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Date: 2/19/13 10:47 AM

Do you like them? Feel pressure by doing BOM's.

I've seen them come a multitude of ways. Some will sends you the stuff you need to complete a block for that month for a monthly price. Some will just post a pattern for the BOM and you take care of getting all the fabric etc. And if you are doing a monthly BOM you have to buy the fabric all at once as you don't know if you will be able to get it 6 months down the line.

On kits I have my first kit ever. And I have to say I rather like not having to pick out fabric for it. However I won't use the batting or the backing they sent. I can't believe they just included a piece of muslin for the back. I can get right into the creating. But you can't really make mistakes if the fabric included is hard to come by. And the cost of putting that kit together is reflected in the price.

So as you can see I have mixed feelings about them

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Date: 2/19/13 4:15 PM

I always think how nice it would be to do a BOM. They send you the materials, you have a month to do it, ta-da!

But I never do it. First, I hate being told what to do. Second, what if I don't feel like quilting, or whatever? Third, what if I don't like some of the fabrics when I see them? Fourth, I hate feeling pressured. Fifth, well, you get the idea.

Theoretically, I love it. Practically, I don't. And that is without mentioning the cheapness factor. Mine, I mean.

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Date: 2/19/13 4:28 PM

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And that is without mentioning the cheapness factor. Mine, I mean.


Same here...and what if I get tired of it by March???? or it's too hard?? I tend to like the really involved ones...
I do like the quilt kits, although I've never had one that included backing and batting. I bought one last November at the quilt show and am halfway done quilting it...That was a good buy since it was expensive fabric and I had more than enough.

I've bought three from Connecting Threads as their prices seem cheap to reasonable. One (from last summer) still to be done, one from last month still to be done...and one from last summer on it's way to the mailbox to a PR member..I didn't realize it was kid's fabrics...Hopefully, lesson learned..but all of those kits look like they have more than enough fabric and were cheaper than buying the fabrics...

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Date: 2/19/13 5:31 PM

I love kits as they contain everything & I don't have to try to find the fabric. I have started BOMs but never completed them. The new Connecting Threads catalog came today & I would love at least 2 kits but need to pay some bills first.

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Date: 2/19/13 6:31 PM

I haven't bought a kit yet, though I love pre-cuts to make it easier. There are a few kits (cat ones) I would think about down the road after I learn more.

I joined the free Craftsy BOM saw the 1st one and thought UGH I'm not doing that -- and a quilt with a different block in it every month? uhh don't see that as my style either. I do like how you could learn different things with the BOM, but not the paid where they send you the stuff (a) I'm too cheap hehe, (b) the pressure!! and (c) I only wanted to learn how to quilt to do things for auction for rescue groups and quilt4kids -- I've gone so much farther than that even... so a bit of applique and then I want to step BACK into more simple things and enjoy it instead of stressing

Just my nickles worth (inflation on my cent's worth)

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Date: 2/19/13 7:19 PM

I did a Bom with Fat Quarter Shop and hated the fabrics they chose. In fact one of the major blocks used two fabric and they were so similar in value and both cool colors, there was little distinction or contrast in the block. I still haven't finished the quilt. My other experience with Bom is the fabric sent was so skimpy, that if you made a mistake you were out of luck, as the pieces were just large enough to cut the block components with little to no waste. I like the concept of being economical but this was a point of ridiculous. I called to get a replacement but they charged me for it.... a piece of fabric was 5'' square.

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Date: 2/19/13 7:25 PM

Did they substitue a fabric instead of the one in the picture??? What's the the price for 1 charm square??? Good grief!!

I think it was Restart that told me the way to accumulate a quilting stash was to order kits and NOT make them up....
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Date: 2/19/13 7:50 PM

They said that the cost of each months shipment was to cover labor in preparing fabrics for the BOM. Yes, the sent the same fabric but If I had thought about it I could have purchased a FQ cheaper and gotten more fabric. I told them I was unhappy and wanted a refund. They agreed to waiving the charge. I am still working on that BOM.

The first BOM that is had weird fabric colors made me wonder if the fabric was a substitute. And if the person who chose the fabric did not look at what was already being shipped with that block. The quilt is a medallion style quilt so it was the center block that had the weird fabrics. I feel like ripping that section out of the quilt and putting my own fabrics in just so I can save the quilt and finish it. I was lame for going ahead and making the block with those fabric to begin with but I thought there was a reason. However, I knew from the beginning what fabric collection was used but it is another thing to have fabric sent that do not work together. If I ever do another BOM and run into problems like this again, you can be sure I will be on the phone. I could also dip into my own stash if I don't like the fabrics but what is the point otherwise.

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Date: 2/19/13 7:50 PM

Opps my finger flinched!
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Date: 2/19/13 11:28 PM

I'm doing one, its my first. I thought I would try it because each months block is a bit different and the variety would keep me interested. I wasn't in love with the pattern but I thought the paper piecing with the variety would make up for me not loving it. Also it challenges you even more to work with colours you wouldn't normally use.

So 4 months in I have to admit still not loving the fabric choices, but still interested enough to keep going. I do find the instructions a bit light on detail because I have made mistakes in the fabric cutting but have been able to go into store and get a bit more fabric at whatever the bolt price is. I find the pattern pieces squeezed on the page another gripe, its $50.00 a month go for the extra A4 page to make it easier to copy and cut, and go for the extra 3 sentences tell me how to cut the fabric more clearly.

I know though had I bought the whole pattern at once which you could do and all my own fabric it would have been too much and I probably wouldn't have started it at all.

So I think I would do it again but I think I would have to love the finished product more and like the colour palette better.

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