Saturday, February 4, 2012

Opps I Bought Two Give-A-Way

Does this ever happen to you...buying another copy of a great book or magazine only to find out that you have ALREADY purchased it and it's in your sewing room??

Well, this has happened to me ( maybe more than once or twice to be perfectly honest) and instead of berating myself for the dual purchase (again) I decided to turn a negative into a positive and offer a give-a-way!

The book is Jo Morton's new "Prairie Flowers Encore"...
And to sweeten the give-a-way I'm also including in a bundle of ten fat quarters from Jo's "Carolina" collection for Andover Fabrics...blacks and cheddars.
To enter the give-a-way, PLEASE tell me how you keep from buying multiple copies. Do you have a system to remind you of the books already in your quilting library? I would love to hear from you on this topic!

The winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator and announced on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Please include your e-mail address so I have some way of contacting you if you are the lucky recepient!

Thank you for your help...it is greatly appreciated not only by me but my DH as well!

Good Luck!

Hugs,
Elaine

86 comments:

barb's creations said...

If in doubt I don't buy the book till I have a look at my collection on my bookshelves as I've also done this.I also make up a list of books I'm interested in when I go to quilt shows so I can peruse before I buy :) Barb.

Gayle said...

I also need to come up with a system so I don't buy duplicate books, cuz it happens to me more often than I'd like to admit. If I had a 'smart' phone, perhaps I could keep a list of what I already own on there somewhere? Anyway, I'd LOVE to win your giveaway, cuz I KNOW I don't own this book already - and those fabrics are YUMMY!

mariebeers said...

No system, so duplicates are bought but then are saved for a friends Christmas gift and if I find that she already has the book then I donate it to our local library as there are many people who can't afford quilt book prices.

Me and My Stitches said...

Well, I'm no help either! I, too, have double purchased books, patterns, fabrics....!! But...I'm positive that I don't have this book...it's on my "want" list!

LK said...

I'm trying to keep myself organized better in my sewing room by keeping all my Jo Morton books together, all Blackbird together, etc. My biggest problem is the never-ending pile of projects messes me up! So nice of you to offer this! Paying it forward!

Linda A.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh swoon!! :-) I would love to be the new owner of your extra book! I don't have any system to keep from buying again other than memory~ and my memory sometimes fails me! LOL Then I usually give the extra to a friend or my Mom, or have a giveaway too. LOL Thanks for the chance!

Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

I've doubled up book purchases twice, so now I have a list of my quilting books in the 'notes' section of my iphone/ I'd also like to thank you for the give away, you're so generous throwing in some of Jo's fabric too!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I do not have a system, and have ended up with a couple of duplicate patterns. I guess the thing to do is to make a list and keep it in a notebook in my purse. I see a book or pattern that I love, and sometimes it's hard to remember if I already have it. Thanks for such a generous giveaway :-)

Chelle (Dana) said...

I used to try to make lists of what I have. But after awhile, you get so much. So now if I happen to get a duplicate, I will see if a friend needs it.

Jennifer said...

I'm an ex-librarian so can retain memories of my books, I haven't doubled up on them.....but I have doubled up on fabrics, because I forgot what I already had!

James-Linda said...

Hello Elaine,what a sweet giveaway! I'm not much help,I'm afraid,as I just started Quilting.Love both machine+hand stitching>Love it! You could make a list+print it off-one for your purse+another beside the computer. Thanks so for sharing!

Jackie said...

I'm pretty good at remembering what books I have purchased, but I try to keep a list in my phone. I put it in there as I leave the store. Thanks for sharing your mistake!

Nancy E said...

If I think I might have the book, I don't buy it until after I have checked my books at home. I would love to win the book and I know I don't have it. LOL!!! Loved your pics from Temecula shop.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I seem to be in the same boat!!! I have bought books and fabric twice, I don't think I have purchased this one.
I would make a list if I thought I would keep up with it, but maybe I would for get that too.
I like Gayle's idea, maybe they could make up quilters an app for our phones, we could scan the codes.
I do love Jo Morton so I would love to win.

Miriam said...

I usually rely on my memory, but it has let me down once or twice! I also had a giveaway on my blog for the duplicate.
I like the suggestion of a list on the phone.
Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and fabric. I saw the cover quilt at an exhibition of Jo's quilts last year and it was my favourite quilt.

Doniene said...

I keep a list of all the new books that I want and when I'm browsing either on line or in the stores, I reference it. I KNOW I don't have this one and it is one that I have been drooling over - so would be thrilled to win!!! And the fabrics are scrumptious!!! Thanks for the opportunity for such a wonderful give away!! Blessings

Catskill Quilter said...

This has happened to me mostly with quilt magazines. The only thing I know to do is to try and notice what issue it is -- i.e. summer, Fall, etc. It is not a perfect system!

Rosa Robichaud said...

Hi there!

I try and keep my quilting books on one shelf and my magazines on another.

That being said, I still don't have THAT many that I forget which ones I have and which ones I don't. *s*

Could you please put my name in your virtual hat, Elaine and I'll also spread the word. *s*

This is a GREAT blog give-a-way!

Rosa
robich@rogers.com
P.S. Have you tried like... "My Library Thing" or ... there must be an app. available through iTunes to list all your books and magazines, eh? *s*

Mimi said...

Read your books often. Things got better when I bought four more book shelves so the books could be on shelves, you know, the shelves that are about eye level, not the crawl on the floor level. Fact is I have duplicates... and I have both Prairie Flower books, but I would love that bundle of Carolina so count me in, or at least half in....

Linda O said...

I'm sorry I can't be much help with preventing book duplication, other than I TRY to keep them all in one spot so I can peek at what I have before ordering, but I've never made a list or anything, but I probably should. I sure enjoy your blog..thanks!

Janet said...

I buy my books from the same quilt shop, so when i do not know if I have bought a book/pattern the store looks it up on their computer and can let me know.

Michele said...

sadly, I've done it more than once.
I've started using excel to make a spreadsheet and it has helped.

Kathy P said...

I carry a little photo album in my purse, but put 4x6 index cards in the sleeves instead of photos. I use one for each upcoming project. I write a list of things I need to buy, and glue fabric swatches on too, so I have everything I need when I'm shopping. Now I'm thinking I should add a card or two to list my books on...

martha said...

I keep them on a bookshelf of course! I do not keep a list, and so far have not duplicated, but I can see how it could happen.

rickbarbara said...

I have a basket/box type container on my sewing table that have all my new books/magazines. I grab them all the time (only from the box) I love to read quilting books and magazines when I travel, when I have my grandkids,whenI watch T.V. and things like that. I keep them handy for quit awhile before they get placed on a shelf. and I love love cheddar and black faric.

paulette said...

Hi Elaine!
I have done this MANY times...with teaching books, quilting books and magazines! It's down right embarrassing! What to do? I pretend that I bought it for a friend!! "I liked this book/magazine SEW much that I bought you one too!" or you have a give away!! haha Brilliant! Thanks for the chance!
Paulette

Bev in TX said...

I try to keep my books on their shelves, organized by type (applique, quilting, patchwork, special quilts (e.g., Dear Jane ...). I have a bad habit of stacking them by my bed. When I do that, I've looked on the shelf for a particular book and not found it and then repurchased it.

I've recently thought of making my own "library index", so that no matter where the book is, I'll know whether it's in my library.

Terry said...

I don't have any suggestions on not buying double...because I do it too :) I just keep the doubles for gifts for others:) Anyway would love to be entered in your give away:)
Hugs,
Terry

Kristy said...

I tell my friend everything I buy, and when I am not sure about an item I just call her and she will remember for me. She is fabulous. I am head over heels for cheddar and black. soardkg@fuse.net

Frummie said...

I know there must be an
Excel for Apple products.
That being said, Just today, I bought two mags that I already have...LOL!

Carrie said...

I have a list of my books in microsoft word and print it off if I' m going shopping. I did this after buying a duplicate of a Jinny Beyer book. I now have all my books on a bookshelf grouped by author.

Rebecca said...

I don't really have any system. I have duplicated one or two books. I just chalk it up to that I must really love that book.
I don't really overall have problems. I read or look at my books often, planning and dreaming of quilts to make,so I guess that keeps things somewhat fresh.
The other thing I do is since I don't buy to many books lately, if I do get one I pretty much know if I have it or not.
I didn't know that Jo Morton had come out with a new book.I would love to win your extra copy. You are so generous to pass it along this way.

debgiggles said...

Elaine, my memory is usually pretty good but when I do duplicate buy I consider it a gifting opportunity! Aren't we always looking for a nice gift for our special quilting friend? secret pal? or the next blog give away?? LOL.

quiltma said...

I would love to win, but I don't have any hints to keep you from buying duplicates because I've done it more often than I want to admit.

quiltmom said...

I wish that I had some sage advice about that but I have been known to buy more than once especially with magazines and the occasional pattern- even with a piece of fabric.... What a generous giveaway prize- You are going to make someone's Valentine Day special-
Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Marianna said...

Hi Elaine, I have no idea how to keep track of what I have! I have been thinking of adding them all into an excel sheet and print it out when i go to quiltshows, so i can check if I see a nice book if I have it. To enter all your books in the first place is a big task, but when you have them all entered you only have to enter the new ones and that is quite easy to do. That way you have always a list in your pocket of what you have! You even can do so with fabric lines! But I mostly just biuy the newest, so I know I don't have them! I have had it twice I bought a fabric I already had! I knew I liked it! Hope i will win this time, at least a little thingy LOL! Thanks for this great give away and the chance of winning!

Marianna said...

PS. LOL! Rosa's suggestion to find an app is even more nice! I have found another app you will like now! I will send it by mail!

Betweens said...

this will help me by reading what others do, I have bought more of one book 4times! and lucky I have friends that don`t have them.
I will be the grasshopper today and learn from others on their suggestions but would love to enter your draw, cause I know I don`t have that wonderful book!
Thanks for buying 2 so you can share one!

PatchworkRose said...

I try to keep each authors books together. Love Jo Morton Would love a copy of this book. I know I do not have this one. Love all those gorgeous fabrics too. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
Cheers
Lynne

Anonymous said...

I'm not much help either. Maybe you could ???? I really need to watch the answers you get myself. Maybe keep a list somewhere on your phone or carry a small note pad with a list with you. I know that is so old fashioned but it is all I could think of.

Wilma

friendshipquilter@gmail.com

Wenche said...

I wish I could give you that one idea that would work effortless for ever, but I can't. My books are sorted by theme and designer, so when I find a book I would love to buy I look in bookcase. That's easy since I buy most of my books online due to the fact that there isn't a quiltshop nearby my house. My bookcase isn't that big either :)

Karen said...

I love anything Jo Morton. I have a fabric shelf dedicated to her fabric. I go through my books so often, that I think I have every pattern ingrained in my head. Sometimes the cover doesn't ring a bell but going through the book, I remember the patterns. I have recieved books as gifts that I already have and so I give these books to a gal at work that is just starting to quilt. I guess I'm starting her book stash.lol Thanks for the chance on a great givaway

Cherold said...

I have no idea! I have more than once bought the same book...then my sister gets a new book! I seem to do this more as I get older...lol

hugs, Cheri

Katie said...

I try to rely on my photographic memory but sometimes it fails me! I love collecting quilt books as much as I love collecting fabric. It seems we're all pretty much the same and we just want it all! Elaine, you are so generous to share your treasures.

Pat from FL and MI said...

I try to keep one designer's books together. Beyond that, it's sort of by category (applique, CW, etc.). It's a loose system, and YES, I've bought doubles before, LOL.

Sarah said...

I have a small telephone notebook that I list all my quilt books in. It's alphabetical, so I can easily find which author I am looking at, and which titles I have. I always take this to shows and my LQS. I came up with this system after I too bought several duplicate copies.

Mary said...

I have gone through and created a list on my computer. I can print the list by author or book title. I print the list and take it with me when I am "quilt" shopping.

Cyn ;-) said...

This sounds like a golden opportunity for some clever quilter to write an Application for the rest of us to use. lol. I used to keep a database list, but the list got to big to manage & was difficult to keep current. Now
I sort my books by category on book shelves, but have 'found' duplicates around the house so many times it is embarrasing.
If you find a plan, please share it with the rest of us. Good luck.

brenda said...

I finally bought a computer program from collectorz.com to list all my books. But of course the program only works if you enter all the books you own so I still find I buy duplicates but not as much. I'm also glad to hear I'm not the only one who does this.

Anonymous said...

I have a word document in alphabetical order as I have found myself in the same place . I am a terrible bookaholic. So I keep a list in my purse. Hope I win.
Roberta
bobbie133@yahoo.com

Nancy in WI said...

Honestly, I have done this quite often but with patterns and it makes me so darn mad. I, too, need to come up with a way to remember these things. I have made a list of non-quilt books and then I forget to look at the list! I have given the copy to my mom or friend. Thanks for the drawing. :)

Mrs Butterfly said...

keeping a list in my iphone works great ...I have NEVER duplicated book buying so I am thinking now that my memory is better than I thought it was...LOL...thank you for the offer...you are so generous and fabric too...woop woop...this book is on my want list in my iphone...thanks again...
my email is
mrsbutterflyn@bellsouth.net

sherryberrybim said...

I am afraid that I do not do too well at this myself, although I am much more likely to do this with a quilt magazine than a book. If I do purchase two copies I will give one away to a quilting friend, just as you seem inclined to do. Thanks for the chance to enter to win this book.

Sherril
slmcgann@verizon.net

Patty said...

I have an app on my iPhone and iPad called BooksApp. You scan the barcode of your book and it instantly brings up info (including a picture of the cover) for the book. Or you can add by barcode. You can also take a picture of the cover and add that way. Good for those older unusual books that may predate barcodes. The app identifies and places the book in a searchable file. You can organize by author, title, or collection. You can even 'loan' a book to a friend and track where your loaned books are. You can also make notes for each book, like what page a project is on.
When I'm out shopping I just check my BooksApp.

Patty in BC

Anonymous said...

I have a small notebook that I log book titles in. I can carry the notebook in my purse. I also group by author on my shelves. Sometimes in all the excitement though, I still pick up a duplicate! Thanks for the give away.

Debbie
kegocken@gmail.com

Mary A said...

After getting a few duplicate books, I put all the titles and authors in Excel. I can add to it and subtract from it and I can carry the list with me. I am a bookaholic!

victoria girl said...

I have the Books App on my iPhone and have all my books scanned into it. That way I can check to see if I already have the book, it has saved me a few times. The app is only a few $. Before I got the iPhone and this app, I had bought a couple of duplicates....always a sucker for a good book!

Mary said...

Unfortunately, I don't have a system, either. I bought three copies of the same book, back before the internet so I should have known better! They kept mailing me these nice ads and I kept thinking, "I need this!" Luckily, one of my daughters sews and one wants to learn. I don't have this book, though, and would love to win it!

gill said...

I would love to know the answer to this because it's something I've done too! luckily my quilting group usually help me out!!!

Anonymous said...

Give them as gifts,or join a guild and donate the books you double on. Then you can borrow them back if you can't find yours. A problem I have tee hee. Thank you for sharing and making it possible for some one to benefit from your 'problem' jenikift@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

I would love to win...that is actually one of Jo's books that I do not have! Can't say that I actually have a system...just keep it in my brain.

Nancy said...

I don't really have a system for not buying duplicates. Usually my book purchases are planned; impulse buying is usually fabrics or notions.
Would love to be the recipient of Jo's beautiful pattern and fabrics though.
My friend took her class at the Maine Quilt Show last year and really enjoyed it.

LiteMotif said...

Elaine, not sure this will help but I keep all of my books by technique...applique,whole cloth, patchwork, art, then break it down a little further, heirlooom, traditional,contemporary. When I buy fabric for a particular quilt in a book for the future I put it all together tie it with a ribbon and put it in my stack of "next quilts" This stack could be labeled . Anyway the best advise is to look through your books often, planning, and remembering why you bought it in the first place...it is great fun.

Karen said...

I think duplicate purchases are unavoidable. I not only have purchased duplicate books, but fabric too. Good thing I have friends who also like what I like.
Lets see make a list of all of your books print the list and keep it in your tote. Nope, we all know that the list wont get updated. I prefer to just be happy and live with my imperfections....Karencg

LesQuilts said...

Hi!
Thanks for the giveaway! I do this all the time with quilt magazines! I try to look thru the magazine before I buy it and then read it well at home. If I see it again in a new store, and it looks like I don't have it, I'll leaf thru it. If an ad or an article or a quilt is familiar, I know I've seen it somewhere! At home!
Take care, Leslie

Christie said...

When I buy a book, as soon as I get it home, I enter it on my computer under: My Library. I have a file of both books and magazines. Every so often, I print off the file (especially, if I know I am going to a quilt shop). Thanks for the chance.

lindag1947 said...

well i do know if i buy from amazon they say you have already bought it. that does help if i buy from there. linda gerig@sbcglobal.net

Louise said...

I was really hoping you would post about your trip to Temecula Quilt Co. I think I circled the store three times on my first visit last spring! Loved everything I saw. I have duplicated books and patterns more times then I care to admit. But it is an easy fix, I just gift them to my sister also a quilter! Glad you had such a fun trip.

Amy said...

To keep from buying another book or pattern, I go home and just do a double check to make sure I haven't already bought them before!

terry said...

It is quite enlightening to know that I'm not the only one that buys duplicate books,patterns and fabric. In some cases I've been able to return the duplicate book, especially when I walk in with two identical books. Ha. I try to keep a "mental index" of books purchased - but alas, this sometimes fails to work. Love your giveaway.

Terry

strandkorbtraum said...

my way of not buying books twice: I made my mum responsible for buying craft books - and she insists on a list because she says she has no idea what I have. So everytime I see a book I want I let her know, she then checks the list. And maybe the next easter, or christmas .. or one of the other plenty holidays a new book will make it's way to me.
(The reason for doing that was that back when I still lived at home my mum was fed up with me calling her do I already own that one? So that was the deal - I don't get to buy them anymore)

carolequilts said...

I have no answer to it. Years ago I bought the same Little Quilts pattern 3 times ...and still haven't ever used it! I will either use the duplicates as gifts or donations. Usually the quilt shop will allow me an exchange if I bring in the duplicates and they have been bought at the same store.

Anonymous said...

I keep a list in Excel -- name, author, publication date, purchase price, date of purchase, etc. I try to never take a book to my sewing room before I've logged it in. That doesn't really help when I'm at a show -- don't know why I've never thought to put the list on my phone! I'd love to win the Jo Morton book and FQs.
jtmeyer22@comcast.net

Maureen said...

I have done it a couple of times, but gave away the extra copy to someone else. I usually know if I have a book or not, but sometimes I slip up.
My bookcase is full, so I should not need to buy more, but.....

Anonymous said...

Hi

Most of the times I get the ISBN number he name of he book and authur and check on the internet before buying. But I did by accident purchase a book for machine quilting twice. Had the subject on mymind and didn't realize I had already bought it until I was looking for something on my coffee table and there it was. Two of the same. Donating the second copy to my LQG.

Trudy Wells
hotpotz@verizon.net

Ronnie said...

I just bought a duplicate not too long ago, luckily a friend wanted it so it worked out. It is very easy to have that problem. I'm going to make a list of authors that I especially like, and the books I have of theirs and keep it with me. I really enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing!
I love the fabric and book you are giving away and I'm sure that I don't have that book. Thanks

Quilt Hollow said...

Well...if you find a system let me know because I've done the same thing. This reminds me of years ago when mom and dad were renting ALOT of videos (back when VHS was it!)...mom carried a little black book with all the titles they rented because they became forgetful and would rent movies over again. I'm thinking...maybe us quilters could use a little black book. Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for the chance...double checked and nope don't have this one and would love it!

lou said...

Thanks for sharing this. I am so guilty of doubling when I purchase some books. I have also done this multiple times. I usually just give it to a friend. One of these friends actually has a list of her books that she carries to remind her. I have way too many books to do this.

I am currently reorganizing my books into similar groups which hopefully will remind me of what I have and love.

tich said...

I used to have my books on shelves, sorted by categories i.e. patchwork, applique, quilting, wire, beads etc, but that was no use when I was in a shop - did I have it or not? Now I still have them on the shelves in the same way, but I bought an app for my Ipad called MyBookLibarary, costing £0.69 = $0.50 and it is fantastic. I can group my books in collections, by title, author, series, publishers. I can get the covers of the books, take a note of books I have loaned or borrowed (handy for library books), make notes on things I want to make out of books, location of book(shelf etc) and it has a great search engine. I am still exploring this app, but it seems great. Downside = typing in all my titles. Positive=price of app plus being able to find a book.

karenfae said...

I haven't a clue how to create a system but for some reason i have never bought a duplicate of a quilting book but I have of non fiction before I got my kindle.
A great give away Elaine, please count me in.
Karen

Kallie said...

I always try to take a picture with my phone of the books I buy and keep it in a quilting folder or app so that I know what I have. You can also do something similar by keeping a list in the notes section of your phone or in a date book!
Kallie
kalliebeaton@hotmail.com

Elaine said...

I have often done the same thing, so now that I have a smart phone, I have an app for notes, and i created a list there of my books...I need to do the same for the patterns I have purchased.
Thanks for the giveaway offer.

nlcalendar said...

I feel your pain about buying two. Sorry I have no magic formula...I once subscribed to a magazine and kept forgetting I did and buying duplicate copies. Guess I have no control when it comes to buying a book or magazine that looks interesting to me.
What a fabulous giveaway, would love to win. Thanks, Marilyn S.

Mitts said...

I have doubled up on Quilt Magazines in the past, but with my quilting texts I keep an alphabetical title list in a special small note book which is always in my bag. Thank you for the opportunity to win this Giveaway, it's such a nice one.
I have a Giveaway on my Blog too! Closes tomorrow, so come and check mine out!
http://bagladyfromthebay.blogspot.com/

Debbie said...

I absolutely love Jo Morton's stuff but find it hard to get her books in particular. Would love to win this one as I have lusted after it for some time. Love your blog!

Dixie said...

I keep all my quilt books in alpha order on my shelf, and keep a little notebook of "wish list" books with me. Thanks so much for the chance to win!