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Howdy! To begin, what is a Quilt Kit? A quilt kit is a package of hand-picked fabrics based on a particular quilt or pattern. A kit generally includes a pattern and specially selected fabrics needed to make a specific quilt. Each kit may consist of pre-cuts or a variety of fat quarters and yardage from different designers. At Stitchin’ Heaven, our fabric specialist work diligently to pick the best fabrics and colors, allowing you to make the best quilt.

You know, this may seem like something we don’t need to discuss, but it’s important that all quilters truly understand the significance of a quilt kit. Over time we have come to realize that a lot of our customers coming into the store don’t really understand what a quilt kit is, and we have a wonderful collection of quilt kits, but they’re not really sure what is in a box when they buy a quilt kit. So I thought I’d take just a few minutes and go over it with you. We’re gonna talk about the anatomy of a quilt kit.

Reason 1: Get What You See

Why buy a quilt kit, you might ask. Why would I want to do that? Well, there are a lot of great reasons. When you visit your local quilt shop or go online (hopefully to, you see a project, you see a quilt that you wanna do, and you want it to look just like that. That is a perfect reason to buy a quilt kit. It’s easy. The quilt kits are packaged with the fabrics already in them.

Now, the fabrics are not necessarily the exact fabrics that are shown on the picture or even in a quilt that you see in a quilt store. Fabrics come and go, as we all know. They’re discontinued very quickly in terms of time. And so, to make a quilt, a lot of times, the fabrics are substituted. But if your shop knows what they’re doing, they substitute the fabrics to match as close as possible to the quilt or picture of the quilt your interested in. At Stitchin’ Heaven, we have experienced and detail-driven fabric specialist dedicated to finding the perfect substitutions.

Reason 2: Less Expensive

The second reason you’d wanna do a quilt kit is that, honestly, quilt kits are less expensive. When you think about having to go and purchase the fabrics for a quilt, you’re gonna purchase based on what’s on the back of the pattern, and a lot of times, you don’t need a whole 1/4 yard or you don’t need a 1/2 yard. The fabric designer is going to write the fabric requirements based on how you would purchase it in a store, does that make sense? And so, when you buy a kit, the kit’s gonna be cut to what you need, not to precisely the fabric requirements.

Reason 3: Confidence.

The third reason to buy a quilt kit is confidence. Often, you don’t have the confidence to be able to purchase what you need. Sometimes you might purchase fabric, and it’s not exactly right, and you get it home and you’re disappointed with it, which goes back to the money. You have to repurchase it.

How are Quilt Kits Put Together?

I’m just gonna tell you that our quilt kits are put together by our fabric specialist, and I’m gonna tell you that the specialist will pull the fabrics for the kit, and then she will have someone, another specialist check it before she cuts it, and sometimes even three times we check our kits just to make sure that we feel comfortable that this quilt kit will make the project that you wanna end up with.

Texas on A String – A Deb Luttrell Original

Let’s Breakdown the Quilt Above. First, we will begin looking at the fabric requirements to emphasize my points from above.

Fabric Selection: We Do All The Work For You.

In your kit, we’re gonna have chosen enough fabrics for you for you to get a really great variety. See what a great variety of fabrics that we have?

Look at all the varity of fabrics.

You’re gonna have all of these fabrics in your kit already selected for you. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have this many fabrics in my stash, and if I did, I don’t think I would wanna have to spend the time pulling these out and cutting them down. Same thing with the dark fabrics in this one. We’ve chosen the dark fabrics in the fabric colors to make this quilt for you.

Dark Fabrics for Texas on A String

Then we have the light, thin fabric and the dark, thin fabric. It’s clearly labeled.

Light Fabrics for Texas on A String

And we have the border print.

Border Fabrics for Texas on A String

In this kit, we also have the muslin that you need to make this, which it calls for on the pattern.

Muslin for Texas on A Sting

So, that’s just an idea. In your quilt kit, you’re going to get a photo of the quilt.

In conclusion, you’re going to get the fabric for the top, so that means the fabric for the piecing, the muslin in this case. You get the borders and the binding for the quilt, and you’re gonna get the pattern.

Is The Pattern Included?

Now, I’m gonna tell you that 90% of the time, the pattern is included. We do have some kits that we don’t include the pattern because it’s so popular that a lot of people have it, or it’s in a book, and we don’t include the book because a lot of people have the book. How do you know, on a quilt kit, what is included, exactly? If you’re buying online, we’re gonna put it in the description on the item. If you’re in the store, we have a sticker on the back, and it shows you exactly what’s in the kit so you know if the pattern is included or not and whether you need to purchase that pattern separately. We’re gonna disclose that to you so you don’t get home and go, “Darn, I don’t have a pattern,” you know?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope that you have come away with a better understanding of the importance of Quilt Kits. Until our next howdy! Stay Quilting.