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

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    I have heard that it is expensive for the shop to "purchase" those block of the month programs.

    I've only done the BOM that our local quilt shop offered -- $10 for the first block and then you didn't have to pay anymore unless your block wasn't done or you missed the class.

    Now that my shop has closed I guess I won't be doing any BOM unless they are free.

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    I did a BOM when I was a newbie and learned a lot! Had no stash, so it was a good way to see if I liked quilting. Did another later because I like it. As a BOM it would have been about $350 plus shipping! So I searched on-line and found the whole kit in one go for $150. The fabrics were beautiful and it was a sampler type. I could not have assembled those fabrics, etc. for that price without going to 50 different shops or all over the net!
    Again, I learned a lot of different techniques, etc. Don't regret it. Always check for the pattern through Google!!
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    My LQS has one each year and they are a lot of fun. It's usually a specially designed top. I believe we paid 29 up front and then it's free each month as long as you bring in the completed blocks. She shows the blocks you will be making and gives tips on the piecing - sometimes there is a little demo on a technique. We always have show and tell during the 45 min and she tells us what's coming up in the shop, etc.

    Mine is not finished - boo hoo. It's a large quilt and I decided to make 2 small quilts out of it for my grand daughters since they are pink and brown and very girly. I'm in the process of making some extra blocks and then will piece the tops together.
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    I bought this BOM from Homestead Hearth: http://www.homesteadhearth.com/sunflowers-road.htm

    I have enough trouble choosing fabrics for my other quilts, it is nice to have one ready to sew with fabric I like. Look at the value, not the cost. The value of the BOM justifies the price for me. I have paid $40 a month for a BOM that included backing, binding, fabrics, pattern and specialty rulers that were needed. That was about $500 when all said and done.
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    I signed up to to this free monthly BOM type class: http://www.craftsy.com Looks interesting and I can learn and beef up my skills.
    Got fabric?

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    The cost of that BOM seems quite expensive, I haven't gone yet and checked out the quilt though to see what's involved in it.

    Regarding BOMs I love them. I've been quilting now for about 3 years and found the BOMs gave me a lot of pleasure and the ability to try different fabrics and different sewing styles, incorporating my love of stitchery as well. Where I live, fabric is expensive, so spending $25/month for a block kitted up to come in the mail wasn't costly. The BOMs I've joined have been through Pastimes Online ( http://www.pastimesonline.ca/ ) and we get tutorials, we get a video to work along with, and Valerie has become a friend over the course of the BOMs I've taken.

    So to answer your question, yes, BOMs have been worth it to me!
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    I just signed up for the free BOM at craftsy.com. This is my first online class, I am signing up for another at $25.00 at crafsy too.
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    I have done several BOMs and have enjoyed them. But, like many of you have said they can be very spendy. Probably won't do one this year.
    Lorraine

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    the day I pay 500.00 to make a quilt is when I would stop quilting...I complain when I paid 120.00 plus the cost of a class and then a book, which is the most I have paid for a quilt. There are so many free patterns on line or I can create my own. I like picking out my own fabrics...I have been learning alot. At first I had a very hard time choosing colors but its getting easier...and they all look good once they are put together. I get a thrill when finding wonderful fabric sales, I now buy everything on sale...thread, fabric, rulers etc....I love bargins...and my one rule...if its not on sale I do not get it.

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    Those kinds of BOMs cost too much for my pocket book. I prefer free ones like the "Just Takes 2" BOM which is just starting at: http://justtakes2.com/welcome-to-just-takes-2/ If you choose to make it with the given colors, then you just need two colors, one for the foreground and another for the background.

    This way you get to spend your money on fabric and notions instead of patterns. Of course, their directions presume that you already have basic quilt making skills, though there are some tutorials on the Sentimental Stitches web site. Those other BOMs might give more details?
    Bev in TX

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    Smile Free BOM!

    Check out Craftsy.com they have classes you can sign up for that cost money but they just started a "BOM" that is free, you buy your own fabric or use your stash. Each month she shows you how to make 2 blocks. I watched the one for Jan. yesterday and I thought it was done really well. I think this is going to be fun for a whole lot less money.

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    I to thought a bom would be fun until I figured in the total price and it was over 500.00 dollars just for the top ---the first month is 35.00 which includes the pattern then 25.00 a month ther after and we end up with a cloned quilt and the fabric chosen for us so I changed my mind it is fun to get together to sew but not at that price I will settle for 1 or 2 classes a year and go to my Bernina shop for Bernina club I think quilting is going to price all of the young people and a lot of older ones right out of the hobby what use to be for fun is way to expensive to think about just my thoughts

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    If you like to do civil war quilts here is a link to a site that is awesome and its free...i love this civil war site. One of these days I am going to start making them. The stories on this site are also very interesting. http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/

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    The LQS buys the patterns and gets a shop kit that tells them what they need to cut each month. Sometimes it includes extra patterns like shams and table toppers to coordinate with the quilt. Rather than pass a lot of the cost onto the customers my LQS that buys these packages, it charges for the pattern and then the blocks are free each month when you return with a finished block. The owner has about 4 new kits in the shop for each BOM day and specials for the BOM'ers. She makes her money on the extras by getting people in the door, not the BOM program.

    As a new quilter, I enjoyed the BOMs at the shop. The comraderie and just chatting with other quilters. However, I haven't finished my first two. One LQS uses Marti Michel's BOMs and I found I was spending 2-3 hours on each block. With the internet and quilt alongs on blogs, I get to use my stash (which is fun) and I get to do projects that interest me more than piecing a 70-piece 12.5" block.

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    Some people like the convenience of not having to pick fabrics, and having the block show up on their doorstep each month. I have done one (though the final cost was not that high, but higher than if I had bought the pattern and fabrics), and I enjoyed being able to do one block a month and not get overwhelmed with picking everything out. I can see why people do them, but it certainly does cost more than doing it on your own.

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    A free one would be fun - but can you really justify paying $30 just to get started, and then $25 a month for 12 months for simple problems. And then there is a finishing month which actually runs more than that! There are several that just cannot pick out their own colors - be brave - take a friend shopping and let her make suggestions. Do you really want to make the exact same quilt as someone else? nawwww I don't think so. Then of course, there is the batting and backing and quilting of your masterpiece? ---too rich for MY blood - but hey, different strokes for different folks.

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    It seems to me by looking at everyone's comments that something different works for everyone. I don't currently have that kind of money to spend on a BOM, but some of my friends have been doing the Civil War Quilts and have been enjoying them. There are some things you can't put a price tag on. People spend lots of money on vacations and they find value in them. I kind of think it's the same way with a quilt. If the quilt costs $500 dollars, I would think it would have to be very special and something that the money is not the bottom line. As a lot of people have said, you can make a lot of very pretty quilts for less, but sometimes there are certain quilts/patterns that just speak to you.

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    I can not even Imagine paying that much even if I were rich . I have often been tempted though because I am a terrible "matcher" I have looked into kits that are on clearance various places on the internet to get matching type fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisgray View Post
    The LQS buys the patterns and gets a shop kit that tells them what they need to cut each month. Sometimes it includes extra patterns like shams and table toppers to coordinate with the quilt. Rather than pass a lot of the cost onto the customers my LQS that buys these packages, it charges for the pattern and then the blocks are free each month when you return with a finished block. The owner has about 4 new kits in the shop for each BOM day and specials for the BOM'ers. She makes her money on the extras by getting people in the door, not the BOM program.
    Yes! My LQS does this with the Thangles Buck a Block program. I decided to do that for 2010 (it started in August). The block is $1.00 each month. It is the center. You get the thangles and the two strips. If you want to make the twin sized quilt you can buy the setting fabrics and sashing. I bought the fabrics that they used in the sample butyou can pick any fabrics that you like. If you don't buy the setting fabrics you'll still have a small top that is really cute. It is very apparent that the BAB program is designed to help bring in business for the shop. Every month I've gotten my block, one the setting materials, then next month a little something else and so on.

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    There are some sites out there that have free block of the month patterns.
    I also have calulated the final cost of some BOM's and it frightnened me
    People must pay it because they are still offering it.... To each their own
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    There are several BOM or BOW on-line that are free. There are also several on this board. Just look around and you can find them. They are really a lot of fun. You can also find previous sets that you can do at your own pace.

    Charlie

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    I was working on the Sylvia Bradley bridal quilt with our quilt shop. You get one fat quarter and the directions for paper piecing, $2.50 a month. I liked it because of the price of course, but also, I wanted to be the one picking out the fabrics that went with the fat quarter. (Some people didn't use their fat quarters, but went completely different color directions with theirs, making every quilt done a different piece. I did the project for two years--it's a 3-year project, because I want to do other things. I made one very nice small quilt-sized piece, and I'll make a queen out of the rest of the blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc View Post
    I saw that the pattern is available here:
    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item--i-HOME-CWJ-BOM-QP

    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.
    In looking at the pattern, there are actually only Eight block patterns in the entire quilt - four sets of two, which are the same blocks with slight modifications (fabric, centers, corners, etc.) and two border patterns. If the size of the quilt is correct, those are 9" finished blocks, which means all those HSTs are about 1 inch finished. ALL of the blocks are free somewhere on the web. The big thing is the fabric. I can't believe this pattern takes more than 15 yards of fabric. That's about $160 for fabric and another $100 for the patterns.

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    I found on Craftsy.com a free online lesson for BOM. You can use your scraps or buy any fabrics you choose. This would be my first BOM and will probably go along with it. Still undecided.
    Karen from Louisiana

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    how about trying the BOM right here on the Quilting Board--the pattern is free, you try different quilting techniques every month (January is paper-piecing) and you use your own scraps! I am a new quilter and am going to try it. Doesn't sound like I am going to have to spend a lot of $ and I will learn along the way!

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