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

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    Quilt kits -- cheaper to build your own?

    I have fallen in love with the Vintage Rouge quilt done in soft Christmas colors. It comes in a kit, various sizes, but wow, is it expensive. (If you're curious, here's one site where it's available: http://www.fabricessentials.com/shop...%20-%20BOM.htm )
    I saw the actual quilt in a shop and it is absolutely gorgeous (the online pix don't do it justice).

    Have any of you done the analysis whether you pay more for a kit than if you purchased the yardage and pattern separately? I actually wouldn't need that exact pattern, but I do love the fabrics and generally the combinations. I could do something like buy fat quarters of the fabrics and make a simple quilt, but this is truly beautiful.

    Thanks in advance,
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    I have for some and it was much cheaper to cut your own...but then consider the time element to find, and cut the fabrics..Watch for sales and use coupons!! I figure if I am going to do all the work, I can afford to splurge on convenience once in a while...but it has to be a special one

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    I have never bought a kit or a BOM but often consider it because if I'm left on my own I never buy the same fabrics as it is shown in. Sometimes that's good, but sometimes I like the original better.

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    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.
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    kits are often more expensive than putting your own together- you are paying for the convienience- also, sometimes it is difficult to find all of the exact fabrics that a kit may contain. depending on the kit, sometimes you only need a small amount of a couple fabrics-and if you are purchasing fabrics individually you may have to purchase alot more than you need (not bad if stash building) but that does kind of increase your cost...
    every once in a while i pick up a kit- generally if it is on sale for a really good price- is fabrics i really have no desire to collect- or are not available other than in the kit- or i'm picking it up for a gift. 98% of the time i found after getting a kit i really didn't like some (or all) of the fabrics & wound up exchanging them for my own anyway- so i really only bought the pattern...and stash fabric..
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    That quilt is really beautiful. If I had the money I'd just buy the kit and wouldn't have to worry about ordering enough of the fabrics and then cutting it etc. Good luck. It's a beauty.
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    I have purchased a few kits in the past. There was one I bought online and didn't get started making the quilt right away. Sure wished I had because there were a couple of pieces missing! The store sold out of the fabric at the time I started piecing the kit and there was none to be found online anywhere. I ended up using a completely different line of fabric just to finish the quilt. If I ever buy a kit again, I will at least inspect every piece just to be sure everything is there.
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    I agree that it is cheaper to cut your own and sometimes better. I have gotten only a few kits (some as gifts). The positives are - you get ALL the fabric that you need (size as well as variety of colors) in one fell swoop! The down side is that because you get "exactly" what you need, there is no margin of error for "stupid" moments (I have had those most often when I use a kit - lol - especially when cutting). If you can get the pattern and all the fabric you might be better off assembling your kit yourself.
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    I think the kits tend to be expensive. I prefer to cut my own. I often cut up and bag them so they are ready to go. I like that I have extra fabric, just in case. You don't usually get extra with a kit. My hubby picked one out once. It was expensive and looked pretty in the package. I wasn't paying much attention, and just went ahead and bought it since he liked it so much. But when I was assembling it, I realized it was pretty boring because several of the fabrics were the same print in different colors. I completed the top, but have yet to finish the quilt. It's very blah and needs some applique or something to spice it up. So if you do buy a kit, I recommend selecting one that has prints in a variety of prints and scale to add some interest.

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    Maybe what you should ask yourself is just what is attracting you most to the quilt. For me it's always the fabrics used versus the pattern. If you love the pattern, you might want to venture out on your own with other fabric and maybe save some money. If you love the fabric and can afford it, treat yourself to the kit. It does seem expensive to buy that way but by the time you search for the fabric, spend your time and gas looking for it....... The advice given as to not wait too long too start it is spot on.

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