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Thread: Kits or not to kits?

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    Senior Member Monstookie's Avatar
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    How does everyone feel about buying quilt kits? Good or bad? If good....are there favorite shops/sites you like. I think I've always been nervous about the quality of fabric...etc. But I have seen some pretty ones listed on the web.

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    I've just been thinking of doing one from Flamingo Island Designs. It has dimensional applique with embellishments. I'm think I'm gonna dive in and try one. Would like to read the response on this.

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    I have bought kits from Connecting Threads and Keepsake.... always been happy with the quality, so therefore, I trust them. I think that if you try one and like it, then brand loyalty may make you feel more comfortable. The best thing about kits is that it removes all of the decision making from the process! Some people like that, and others would rather choose the fabrics themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janetd
    I've just been thinking of doing one from Flamingo Island Designs. It has dimensional applique with embellishments. I'm think I'm gonna dive in and try one. Would like to read the response on this.
    I finished one from Connecting Threads the other day that had adorable applique. Try it -- I'll bet you have a ball! :thumbup:

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    I've used kits and like them. Good way to build skill and confidence. I've gotten several from LQS and Keepsake.

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    I have only bought kits from my LQS that they have made up, so I know that there will be enough fabric of each color. I have not used quilts from online quilt shops.

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    I'm glad this topic came up here as my DH has suggested a couple of times that I use one. I have been worried about the fabric quality. Also, in Fons and Porter magazines it sometimes states that fabric included in a kit might not be exactly the fabric shown. I would want the fabric shown. So I'm conflicted as to whether or not to try one. Good luck with yours and please let us know how it turns out. :)

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    Why not try a small one? Maybe a table runner, or something like that. You'll have that instant gratification that we all love!

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    The only kits that I have bought were all precut. If I have to cut the pieces? I will just buy the fabric LOL :D:D:D

    I have bought these at John Flynns website and have been very happy with the way they laser cut the pieces and the fabric is beautiful :D:D:D

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    I agree.... if I see something in a kit that draws me to it I want the same fabric shown.

    Also, I like to wash fabric before I use it...not only for shrinkage but I don't like working with the smell of the dye's..

    Third, I don't want to worry about having enough fabric..

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    I have done a McKenna Ryan kit and as her patterns call for dozens of different fabrics I think it works out much more cost effective as some of the pieces are only 2" square and I would have to buy at least a 1/4 of a yard as that what most people have as a minimum cut.
    I suppose it would depend on the kit.

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    I bought a bunch of kits from fabric cafe. Their sales are great. Each kit has a pattern and 3 yards of fabric the quality is good. At the time I bought them they were on sale for 14.99. the sale now is 19.99 ea.
    Now I know I can buy 3yd of fabric, use the pattern and have a top. lso if you want it larger just add bigger border,You;ll need fabric for that.

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    I have a made a wall hanging from McKenna Ryan and the fabric was great. I bought a kit from Joanns and the fabric quality was poor. I would trust Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads, because they seem to carry quality fabric.

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    I think if I would buy kits, it would help stay organized. ??????? You think maybe.

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    I have worked both ways. At times I love to do the shopping, others I just want to rip into a project and sew. I've purchased kits and made my own in the stash for those days. As long as I recognize the brands a shop carries I'll jump in. Just need to carefully read all cutting instructions before beginning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae
    I've used kits and like them. Good way to build skill and confidence. I've gotten several from LQS and Keepsake.
    ditto :)

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    I have only bought one kit. A couple of the shown fabrics were substituted with other fabrics. Seems that they ran out of those fabrics and made substitutions. Other than that it was ok.

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    I must admit I have bought kits when the chosen fabric exactly my taste and I like the pattern. However I like to use kits to push my skill limit.... so if the pattern is one I've never done and it is designed for the more advanced quilter I will buy the whole kit so I can concentrate on the pattern. I find this is a good way to stretch yourself.

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    I did a BOM with Fatquartershop.com and I was able to complete the original 12 blocks, do another 12 blocks and have enough fabric to do another 12 blocks. That's not including all the extra fabric I got in the finishing kit for borders and such. Two quilts easy with extra fabric for stash.

    My local LQS is more modest in their BOM's with the fabric and I've had to go and get more when I mess up.

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    Yes, be careful about the quality, if it is the fabric displayed or subsitutes, and how generous the cuts are. I have gotten burned more then once. Open the kit and check. If they do not let you run.

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    I agree with the above posts - kits are a great way to build confidence and push yourself. Keepsake Quilting and Connecting threads have been mentioned - I second the vote on those - have bought lovely kits from each and had plenty of good quality fabric to complete the project. One note though - most kits do not include the backing or batting.

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    I prefer to buy my yardage.

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    I haven't yet, but I've seen several cute things at Connecting Threads so I may soon try one of those.
    I figure their prices are so reasonable, it worth trying without making a big investment.

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    I use kits when I don't feel like picking out colors. I have ordered from Connecting Threads(they are fairly inexpensive) and have bought at LQS. I used to fear not having another fabric but have not had a problem.

    So in my opinion kits are okay.


    Chris

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    I love kits- being new and not knowing how to pick material.
    I got some kits off the board. and I love them.

    My local quilt shop said if I want to pick out a pattern they will help me with the material - I have a say but it will be like a kit. This is the way to go - I think.

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