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Thread: Does this bother anyone else or is it just me

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    Super Member denilynne's Avatar
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    I found a quilt kit i want to buy it's $75.00 but it does not include the pattern, i have to spend another $25.00 to buy a book that has the pattern. Why don't they include the pattern with the kit, i don't understand.

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    at $75 I would not buy it unless it had the pattern with it. Boy any thing to get our money

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    Most places do include the pattern and everything you need. If they are using this to make more money then I am sure there is a reason (?) although not a good one IMHO. LOL. YOu could always find the pattern yourself, not in the book maybe or check at Halfprice books, Amazon etc for a softy used book. Hope you find it. They must be the same who did the kit as wrote the book. Money issue???? Only other thing to so is to buy a kit you love also that has it all. Prices are so high now. I'm sure someone here will post the sites you can get it all and at great prices. I know of Stichin' Heaven and Fabric Cafe. Good luck. HUGS♥♥

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    I would pass on it. That's crazy!!

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    How many total yards of fabric are included in the kit? Does it come close to the fabric price?

    I agree in general though, what's a "kit" without the instructions. Include it all in one price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    How many total yards of fabric are included in the kit? Does it come close to the fabric price?

    I agree in general though, what's a "kit" without the instructions. Include it all in one price.
    ditto! and I have found amazing buys on Amazon for quilt books etc. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denilynne
    I found a quilt kit i want to buy it's $75.00 but it does not include the pattern, i have to spend another $25.00 to buy a book that has the pattern. Why don't they include the pattern with the kit, i don't understand.
    I know how strapped everyone is. My guess (which is just an un-educated one) is if the pattern is included in a book with other patterns, then they can't make copies of just that pattern. I also believe they buy books from different suppliers than they buy fabrics.

    I hope that you can do as Debbie suggested and see if you could find the book through a less expensive source.

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    The pattern is not available unless i buy the book, i wrote to the company and ask them, they said nope gotta buy the book, so unless i can find the book cheaper or figure out the pattern myself guess i'll have to wait on this one.

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    I don't understand why a kit would be $75 and doesn't INCLUDE the pattern. I'd rather buy the pattern and not the kit or if the pattern is in a book, I'd buy the book.

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    I hate how expensive kits are. I have seen so many that I would love to have but I think it would be cheaper to buy everything seperatly. Am I wrong?

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    I don't know if $75 is a good price or not - have to figure out how much fabric is included. I can't say it's too much, because I don't know what you're actually paying for.

    As far as the pattern is concerned, the only way it's available is in a book, right? So if they included the pattern with the kit, that would increase the price by $25, because they'd have to put the whole book in. Then what if somebody wanted to buy the kit but already had the book? They'd be complaining because you can't buy just the fabric!

    There's nothing that says you HAVE to buy a kit. If you really want to make this particular quilt, can you either figure out the pattern on your own and buy your own yardage or buy the book and buy the yardage based on the directions in the book? Whatever you decide - good luck!

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    What is the book and the pattern name?
    Nancy

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    That is very frustrating. We found some "kits" like that at a recent quilt show. DD found one she liked-kind of pricey for her- and was going to buy it. The lady at the booth mentioned the pattern was extra so DD put it back and walked away. Since then we have located the fabric elsewhere and she has drawn up her own pattern.

    If thats how they want to sell, fine, but the kits should be marked so you know what you're getting.

    To me, a kit should include both fabric and pattern. Otherwise you're buying a fabric collection.

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    Some people already own the book or pattern and resent or won't purchase a kit that includes it. The shop owner is damned if they do by others and damned by you if they don't. Give them a break. Just buy the pattern or book or don't buy the kit.

    However, I DO think it should be clearly marked that the book or pattern is not included in the kit.

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    The pattern is called Island Chain, and the book is Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. I found it cheaper at Acebooks online, but still don't know if i want it that bad. I'm not complaining just wondering why they wouldn't include the pattern. I don't know if i could figure out the pattern myself i'm still kinda new at this, not as knowledgable as some of you wonderful quilters, but i'm learning. This pattern is for a 53x64 quilt in batiks. doesn't say how much fabric that is

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCatOwned
    Some people already own the book or pattern and resent or won't purchase a kit that includes it. The shop owner is damned if they do by others and damned by you if they don't. Give them a break. Just buy the pattern or book or don't buy the kit.

    However, I DO think it should be clearly marked that the book or pattern is not included in the kit.
    And, if they included the book, the kit would be $100. It is what it is. Take it or leave it. Or buy the book and pick out your own fabrics!!

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    I agree with you. If it's a quilt kit it should include the pattern.

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    I'd buy the book and make your own "kit".

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCatOwned
    Some people already own the book or pattern and resent or won't purchase a kit that includes it. The shop owner is damned if they do by others and damned by you if they don't. Give them a break. Just buy the pattern or book or don't buy the kit.

    However, I DO think it should be clearly marked that the book or pattern is not included in the kit.
    I agree with you. They can't include the pattern because they don't own the copyright. To include the pattern would be ILLEGAL and unethical. But they may be selling the book and some of their customers requested they put together a kit to make some of the patterns in the book. And it must have been obvious that the pattern wasn't included in the kit because the Poster knew that, so she didn't buy the kit. While I understand the frustration, I also appreciate, as a designer, when people respect the copyright law and other people's intellectual property.

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    Sure. I get it. :) I'm the same way. It's $16.01 at Amazon. You might be able to figure it out, but I can tell you from past experience that if you loved, loved, loved the sample, you are best off just splurging for the book. I don't buy kits because they aren't usually the size that I need. They are either lap size or queen or bigger and I have only two family members who want queen sized and I have too many lap size already. On the plus side, if you don't dither too long, you can resell the book and get about half the $$ you paid for it.

    Hope that helps,
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    I've never bought a kit. I like doing my own thing. So, does the kit include just the fabric for the top? If so, it seems very expensive to me for 53x64 quilt, even in batiks. For $75 I could make a king size top. I could buy 10.5 yards of batiks at Connecting Threads.

    I agree with those who said to pick your own fabrics. It would be cheaper and picking fabric is the most fun.

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    What's the name of the book that you need for the pattern? I'm sure that there is someone on here who has it.

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    Buy the book and shop around for the fabric you want. Then you'll have other patterns too and probably get fabric for the quilt for less than $75. Some of this is totally out of control, like they think we're idiots and will buy anything as long as it says "quilt" on it.
    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    I don't understand why a kit would be $75 and doesn't INCLUDE the pattern. I'd rather buy the pattern and not the kit or if the pattern is in a book, I'd buy the book.

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    I love her book! Do try looking at Connecting Threads. I have found books at 20%-40% off. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by familyfun
    I hate how expensive kits are. I have seen so many that I would love to have but I think it would be cheaper to buy everything seperatly. Am I wrong?
    I feel the same way :D

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