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Decided to skip this week.

Hi everyone,

After 3 disastrous attempts at a video, I am going to skip.
Didn't really have anything to show, because the last 2 blocks for #smqal went straight into the quilt before I thought to take a picture.
The quilt top is done and I am nearly done with the "PAPER PICKING". Hopefully tomorrow I can sandwich it and start the quilting. With any luck I will have a finished quilt to show everyone with next weeks video.

Why? do you ask was my video a disaster. Because I was only going to show the quilt top, but end up spending 10 minutes getting really angry with the Quilt Shop Lady, who asked me to come and see her about doing paper piecing workshops. I will spare you that video.

But basically what it came down to is the following, that the lady said to me;
1) Paper piecing is NOT quilting (........?)
2) The content is nice, but nobody will be interested in the paper piecing, can you change them all to applique patterns (Ummm....!)
3) Do you have copyright on your patterns? (YES!?!?!)
4) Well, I want to buy your patterns outright, with the copyright, so that I can sell multiples. (So, what you are saying is I will only get paid for 1 pattern?)
5) Yes! (Okay, how much are you willing to pay me for my copyright?)
6) .27 cents. (Whu........??? You are joking right?)
7) In actual fact, I want an entire quilt in one, about 12 patterns for $3.24. (.... umm)
8) Would you be interested in giving classes, not paper piecing, for applique? (Sure..?)
9) You need to pay me half of the class money per person, plus pay me for tea and coffee. The class price must include the patterns. And don't charge more than $1.95 per person per class. (Right, Why don't I phone you...)

So help me!
Advice please, am I wrong in feeling like I do about this whole scenario?
I actually feel more than a little upset.
I mean the .97 cents I get out of it, won't even cover printing the pattern. Never mind the fuel needed for the 3 hour round trip every Saturday.

Looking forward to everyone's videos.
Have a happy crafty week.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 8th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, that ticks me off. I would feel the same way. Forget that person. (I am trying to type nice, don't want you all to know bad words that I say ;) That is ridiculous, the woman obviously doesn't know much about quilting. She thinks applique is the only way to quilt? She wants you to give your expertise for free. Trying to take the easy way out and make money off of you. She feels you would bring customers to her with your knowledge, but doesn't want to pay for it. Same kind of happened to me recently. Lady here that owns a quilt shop contacted me about helping her, design things for her, teach EQ7, and other classes. I won't drag up the whole story but she wanted me to quit my current job and take over running her business. Said she wanted to make money but was tired of running it. She wanted to pay me $8 an hour. ummmmmmmmm? no
Mar. 8th, 2016 05:39 pm (UTC)
Everything she had to say was WRONG!!! Don't fall for it and don't give in. It's absolute CRAP that she would expect that kind of commitment and work from you for next to nothing.

I have a lot of bad words to say too. So run fast and far from her. She will do nothing helpful for you.
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
Quilt Shop lady IS INSANE.

So...when I was teaching classes, I made approximately 80% of what the students paid for a $35 - $45 class. The quilt store bought my patterns for wholesale prices (about half of retail) and then resold them at full price.

So, yeah, she's crazy.
Mar. 9th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
Dear Quilt Shop lady: ARE YOU MENTAL? Let's get a bit real here. If you work on designing a pattern for hours (and possibly days), testing and tweaking the pattern and making a prototype, would you sell it to me for $.27? You bet your life you would not. Why do you think that I would? You may sell my patterns for market value and you may keep $.27 per pattern sold; however, you have will not have the rights to the patterns and may not sell them and keep the entire sales price. I will be glad to teach a paper-piecing class but must receive reasonable compensation for doing so. Also, I am aware that paper piecing is NOT quilting. Are you aware that appliqueing is NOT quilting? Both can be made into quilts, however.

Okay, my tirade is over. Gee!
Mar. 9th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
Yikes. Someone's got an entitlement problem! I think, if you're even interested in teaching, you should clarify the terms you'd be willing to work under and let her know in no uncertain terms. (Though to be honest I'm not sure I'd be able to trust her anyway!) And as for patterns, I don't think I'd let her get her hands on them because I'm pretty sure she'd be secretly photocopying them when you're not around in order to sell more without paying you for them.
Mar. 9th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
Well that's just ridiculous. I mean I guess technically she's right about paper-piecing not being quilting. It's not, anymore than applique is quilting, or traditional piecing is quilting. I mean, they are all ways of PIECING, not quilting. Hand-quilting or machine quilting is actually quilting. What a crazy lady she was. You my dear cannot fall for this con-artist of a quilt shop owner. If you really want to teach, teach your scouts for a badge. They'll appreciate it, enjoy it, and it will be ever so rewarding. Some of them might even keep doing it the rest of their lives. If you want to teach for money don't limit yourself to quilt shops. There are always community colleges and community centers, you could always teach a class there and totally control ALL of the rules/pricing etc. Grrrr. That shop owner made me angry. What a thief! Make sure she doesn't get a copy of any of your patterns, free or otherwise, or she'll be selling them in her shop and not even telling you. I'd keep an eye on that one.
Mar. 9th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
WOW. I second everything everyone else has said. Run far, far away from that woman, she's either certifiably crazy or has no morals at all. If she's treating everyone like that I'll bet she won't be in business long. Make sure she doesn't get her hands on any of your patterns!
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