Friends, your fellow reader Aischa is a thinker. And she's got me to thinking. And I'll bet she'll get you to thinking, too.
Dear Nancy, usually I am a lurker and enjoy reading about what you are working on and LOVE your quilts!! I rarely comment on blogs...but today I feel I have to say something and please do not feel offended, just a short remark, delete the comment if you feel it is inappropriate.
I think I know of whoms blog you are talking but please Nancy, dont you realize that some people have worked really, really hard to achieve the place where they are? I am only 30, starting a family and working hard. When I retire I also want some things to enjoy. Some travel, others build their dream house. The economy is bad, yes, but those people have probably worked hard and saved every penny for centuries??
Also, do you realize that out of your last 4 blog posts you yourself wrote about buying fabric? I am living in Europe and I can only dream about 9$/yard of fabric. Here we pay 16 to 18 EURO for one yard!!!!! You can probably imagine how much fabric an average quilter in Europe can afford? And the 100$ for the pattern....maybe you forgot to add that this is not a simple patchwork pattern with 2 pages, but probably a BOM with a LOT of instructions???
Again, please, delete the comment if you feel my reaction is inappropriate...Aischa
Wow, Aischa. I'd be so wrong to suggest your reaction is inappropriate. Even if I totally disagreed with everything you say. Which I don't. Your reaction is coming from your feelings, and feelings just are. There's no inappropriate. At least IMNSHO.
I've been thinking and stewing since I read your comment. I think you are covering quite a bit of territory in one comment. So let me see if I can break down some areas for response. And also to see what kind of response all of this generates from other commenters.
First, you write about people who have worked and saved for a long time, "Some travel, others build their dream house." I'm really glad that you pointed that out, Aischa. It helped me see how judgmental I'd been about the bazillion-cabinet lady. It reminded me that my husband and I took a little trip this spring and I blogged about it when we returned. I wanted to share my experience with the people who read my blog, and I wanted it as a record for myself. Your observation reminds me that the b-c lady may well have been doing the same thing. I wasn't bragging or showing off when I told about my trip, and you've helped me to see that Mrs. Cabinets probably really wasn't either. She just wanted to share her happiness about her new home with her readers. So thanks for your help with that. I still don't want to look at any more of her cabinets; I much preferred her quilts. But I'm feeling much more kindly disposed towards her.
Second, I do realize that in two of my four most recent blog posts I mentioned buying fabric. I'm a little unclear about why you find that objectionable or inconsistent. I think most quilters like to share pictures of new fabric that they've purchased. I don't buy a lot of fabric, and most of that shown in those two posts was bought on sale, much of it for as little as $2.29 per yard, which made me very happy. I did know, that fabric in Europe is considerably more expensive than fabric in the States, so $9 does not sound like a lot to you. But it does to me. Relativity.
Last, about that pattern. You're right. I didn't say that the $100 pattern is a BOM with a lot of detailed instructions. It is a gorgeous and imaginative BOM with really terrific creative designs, and I don't know how detailed the instructions are. It makes a gorgeous little quilt, a real conversation starter. And the designer certainly has the right to charge whatever she feels is appropriate compensation for her considerable talent. But I don't have enough money to justify purchasing this pattern. And I don't think many people do.
So, friend, that is some of the thinking that you've generated for me. I wonder what others are thinking.
And I hope you'll continue to visit. And to comment more often.