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Thread: Some ???s for professional quilters

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    Senior Member AnnaF's Avatar
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    Aug 2009
    Hermon ME
    I've been a "professional" longarm quilter for nearly eight yrs. In that time I've only returned one quilt to a first time quilter that had mitered something like eight borders. I felt really bad but I knew that quilt was beyond my capability to "work my magic" (that's a comment quilters often tell me when they leave a quilt with me).
    Flaws that make my job difficult:
    Ruffled borders, too thick seams that stub my hopping foot up, poor pressing, batting or backings cut too small, quilts that are not square, open seams. I know there are a lot of longarm quilters that go the extra mile and take off those ruffled borders and fix them but I personally don't do that, if needed I'll send it back with the client to remedy and then have her bring it back for quilting. I do fix any open seams that I find, as it needs to be done before the quilting.
    I do know that being a longarm quilter has made me a better quilter piecer. In fact, I told that to a client of mine that just purchased a longarm.
    I have never felt that I'm the quilt police, my job is to complete the process for my clients to the very best of my abilty. I love my job and I've met the nicest people all over my area and beyond. Quilters and quilting is cool!!!
    Anne Freeman
    Hermon ME

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    Senior Member QuiltNama's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Duluth/ Superior, WI
    I do LA quilting and the biggest challenges for me are: wavy borders, backs not big enough, open seams and some battings that have high & low spots. I ask anyone who brings me something, what would you like me to do? What color thread? I have never judged a person's ability to make their tops (but have given gentle suggestions on what to do to help them if there are problems), I am not the quilt police. I feel honored that someone has trusted me to help finish their work of love. Find someone you can talk to and feel you can trust.

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