Friday, August 06, 2010

Worth It?

Today I saw this quilt on someone's blog and I liked it.  Liked it enough to do a little research on it.  The photo could be better, but that's what I've got.  Better pictures of portions of the quilt are on that blog. 

You can see that it's a pretty quilt with lots of embroidered details and appliques and pieced portions and gorgeous colors and themes of friendship and quilting and other good stuff.

It's called Journey of a Quilter by Leanne Beasley.  And the pattern costs $160.

The pattern costs one hundred and sixty dollars.

I wonder how many she's sold.


24 comments:

Sue said...

Hi, I did a BOM of Leanne's a couple of years ago - Leanne's House - I love it and it was $17 a month for 10 months so yes a lot of money.
I don't know if this helps but can I say that buying overseas patterns and fabrics can be interesting. Here in Australia our cheapest USA fabrics say anything from Moda is $25AU per metre (40in). I love when Hancocks have free international shipping and our AU$ is at 90c or more to the US$.

I have done a quick search of Leanne's blog http://leanneshouse.typepad.com on the left hand side she has all the stores that sell her patterns
http://www.quiltopia.info/store/products/details/?product=BOM001 is one that is based in the USA, maybe they can help

QuiltingFitzy said...

I think it's lovely, and embroidery is all the rage these days. I have seen this on several blogs lately, wish I had the $$.

Suzan said...

Wow! And I thought McKenna Ryan's multiblock quilt patterns were expensive!! (It is, however, a beautiful quilt...)

Susan said...

No, it's not worth it to me. It is a lovely quilt, but I wouldn't want to do all the applique. Now on the other hand, I am enrolled in the current Thimbleberries BOM which is an expensive way to make a quilt. But I really like the design and the fabrics. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

altar ego said...

I can see a kit costing that (and I have paid close to that that!), but a pattern? There are lots of intricacies, and the pattern is no doubt thorough and lengthy with descriptions. I do like the stuff on her blog. The little strips with button centers are adorable.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Lovely to look at but just not something that I would ever finish. 35 years ago, maybe ~ for my sister or mom.

Pat said...

It looks like she does a lot of things with embroidery, and she IS based in Australia....

Still, I could never justify spending this much just for the pattern. Especially one that I am sure would just never make it to completion. I wonder if you could order a few of the blocks then piece them together into a wall hanging?

BTW, Kvitstina's blog is quite astounding. Her projects are so beautiful they take my breath away.

WV: "caparil". The small, monkey-like creature who wears a funky little hat and lives in my stash closet, stealing the exact pieces of fabric I need for my project. He returns them when I no longer need them or have purchased more.

Denise in PA said...

I think a number of them - I've been seeing this quilt finished all over blogland! I just saw a beautiful applique Christmas quilt kit for $185, and then I read the fine print and it was another $64 for the patterns. Choke!

AnnieO said...

Yowsa! That is an incredible amount just for a pattern, not a kit. I surely wouldn't buy it. I thought $30 was too much for a pattern I liked here!: http://thimblecreek.com/details.php?prodId=2000&category=240&secondary=0&keywords=

Mimi said...

HOLY crap!!!

quiltmom said...

I sure loved the pattern though Nancy, but I would have never made it as it is full of stitcheries- perhaps the pattern came with the stitcheries all pre- stamped. It was fun to discover Stina's blog- It really can be pricey to quilt these days- the prices for fabric are rising here- the regular price is anywhere from 16-22 dollars a meter( 40 inches) It makes me glad that I have built up a stash to use these days.
Thanks for sharing the link- I hope the lady in Scotland who bought it will enjoy the quilt very much..
Regards,
Anna

Ray said...

Gorgeous - but nope!!

Jo in TAS said...

Hi Nancy,
Leanne Beasley is an Australian designer. This quilt has been very popular in Oz and has been sold in many stores as a Block of the Month. YOu might be able to pick up a set o the patterns second hand?
Jo

Judi said...

I also wonder how many hands each pattern will pass through?

It's not for me, I'm afraid!

:)
Judi

Ray said...

I thought about you and this pattern this morning while I was in the shower - I always do my best thinking in the shower. Here's what I think -- if you love this quilt and if you think you would enjoy working on it, then spend a few hours designing your own. I know you can and do design lovely blocks, and I know you are very, very clever with words, and I know you love certain quotes, so decide how big you'd like your quilt to be, take a bit of graph paper and designate the squares to represent 2 or 3 inches, then divide your quilt-to-be up into blocks. There are free stitcheries all over the internet. I'm sure you could find an alphabet in a style that would suit you. Go through your stash and pull out pieces and colors that you especially like. Take a trip to your LQS or visit one or two shops online to fill in any gaps. After that all you need to do is go for it and have fun, and I bet it would be a whole lot more fun than a $160 pattern!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Surely that's for a kit! If it's just the pattern then no, I could never allow myself to spend that. I love the idea of designing one yourself...I think I could make one similar to it by doing some serious research and drawing on graph paper. It would be fun to try! blessings, marlene

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

WOWZA! That's all I can say.

Kathy said...

I agree with you on the price. But on the flip side when you think about what individual embroidery patterns cost its not that far off.
And there are a LOT of block of the month clubs out there - not just embroidered. I fell in love with a halloween one - finally found the pattern for like $50...way cheaper than $25 a block!
It would be nice if she offered individual blocks so you could just purchase a couple and then add your own. I like it to be individualized, don't you?

Kim said...

Oddly enough, I think she's sold a lot of them--I know I've seen the quilt all over the place, and one of our local shops did a BOM using the pattern. Crazy, though, isn't it? I sometimes have a hard time buying patterns at all, so that price seems over the top to me. Then again, with all the hand work, it would probably take about a year to make, so that's not a bad price for a year's entertainment--LOL!

suz said...

I have this and purchased it from an Australian shop (I forget which one) on a monthly basis. I have since purchased a number of patterns from AU - the US dollar is very friendly there. There are a lot of us US gals who are in love with AU designers.

Stina said...

Hi..:o))
Thanks for the linking..:o)) And I would say it again and again.. definitely worth all the money... All the fun I have had making this quilt.. and then to hung the beauty on my wall.. worth all the money... I bought mine as a kit directly from Au... and it cost me about 250 $ total.. :o)) And I have done it three times.. because I have made all her three big quilts!! :O)) And now I will make her fourth.. lol.. I am crazy buto h so much fun I have had and will have!!! :o))))

Stina said...

Ohh... and one more thing.. I didnt blink about the prize at all.. you see .. fabrics in Sweden do cost a lot more than that.. here you pay 20-26 $ per meter for quilting fabrics... You should be happy to have your prices..:O)))) And the books.. oh my... now we are talking ...:O)) So lets say I am happy for internet shopping.. despite HIGH HIGH shipping costs.. and customs..:O))

Quayquilter said...

The dollars are New Zealand dollars!!!

Salem Stitcher said...

Yikes!

Beautiful but no way.