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Thread: BOM are they really worth it??????

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    Question BOM are they really worth it??????

    I was getting ready to sign up for the Civiil War Journal BOM thru Homestead Hearth and realized that when all was said and done the Quilt would cost me over $509.00 not including the backing for the quilt.

    I take at least 2 Quilt classes a month, and between fabric, pattern and class fees I am now where close to paying over $500.00 for each quilt. Is there something I am missing to this BOM Club. I am assuming the fabric is precut, and ready to sew so other then that what else is there??

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    I have done BOM thru my LQS, the first month the block costs 5.00 and if you finish and bring in the block every month it's free, if you don't finish the block then you pay another 5.00. I find that the online stores really charge alot, but never figured out how much for the whole quilt. I think paying 500.00 or more to make a quilt is too much money!

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    You pay a lot for the "convenience" of not selecting your own fabric. I doubt that it is precut and ready to sew. Paying for shipping every month (instead of one shipping charge for the whole lot) also adds to the expense. Personally I don't understand why people do it. There are a few that have tempted me at the LQS, but then I wouldn't be paying for shipping, I would be able to have fun with other quilters while working on the BOM, and the fee per month is more reasonable.

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    You're paying for the pattern too, not just the fabric. I've seen BOM patterns for as much as 25.00 each for the pattern alone. For some of them the only way to get the pattern is thru the BOM.

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    I don't have the money for something like that. i can do a sampler all by myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    I was getting ready to sign up for the Civiil War Journal BOM thru Homestead Hearth and realized that when all was said and done the Quilt would cost me over $509.00 not including the backing for the quilt.

    I take at least 2 Quilt classes a month, and between fabric, pattern and class fees I am now where close to paying over $500.00 for each quilt. Is there something I am missing to this BOM Club. I am assuming the fabric is precut, and ready to sew so other then that what else is there??
    you hobby can be quilting or it can be taking classes... think of the fabric palette you could have with $500....and that's just one quilt! maybe it's time you spent your energies on your own work rather than reproducing someone else's..... and i only say that as you have raised the question so you must be re-evaluating things yourself..... it's your time and energy and money, and you should spend all three the way you personally enjoy...it sounds to me as if you're questioning the way it has been going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    You pay a lot for the "convenience" of not selecting your own fabric. I doubt that it is precut and ready to sew. Paying for shipping every month (instead of one shipping charge for the whole lot) also adds to the expense. Personally I don't understand why people do it. There are a few that have tempted me at the LQS, but then I wouldn't be paying for shipping, I would be able to have fun with other quilters while working on the BOM, and the fee per month is more reasonable.
    there would be the problem with me personally...i would never describe it as a 'convenience' for someone to select fabrics for me... the money is definitely a factor, but really, i love my fabrics and i want to make MY quilts...

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    I posed this question a little bit ago. There were some good comments. My comment was pertaining more to a wool BOM that I was thinking about but the issues are still the same. My thread is here:

    Block of the month costs

    I have a BOM that is done with Daiwabo taupes that is from probably 2004(not quite sure) that I am STILL working on. It was so well loved and requested that they have brought it back in the current Daiwabo fabrics. It was about $25 plus shipping each month. However, with those fabrics it is worth it because they are hard to get and expensive at about $17-$19 per yard. So that is worth it to me, though I will have to figure out how I'm going to save for the backing. At any rate, I will be finishing that BOM this year.

    I like the idea of a BOM because if you work with others it is fun and inspiring. Also, for those that want to just sew and not worry about coordinating fabrics it is nice and easy. That being said, it is a little bit harder, I think, to stay motivated when you're just doing it on your own - especially if you have many other projects going.

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    The only on-line BOM I have done was from the Fat Quarter Shop. It was a mystery designer, year long BOM. They only charged $10/month, including the shipping. It happened to be fabric I liked a lot, and the idea of a different designer making the block each month intrigued me. The shop also gave generous amounts of the fabric with every shipment, to allow for mis-cutting. Unless the fabric is the hard to find, unusual kind, I think it might be just too much to invest in one quilt.

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    Thanks for your thoughts. I am a new quilter, a little over 2 months. So I am taking classes to learn as much as possible. I love the atmosphere in my LQS so I think thats why I like to take so many classes there. I have completed 2 quilts that I picked out the fabrics for and just learned how to do the pattern from a teacher and pattern. I have completely finished 3 kid sized quilts, 2 of which where blocks that I got off the internet and then put together with sashing and boarders etc.

    I was more shocked at the TOTAL price the BOM quilt turned out to be.


    Quote Originally Posted by deemail View Post
    you hobby can be quilting or it can be taking classes... think of the fabric palette you could have with $500....and that's just one quilt! maybe it's time you spent your energies on your own work rather than reproducing someone else's..... and i only say that as you have raised the question so you must be re-evaluating things yourself..... it's your time and energy and money, and you should spend all three the way you personally enjoy...it sounds to me as if you're questioning the way it has been going...

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