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Thread: Block of the month costs

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    I do not want to get my posting deleted so I will not mention specific shops or companies. I need help understanding though. Many of the 12 month BOMs and even a couple of 13 month ones are running from $30 to $40 not including start up of at least $30. I am thinking of one in particular that is a wool BOM in this price range. I would like to do it and I think my skill level may be right for the project but I am having a difficult time justifying the cost. Is there really $40 worth of wool in each packet? Does it make that much of a difference to choose one's own fabrics? Specifically wool.

    Does anyone have any insight on this? I am not trying to cast apsersions - I am just trying to understand what else goes into the pricing on these projects and whether or not it is worth it to maybe just purchase the pattern and begin collecting fabrics rather than doing a BOM.

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    As a thought ... the BOMs that I have seen have had fabrics so well coordinated, I don't think I could ever come up with such perfect choices in doing it on my own.

    No doubt you can do it on your own ... and if that's what you choose, there's nothing wrong with that.

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    I want to do another one myself but I was actually discouraged because of the bad experience I had with the company from the one I did this year. I do think they are pricey because you spend a couple hundred bucks for the kits over time, and usually that is just for the tops. If its ryan mckenna I can justify it because her patterns by themselves are usually close to a hundred bucks, and fabric for a top is usually cost me the same. If its something you like go for it, I think it just makes it more affordable over time you don't have to shell out a couple hundred bucks all at once

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    we could just surf online and pick out free quilt block patterns and make them ourselves

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    I'd say most of the BOMs are not worth their cost. Some you pay a lot for because of the uniqueness and small print run of the pattern. It is rarely the fabric that is the top cost.

    Calculate out the total cost of the project. Would you pay that much for a kit? Do you love this quilt that much? If so, it's fine, go for it.

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    I'd say most of the BOMs are not worth their cost. Some you pay a lot for because of the uniqueness and small print run of the pattern.

    Calculate out the total cost of the project. Would you pay that much for a kit? Do you love this quilt that much? If so, it's fine, go for it.

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    I am subscribed to quiet a few BOM programs and most are around $30 after joining fee. I am happy with the fabrics that come with each one. I use the well known online shop programs. I sometimes use the fabrics for other projects! I'm not that committed to the BOM quilt as it is suppose to look. LOL. My DDs sign me up for a lot of the BOMs for birthday, mother's day, anniversary, Christmas. They never get the backing package.

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    Have you ever gone to a guild show and there hanging all in a row are 5,10, 15 quilts ALL EXACTLY ALIKE? All the same size, all the same colors, all the same design, ....
    That's what you get with a BOM kit quilt....

    I actually bought a BOM at Joanns - it was on the markdown and each 'block' was $3.97 and the finishing kit was $20... it was 'ok' but not something I'll do again..

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    Most of the BOMs from quilt shops are only sold as BOM. You can't buy just the pattern until long after it's out of print and then only if you happen to run across an unsold one in a quilt shop.

    Basically if you want it you have to pay for it. If you don't want to pay for it then you just do without.

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    There was one BOM online, and the pattern alone was also available. The patterns alone were $24-$26. The kits were likewise higher priced than most others.

    As was said before, not to criticize but just to understand why the prices are so high. Maybe it is the creator's name that was costing so much. I don't know. Just inquiring.

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