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Old October 20th 05, 12:08 PM
Nann Hilyard
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Default Oxmoor House: what a rip!

....and I don't mean ripping fabric.

Yesterday's mail brought a flyer from Oxmoor House advertising The Big Book
of Scrap Quilts. I leafed through it and recognized all the quilts that
were pictured. Some have been published in the "Great American Quilts"
series, some in books such as Quick & Easy Scrap Quilts, and of those many
were published in a book called 100 Favorite Quilts (that's not quite the
title, but close).

I conclude that Oxmoor bought the quilts and the rights to the designs from
the quilters and has just packaged and repackaged the patterns.

With all the varieties of quilting, new techniques, and new fabrics, you'd
think Oxmoor would keep on acquiring new quilts and new ideas.

Nann
noting that this book costs $8.99 in "four monthly installments" -- plus
postage -- though it does come with a little cutting mat and a cheapo rotary
cutter (oooh!) . . . oh, yes: "If you're not head-over-heels delighted, use
Merchandise Return Label below to send the book back. We'll gladly pay
return postage." So the return label is in the order flyer!!


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Old October 20th 05, 02:21 PM
Susan Laity Price
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This "repackaging" is very common in the publishing industry. For
about 15 years I sold patterns to Better Homes and Gardens. They
bought all rights. The project would first appear in one of their
"Special Interest" publications which are sold on the news stand.
Later the design would appear in any book where it fit the theme.
Often these decisions seemed to be based on the quality of the
photograph rather than the quality of the design. One particularly
silly project with a sports theme was photographed with the local high
school football team. It has appeared in many books and I am sure it
is because of the photograph because the project itself was very
impractical. It is funny to be leafing through a newly published book
and see something I made 15 years ago.

Susan

On Thu, 20 Oct 2005 06:08:32 -0500, "Nann Hilyard"
wrote:

...and I don't mean ripping fabric.

Yesterday's mail brought a flyer from Oxmoor House advertising The Big Book
of Scrap Quilts. I leafed through it and recognized all the quilts that
were pictured. Some have been published in the "Great American Quilts"
series, some in books such as Quick & Easy Scrap Quilts, and of those many
were published in a book called 100 Favorite Quilts (that's not quite the
title, but close).

I conclude that Oxmoor bought the quilts and the rights to the designs from
the quilters and has just packaged and repackaged the patterns.

With all the varieties of quilting, new techniques, and new fabrics, you'd
think Oxmoor would keep on acquiring new quilts and new ideas.

Nann
noting that this book costs $8.99 in "four monthly installments" -- plus
postage -- though it does come with a little cutting mat and a cheapo rotary
cutter (oooh!) . . . oh, yes: "If you're not head-over-heels delighted, use
Merchandise Return Label below to send the book back. We'll gladly pay
return postage." So the return label is in the order flyer!!


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Old October 20th 05, 03:11 PM
Charlotte Hippen
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Default Oxmoor House: what a rip!

I just got that same flyer. For some reason I was thinking they are somehow
connected to House of White Birches, but I could be wrong. I don't know who
the other publications you listed are published by. Publishers have a
tendency to do those things like Susan said and buy patterns from others.
They also remix their own old patterns (or those of affiliates) into new
books making you think they are new patterns, when really they are ones
previously published and they are just trying to sell more books without the
expense of developing/buying new patterns. It can be nice for newer
quilters if the old books/magazines aren't available anymore, but for
someone that has all the patterns already, finding out they are not new
patterns after purchasing them could be frustrating.

--
Charlotte - who noticed I don't need to pay the 4 installments to make the
ones that I actually like in the flyer (which weren't that many). I can
easily figure them out from the flyer photos.
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Old October 20th 05, 03:54 PM
Tracey
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Default Oxmoor House: what a rip!


"Nann Hilyard" wrote in message
...
...and I don't mean ripping fabric.


noting that this book costs $8.99 in "four monthly installments" -- plus
postage -- though it does come with a little cutting mat and a cheapo
rotary
cutter (oooh!) . . . oh, yes: "If you're not head-over-heels delighted,
use
Merchandise Return Label below to send the book back. We'll gladly pay
return postage." So the return label is in the order flyer!!



Oxmoor and Rodale, in particular have the habit of re-using the same
quilts/patterns in their books. It wouldn't even be so bad if they used the
same pattern and showed the sample in different fabrics, but they can't even
bother to do that!

These book things that come in the mail always go straight into the trash
here. The price is always high, and many of them have the clause that says
that they will 'send you books to preview in the future'. And THAT is the
part that bothers me most of all, because its just a PITA to have to take
them back to the postoffice and return them.



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Old October 20th 05, 05:01 PM
Katie
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Default Oxmoor House: what a rip!

I sent for the book without looking closely at the flyer. Big mistake.
It arrived and have a quick glance through, sent it right back. I
never seem to learn when it comes to books!

Kay

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Old October 20th 05, 11:47 PM
Nann Hilyard
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Did you save the handy return label that they sent in the promo flyer?

Nann


"Katie" wrote in message
oups.com...
I sent for the book without looking closely at the flyer. Big mistake.
It arrived and have a quick glance through, sent it right back. I
never seem to learn when it comes to books!

Kay



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Old October 21st 05, 03:03 PM
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There is nothing new under the sun.

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"Nann Hilyard" wrote in message
...
...and I don't mean ripping fabric.

Yesterday's mail brought a flyer from Oxmoor House advertising The Big
Book
of Scrap Quilts. I leafed through it and recognized all the quilts that
were pictured. Some have been published in the "Great American Quilts"
series, some in books such as Quick & Easy Scrap Quilts, and of those many
were published in a book called 100 Favorite Quilts (that's not quite the
title, but close).

I conclude that Oxmoor bought the quilts and the rights to the designs
from
the quilters and has just packaged and repackaged the patterns.

With all the varieties of quilting, new techniques, and new fabrics, you'd
think Oxmoor would keep on acquiring new quilts and new ideas.

Nann
noting that this book costs $8.99 in "four monthly installments" -- plus
postage -- though it does come with a little cutting mat and a cheapo
rotary
cutter (oooh!) . . . oh, yes: "If you're not head-over-heels delighted,
use
Merchandise Return Label below to send the book back. We'll gladly pay
return postage." So the return label is in the order flyer!!




 




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