! :) If it tells me I should make it, I will buy it. I am smitten with the Sandhill Plum line and am planning all sorts of fun projects using it. What a treat it would be to find a bundle of strips and that fun pattern at the end of my dirt road! Thank you.

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  27. I have to admit. .. I would probably (NOW) buy the individual patterns. I've been known to buy books in the past - but it's a space thing. . . :)

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  28. Sigh ... spring. It's snowing outside my window today :)
    I prefer a book that has several projects plus other interesting related stuff to read and daydream about. That way even if I'm not actually sewing, I can enjoy the book.
    I'd LOVE to win a strip bundle!
    Jeanne

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  29. I much rather buy books. I look at them so many times over and I truly feel there is so much more to offer.
    Karin E :)

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  30. Book with wide variety of patterns - second what Karen stated above (though recipes not required).
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway of the Sandhill Plums. My Mom planted two Florida plum trees so we hope they will live and produce fruit. Plum jelly tastes so good.

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  31. I do buy patterns if it is something that really speaks to me, but books tend to scream at me, but it would have to have several projects I really liked.Congrats to Karen....lucky girl!

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  32. I try really hard to resist them both, but it doesn't seem to work! I like books with stoires, or journal entries, along with patterns.

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  33. I have more books than single patterns, but use and purchase both. I prefer the books just to sit and look at the pictures!!!!

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  34. That's a tough one, I am a big consumer of both....... I would have to say books, I read them over and over again~ thanks

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  35. I rarely buy single patterns any more. Books are so much fun to curl up with after a hard day and plan (dream) of the next project to tackle.

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  36. I won't buy a book if there's only one pattern in it that I like. There must be at least 3 that I think I'll make before I plunk down the higher cost for a book. I'll read my favorite books over and over again just because of the eye candy in them. Thanks for the chance to win a set of Sandhill Plums strips.

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  37. I'm more likely to buy a single pattern. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  38. I prefer books but they have to have more than 1 or 2 patterns that catch my eye.
    I love your Sandhill Plum line - I recently purchased a few charm packs for a couple of table topper projects I have in mind. Would love to win a set of strips to go with them.

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  39. Hi Beautiful here today, but there is suppose to be a storm coming in. Just in time for calving. Gotta lov it. I have all kinds of both, pattern and books. It's whatever pops out and gets me. Yes, the book would have to have more than three patterns I like. Love to sit and look through them for inspiration. Scrapbook 101, it just popped and got me. Thank you for your ideas and awesome fabric. D

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  40. That is a hard question! I buy both but probably more books than single patterns. Guess I think the book has more value because there are more patterns to choose from. I am a equal opportunity buyer when it comes to anything to do with quilts and quilting.

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  41. I prefer books......but my sewing room shelves tell a different story.I think when you begin to do patchwork you buy patterns as 1 project seems possible & some books are overwhelming. As you gain more experience you look for books with many projectsthat you like & value for money.

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  42. I would buy either or both if I intend on making the project(s). Having said that, I have also purchased books and patterns simply because I love the design.

    Inexpensive therapy, right? *wink*

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  43. What a Neat giveaway!
    I usually buy books. Thinking over the past 2 years, I've bought a single pattern for a bag and one for an ornament.
    Thank you again for sharing ♥

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  44. I would probably buy a book with several projects that I would want to make rather than a pattern. Thanks for a chance.

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  45. I prefer books mainly b/c one can get several mix and match ideas from a good book. cw

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  46. I'd probably buy the book. Being a new quilter, I'd try the easier ones now and then look forward to a challenge in the future.

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  47. I'd probably go for a pattern rather than a book because of pinching pennies, BUT if a book had more than two great patterns, I'd snap up the book in a heartbeat!!

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  48. Hummmm.....it just really depends. If I love love love something in the book...I'd buy the book. If it's just a I like that one of these days projects I'd buy the single pattern. jmh

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  49. Book or Pattern? I really is a toss up. I would buy the book if it had a few patterns I could see myself doing, plus books are so much fun to browse through.

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  50. I would definitely buy the book. Often I'll use a pattern with a color combination from a photo for a different quilt. Oh, the possibilities....

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  51. I am usually more likely to buy a book. I do have a lot of patterns, too. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  52. Books....books....books! I can keep them organized better. Sure would love to win the fabric :)

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  53. I buy both but would prob. prefer books. I love to look back through them to get ideas. I would love to win this group! Thanks again, Patty D. from Crystal City, MO

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  54. I buy a book when it has a few projects that I like. And I also buy single patterns. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  55. Sometimes a book, sometimes a pattern. Depends on how many projects that I like in the book.

    Darlis

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  56. Good question. I will buy a book because I like to do the BOM's so well, I get alot of good out of a book that way. I usually buy a pattern when I know I am going to do the project,especially when it comes in a kit.
    Carol L

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  57. I'm more apt to buy the book before a single pattern. I am fairly new to quilting and building my pattern library so that may have something to do with it. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  58. Definitely the book! I buy a lot of books but rarely buy patterns, when I do they are patterns that I absolutely can't live without making, but books I buy just because I think the cover is pretty :)

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  59. I buy both. I love browsing through beautiful books and use some of the patterns I buy. ;) Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Theresa W
    foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  60. I collect quilt books so definitely a book. I like to look through them again and again, that is my inspiration.

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  61. I buy both. I really enjoy the books that have stories in them. Enjoyed your book Pieces of the past. Have read it several times. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  62. I like books better than individual patterns. I usually make one or two items in a book, then put it away. I look through my books for inspiration and often go back to the same book years later. My favorite book is a Year of Kansas Troubles. I have made several items in the book. I've just completed several quilting bags for birthday presents

    Bjeanand@gmail.com

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  63. I agree with the others. It's hard to say. I do buy both, but the book has to have more then one pattern that I like. Same goes for magazines.

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  64. I have good intentions to not buy patterns/books because I'm running out of room for both. But then either a pattern or book will jump out at me and I just have no self-control. I guess my answer is I buy both.
    Maybe I will be lucky and win one of your great giveaways!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  65. I am trying to control myself as my pattern file and also my library are growing but I'm not having any luck. If there are 3 patterns I like in a book, I'll buy it. I love reading the books over and over and if they land on the shelf for a while, it's like getting a new book when I pick it up again. I can picture Scrapbook 101 on our king size bed - beautiful! The Sandhill Plums line is very nice so I'll have to get some before it's sold out.
    Have a great day and thanks for the chance to win some of these wonderful fabrics.

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  66. If the book has quite a few patterns I like, I'd buy the book, otherwise the single pattern. Really like the Sandhill Plums line. Thanks for the chance to win some of it.

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  67. Totally depends. If there are lots of patterns in the book that I'm getting really excited about, I'll consider a book. But if I'm going to be realistic, I should stick to single patterns. I already have more than I can do and getting a book would just make matters worse! Now, if the book has patterns *and* new techniques, I'd have a much hard time saying No!

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  68. Geese are showing at our pond also! We look and wonder which pair will stay. Are they the same ones each year?
    I generally prefer a book because of the mixy-matchy you can do, but Scrapbook 101 would be a great single. Love large, cover the queen bed and let it hang down the side sized quilts.

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  69. If the book has a lot of ideas/patterns that I am interested in, then I would buy the book. If there is
    only one or two patterns in the book that I like, then I would buy the pattern.

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  70. Depends on the book---if I'm interested in more than 2 of the patterns in the book, I'd buy that. Otherwise, I'd buy the individual patterns.
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  71. I would by the book. I may find parts of one pattern that I can use on another project. Just love ideas to play with.....

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  72. I love quilt books with lots of patterns & great pictures. So I would definitely choose the book - if there were several patterns I was interested in making. Thanks for the chance to win some of your great fabric.

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  73. I would have to be TOTALLY in love with a single pattern to spend $10 on it. However, I came across your "Gathering Basket" pattern, loved it, bought it, this past week. It was reasonably priced. I have enough quilt books to start my own library, but if I love it I buy it! jckup@yahoo.com

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  74. I will buy a book if there are several patterns in it that I think I will make. Depending on the size of the book I would like to find 3 or 4 patterns.Depending on the authors I know I would be getting bang for my buck by picking up there book.I do frequently buy kits so single patterns are with them.

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  75. I most often purchase the book as there will be more than one project to make. But, if I really love a pattern, I will purchase it as well. Just depends on what is on my upcoming project list. I have been known to purchase a kit which includes a pattern. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  76. I would rather have several patterns for $25.00. I have made several of Kansas Trouble patterns with Kansas Trouble fabrics, love it.........

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  77. It all depends...I have a rule of thumb for books-if they are more than $20, there needs to be at least 3 projects that I really know I'd make. If I buy a pattern, it really needs to be worth the $8-10 I spend. Lately it seems everyone is designing patterns and some of them are extraordinarily simple - like 4-patches, but laid out wonky. I can figure that out myself and spend the money on fabric. I look for patterns that are creatively original in their design and possibly with applique.

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  78. I would rather purchase a book and have several options to choose to make. Love the story about "snake island". My previous address was actually on Snake Island Road. There was an island at the end of the little peninsula that I lived on and the old timers said that the island was inhabited by snakes in the 40's and 50's. Ick!! Would love to win your strips, thanks for the chance.

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  79. I like to buy separate patterns. I'd rather spend my time touching and feeling the material rather than looking through books. When I see a pattern I like, I grab it!

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  80. I am open to buying either individual patterns or books; however, I generally prefer books. I like the various options that books provide and the decorating ideas!

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  81. I don't have a preference, have lots of both. I do like the photography in books, but sometimes only like one pattern. Just love to quilt, thanks for all the great patterns and fabrics!

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  82. I am more likely to buy a single pattern for a project. I buy books when the information is useful for many projects (i.e. borders,using precuts).

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  83. I would definitely buy a book over a single pattern. However, that being said, I have been known to buy just "a few" patterns!!!
    Conny from Red Deer, Alberta

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  84. Congrats to Karen.
    I will buy a book if there are more than 50% of the patterns I would some day do. I don't buy books if I like just one pattern any more. Used to when I first started quilting.

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  85. Book must contain at least 3 patterns I like to buy..otherwise I buy the single pattern. That said, have way to many of both!!
    CathyC in Alberta
    cathyc1950@gmail.com

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  86. Books only make sense if there are muliple patterns you like, otherwise a single pattern is more economical. If there is too much applique in the book patterns then I go for a single pattern. Your fabric looks great in all the patterns regardless!!

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  87. I like books but I am frustrated when the first half of the book is basic cutting, piecing and sewing instructions. I always wish for more pictures and patterns. The only time I like instructions is when there is a special technique or shortcut required for the projects in the book.
    stitchinbarb@gmail.com

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  88. I've collected so many quilting patterns and books so quickly, that I'm really starting to be more selective now. I would be more likely to purchase a single pattern (unless there are multiple projects I like in a book.) How about a book of small projects that can be completed quickly and used as gifts?

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  89. Single patterns are my first selection. However, a book with interesting projects, a few quilts and blog dialogue always catches my attention. I have a library of quilting books.

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  90. I prefer a book over a single pattern! There are so many exciting projects and possibilities inside the pages of a book!

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  91. Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

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  92. I will be more likely to purchase a book if there are multiple projects that I want to make in it. Otherwise, just a single pattern will suffice.

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  93. First, Congrats to the lucky winner!! :-) Second, I can so relate to the not-so-quiet living in the country-- we're in a very rural area, but we have 2 shelties, which I think are probably one of the barkiest breeds ever! You can completely forget just relaxing and listening to the crickets chirp most days... those pups live to bark! :-) But they are also probably one of the most loving breeds too, so we just accept the constant barking. :-) Now, to your question... I probably most often choose to buy single patterns for $8 to $10-- because, although I LOVE to have the books-- just to look at---, I rarely ever make more than one quilt from a book... Actually, most of the quilts that I have made are from a purchased single pattern... Thanks so much for the giveaways-- this one sounds GREAT! What fun the winner will have playing and planning with these strips! :-)

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  94. I love this fabric, hope I win some. I will buy the book if there are multiple projects I like, even if just for the idea. I like to be able to make the quilt, then use pieces for a bag or runner or something easy for a gift. Otherwise, I just pick up the one pattern. I think the price of single patterns is actually quite high, especially if the book has 10-12 and I like them.

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  95. Good Morning... Sandhill Plums scraps would be wonderful to have!

    It depends on what I am looking for. If a book has at least two patterns I will use then it makes more since to buy the book, but normally I buy just patterns as I see them that I like.

    Happy Quilting,
    Onalee
    Stow, Ohio (where the sun is shining!)

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  96. I'm more likely to buy the book because I love having a collection to refer to and I think it would be a neater option.

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  97. I'm much more likely to buy a book although occasionally I will buy a single pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Mary

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  98. I think a single pattern sells better as an impulse buy, a book makes you think about it more before buying it.

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  99. As I'm sure with all of us in today's world we want the most from our money. Single patterns can be quite expensive. I like the idea of a book with variations on the same theme. I especially like your booklets that contain a wall hanging, pillow and tote bag. Gives me lots of ideas to design my own projects.

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  100. Hello Lynn - I go for the books every time - love having several new ideas to work from - and loads of colour options. I find I mix and match them to suit what I have on hand. Would sooooo love your Sandhill Plums strips to come my way. Margaret

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  101. I prefer patterns, I never seem to use more than one pattern in a book, so patterns are more economical for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  102. I'd actually get the book. I like having more choices and eye candy and I may decide to do a completely different pattern than I originally intended. But if it was a to die for pattern, and only available that way, I would spring for the pattern. Thanks.

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  103. I'm in denial about Spring. Just seems we haven't had winter, yet. Oh well... Great question. I tend to purchase a pattern before I buy a book. A book has to have 2 to 3 quilts that I want to make before I'll buy the book. With patterns, I purchase only the ones I really like. Wow! I'd love these strips from your new line. I love scrap quilts. Keeping my fingers crossed XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  104. I prefer to purchase a book of patterns. It would probably have to have two to three patterns in it that I liked before I would buy the book. Would love to win the fabric strips -- love your fabric colors/designs. Thanks - Lana D.

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  105. That is a difficult question. I buy both! But, if I see more than one pattern in the book that I like, or if I really like the person who wrote the book, chances are I would buy the book over one pattern. I do buy single patterns, too. I keep a list of books and patterns that I want to buy. I would love to win this pattern! I'm really into using up the fabric that I have!!!

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  106. If I like a pattern,it doesn't matter if it's in a book or a single pattern. When I buy a book, I frequently go through the book just to look at how the author created her quilts.I keep all my single patterns together and go through them to pick one and then give it a different twist with the fabric I've got on hand. (annie5152)

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  107. I love books! Tina

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  108. I would be more likely to buy the book, as i love a book to sit, look through and be inspired by.
    A book with several quilts in gives me more inspiration to work with.

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  109. I would probably opt for the book.

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  110. I look at the book and if it has at last two projects in it that I just love, I buy the book. If a quilt is made up and their is just a pattern, not a book then I buy that. It's easier to keep up with the book than a pattern. LOL

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  111. As a fairly new quilter, I have been buying both. I have lots of beautiful quilts in mind for making "someday!" Books seem to be best, but if I see a pattern I can't resist, I buy it too. Debbie L.

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  112. I'm definitely a "pattern" girl. This way I can get the specific pattern that I want. I rarely buy books.

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  113. I like patterns because they are easier to bring along for fabric shopping.

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  114. I like the books. Most of the time, I buy them for 40% off, which makes them more affordable. I like all the hints and helps that books usually offer. And I like to just sit and look at my books sometimes, which is much more fun that sitting and looking at patterns. Usually books have bigger pictures and more of them, as well.

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  115. The first thing that I look at,is if the patterns are printed full size. Whether it is in a book or single pattern. There is nothing that drives me crazier than an applique pattern that I am ready to stitch, but have to enlarge first! Cynthia

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  116. The quilt is breathtaking. I have pondered over the question for this week and while looking for a pattern to use, I noticed I buy books or magazines with many quilt ideas more than just a single pattern. Then I look through the books over and over just to look at the pictures.

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  117. I like both Single pattern are good to take with you and you don't have to make a copy from a book. I do have more books then pattern. Love the material, Sam

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  118. I like the idea of a book - many patterns. However, I find that I often only do 1 project from a book so it is not really saving money. But whoever thought quilting was about saving money!! I buy both books and patterns.

    Charlotte S.

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  119. Hi...Love your fabrics!!! : )
    I would take the book over individual pattern but there has to be a few things I would make. But...if there was fabulous pattern I just love, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.

    Sheri-Lee

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  120. I seem to have found that if it is book of more traditional patterns I buy the book as there are always more than one quilt that I would like to make in it. Quilts with a more modern look I tend to just buy the single pattern because I know I want to make that pattern, but a book of modern designs I usually only find one pattern in it I want to make.

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  121. As many have stated, it depends on how many patterns in the book I like... I also might buy a book for inspiring eye candy even if I'm unlikely to follow the patterns precisely.

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  122. I prefer a book that has multiple types of projects in it. One pieced, a wool something, a home decor item, a small wall hanging or table topper / runner. A book with variety makes me want it over just a single pattern.

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  123. It all depends on what is in the book. If the book has more than one pattern that I like, then I would probably get the book. The one that gives me the most "bang for my buck" would be my choice.

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  124. I would purchase a book especially if it was one of my favorite designers, Better buy for the money!

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  125. I buy both. I do have one rule however when buying books. If I'm going to spend a larger amount of money on a book vs a single pattern, the book needs to have more than one project in it that interests me or I don't buy it. I think over the last year I've bought more single patterns than books.

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  126. I am more likely to buy the book. Thanks for your great blog,

    Debbie Hall

    Quiltingathome@earthlink.net

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  127. More likely to to buy the book but I'd be waiting for a sale. Even when I bought books, I had decided that magazine subscriptions still got me more for the money. With the net and all it's ideas and free patterns, my buying is very minimal...

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  128. I would prefer to buy a book with several patterns that I like. I'd be apt to buy from online sites that let you 'thumb' through the book before purchasing.

    The Sandhill Plum fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  129. I have a rule of thumb...if there are at least 4 projects I would enjoy making, then I will buy the book.
    If not, then I will buy the single patterns. Really enjoyed your presentation at ECQG on Tues....love the fabrics!!!

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  130. If I like it I buy it! It does not matter if its a book or pattern.

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  131. I would definitely prefer a book over a single pattern, especially if I like the work of that particular designer. I usually find that books offer lots of finishing ideas other than just the single patterns. I love the new Sandhill Plum line. I can't wait to use it in a project.

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  132. I have so many patterns and books with projects that I would like to do and the usual story, not enough time. So now I buy single patterns that excite me so much I want to start them as soon as I get it home.

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  133. While books do offer the advantage of having multiple patterns, I have a hard time justifing paying $20-$30 for a book if it only has one pattern that I really like. Personally, a book needs to have at least two patterns that I really like for me to consider purchasing it. I have no problem spending $8-$10 for a single pattern that I really like.

    Thanks for sharing the story about the geese. I too am looking forward to spring. - Linda W.

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  134. I would probably buy a book over a single pattern. The many patterns give inspiration and ideas for other projects. Glad that spring is on the horizon!

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  135. I have purchased many books in the past but, now, buy single patterns or use patterns from the two quilting magazines I subscribe to. I do think "how to" books are great if you're teaching yourself to quilt, as a lot of us do.

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  136. I love patterns! Individual ones and books. (I probably have enough to last a lifetime.) My preference would probably be the single ones though and I do love KT ones.

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  137. I would probably by the book. BTW, Lynne so enjoyed your demonstration last night. You are so inspiring!!

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  138. I just love quilting. Books, patterns it all good to me! Cindy lou

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  139. I like to buy books but will buy a pattern if I really want to do the quilt. I really like Kansas Troubles plum/purple fabrics! So I hope you pick me. :)

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  140. I buy both to be honest! The book though has to have more than one project in it that I will do or others my BF would like also. We share;-)Will buy a single pattern if it is only available that way and I want it!So all good if ya ask me!
    Lola

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  141. First, I want to say, I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay in our fair city (San Antonio), I absolutely love living here. Second, I will buy a book if there are at least two patterns that I love; otherwise I go with the single patterns. Finally, I love your fabrics!! They are simply beautiful.

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  142. I'd purchase the book most likely!! But I've purchased lots of single patterns too, guess it depends on my mood. KT is my favorite fabric, when I can find it. Bev

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  143. To be honest, I don't often by books, and sometimes will buy the pattern of a quilt I HAVE to make. But when I buy a book, I love looking at the variety of quilts - a great advantage of buying a book instead of a single pattern. I LOVE KT ... it's got to be the loveliest fabric ever! Everything made with KT is beautiful and warm looking!

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  144. Thanks for the opportunity to win a roll of Sandhill Plums and the pattern. I purchase both, books and patterns. If there are at least 2-3 patterns in a book that I will use, I will buy the book because I think it's a better bargain. If I see a pattern that I just can't live without, I'll buy that also. When I'm down, just looking at my books and patterns picks me up and inspires me to either start a new project or work on an UFO. KT is my favorite line of fabric - it's warm and inviting! I just bought some of the Sandhill Plums line yesterday.

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  145. It all depends on the book. If the book offers alot of patterns that I like I'd buy the book, otherwise I'm all for the single patterns. Right now a friend & I are using many different KT prints to make a Kim Diehl pattern called Duck Duck Goose. The fabrics are ones I've collected through the years along with some of the most current ones. I'd love to use some of your new group Sandhill Plums. That would top it off!

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  146. I usually buy books, but, if a single pattern catches my eye and I really want to make it, I'll buy the single pattern. Don't ask if I actually make the pattern or not! HA! Thanks for the chance to win. HUGS... and stitches

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  147. I will think about purchasing a book longer than a pattern. I have to like several of the projects. If I like a pattern, I will snatch it up without thinking. As I was typing this I remembered that I bought a small pattern the last time I was at my favorite quilt shop and I do not know where it is! I just got up and looked and I guess I put it in one of those special hiding places. It will show up sometime.

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  148. I am a sucker for buying books! And I read everything in them. Like others said - please don't ask if I ever make anything from the books! lol!! I just love your Sandhill Plums line of fabric. What a great giveaway!
    Anne
    abs0866@yahoo.com

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  149. I just love to add books to my library here at home but my condition for buying a particular book is that I have to really 'love' it. That is a question that my daughter always asks as I am looking at anything to add to my library and stash. "Do you Love it?"----and since I am a sucker for books and packets of all quilting types I usually say "Why yes I do love it". Your designs are to LOVE.

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  150. Actually, I've bought both but I prefer the single pattern. I'm more likely to part with less than $10 than $25 or more for a book. Love that scrap quilt!
    JoAnna J

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