Before I get a bee in my bonnet, let me just ask you a question. Have you ever bought a pattern, only to find you had to pay extra to get the border pattern?
I thought I would like to learn more about machine embroidery; something I have done very little of. I happily signed up for a 'Block of the Month' embroidery class at my local quilt shop.
It's called "Goose Tracks" by HoopSisters. The pattern and class was $150. The paperwork that you get before the class starts shows a few colorways and a line drawing of the pattern both with and without borders. The one with borders looked much better to me. It's a simple border that finishes off the wall hanging quite nicely. I figured I would put the extra effort in and finish the optional border.
The first day of class, I found out that if I want to do the border, I have to pay an additional $45! I don't mind telling you, I felt rather cheated. I mean really, I've participated in many BOMs over the years and I've NEVER had to pay more for an 'optional' border, especially after I already paid $150 for the pattern!
Yes, therein lies the difference. No where in all the paperwork does it actually SAY that I have to PAY MORE for the border. What it does reference is the "Optional Border".
I feel like I don't ever want to buy anything from the HoopSisters again. I think they were misleading, and they should have made it very clear from the onset that the border pattern is $45 extra -- even if not all of the pictures included the border. Am I over reacting here? What do you think?
Anyhow, I have learned a bit and have finished two blocks: