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Thread: Block of the month costs

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I think BOM's rely on people paying extra for the convenience of not having to buy small bits of each of the fabrics in each block. Many people also join a BOM through a LQS for the companionship of making the quilt with other quilters. My LQS offers free group sessions for those participating in the BOM. I personally prefer to select fabrics from my stash, so my quilt is never the same as any other. For me, the price of most BOM's is too high. For someone else it might not be.

    Even though the fabric we get each month is great I have such a large stash of reproduction fabric and I go thru it and if something draws my attention for that pattern I use my stash; most of mine are unique. I agree w/the companionship; it's great to see what others have done.

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    I rooted around and found the book.. used my own stash and found others to add to the block . very happy not 25 start up and 25 / month.

    BUT will say.. It is like anything else. Go to a Mall and you will drop 30 dollars easy on "just bought it " stuff.

    on the fence. solved my own dilemma. really liked the quilt I made by book.

    good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    You're also paying full retail for the fabrics. A lot of times the fabrics are only available as a BOM to start with and you'll only find them on the shelf after the shop has sold all of the kits.

    They're pretty expensive for the shops to get into to start with.
    I have often wondered about the cost to the shop. It makes sense particularly if they have to hold the fabric back until the BOM run is over. I would not pay $25+ for a BOM where the fabrics are not exclusive. I'm doing the Thangles BOM right now and I'm paying $1 for 2 strips of fabric and the pattern. I purchased the setting materials but not the backing yet. I would consider that exceptional value and not the norm. Also, the fabrics are ok - not mind blowing or anything.

    I would love to do Cotton Club. In real life it is so beautiful but I am going to pass on it. Not only due to the cost but I don't exactly have the skill set for it yet and I would hate to have it sitting unfinished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    I do several BOM with or LQS. At mine we always have plenty of fabric to the block plus alot extra. It's high quality and then I'm also paying for the teachers time each month. I pay 30 each month. Now I'm lucky; mine are Civil War BOM's and we get lecture each month that goes along with the war and time frame and we learn about the block as well. Our teacher goes over the pattern with us and is in the store each Friday if we need help.

    I would talk to the store; not all are the same. I know someone taking the same class as I but at a different store and she says she rarely has enough fabric to complete on block. Not all stores are the same; voice your concerns before you decide
    I like the idea of having a little lecture and then the possibility of getting help if needed. My LQS is doing the Cotton Club BOM but without out any presentation. I think the presentation adds value. And it is always great to work on projects with others.

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    Wool can be quite expensive if it is hand-dyed and 100% wool. If the BOM cost is about the same as for a regular top, it might be worth it in wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Wool can be quite expensive if it is hand-dyed and 100% wool. If the BOM cost is about the same as for a regular top, it might be worth it in wool.
    That is an excellent point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    we could just surf online and pick out free quilt block patterns and make them ourselves
    I like your way of thinking :D I'm doing a BOM that was free online that I am thoroughly enjoying and also I am able to use my own scraps.

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