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Thread: Questions on quilt kits.

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    I have never ordered a quilt kit before. Other than all the material needed, is there also a pattern included? Just ordered one from KQ on sale. Thanks. Marge

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    Read the details. Most of the time there is. I think they call it Quilt plus.

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    Yes, usually there's a pattern included or they'll say you need to purchase the pattern or buy the magazine featuring the pattern, etc.
    Kits are fun, but sometimes they short you on fabric.
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    Most places include patterns, but more quilting stores are doing the kits with pattern separate watch can get really pricey and don't wait too long I have been shorted fabric a couple of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L.
    I have never ordered a quilt kit before. Other than all the material needed, is there also a pattern included? Just ordered one from KQ on sale. Thanks. Marge
    Pattern is usually included and the material for the top, not the backing. Be careful cutting. Some kits leave no room for errors, others are very generous.
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    So which company would you recommed is the best to buy kits from?

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    What is KQ??
    I had fun with a kit from Connecting Threads.

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    Read the description carefully, they may or may not contain the pattern. Like what was previously stated, measure 3 or 4 times before you cut, some kits are pretty stingy on the fabric :D:D:D

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    I have only bought kits from Connecting Threads and always have the pattern with them. They are very generous with the fabric included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    What is KQ??
    I had fun with a kit from Connecting Threads.
    Keepsake Quilting

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    I've never bought a kit. I prefer to choose my own fabrics. I frequently use parts of 2 or more patterns. Depending. Disadvantage is I have to figure out yardages myself.

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    Kits can be very cost-effective, especially when there are a lot of different fabrics involved and you may have to spend a lot of time hunting down all the fabrics. They also allow you get unique quilts in many cases.

    You should always look at a kit as being a starting point. If you want to modify the kit in any way, then you may need to purchase additional fabrics. We have a lot of customers who will buy a lap quilt kit and then expand it to a full or queen size quilt by adding borders or more blocks.

    Always check out the full product detail description before buying a kit. Some places offer precut pieces and these kits, while they save you labor and time, are normally more expensive, because of the waste and additional labor involved in the piece cutting process.

    I don't know about other stores, but on our kits we always include the pattern unless it's a commercial pattern that a lot of people might already have. Then we may offer an option to delete it and the amount charged for the pattern. Again, check the product detail description and kit options.

    Many of our kits are made from free fabric manufacturers' patterns, so in that case we're not charging for the pattern, or for the time we take to proof it, so there really isn't a pattern charge when that's the case.

    If the quilt is taken from a book or magazine, we will normally include the book or magazine price in the kit price and include them. Selling a kit taken from a book or other commercial pattern is, IMO unethical unless the buyer has already purchased the pattern or book from the designer or through another outlet.

    We always cut each piece generously so you don't get shorted on amounts. Maybe it's because we're quilters that we do that, but we'd rather you have some left over than be shorted. We typically add a bit to the amount shown on the pattern when we cut, unless we know the designer to be generous in their estimates. Designers vary a lot on their fabric estimates for their quilts, so cutting exactly to the pattern may lead to shorts in kits when the designer is stingy with their estimates. I doubt many shops that sell kits would intentionally short the customer on fabric.

    Hope this helps!

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    I have been selling kits for years and I always include the pattern. BUT, I will deduct the pattern if the person already has it. Like for the YBR, once you have the pattern you don't need another one!

    For the kits I make from my own designs, they still get the pattern. LIke with my die cut appliques. I give them a simple basic pattern that shows fun ways to use the appliques.

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    they usually tell you in the description if the pattern or a book is included or if it is just a fabric or embellishment kit. keepsake sells all the different types so you need to check the site, or catalog to find out if you ordered one that comes with a pattern or not. sorry, ;)

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    so there is your answer yes and no LOL

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    I've never bought a quilt kit before. But I don't usually make a quilt the way it's pictured. I change the colors either for myself or for a customer.

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