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It's a convenience thing. I have done 2. No more. I'm done. I was under the impression that the patterns would never be available except through the BOM. Not true. Most of the designers are under contract to restrict the pattern for a couple of years. After that, they release it for sale, although sometimes it's hard to find. I'm willing to wait longer and use my own fabric. Both BOM patterns were available for sale about a year after I received all the parts. However, the fabrics specific for the quilts were no longer available. Not a problem most of the time. However, it may be the SPECIFIC fabric that attracts you to the BOM in the first place.
Keep in mind that a lot of what you pay for is individual shipping charges. The patterns alone are not cheap - sometimes as much as $60 given the low print runs or many pages, such as with applique.
Now, I'm assuming you speak of BOMs that are mailed out. I participate in one at my LQS. It's a bit pricey, but not that much more than if I bought all the fabric at once. It's just that fabric prices went up and this is not discounted at all. I thought it would be MORE fun to participate in a BOM where we meet in a group. It is. It is fun.
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Current piecing: Zig Zag quilt & LOTL (HSTs done, assembling units)
Hand piecing project: Apple core (TOP IS DONE!!!! Yay!)
To me $500 would go a long way to realising some of the quilts on my "to do" list. Personally I couldn't justify the cost and participate in a BOM....but I am a bit of a "lone ranger/renegade type" Personal opinion aside.....I don't think they are a rip-off, not when you take into account the pattern, fabric selection, postage and all the other "business" factors and like others have said, it can bring a sense of community and fun into your quilting life.
The fabrics are not exclusive I can buy the bundle by its self. The pattern however appears to be exclusive to the Club.
There are too many free patterns and BOM on line to pay over $500 for one quilt.
That much money would take the pleasure out of the quilt for me. I like creating my own. I have participated in the $5.00 BOM at the local quilt shop which is fun.
I have been taking Civil War BOM for a couple of years at one LQS. I love the class and the teacher. The class is 30 each month which includes the fabric and the pattern. It also includes a lecture about the Civil War and I could listen to this teacher talk for hours. Unfortunetly this will be the last one. The LQS has decided to quit doing them even though they are always sold out (any class this teacher does) each time they are offered. They say they are going to reach out to a younger group of quilters. Don't they know that most of the younger ones either aren't interested or are so busy with their kids and families to be able to set time aside to quilt. All is not lost. A bunch of us who appreciates the many tallents of Sue (teacher) and go to her house to learn applique are continuing learning by going to her house. The LQS is even stopping the sale of reproduction fabric. That part is fine with me; I buy most of mine at many stores that I have found over the past few years that have a great selection. Anyhow, for a pattern, fabric, lecture and the company of some great ladies I think that $30 is more than worth it. Plus my teacher will make herself available one day a week if you need extra help with anything; Civil War or not. I do have to admit there are some that are really expensive.
However, I don't know if the historical information about the children and the stories with the one from HoP. That might be an interesting call for customer service. I would think that it is included. It might be something to consider just purchasing the pattern. It looks like they also have the kit for $260. And your shipping would be free. Something to think about.
I only do the free BOM's that you can find on the net. I personally don't buy precuts, although I do have some that I received as gifts. To me, using a kit or doing a BOM using the same fabrics they do, means that your quilt will look exactly like theirs and so will everyone else's, that to me, says I should just go buy a quilt, which is why I want to use MY fabrics and make it mine. I've never taken any kind of quilting classes, either, although there have been a few that I wouldn't mind taking, but I also have to figure in the time and distance, since the closest quilt shop that has classes is 100 miles away, so, no classes for me.
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