And patterns for that matter?
Being fairly crafty, as well as a math-loving engineer, there aren't many patterns I NEED to buy. I can figure out just about anything with a bit of time and a pencil.
But I still buy books and patterns. Not all, but some. And for various reasons.
I'm interested in exploring my and your book/pattern buying reasons. Just one of those random things I wonder about sometimes!
Right now I have a book that just arrived. You've certainly seen it on the blog tour over the last couple of weeks.
It was the review on Kathy's blog that sent me clicking my shopping cart at Amazon. She said that "It’s an excellent method to teach modern quilting techniques. Each month features a description of the bee member’s selected block, construction tips and design considerations. The result is the block being interpreted 12 different ways by each member in the group. The reader can see each unique take and how choices in color, layout, and fabric make the block different."
Just 15 pages into the book has sent me running to tell you all about it, too!
In talking about her bee month, Alissa gives the kind of information that everybody who is new or not so new to bees always wants to know:
Alissa asked each bee member to make 2 blocks between 14" x 14" and 17" x 17". Alissa planned to later frame the blocks to make them 19" x 19" when finished. She cut 8 yards of different solid and print fabrics into 6" x 22" strips and also added some scraps of coordinating fabrics from her stash. She sent a varied selection of 10 fabric strips to each member. This was more than enough fabric for the bee members to make 2 blocks each.
Right!? Exactly the kind of stuff you want to know. And it looks like there are 12 fabulous creative quilts, each with this info. But I'm only on page 15 and couldn't wait to share.
Are you interested in talking about what motivates us to buy a book or pattern?