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Thread: New kit! Comments on store?

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    Super Member Kitsie's Avatar
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    Here I go again! There is a new BOM offered in the keepsake catalog called American Beauty by Marti Michell. The total price for it thru KQ is $336!! Just on the off-chance, I googled it and found it at $259 at one site and LO! HARK! at $149 as a buy all of it complete or as a BOM for a lot more!

    The shop is The Cotton Club online. Has anyone dealt with them? I'm so hoping comments are positive! I can squeak that out of my budget.

    http://www.cottonclub.com/cgi-bin/St...10Kit_AmerBWht

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    I think the buy it all at once is the best deal you can probably find your own backing fabric.

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    I have not used them, but I have done the same as you, found a cool BOM at Keepsake and googled and found it so much cheaper elsewhere!! Good luck!

    Rachel

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    wow, lots of different prices for the same kit, thanks for sharing this information with us

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    It looks like they have been around since the 1980's... so that says a lot right there :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    It looks like they have been around since the 1980's... so that says a lot right there :wink:
    Thanks, Amma! OK, going to order it now! I loved Marti Michell's patchwork party one that I just finished and the fabric for this one is equally gorgeous.

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    Nice quilt ! Are you getting the light or dark version ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Nice quilt ! Are you getting the light or dark version ?
    The light one! I'd always shied away from using templates, but the first one I did was so accurate and assembled so beautifully that I'll love doing it again. But I do cut my own templates and save them!

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    Really pretty quilt, but I can't decide which version I like better. I've never done a BOM quilt. ;-)

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    Let us know how your new BOM turns out!

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    What a great deal. It pays to check around. I love the pattern and the fabrics are beautiful. Have fun with your kit and keep us posted on your progress.

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    I don't see a downside to buying it all at once. I'd prefer to do that anyway. Sorry, don't know anything about the Cotton Club, though.

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    Go fer it! I like it. I prefer the lighter version too. Someone gave me an applique' BOM from Piece of Cake. She paid over $300 for those blocks. I have yet to complete the first block! I think the website is honorable--I have been there before but not purchases. Can't wait to see this one done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Really pretty quilt, but I can't decide which version I like better. I've never done a BOM quilt. ;-)
    They're OK, something to look forward to every month, but I prefer (especially at this price) to get the whole thing at once.

    You know me, friends, I'll be posting every step! I'm still suffering "Quilt Guilt"!

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    The quilt is gorgeous. Can't wait to see yours in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Here I go again! There is a new BOM offered in the keepsake catalog called American Beauty by Marti Michell. The total price for it thru KQ is $336!! Just on the off-chance, I googled it and found it at $259 at one site and LO! HARK! at $149 as a buy all of it complete or as a BOM for a lot more!

    The shop is The Cotton Club online. Has anyone dealt with them? I'm so hoping comments are positive! I can squeak that out of my budget.

    http://www.cottonclub.com/cgi-bin/St...10Kit_AmerBWht
    Update! Update! Its here already! Ordered Tues night, arrived Friday! I'd say the service is good! The fabric is awesome! Such wonderful cottagey feminine stuff! Here is a picture and I'll have many more, but first I have to cut out all the templates! Happy dance!!

    I'll name this one the "Guilt Quilt"

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    I am glad to see your fabrics arrived so quickly! Great! I am doing the very same BOM through my LQS and I am also doing the light colorway. I am using her template set and they work out really well. I just hate all the cutting of each block but her directions are so good and everything is just so accurate. My finished blocks are consistently coming out at 12 1/2 '' for a change. Hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

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    Kitsie,
    Now don't you dare feel guilty! Why have you seen what they are worth when they are finished and quilted? They are a family heirloom. Besides, I would care to bet you don't buy hundred dollar hand bags or shoes. Right? Enjoy your new kit (if you buy it) and think about how much fun you will have putting it together.

    Edited to say ... I didn't read all the way through... Glad you got it and are going to have some fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam B
    I am glad to see your fabrics arrived so quickly! Great! I am doing the very same BOM through my LQS and I am also doing the light colorway. I am using her template set and they work out really well. I just hate all the cutting of each block but her directions are so good and everything is just so accurate. My finished blocks are consistently coming out at 12 1/2 '' for a change. Hope you enjoy it as much as I am!
    Pam, do you think its worth spending the money for her template sets? What are they made of? I'm cutting from white flat template plastic. Post some pictures for us!

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    Kitsie, Her templates are an acrylic material and about 1/4 to 3/8 in thickness. They are quite sturdy. I am able to easily use them to cut a width by butting my long ruler up against and then removing the template to cut a long strip. Makes it easier when there are going to be several of a certain template # to cut. The templates have a hole in the center at one end and I just slip them on a binder clip so I don't lose any. I did put little round sandpaper dots at the corners on the back sides to keep them from slipping when I am cutting. Were they pricey? I looked but I don't see the price marked on them...probably about $15, I am just guessing. I think making your own templates would be fine but I know me and I would never get around to doing that. Oh, and I bought a teeny-tiny rotary cutter (I didn't even realize they made them so small) to cut around the edges of the templates. It is wonderful!

    I really do like this BOM. Marti Mitchell's directions are very clear and by using these little templates and cutting off the dog-ears, my blocks just seem to go together so well. I hope you enjoy doing your quilt! Have you thought about getting any addtional fabric and making some pillow shams to go with? My LQS has the extra fabric available so I that is one of the summer projects I am planning to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam B
    Kitsie, Her templates are an acrylic material and about 1/4 to 3/8 in thickness. They are quite sturdy. I am able to easily use them to cut a width by butting my long ruler up against and then removing the template to cut a long strip. Makes it easier when there are going to be several of a certain template # to cut. The templates have a hole in the center at one end and I just slip them on a binder clip so I don't lose any. I did put little round sandpaper dots at the corners on the back sides to keep them from slipping when I am cutting. Were they pricey? I looked but I don't see the price marked on them...probably about $15, I am just guessing. I think making your own templates would be fine but I know me and I would never get around to doing that. Oh, and I bought a teeny-tiny rotary cutter (I didn't even realize they made them so small) to cut around the edges of the templates. It is wonderful!

    I really do like this BOM. Marti Mitchell's directions are very clear and by using these little templates and cutting off the dog-ears, my blocks just seem to go together so well. I hope you enjoy doing your quilt! Have you thought about getting any addtional fabric and making some pillow shams to go with? My LQS has the extra fabric available so I that is one of the summer projects I am planning to do.
    Thanks for the reply, Pam. I trace around my templates (usually able to fold fabric to 4 thicknesses) then cut with a ruler, too. I've only ever seen them offered for about $20.00 so I've now cut out my own as not that many are needed. My avatar block is one that I did from a MM design for the Spring 2009 Patchwork Party quilt and I did pillows for that, too. It turned out beautifully and I've posted it here a few times.

    Must do some UFO's but I can do bits of this one! Really glad I got the whole kit at once! Can we see some pictures of yours?

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    I have this kit also but have been a little intimidated to start it. I did do a test block that came out pretty good. I have the light colorway and the templates. How are your blocks coming along?

    How many people do we have doing this here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet
    I have this kit also but have been a little intimidated to start it. I did do a test block that came out pretty good. I have the light colorway and the templates. How are your blocks coming along?

    How many people do we have doing this here?
    They match up very well. Pam B and I both find that the fabric is not the best and tends to ravel at the edges. Rotary cutting is possible, but even with a brand new blade only 2 layers are advised. The pattern has them all laid out on a single layer anyway, but I tend to fold and trace where possible and cut out a lot of them with scissors.

    Plunge right in! It's all about accuracy of cutting and sewing! Here are the three I've done so far....

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    Looking forward to seeing your BOM progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    Looking forward to seeing your BOM progress.
    Look up, Polly! Look up! Good morning and thanks!

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