After Martingale announced their demise yesterday my plans for $5.00 Friday patterns have been cancelled/postponed for now.
Here is Connie’s quilt called “Say Please” from our first charm book called Country Threads Goes To Charm School. This entire book of patterns was a compilation of our Charm School club that customers joined and received a new charm pack and a new pattern each month. The entire club and process is explained on Page 5 of the book.
This book is still available from Martingale for $7.65 and can be found on p. 29 of their online store. For $7.65 you will receive the entire book instead of paying me $5.00 for one pattern that I would mail to you. It’s a much better deal but our $5.00 Friday income has been lost to us and it isn’t just about the money – it’s the fact that our pattens and designs are lost to us in the future since most Martingale books are being sold as Ebooks.
I remember the late 1980’s when we would visit with Dan and Nancy Martin, the creators of the publishing giant Martingale, at Quilt Market twice a year. It was a different world all those years ago.
Here is Connie’s quilt intended for our first $5.00 Friday called “Say Please” from our first charm book, Country Threads Goes To Charm School. The book can be purchased for $7.65 from Martingale.
Do you remember our blog discussion several years ago when another company published our Bullseye pattern? All of you suggested enlisting Martingale for help – you probably also remember how that turned out.
So if I sound resentful, sad and upset this morning you’d be right. These are my thoughts only – none from Connie who is much more tolerant and accepting of life in general. This blog has always been an honest chat from the Country Threads farm written by me and remains so today thus my thoughts about all our patterns published by Martingale that are no longer our property —- as I understand it.
Now the bright side – Connie and I are quilt designers and have designed hundreds and hundreds of quilts over the past 45 years which means we are very capable of designing more quilt patterns – new patterns that obviously will put us back in the pattern business. And we only thought we retired in 2014 – haha!
And I’ll end with a fun mystery photo. Do you know what this is?
Tell me your guess and I’ll confirm in tomorrows post. These photos came from our friend Gloria in Charles City who just this week told me there’s a new quilt shop near her home located on Hwy. 18 but I don’t have the name of the shop.
It’s a cold morning in North Iowa and my plan for today is cleaning my sewing room. I’ll find an audio book to help pass the time. That’s another thing I need to address – read any good books lately?
Signing off from the farm –