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Thread: Quilt kits -- cheaper to build your own?

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    [Qthis is a picture of the quilt i purcjased asa kit it was lovely.
    UOTE=DOTTYMO;5721053]I purchased a kit which I. Felt was very expensive at the time. Since then I have started to add up how much fabric for a quilt costs. When I buy I usually buy the top, those fabrics I donot have in my stash. Then the backing at 15 a yard 4 yards. 60 . This is expensive just for the back. You also with a kit don't have to sometimes do any cutting as I believe some ar ready cut. Just think open layout and go. No mess of cutting and pieces are cut by a professional or with special cutters. I enjoyed mine although did make a door cover instead of a so gle quilt. What I enjoyed most was the high quality of the fabric.
    Only one way to see if a kit is for you, buy one or ask Santa.[/QUOTE]
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    The only advantage I can see in buying a kit is someone has picked the colors for you. I prefer to get my own, but I did buy a Jenny Beyer kit on sale. I have to get the background fabric and backing, but the price couldn't be beat, so I got it. It is waiting it's turn, but it may be next in line.
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    I have bought kits and some are wonderful and some has not been ---some has had plenty of fabric and other has been cut so scimpy that by straightening the fabric I did not have enough so now if I buy a kit I only get it at certain places but I prefer the pattern and my own fabric so really it is what one enjoys and or can afford

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    I am nearly finished with my Vintage Rouge, done as a BOM from the LQS where I work. It's going to be gorgeous! It ended up costing me about $160 with my employee discount (not including backing). The BOMs in our shop are not marked up...you pay retail for the patterns and the fabric with nothing added. However, we do add a small amount to kits. It takes quite a bit of time to get these cut and packaged, and my boss has to pay me to do it. That said, $300 is an outrageous price for the Vintage Rouge!
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    I have bought kits and been real happy with them. I f I se a quilt I love I will buy the kit. I figure by the time I run around looking for all the right fabrics-because you can never find them all at one shop- buying more then needed because pattern just need a couple squares- the time to cut it all just isnt worth it. I have bought 2 kits from Conecting Threads and there was enough fabric to make 2 wallhangings. I always have enough fabric left over to go in my scrap bin. So yes I like buying kits.
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    Wow that is expensive. I've always wanted a kit but just coiuldn't justify what they cost. I guess if you use all quilting store fabric it wouldn't be that much more expensive but I usually get my fabric at JoAnns. Guess you just have to weigh if you want to spend that much on a quilt or if there's somewhere else that money needs to go.

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    Sounds like you still have to do the cutting in the kits. For me to buy one this $$$ it would have to be per cut. I make up my own per cut kits.
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    I have bought a couple of kits but only on sale. Regular price is too expensive. If I have the option, I buy the fabric IF the LQS will cut what I need instead of 1/2 yd minimums

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    I have never purchased a kit - I just think the high cost isn't justified....besides, it wouldn't be 'my creation' - that's one of the reasons I started quilting. I find a pattern I like then mix it up and make it work for me or the person it's intended for.

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    I have purchased some kits for table runners. One kit barely had enough fabric - if I had made a mistake cutting, there would not have been enough. But the table runner kits I have purchased from Connecting Threads are great! Even if you only need a couple of 4" squares from a piece of fabric, they send a whole FQ! The one I am working on now, I made some color changes, had enough fabric to do so and ended up with 2 FQ's totally untouched! I usually wait until the Connecting Threads kits go on clearance and find their prices very reasonable.
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