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Thread: BOM projects - Too Expensive?

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    Super Member JanetM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnmama
    I think I would have to find a new quilt shop, $25 a month is way over the top. (No pun intended) You could buy a book of blocks for about $25 and make all of the blocks. Yes you would have to buy fabric, but a fat quarter bundle or two of coordinating fabrics to make your blocks and them some sashing fabric and you are on your way. Certainly not $325!
    My LQS had one of these quilts hanging on the wall, so I was questioning the clerk about the program. The price is actually set by the pattern designer not the LQS (although of course they get part of the proceeds). The pieces are not pre-cut. What I meant was that all the fabric needed to construct each block is provided in the monthly kit, so for example you might get a 2" strip of green, a 6" square of blue, etc.
    I asked the clerk if I could just buy the pattern, but she said no, that the designer will only sell the pattern to people who participate in the BOM project.

    Suffice to say, I have not joined as this seemed like a real rip-off. I've seen McKenna Ryan BOM's that run $44. per month :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    There are many free BOM on line if you want to choose your own fabrics and cut them.

    Check out: Just one of many, google "free BOM quilts"

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1118.asp
    Oh, thank you!!! I will check this out. :-P :-P :-P

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    I am doing a Thangles BOM, cost to join is a pkg of thangles for $5.,you get fabric strips and free pattern . YOu have to take the block in each month and you get next months free, but if u miss a month, you have to pay $5. again. it gets you into their shop and hopefully you purchase something else, Fun to do for me and at end of year i have 12 blocks for $5., of course then you need to buy sashing and borders/backing, but still good price i think. You can also quit anytime and use the block(s) for pillows or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilterslink
    I am doing a Thangles BOM, cost to join is a pkg of thangles for $5.,you get fabric strips and free pattern . YOu have to take the block in each month and you get next months free, but if u miss a month, you have to pay $5. again. it gets you into their shop and hopefully you purchase something else, Fun to do for me and at end of year i have 12 blocks for $5., of course then you need to buy sashing and borders/backing, but still good price i think. You can also quit anytime and use the block(s) for pillows or whatever.
    I think this was the way it was done around here 8 years ago when I got started. I joined one, then life got in the way...so I didn't finish. I cannot get over the price of the Civil War one right now. I have found it online anywhere from 30-40 dollars a month. Even my own LQS has it for 35. I just cannot afford that at all.

    LQS got rid of their pay 5.00 once BOM. The one they do now is 5 or 6.00 each month, which is considerably cheaper, but I just don't know if it's worth it.

    I've been bookmarking every free BOM site posted. I've not seen the one posted here before. I LOVE IT!!! I'll be printing for hours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    Quote Originally Posted by thequilterslink
    I am doing a Thangles BOM, cost to join is a pkg of thangles for $5.,you get fabric strips and free pattern . YOu have to take the block in each month and you get next months free, but if u miss a month, you have to pay $5. again. it gets you into their shop and hopefully you purchase something else, Fun to do for me and at end of year i have 12 blocks for $5., of course then you need to buy sashing and borders/backing, but still good price i think. You can also quit anytime and use the block(s) for pillows or whatever.
    I think this was the way it was done around here 8 years ago when I got started. I joined one, then life got in the way...so I didn't finish. I cannot get over the price of the Civil War one right now. I have found it online anywhere from 30-40 dollars a month. Even my own LQS has it for 35. I just cannot afford that at all.

    LQS got rid of their pay 5.00 once BOM. The one they do now is 5 or 6.00 each month, which is considerably cheaper, but I just don't know if it's worth it.

    I've been bookmarking every free BOM site posted. I've not seen the one posted here before. I LOVE IT!!! I'll be printing for hours!
    Bom are definetly fun, but i do like the free or small priced ones incase i can't do them all. I too have a stack of them downloaded. applewood farms has neat ones, ahhhhhhh so many blocks, so little time LOL

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    Generally speaking when you join a block of the month club you are not just getting the material for a block. You are getting the asistance of the shop selling the item, the companionship of those who also purchased the block and you generally become a member of a group who has taken the time to complete a project.

    If you go to quilt shows take the opportunity to see block of the month projects. They generally have the finished projects from the local area and sometimes they include online participants who have shipped their quilts there to be displayed as well.

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    So here was how I got started in a block of the month club.....

    A very very frugal friend ask me if I wanted to do it. I was told the colors were peach, green and yellow. So sight unseen I said yes. Quite a few family members had those colors either in a bedroom of living room and I figured by the time I was finished it would fit someone somewhere as a lovely gift.

    I should have asked how much! Instead I said sure just sign me up and pay for it and I will pay you back. Imagine getting a small bag and a note stating you owe me $349.00 plus tax. Ahhhhhh.....

    Anyhow long story short it was awesome and well worth the money spent. Every month a new block was made and along with it came some of the best friendships I ever shared. Everyone used their colors differently and the amount of information, sharing and fun we had was priceless.

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    IMO, too much money!

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    often you can just buy the pattern - they also tend to be a little on the pricey side.

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    My LQS had offered a BOM for "Pieces of Baltimore" pattern by Pam Bono. Cost was $15 month for fabric and pattern, plus hints from class leader for that month's block. I have finally finished all the blocks, but have not got it pieced together as the border is also pieced and taking a lot of time. My avatar is on of the twelve 18" blocks. It was a little expensive, but I am not sure I would have stuck with this and gotten as far as I have. Maybe one day next year I will be able to post the finished quilt!

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