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    Quilt kits...

    One of the hardest parts of quilting for me, is choosing fabrics. I will spend hours and sometimes days and days agonizing over fabric and color choices. I would like to try a quilt kit where everything is already coordinated! I know connecting threads has kits. Are they good quality? Any other sites that are good to order from?

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    Connecting Threads has wonderful quality fabrics so I would think their kits would be good too.
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    I bought a table runner kit once and the fabric was excellent. I am really picky about color and this was perfect, don't be afraid of buying from them.

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    Keepsake Quilting is another quality shop to buy kits/fabrics from. I've used them for years.
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    I bought two kits from CT-- a table runner and a Christmas quilt. Both were very nice. I, too, have a hard time choosing fabric. Lately I have been buying mainly fabrics in the same line, a yard or 1/2 yard of six or so fabrics. I have also been using layer cakes, charms and fat quarters from the same lines.
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    I've seen some beautiful quilts made from kits, so I don't mean to discourage their use. When I started quilting my least favorite part of the whole process was picking out the fabrics. But I kept on doing it, until now it's one of my favorite things to do. If you stick with it, it will become easier, and more fun, and there is a lot of satisfaction in knowing that your quilt is unique, not made from a kit.

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    Connecting Threads is very generous with the amount of fabric they send in their kits. I think I have enough for a second quilt from the kit for a kid's quilt.
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    Auntevie: Too bad we don't live close to each other. My FAVORITE part is picking the fabrics. I could pick the fabrics and you could sew!

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    Creative quilt kits has a great online store and their fabrics are great!

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    Has anyone tried John Flynn's precut kits? He has a Drunkard's Path I really like.

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    Fat Quarter Shop online has the best quilt kits around. I buy from them mostly, if I want to buy a kit. They send large portions of fabrics and they are beautifully wrapped. They have pages and pages of quilt kits. They are a very high class joint. I recommend them over any other place. fatquartershop.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntevie View Post
    One of the hardest parts of quilting for me, is choosing fabrics. I will spend hours and sometimes days and days agonizing over fabric and color choices. I would like to try a quilt kit where everything is already coordinated! I know connecting threads has kits. Are they good quality? Any other sites that are good to order from?
    or choose a pattern from a book/magazine. say you want a brown for the main color. choose a brown with flowers, or a brown with dots, etc. your secondary color will be the colors in the flowers or the dots. then add white. or let someone elses finished quilt be your color scheme. a color wheel from a paint store will help lots.

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    Kits are fun but don't be so scared to choose fabric, yes it takes time and is hard but it can be so lovely. Sometimes fabrics you choose might look better than kits. I do both buy kits and make my own
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    I, too, like Connecting Threads fabrics and kits. I always have leftover fabrics when I make one of their quilts from a kit.

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    I make a lot of quilts with packs of fat quarters or other precuts. Layer cakes (10" squares) are my new best friend. I just finished quilts for my grandsons preschool teacher and my loving daughter said - who picked the fabrics for you? That meant she loved them and knew they were not solely my choosing. She knows me well.
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    I've purchased a couple of kits - they contained specialty fabric I couldn't get elsewhere or fabric not available in my area. Most of the time I think picking the fabric is most of the fun. The best place to learn how to pick fabric is at your LQS. Spend time there watching what others pick, ask them why they made the choices they made. It will help you understand what you need to do to pick out stunning fabric for your quilts.

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    I've been happy with kits from Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads. I love the kits from the Fat Quarter Shop. They are always accurate and they are very generous with fabric.

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    The kits are nice, they do all of the selecting and at times I like that. My only concern with kits, is that there be enough fabric to make it, does not allow for little mistakes from me. I do like picking fabric out for a particular quilt or for a maybe. It is amazing at times how the maybes are used in time.

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    I have a cabinet full of quilt kits. Most are from Connecting Threads and Hancock's of Paducah. I do a lot of BOM quilt kits too. Sometimes I use the fabric for other patterns then what the kit has.
    Got fabric?

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    When I first started quilting, I was also having difficulty. I had no "artistic" bone in my body, so I always questioned and second guessed myself. One day, I thought "what the heck" and just started choosing colors that I liked, and it was pretty darned good, so I say trust your instincts, and choose what you like. Who says every quilt has to be color coordinated? I make quilts in colors that I like, and so far, the finished product is always better than I imagined when I started. Sometimes, the fabric even "talks" to me, and tells me what pattern to use with the fabric I have chosen.
    On the other hand, Jinny Beyer has wonderful quilt kits available, and she also shows her quilts in different colorways for comparison. Even if you don't buy anything from her site, go to the website (jinnybeyer.com) Quilt Kits tab, and click on some of the patterns to see the difference the color makes to the final product. I will tell you, I don't buy often from her site, because I think it is a little pricey, but the ideas are fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollytink View Post
    Has anyone tried John Flynn's precut kits? He has a Drunkard's Path I really like.
    I've just finished piecing John Flynn's blue and white Drunkard's Path, and done his multi-colour batik Storm at Sea. Both kits were perfectly cut, and a pleasure to put together. I would never have tried either if I'd had to cut them out myself. I can warmly recommend them!
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    I have used numerous kits from Connecting THreads and Fons and Porter. All have had ample and beautiful fabrics. Have been very happy with what I have gotten.

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    I've used Fatquartershop.com as well for kits. I bought a quilt kit from them about 5 years ago and I am still making quilts with the extra fabric. Very generous.
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    haha...when I was walking around the Houston quilt show with my bf's mom, I'd see a pattern I like and then often, "and it comes in a kit!!" because I struggle with picking fabrics. I'm not bad at it, but I do like buying something pre-packaged. Maybe I'm just lazy. LOL

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    Thank you for all the suggestions! Can not wait until tonight when i will have more time to browse all the sites. I'm glad to hear that they have generous cuts of fabric because that was one of my concerns.

    I agree... Choosing your own fabric to fit a pattern makes it truly your own creation. And I love that!!! But I thought it might be somehow relaxing once in while, to not have to think or worry about colors and placement of different fabrics.... Which I know i definitely fuss way too much over. I'm a fairly new quilter and maybe with time, ill be able to see the whole picture easier.

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