Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It wasn't in the Small Print...

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:







Cheers,


Dionne

10 comments:

Tamara said...

i think your right! If they showed the border, they should also tell you its additional $$! But... what you have done so far is beautiful!

Tamara said...

i think your right! If they showed the border, they should also tell you its additional $$! But... what you have done so far is beautiful!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Absolutely bait and switch! I would be very annoyed. That is a LOT of money for a pattern and class, and ludicrous for just the border.

Thanks for the heads up on this company.

Clare Wassermann said...

I like what you've done but I would be livid!

YankeeQuilter said...

That does seem steep and a bit misleading. I think I would have felt a bit put out as well. (On the other hand your block looks great!)

wonderwoman said...

idon't think they made it very clear at all and i would have been annoyed too! Your blocks are looking lovely though!!

x

ladybelle said...

I agree! Highway robbery. Now get over it and don't let it ruin your fun with what you've learned. It's just money.

ladybelle said...

I hope that comment wasn't offensive. I just mean, sometimes I get so upset when people take advantage of me. It isn't worth it. When I was a kid my father used to say, "It's just one of those things." That about covers it. BTW, Your blocks are gorgeous!!!!

Elaine Adair said...

I don't buy patterns but I DO buy books, and sometimes the cover on the book is NOT included inside - Yes, that makes me really mad, and I definitely do not think highly of the book maker. I had a book 5-6 years, waiting just for the perfect time to make the cover quilt and ??? nada!

Anonymous said...

I too would have been mad. So much so at the price of the class already that I probably would have taken it back and asked for a refund. I'm not letting people take advantage of me any more. I've learned my lessons many times over when I was much younger. Your blocks are beautiful, but every tiime I looked at them I would be reminded of what had happened. Someone else needs my $$ more than they do.