BoMs changing to Sew Alongs

Hello Friends!
I am here today to announce a change in how I share ongoing projects.

Many of you have seen the scamming sites that lift artwork and pictures from pattern designers. Then use them to sell a fake quilt. This has caused me such headaches. The only way I can personally combat this theft and misuse is to not put artwork out there to be lifted!

Instead of sharing free BoMs with images of the blocks each month on my website, I will now be hosting Sew-Alongs.

What is a sew-along? Well, it is a lot like the BoMs I have offered for years. Except that you do not need to remember to visit my website and download blocks. Instead, you are joining an email newsletter that will automatically send you the download link each time a block is released.
The BIG change? A one-time fee that guarantees email delivery right to your inbox. By the end of the sew-along, you will have the complete pattern set! If you are joining late, any blocks already released will be waiting for you. You will not miss a thing! Although you do want to register early, for with the release of each new block the one-time registration fee will increase slightly, (never to exceed the cost of the complete pattern).

Show and Tell, and personal announcements of block releases will be offered in my FatCat Friends group over on Facebook.

Alright, so why charge a registration fee?
Basically, because newsletter type emails cost money to send out πŸ™
And there is the fact that when we have to pay for something, we value it a little bit more.
We tend to care more. I am desperately hoping this will translate into folks paying attention to copyright.

This has been a hard decision for me to make. I have been sharing free patterns and BoMs for over 20 years now. I am trying really hard not to feel like I am letting you guys down!

9 thoughts on “BoMs changing to Sew Alongs

  1. I'm so sorry you are having a problem with scammers, Sindy. People just need to get a life and leave others' hard work alone. I've seen some of those so-called quilt sites and it can be difficult to tell they are pirated. As a quilt blogger and embroidery digitizer, I totally understand your move in this direction. I give away a lot of free embroidery designs and have seen them show up for sale on other sites. You have my full support. Thank you for all the free BOMs you have given. Wishing you the best and looking forward to next year!

  2. Sindy, can you tell us what the fee will be? You said it will increase later, so does this mean with each sewalong there will a charge for that sewalong? The next sewalong will have another charge? Will we get to see pictures of the quilt before we decide to join? And will it be the entire quilt picture or will this be somewhat of a mystery? I totally understand why you are doing this, but I think people will do things illegally no matter what you do. Some other countries do not have copyright laws so they can take stuff and give or sell it. Once people complete the quilts for the sewalongs they will be posted all over the internet, so that still won't stop theft. Don't drive yourself crazy with this as it it out of your hands. You could just post pdf's on FB or IM people the pdf that want it rather than paying for a newsletter? Just a thought. Good luck.

  3. It's just the way it is…or has to me… & it's no big deal really. If we like the pattern we'll buy it…or join up…so either way we get a GReaT Pattern from you.
    Thanks for all the concern… xox

  4. Hi Sindy, I have been using your site for years. and have sometimes felt a little guilty for getting so many of you designs for free. I tried to buy at least one or two patterns a year. Now I don't have to feel guilty anymore! Thanks for your beautiful work over the years. I look forward to many more. Sandi

  5. you do have a lot of very cute patterns. Just found your site and have been perusing the patterns. Are they mostly applique?
    As far as charging for an event, totally understand.

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