I have a class card to my LQS that allows me take unlimited classes for 6 months. I try to go once a month to 'get my money's worth', though sometimes that actually means spending more money.
They recently had a class called "Side Set Table Runner" that sounded promising. We need a Christmas table runner, so I called, and the kit was only $24, which seemed really reasonable for fun afternoon and a table runner.
Luckily, when I got there I found beautiful Christmas kits.
The very good news is I love the table runner I made. I did all the piecing of the top at the class, came home and found backing fabric in my stash, quilted it up and bound it (binding was in the kit). I then spent Thanksgiving adding crystals to it while the rest of the family watched football.