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Thread: Dear Jane BOM

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    Super Member gzuslivz's Avatar
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    I was reading my Fons & Porter quilt mag today and saw an ad for a Dear Jane BOM. It cost $25 to join and $24.95 per month for 23 months. If you add that up, it comes to $600! I understand that there are LOTS of blocks, but still! Unbelievable. I could/would never spend that much. But, that's just me...

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    Me too! Too much!

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    Yea I understand.

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    The cost is the main reason I don't do BOMs. My LQS has been doing a BOM of Sylvia's Bridal Quilt. I think it was about $25 to sign up plus the book and then $6/month for 4 blocks. We'll be doing 80 of the 134 blocks in the original quilt. Because of the differing skill levels of the quilters signed up, the owner decided to end it early. She felt some of us would be in waaayy over our heads. She must have been thinking of me :lol:

    This has been a great way for me to do the quilt. The blocks started with easy ones & progressed to the more difficult. I've learned so much & improved my quilting a lot. :D

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    $600...YKES!

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    For that price, you could buy EQ's Dear Jane software and do your own BOM. But only one block a month would take an eternity!

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    I've been thinking about making a DJ quilt and I saw the ad you mentioned. I was shocked! I'm checking out other ways of making one that won't be quite as expensive.

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    Yes the blocks are only 4 inches. If you buy the book or software you can make it for much less then that. There are plenty of helpfull people if you run into trouble. The skills required vary. Some of the blocks are very simple where others will likely stretch your skills which isn't a bad thing.

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    There was a DJ group on this site a couple of years ago. They worked together and posted pics as they went. If you do a search above, you'll be amazed at the beautiful blocks.

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    I saw a kit for a Dear Jane. They said it would use leftover fabrics so not all would be the same. The cost was $480.00. Still expensive I think. Once you get the backing, you can be a scrappy as you want. Each block doesn't need very much fabric.
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    I've completed my DJ top and am hand quilting it now. This site - That Quilt - will show you how to do each block.
    http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/

    I doubt if it would cost $600 to make a DJ quilt. I enjoyed the process.

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    I saw one quilt shop that has the DJ kit "on sale" for $385, but you still have to buy the book (another $30). Then, if you want to pp the blocks, you need the CD, which is another $69.

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    Well, I suppose it would help some to have others select the fabric but I think if a person is making a quilt, it's fun to find your own fabric either in quilt stores or online. And maybe the CD would be helpful but I found that http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/ gives instruction in such detail that a person wouldn't need a CD to learn paper piecing.

    To each his/her own, I guess. I did mine the way I wanted to by buying the book, a few measurement tools for sizing, the fabric and joined an online forum to ask questions if I was unsure of something in the construction.

    I love my quilt but I would never have completed it if I had had to pay a lot of money all at once for a kit or if I had had to wait every month for block instructions. One block at a time and it's done!!

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