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Thread: Kits - the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skothing View Post
    I bought a fish pattern quilt kit from keepsake and fallowed it point by point. When I got to the last block it was short 6 inches. I called and reported same and had to answer 20 questions. First one was why did you wash it. Because the directions told me too. I never ordered again from them . They never made good on 6 inches. I never look at their catalogue. Bad taste in my mouth.

    i hear ya, had the same experience with keepsake a few years ago. yardage was cut so skimpy i had to add to it after washing to finish quilt. i wash ALL fabrics that come into my home before using or putting away (except some batiks). as others have said, never had this problem with connecting threads.

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    Thank you all for reaffirming my commitment to never buy kits!

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    My rule of thumb for kits is that if I don't plan on getting it sewn up almost right away, I don't buy it. If you wait too long and you have any problems, then the fabric may no longer be available. On the bright side, I love to make scrappy quilts so I have a kazillion kits right in my stash - it just needs to be cut into pieces first ... lol

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    I like kits but I only buy them from our local quilt stores. I also only buy them when they are on sale.

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    I get a wide variety of kits due to shopping at garage sales, quild sales, ebay, etc. It helps that I dont have an issue with adding fabric or changing fabric and dont like matchy matchy quilts. I want a large variety of fabric in my quilts.

    The absolute best are Homestead Hearth kits. Every tiny piece of fabric or small group are labeled. It is so time consuming to do this but their kits are the best. I would never have a problem buying one of theirs. Our southside shop tries out each pattern before making up a kit and have found a variety of problems and fixed them before putting their kits together so I trust them.

    I have a couple of favorite sellers on Ebay that make up kits and they are great too.
    Worst kits were from the big time manufacturers who try to skimp and save. They are more likely to be "short" and it is mostly because of the savings they are trying to get out of labor and materials. They also tend to be more matchy matchy from one line of fabric and harder to "add" to when short.

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    My grandson wanted a special animal quilt; I saw a pattern advertized at a QS and called; the lady answering said yes we can put a kit together for that pattern we do have all the fabric. Well, when it arrived the pattern and the fabric were not what the pattern called for and besides that it was 22" short. So, it will take alot for me to order any kit again. The one I got from Connecting Threads did have all the fabric and a little extra just in case you made a wrong cut.

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    I am not a fan of kits! I understand for some the appeal of preselected , and/ or precut fabrics... but I just can't bring myself to make a quilt that will be just like alot of others.

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    The various kits I have bought have been fun and successful. I think only one was "not my style". I choose pretty carefully and always check the fabric as soon as it arrives. I find them a great time saver and, not having fabric shops anywhere near me, they give me a chance to do quilts I would never be able to put together otherwise.
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    I am the 'Quilt Kit Queen' of the Land. I have so many kits that I had a big giveaway on my blog and everyone that left a comment won at least one kit. Some won a few. I have never been disappointed in my kits. Ever! I buy from Fat Quarter Shop, my LQS, different online shops, and always have extra fabric for stash. I read where people don't have enough fabric. I don't get it. I always have way too much fabric in the kits. I have drawers full of leftover fabric from my kits. I also buy fabric lines, i.e. fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm packs and yards of some of the fabrics for sashing and borders and backing.

    I am not great at picking out fabric and running around the store and finding different fabric that would work with it. I usually have to have a person who works there at my side showing me what goes well together and then I end up with a quilt that they like, not me! That has happened too many times, so I go to LQS that have quilts on the wall and the kits to make them on a table below it. I don't care if other people will have the same quilt. I travel to the quilt shops and won't see those people or their quilts. And I buy kits from magazines if I like them enough. But right now I have enough kits, that's why I had a giveaway, to downsize a little. I was overwhelmed and couldn't decide on which quilts to make, so I shared in the wealth and helped myself out of a predicament. Win win!
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    Well, having actually started my first 'proper' quilt, I have discovered that I don't like the cutting out part of patchwork! I love the machine piecing and hand quilting, but really didn't enjoy the cutting bit. I might try a kit next time, dependant upon what I can find here in the UK.

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    Personally, I don't order kits. I love picking out the fabrics on my own for the patterns. I have heard many "horror" stories about ordering kits and pre cuts as well. I do order fabrics on line and I order from a number of different places and ...so far...have not been disappointed in the fabric I order....If I ever am, it will be going back.
    Thanks for the pointers tho!...just in case I'm swayed to ever buy a kit or pre-cuts. If I do that, I'll have to see them and touch them for myself.

    Thanks and Happy New Year to all!
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    TinaRibena - the kits I've purchased still had to be cut to make the pattern. Sorry to tell you that. You may have a fat quarter that still needs to be "cut 4 4X6" rectangles", etc. Some show how to best lay out the fabric and cut it to be most efficient. Others just let you make it up as you go. So .... in the quilts I've purchased anyway ... still have to cut.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I love kits and have done lots and lots! I also obtain them from a variety of sources. I have never had a problem being shorted fabric. Due to my own error I once had to purchase more fabric when I misjudged my angles cutting out diamond shaped pieces but that had nothing to do with the kit itself .....just me being stupid. It was a good lesson learned to reinforce the concept of "measure twice, cut once!".
    Tracy

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