Things like this really rip my seams! I was going to call this a scam, but I am trying to be nice. I have seen recently a few people worried about this so here is photographic proof. I received a DVD from Fons and Porter for some reason, I don’t recall asking for it but one came in the mail. I thought nothing of it and threw the thing into my pile of quilting magazines and “things to be gone through later”. A few months later I received a bill? It’s not really a bill… more like a summons for cash… for this DVD I had never ordered but I did remember precisely what I did with it. Hooray organization! LOL
I have to admit even though I knew where it was I was worried that I was going to have to pay for a DVD I never asked for or wanted.
At this point I started thoroughly reading the letter that was sent and in a box at the very bottom of the letter was a Service Guarantee. It states: “You are under no obligation to participate in the program, because you didn’t order the DVD, you don’t have to participate or send it back and can consider it a free gift. There are no minimum purchase requirements and you can easily cancel at any time – no questions asked!”
The letter is exactly as I received it except I did black out my name and address.
If you DO pay for the DVD then you will be enrolled in a program that’s akin to the Columbia House music program. They will send you DVDs monthly and you will have to return them or you’ll be charged.
Can I just say that I never thought I would actually get to the clue this weekend? It was stuffed full of all kinds of things. Fabric shopping, machine cleaning, some horrible news and some Christmas shopping just about sums up the whole weekend! On Friday morning I started cutting my fabric for this week’s clue.
That evening (I believe) I caught Bonnie on the QuiltCam. Oh, I was SO happy that there were only 64 bits to the clue this week! You can see my fabric bin there. I am using brown, green and orange in my quilt because… I LOVE luv orange. 🙂
When I finally got back to it on Sunday evening, Bonnie wasn’t around so I has to settle for Castle. I know. It’s a rough life but someone’s got to lead it. There we were then sewing away. I think I got to within 20 of the finish line though! WOOT!
Look how cute! I know I will have to do some squaring up but I don’t mind so much when they are bigger pieces. Oh! And if you look back there at the first pic, you can see my non-slip ruler secret. It’s wicked simple. I take 2 pieces of painter’s tape and loop them sticky side out like you’re going to stick it to the wall, you know? Then When I put it down on the mat, it doesn’t wiggle. Eventually the tape loses it’s stickiness but it still keeps it from sliding. I don’t know how people keep their “naked” rulers from slipping, I think I just have the worst grip or something. I’ll have more updates this week about the fabric shopping, etc… right now there is present wrapping to be done. I love everything but the wrapping, however, I am thankful for having things that need to be wrapped. Oh! and don’t forget to hop on over to Quiltville and check out everyone’s progress!
We all know the book is just templates on a CD. I am okay with templates but I would appreciate an alternate method to cutting out my teeny bits and pieces. Since this quilt isn’t brand new, I reckoned the internet would be the best place to find easier construction techniques.
Now we can certainly print out and cut out the templates. Get some old cereal boxes and paste the templates to the cardboard to make them sturdier. This is all well and good. Your farmers wife ancestors would be proud of you but we have easier and more efficient ways of working here!
First up is the Template Compilation! It’s 15 pages long but it’s every template in the book! (WHAT!? You talkin’ crazy!) I know what you’re thinking. I already have all the templates. Yes, you do. The CD has them. However, the CD has them printed multiple times for each block which if you printed them all is a whopping 106 sheets of paper. It gets better with the second technique … just wait.
The next idea I have to share is that you can print out that template compilation on freezer paper! Cut your freezer paper into 8.5 x 11 sheets and print on the paper side of the sheets. Now you have templates that don’t wiggle when you cut around them. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is when you have a 4 patch that you’re squaring up and the templates are all wibbly wobbly.
The third idea is From Marti Michell‘s templates which work with all the blocks but the genius of the plan is that she’s come up with alternate construction techniques for nearly all the blocks to eliminate seams and make life easier. Click the link to find out how to sign up for the PDFs.