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    Does it ever bother you to do a block of the month quilt?
    I saw one yesterday that was just beautiful and thought I could fit it in to my already crowded sewing schedule. The part that makes me a little uncomfortable is that everyone will be getting the same kit..... do I really want to be making a quilt exactly like so many other people? Does anyone else fret over this kind of stuff?

    The quilt is Out of the Darkness and the sample blocks were stunning in person.

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    I have never done one and yes chosing the fabric and planning it is one of the aspects I like best about quilting so I am not very likely to give it up. The flip side is that hopefully you get a quilt in exactly the colors you want. Often I am drawn to a quilt because of the colors.

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    one of the parts of quilting that I treasure is my own input. I deplore having something like "everyone else"--guess my mom's telling me not to be like everyone else remains a chorus in my head. So, I would buy the patterns and use my own choice of fabrics.

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    I am doing the patriots in petticoats BOM but only using the patterns, not the fabric line chosen for this quilt.
    I am using my own CW repro fabrics instead. I do not like cookie cutter quilts...you know everyone's will be the same!
    But some prefer that.

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    It wouldn't bother me having a quilt the same as others have. I would just be happy to have a beautiful quilt in the house. My problem would be keeping up with the BOM. It would probably end up a UFO :shock: because I would feel bad about getting so far behind on it.

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    I think they want way to much.I agree with you,you want your own quilt.How many quilters are going to have the same quilt.
    Connie in CO

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    You can buy the "Out of the Darkness" patterns separately and use your own colour choices. That's what I did, tho' I am pretty sure the kit would have been nicer than my fabric choices!

    Pam Bono is a wonderful designer isn't she?

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    I've done them before, but also struggle with having one just like everyone elses (which is why I don't buy kits), but I just swapped a couple of the fabrics for something else and then it was more my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It wouldn't bother me having a quilt the same as others have. I would just be happy to have a beautiful quilt in the house. My problem would be keeping up with the BOM. It would probably end up a UFO :shock: because I would feel bad about getting so far behind on it.
    DiTTo!!!!

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    I do not like the block of the month kits. it takes all of the fun of aniticpating the final results out of the work. I like the suspense and the revealing as the project progresses. It so exciting when I pick my own fabrics and pattern. Its what keeps me going back to the machine!

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    I've only done 2, did it because I fell in love with the fabrics, it's the Patchwork Party, 12 different shops feature a block, each shop finishes their quilt differently so you can choose one of their ideas or do your own. Marti Mitchell designs the blocks and she sells templates or the patterns have a paper template printed on them. with the templates you can makes LOTS of different blocks, all the triangles fit perfectly!

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    I'm starting the Michael Miller Clubhouse BOM next month. This will be my first one. It doesn't really bother me that others will have the same quilt, I'm the one doing the work! :)

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    I love Pam Bono's designs and that is one of my favorites. I would want to pick my own fabrics though.

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    Well good! I can't tell you how reassuring it is to have other people echo my thoughts. When I go to the shop, this one in paticular, and there are 30-40 people making the exact same quilt it kind of gives me the willies. Quilt clones.


    I can see the safety in someone else designing and planning it all out and choosing the fabrics, an easy way out I guess is what I think. The blocks I saw were real stunners, maybe I'll ask about sewing along with my own fabrics.

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    Some people really need the fabrics pre-picked for them. I don't. But, that being said, I've never been able to swallow the costs of BOM kits, so I doubt I'd EVER do one with pre-packaged fabric, just based on cost. Now, I could buy the pattern and do my own thing for much less...

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    Honestly, I'm self taught and I find it very hard and irritating to follow a pattern. Seems like every time I try I end up with my 12" block measuring up at 8"s. I just got done with one that was a pattern and I had to remake my sample block 3 times and change all the sizes of the pieces to get it to a 12" block! Don't they add the 1/4 inch seam allowance to the piece measurements? It's frustrating, I was offered to do a block of the month and I backed out, not because I didn't want to play but because I knew it wouldn't turn out right. It's down right embarrassing.

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    I am a new quilter and looking for lessons. I found a new shop nearby and they are doing a BOM. I was put off because they won't show what it will look like when finished. You are just supposed to show up for a demo and pay for your kit and be in the dark about what you will be making.

    Would that bother anyone else? This shop also has a strip club on Sat. You show up, pay the fee and get a kit. No idea of what you will be making. All fabric is their choice.

    I want to take classes, but I want to know what I will be making. Do I just have a control issue?

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    I go to LQS's for Block of the Month, not just to learn but to meet more people who quilt. Opens a lot of avenues. I think this is a way to bring those together locally. Would not do a mail one. Pre-cuts are a break sometimes. And, bless their hearts, we have some members who are color blind for one reason or another , and they love the kits. So guess what I am saying is, to each his/her own. We are all so creative in our own ways. So go for it.....

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    I would be real tempted to do that BOM. You can do one in their fabrics and do a second one at the same time in your own fabrics. You'll end up with two gorgeous quilts at the same time that way.

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    I've never done one but I have a full set of monthly blocks that I purchased years ago from Keepsake Quilting. They kept coming every month and I never had time to do them.

    But I don't think it would bother me one iota to do the same quilt that others are doing. I do like picking my own fabrics but if I loved the BOM, I'd do it. After all, chances are that I won't have any mutual friends with one of the other quilters who will see the same quilt in our homes.

    Agree with cost - definitely wouldn't sign up for one that had an entrance fee.

    Quote Originally Posted by GAgal
    I am a new quilter and looking for lessons. I found a new shop nearby and they are doing a BOM. I was put off because they won't show what it will look like when finished. You are just supposed to show up for a demo and pay for your kit and be in the dark about what you will be making.
    GAgal - maybe it's a mystery BOM. I've seen those. Unless it's a mystery BOM, I've always seen the final product shown when you sign up.

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    no i dont fret over the small stuff

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    I have done some before and changed out one of the fabrics. It looks very similar to everyone elses, but just a little different. But usually, I like to change things around, different fabrics, different size, different layout.

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    The "sameness" doesn't bother me as chances are that I'll never see another of the quilts, unless a family member were to suddenly take up quilting.

    I'm currently starting the Sweet Sorbet BOM, and have decided to do this one by hand (something to do at hockey practice), which does mean that I have to sit down and re-figure the cutting instructions as strip piecing wont' work.

    I chose this one because as a new quilter, I looked at the blocks involved and said "yes, I can make these." I've looked at some beautiful kits and BOM that are way beyond my abilities that would definitely end up as UFOs. I also like the color palette - some kits I've considered feature colors I'd never use.

    I do enjoy the selection of fabrics for most of my ongoing projects, and in though the patterns themselves are a little out of my comfort zone. As it is not a mystery, I know what the end result will be.

    Even though it is a kit/BOM, my quilt will be unlike anyone else's once I sandwich and actually quilt it - as I don't think they provide the quilting pattern, and even if they do, nothing says that one has to quilt exactly in that manner.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen Deb
    Does it ever bother you to do a block of the month quilt?
    I saw one yesterday that was just beautiful and thought I could fit it in to my already crowded sewing schedule. The part that makes me a little uncomfortable is that everyone will be getting the same kit..... do I really want to be making a quilt exactly like so many other people? Does anyone else fret over this kind of stuff?

    The quilt is Out of the Darkness and the sample blocks were stunning in person.
    Yes. Espessily when I see patterns for things I've seen before. Too many times they'll take a traditional block, use a certain fabric line, and call it "new". I feel if I bought one of those kits I'd just be making a copy of an imitation. And even if the pattern is original I don't think I could follow it to a T because I think I'd be trying to find some way to put my own twist on it. I like trying to come up with original things or even if its not completely original I still put my own thought into it. So kits don't really appeal to me because they provide the fabric and pattern and that kind of takes away my creative drive and I'm making something so many other quilters are going to have. Patterns don't appeal to me either. Most of the time I can figure out how they're pieced together and it probably wouldn't end up looking like the one shown in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgal
    I am a new quilter and looking for lessons. I found a new shop nearby and they are doing a BOM. I was put off because they won't show what it will look like when finished. You are just supposed to show up for a demo and pay for your kit and be in the dark about what you will be making.

    Would that bother anyone else? This shop also has a strip club on Sat. You show up, pay the fee and get a kit. No idea of what you will be making. All fabric is their choice.

    I want to take classes, but I want to know what I will be making. Do I just have a control issue?
    I wouldn't sign up for a BOM when I couldn't see the finished quilt first. Some people like mystery quilts, but for that much money and work I want some assurance that I will end up actually liking the quilt! Unless you love absolutely everything that the quilt shop displays (and I have yet to walk into that quilt shop!), I would stay away from these mystery classes. IMO, it's not a control issue at all.

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