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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:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t145689.html

    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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    Thanks for the link to your post. I have only been here since November so I missed the thread. I will read thru it and be enlightened on this subject. Thanks Again.

    Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc View Post
    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:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t145689.html

    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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    It's a convenience thing. I have done 2. No more. I'm done. I was under the impression that the patterns would never be available except through the BOM. Not true. Most of the designers are under contract to restrict the pattern for a couple of years. After that, they release it for sale, although sometimes it's hard to find. I'm willing to wait longer and use my own fabric. Both BOM patterns were available for sale about a year after I received all the parts. However, the fabrics specific for the quilts were no longer available. Not a problem most of the time. However, it may be the SPECIFIC fabric that attracts you to the BOM in the first place.

    Keep in mind that a lot of what you pay for is individual shipping charges. The patterns alone are not cheap - sometimes as much as $60 given the low print runs or many pages, such as with applique.

    Now, I'm assuming you speak of BOMs that are mailed out. I participate in one at my LQS. It's a bit pricey, but not that much more than if I bought all the fabric at once. It's just that fabric prices went up and this is not discounted at all. I thought it would be MORE fun to participate in a BOM where we meet in a group. It is. It is fun.
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    To me $500 would go a long way to realising some of the quilts on my "to do" list. Personally I couldn't justify the cost and participate in a BOM....but I am a bit of a "lone ranger/renegade type" Personal opinion aside.....I don't think they are a rip-off, not when you take into account the pattern, fabric selection, postage and all the other "business" factors and like others have said, it can bring a sense of community and fun into your quilting life.

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    The fabrics are not exclusive I can buy the bundle by its self. The pattern however appears to be exclusive to the Club.

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    There are too many free patterns and BOM on line to pay over $500 for one quilt.

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    That much money would take the pleasure out of the quilt for me. I like creating my own. I have participated in the $5.00 BOM at the local quilt shop which is fun.

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    I have been taking Civil War BOM for a couple of years at one LQS. I love the class and the teacher. The class is 30 each month which includes the fabric and the pattern. It also includes a lecture about the Civil War and I could listen to this teacher talk for hours. Unfortunetly this will be the last one. The LQS has decided to quit doing them even though they are always sold out (any class this teacher does) each time they are offered. They say they are going to reach out to a younger group of quilters. Don't they know that most of the younger ones either aren't interested or are so busy with their kids and families to be able to set time aside to quilt. All is not lost. A bunch of us who appreciates the many tallents of Sue (teacher) and go to her house to learn applique are continuing learning by going to her house. The LQS is even stopping the sale of reproduction fabric. That part is fine with me; I buy most of mine at many stores that I have found over the past few years that have a great selection. Anyhow, for a pattern, fabric, lecture and the company of some great ladies I think that $30 is more than worth it. Plus my teacher will make herself available one day a week if you need extra help with anything; Civil War or not. I do have to admit there are some that are really expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    The fabrics are not exclusive I can buy the bundle by its self. The pattern however appears to be exclusive to the Club.
    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.

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    Yep, thats the pattern. Thanks so much. Now I need to find out what the fabric amounts are.


    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.

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    I only do the free BOM's that you can find on the net. I personally don't buy precuts, although I do have some that I received as gifts. To me, using a kit or doing a BOM using the same fabrics they do, means that your quilt will look exactly like theirs and so will everyone else's, that to me, says I should just go buy a quilt, which is why I want to use MY fabrics and make it mine. I've never taken any kind of quilting classes, either, although there have been a few that I wouldn't mind taking, but I also have to figure in the time and distance, since the closest quilt shop that has classes is 100 miles away, so, no classes for me.
    Last edited by pocoellie; 01-01-2012 at 07:04 AM.

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    I could not afford to do it. You can buy a lot of fabric for $500.00 and do your own patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    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.
    this is true...you are paying for all of those conveniences and then some. I have a BOM shop pattern set here that I paid $60 for! It is pretty, but it is only stars...$60...OY....
    and then if the shop miscuts, or runs out of fabrics....or YOU miscut...sadly..I won't do a BOM like that...

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    The block of a months that I have done I have only bought the patterns and then do them in my fabrics, my colors. Still a bit pricy, but not nearly as much as doing kits. $500 is a LOT....but if you REALLY love it, maybe it is worth it to you.

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    I look at it this way .. at $10.00 a yard .. $500.00 would buy 50 yards of fabric. I would rather have the 50 yards and buy a pattern.... and still be out ahead. There are so many great patterns that are free or much less costly. In addition, I like to pick my own fabrics, and have a orginal , one of a kind quilt.

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    Most BOMs are actually pretty affordable. You don't pay the whole cost at once. They're generally divided into 12 or 13 months. Most of them run around $25.00 a month. I've seen a few as high as $40.00 a month. I have seen fabrics that the only way you can get the focus fabrics is thru the BOM.

    Keep in mind the shop owner has to purchase the program and all the fabrics for the program up front. Then those fabrics have to be cut and packaged into individual monthly packages for however many people are participating.

    Every shop owner will tell you they have lots and lots of customers that don't want to pick their own fabrics, they want a totally coordinated quilt. BOM programs are perfect for those customers.

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