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Thread: Block of the Month for a fee?

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    Super Member jillaine's Avatar
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    Really?

    How many of you participate financially in these offerings? I see them around and am rather blown away by what seems to me to be a rather high price-- a sign up fee and then a monthly fee?

    For those of you who do participate, what value do you find in these products?

    Help me understand.
    Thanks.

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    I also think the price can be outrageous, but many times the designs, particularly the appliques, are really wonderful. I haven't done any so far but several friends do them all the time. When the LQS sponsors one it usually comes with a free sew-in during the week.

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    I agree, the designs for these are usually stunning and when my LQS does them, there is a sew-in with instructions and assistance if needed, and a discount on fabrics purchased for the block each month. It's as much a social thing as a quilting thing. :D

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    My LQS has several block of the month clubs going, but the only one I'm taking part in is one where you pay $5 to join and and get the first month's fabric kit. Then each month you take your completed block in and you receive that month's fabric kit and keep doing this until you have all 12 blocks. You do have to buy the book with the block patterns also. Of course, if you want to finish it out to bigger than a wall hanging, you do have to purchase all the fabric for fill-in blocks, sashing, borders and binding. It's fun though.

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    My LQS has been having BOM from Jennifer Chiaverini's "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" pattern book. I can't remember the initial sign-up fee, but it included the book.

    We receive the fabric for 4 blocks for $6 a month. Each clerk (all quilters) takes a turn in choosing the blocks and fabrics for the month. I am astounded by the amount of time they have all spent in cutting the fabric & rolling it into cute little bundles bound by a ribbon. A choice of pastel or fall colors was offered. A free meeting was held twice a month (both an evening and a Sat. morning session) led by the teacher of the month. Any special technique was explained and we could ask any questions if we were having trouble with a block.

    The shop owner decided to end the program at 21 months (84 blocks) because they were having trouble finding blocks that would be suitable for all skill levels. The last I heard more than 150 quilters were doing this.

    Now we have 6 months to finish the quilt. At that time, a completely pieced top will get a gift certificate from the shop. A completely quilted, bound and finished quilt will earn a higher gift certificate. In addition, fabric for sashing, backing and binding is available for 20% off through July.

    I was keeping up with all the blocks until last fall when I learned I had 4 baby quilts that needed to be done. They are all done and delivered now so I am back to working on Sylvia. I will be ecstatic if I can get all the blocks done and the top pieced by Nov. :D

    Thank you, Mary and all the rest of you at Top Shelf Quilts in Frankfort IL. :thumbup: :thumbup: I have learned so much!

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    The online BOMs are ridiculously high :thumbdown: $25. sign-up fee and then $24.95 a month. That's outrageous.

    See my previous post on the Sylvia BOM my LQS is offering. They have all been great. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I would love to offer block of the month programs, but the cost is rediculous. Would you pay $150.00 for a book of patterns, then have to buy the fabric. I know the programs work for some shops, but I guess I am just too frugal. I have one pattern in my shop that is done as a BOM and the pattern alone is suggested to be sold at $80. Yes, the pattern is nice, but offers no suggestions or learning tricks to go along with it. I know I won't recover what I spent on that one. Okay, off my soapbox now. LOl

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    Well, it sounds like a lot of the in-shop BOM clubs are FAR less expensive (as in 1/4th the price of many online BOM clubs).

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    -- Jillaine

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    I've done several online BOMS. Yes, they're expensive but it's worth it to me to have the perfect fabrics already picked out for me. I love to pick my own fabrics for quilts too but tend to go WAY overboard and buy WAY too much that way. With the online BOMs, I get just what I need without any waste. And while I love shop hopping, sometimes it's nice just to have a wonderful package of goodies arrive at my home that I didn't have to use a tank of gas and the whole day to gather. To each their own I guess. :)

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    Good point Julie.

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    I agree....Every time I see a BOM that I love I total the cost for the year and quickly change my mind. I get the convenience, but it is too expensive for me.

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    BOM's offered by my LQS have always been inspiring but the cost of them has always detered me. My friend who always participates has ended up with some beautiful but I think pricey quilts. My quilt guild also offers a BOM and it is stunning too and free so that is the one I participate in. There are ways to participate in a BOM without spending a fortune.

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    I am currently doing one online that had fees attached. It is expensive, but, life has gotten extremely busy of late, leaving very little time for quilting. I thought that by having one block to do each month, I might be more likely to actually complete things. I thought it might help me stay on track. I know it costs more, but I'm willing to pay it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I am currently doing one online that had fees attached. It is expensive, but, life has gotten extremely busy of late, leaving very little time for quilting. I thought that by having one block to do each month, I might be more likely to actually complete things. I thought it might help me stay on track. I know it costs more, but I'm willing to pay it.
    that's a really good point you make-good project for limited space too!

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    I have admired the online BOM but havent done them because of the price and my budget. I also have a little concern if I make a mistake is their extra fabric to compensate. I have done BOM at my LQS and made a mistake or 2 and just purchased a fat quarter or made a change or two.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    Really?

    How many of you participate financially in these offerings? I see them around and am rather blown away by what seems to me to be a rather high price-- a sign up fee and then a monthly fee?

    For those of you who do participate, what value do you find in these products?

    Help me understand.
    Thanks.
    Ok, I know on the internet we can't hear how people say things but when I read the first part "Really?" my first response was to think, why on earth do I have to justify my purchases to anybody? It came across a bit forward.

    However, in the interest of helping others to understand I will answer as best I can.

    I love online BOMs. I really do. While we are blessed to have a local quilt shop, the selection is geared towards tourists...there are a lot of northern fabrics and when something new and different comes it whomever gets to the quilt shop first wins LOL. So to broaden my quilting horizons, a couple of years ago I joined an online BOM and just loved it. First, there wasn't an initial sign up fee, just the monthly fee for the kit. I got to play with fabrics I hadn't seen before, I got to work on a project that is only available as a BOM and included a lot of things I hadn't done before, applique, stitchery, etc. The kits were very reasonable, fabrics and threads and needles and extras. We got to meet as a group through the shop's message board, the owner giving us a video tutorial on the block. We got to be friends with the other BOMers in the group which is just perfect as I live pretty much out in the boonies so being part of a group is fun.

    It is an absolute treat to get a package in the mail every month, like it's my birthday or Christmas.

    I've now been in 5 BOMs and just about to start my 6th. I just received my first package for the latest and can't wait to start playing with the stitchery portion, so many pretty WDW threads!

    BOMs work for me and make me happy. What more can I ask for.
    Vivian
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    I sign up for several BOM's once a year. I only order BOM from one place after trying many. No complaints at all about their BOM program. http://www.homesteadhearth.com/ I get the pattern or book and the BOM kits every month. Usually about $30 - $40 a month. I don't remember if I pay a sign up fee or not. That doesn't matter to me if I want the BOM. I don't have to choose all the fabric per block, it's a pattern I want to make, and the fabric is high quality.

    The BOM I'm getting now is the quilt as the background of this book. The book is fantastic! http://www.homesteadhearth.com/shop/...sku-QM2513.htm The fabrics are wonderful and most are Japanese linens. I'm impressed with all the fabrics for their BOM's. The fabrics not found in every quilt shop.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 07-08-2012 at 04:57 PM.
    Got fabric?

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    I don't buy them either on -line or at the LQS.

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    I've done 3 Civil War ones at my LQS. The cost is $30 a month, no sign up fee. Each was different as to what we got. Two of them our teacher created the blocks each month from that time frame and with each class we also go a lecture of the civil war to go along with it. I could listen to her read all night long. I had the same teacher with all three classes, one had blocks from a company. The first we did 5 to 6 6in blocks each month and we got the pattern and the fabric and the lecture, the second we did at least 2, one 9in and 1 12 1/2in block w/pattern and fabric and the 3rd was one block mostly with pattern, lecture and fabric. The teacher went over how to construct the block each month and was avaialble in the store every Friday if you needed extra help. I do feel I got my money's worth from her classes and have no regrets in taking them. I've seen others where 30 a month would be too much.
    Judy

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    I hope I can get a picture. I did this one and LOVE it. It was pricey but I wanted all the cute special fabric elements that came with it. I think if you find one that you simply cannot resist--go for it.
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    Your quilt is beautiful!
    Got fabric?

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