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Thread: Do You Like to Sew Quilt 'Kits'?

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    I am working on my 1st King Size Quilt Kit and am surprised it is going so fast. Love the fabric colors together, instructions are good and everything is going together well. Is this the norm for kits? I have a crib blanket kit that I haven't started yet.

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    I have not tried a kit yet. However, I do look at them a lot. Lol one of these days I want to try one though. :)

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    I always wondered who buy kits, myself.
    Whenever I've seen them, they look pricey to me. Maybe that's cuz I mostly buy fabric 2nd hand or on sale.

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    i like kits. Nice to have it all picked out together sometimes. I have done quite a few.

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    I like kits...but sometimes the directions aren't always the clearest and I have to rely on experience to make it all come together :)

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    I haven't yet although I often enough look at them.

    I think what is holding me back from buying one is the fact that I hear often enough that the directions are not always clear and I hear it from experienced quilters who have tried them at one time or another.

    I have yet to hear anyone who has used a kit say they loved it and it was easy to use and clear and consise instructions.

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    I've done two kits and was pleased. I got them because I loved the fabrics that were used and already precut is a timesaver.

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    I've done a few - when picking out fabric combinations wasn't a skill I was comfortable with!

    Also had a Flynn laser cut kit that was for a workshop I took - OMGosh! That was easy and fun! Talk about precision cutting!!

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    You'll find a lot of different opionions on this topic.
    Pro's and Con's, etc. Just type in the word KITS in the search menu and you'll see that there are about a dozen recent topics (some go on for a dozen or so pages) on this.
    And, for the simple answer, I most often don't buy kits because I honestly like to pick my fabrics and i honestly like to cut them.

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    The first full size quilt I made was a kit and a class. So, the fabrics were chosen for me but I did the cutting in class- to learn how. Teacher was great, and the quilt is lovely- I learned so much.

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    I've tried a few kits that I bought at a estate sale and can honestly tell you that I don't care for them, but I figured what the hay, they were cheap at the sale, I certainly wouldn't pay what they want in the store. I prefer to pick and cut my own fabrics.

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    I am not a kit person but have done some. Often kits do not have the fabric that is pictured so now I double check on that before buying it. Also I have never bought a totally precut kit. I always seem to struggle with directions and or fabric that is too short. Currently I am working on a kit with many Fat Quarters. Eventhough I am struggling with the directions I am pleased to find there is alot of extra fabric so if I have a mistake I am OK. I also really enjoy the planning and designing of a quilt, especially scrappy, including the fabrics so kits usually do not appeal as much to me.

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    I bought one a month ago when the Bernina shop inside Handcock closed. 50% off, I could not refuse. Haven't started it yet, but it is on my list (just like the other 25 projects) :D

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    When we went to Alaska - I bought my first 'kit' since DH really liked it. The directions were horrible !! and the qulity of the fabric was poor - but when all is said and done - it is what he wanted for a wall hanging. SOOO glad I finished that one ! Last time to purchasing a kit - that is for sure !

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    Yes, I have done several kits. some instructions are better than others. I'm not that good at picking colors and if I find a pattern I like, the fabrics aren't available locally.

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    To me, quilt kits are pricey. But then I love to cut fabric and love to design quilts, like others have said. As a matter of fact, I've been thinking of offering quilt kits to sell. I have several small patterns and lots of stash. Might be my next project.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharBear
    I've done a few - when picking out fabric combinations wasn't a skill I was comfortable with!

    Also had a Flynn laser cut kit that was for a workshop I took - OMGosh! That was easy and fun! Talk about precision cutting!!
    I have found Flynn's kits to be awesome too!
    The fabrics are as advertised, no missing pieces, precision cut, a pleasure to work with.

    Some kits are not precut, they may cut it close on the fabric, and you do run the risk of fabric substitutions...
    I guess it is a buyer beware, ask a LOT of questions before buying :D:D:D

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    I have bought a few quilt kits but haven't done them yet. I have heard to be careful with kits especially precut ones like Joanne's. My sister just bought a kit from a LQS and is excited that she doesn't have to pick out fabric.

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    This partiular kit was purchased at Hancock's of Paducah for $99.00. Had lots of different fabrics, a panel to cut into pieces, several borders, and lattice look blocks. I have some 'extra' fabric leftover also.

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    I bought 1 that my DD loved. Directions were so so and we liked the fabric. I usually put together my own kits to use when I am teaching a class.

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    I've used kits for various other crafts but not for quilting. I already have lots of fabric that I want to use and most times the kits I've seen had one or more fabrics that just didn't particularly appeal to me. Plus they tend to be pretty pricey.
    Besides the designing and fabric choice is my favorite part of the whole process!

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    sorry - twitchy finger! :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Besides the designing and fabric choice is my favorite part of the whole process!
    This is me too! I don't think I'd ever buy a kit, or even a pattern. I like techniques that I can adapt to my own will. :-D

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    I've always thought that the kits were really pricey according to the amount of fabric you are buying even though my local LQS tries really hard to keep the price down. I often find that I don't like the colours chosen in the kit and there are seldom other colour choices offered. If I found one at a really good price, I would consider it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt-fanatic
    I am working on my 1st King Size Quilt Kit and am surprised it is going so fast. Love the fabric colors together, instructions are good and everything is going together well. Is this the norm for kits? I have a crib blanket kit that I haven't started yet.
    I've only done one. I was too new (my first year) to know the hazards but the fabric was perfect. I wanted to make a quilt for my friend's 80th birthday and she loved butterflies - esp. the kind in the fabric. I bought the kit on line at overstock.com. I was too new to know about sewing on diagonals, etc. - I wouldn't attempt it now - but it turned out okay and she loved it. I actually found additional fabric (I made the quilt in my avatar with more of it) and was able to add the printed border and I added the yellow border. The kit did not have any border fabric. But all the promised pieces were there and cut correctly. I had it machine quilted at my LQS. Here she is with the finished quilt.

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