I was at my LQS getting red fabric and she mentioned a paper piecing class. I wander over and if I remember right it's the "Glacier Star" pattern from Judy Niemeyer. Pretty pattern until I looked at the price for the pattern set and realized it was 120 dollars discounted. When I questioned it she proudly exclaimed that it was an exclusive pattern and only available for stores this year as a BOM. Yeah..cause no one else outside a store will pay that price. When I asked about fabrics, she said the background alone was 9 yards. Umm..no. I had really hoped to take a class, but not like this and at such a high price.
Out of curiosity I checked online for the pattern. According to Judy's site, it's an exclusive pattern just for the stores but I found the pattern on other sites for around 60 dollars and a kit made up for another price. Too bad I can't wander in with my 60 dollar pattern set when the class starts in a couple of weeks.
Then I found another site that wanted 181 dollars up front to take this class and then get charged 33 dollars a month until the class is over. No refunds. It didn't say whether or not part of that was price was fabric. I'm hoping this was paying for a teacher's time.
Just to be clear, I have no problem paying a teacher good money for her time in a class. It's hard work and I know that. What I don't like is being charged a fortune JUST for the pattern.
For other suspicious quilters out there, is there some of quilt Mafia for paid BOM's setting these outrageous pattern prices? There are dozens of BOM beautiful quilts as I did some Google searching but I'm not about to pay double or triple for a what it should really cost for me to make it myself or even what I think a class should cost.
I just want to say thank you for those designers that make their BOM patterns reasonably priced, fun and entertaining. There are so many talented ladies out there and you are truly loved and appreciated. Don't stop doing what you love.