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Old 05-10-2020, 10:40 AM
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From what I can see from the second picture, it appears the stitch length was too far apart. I hate to critique someone else’s work but it seems she is a new quilter?
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Old 05-10-2020, 11:07 AM
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It’s very difficult to tell without seeing the entire quilt.

1: How do you know the quilter?
2: Have you seen her previous work?
3: Were you able to select a pattern for both the quilt and the actual quilting?
4: Were you able to see the finished project before paying?

It does look like perhaps a smaller stitch length should have been used, and/or a larger seam allowance, and perhaps a stabilizer as well, if the provided material were delicate. However I’m with Tartan on this one, we have all been “newbies” and I cringe at some of my earlier works, however, if I were inexperienced I would have refused a commission, especially one that involved using someone’s dearly loved items. An experienced quilter should be able to discern if the material provided would be appropriate for the commission and advise accordingly.

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Old 05-10-2020, 03:34 PM
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Ok so what do you guys think about the yellow boarder? With what looks like a bunch of scraps sewn together??
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Old 05-10-2020, 03:39 PM
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As for the pieced border, she worked with what she was given.
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
As for the pieced border, she worked with what she was given.
She provided to fabric for the boarder. Would you have pieced fabric together for a boarder? For a paying customer?

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Old 05-10-2020, 07:11 PM
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It's not uncommon to have to piece borders, because unless you are willing to buy enough fabric to let you cut your borders as one length, you pretty much have to. That being said, the construction there is weird. That's the kind of thing that you have to resort to when you don't have quite enough border fabric to do what you want and have to resort to frantically piecing random scraps together. Been there, done that, wasn't at all happy with the result. I'd definitely go back to the quilter and ask her what happened.

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Old 05-10-2020, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by RBQ View Post
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As for the pieced border, she worked with what she was given.
She provided to fabric for the boarder. Would you have pieced fabric together for a boarder? For a paying customer?
If the OP didn't provide enough fabric, I would either have let her know and ask if she wanted a narrower border or if she was able to send me more, or if she had some other solution in mind. The only time I think I would piece a border like that is if it was a memory quilt made from a person's cherished clothes, and that was the only way it could be done. I could see having to piece odd shapes in that case. Like 'OK, I can get 43 good inches from this dress, but I need 54. If I cut bits from the sleeves, I think I can make it.'

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Old 05-11-2020, 05:02 AM
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Thank you, you guys have been so helpful! Last question (I promise!) Have a been a victim of "you get what you pay for!!" I paid $275 for the quilt to be made, the only materials I provided where the recieving blankets, and it was made a double size. It took her about 4 months to make the quilt.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:38 AM
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I wouldn't be so pleased with the pieced border and wouldn't have done it on a quilt I made for someone else. I'd have a pretty good reason for myself on why I didn't do something different -- but sometimes you don't get to hear the part of the story that involved the reasons why. Last week I was fussy cutting some border and I still don't know what I did, but I clipped about a 1" hole right smack in the middle of the piece somehow. I was lucky that I had lots of fabric but it could have caused issues if I hadn't had enough for another full cut.

It seems like so much, especially compared to what a purchased bedspread costs, but I think that's pretty reasonable actually. Part of it might be with that much money and with that much time waiting, could anything have matched up to your dreams?

It takes 10-12 yards of fabric for an average top, some of the more modern square designs closer to 6+, but without the discounts you get from buying bulk and stuff, I rough budget $100 for the top, $20 for the back and $40 for batting and incidentals (thread, any designs or other things) as my starting point, real costs if I have to buy fabric are generally higher. Then about the cheapest you could get it quilted here with an all over edge to edge design would start around $100. (The semi-custom level of work that I would want and can't afford in my area costs closer to $300). The quilting quality looked good. I think anything you get for less than $350 is pretty good. Personally though, that's a lot of money for me which is why I make and not buy.

I know the actual blankets that wrapped your dear child are gone, but there will be other blankets. Now that you found us here, we can help you make a top that is more to your heart's desire. A lot of people come to quilting for one project, I started as a senior in High School because I wanted to take a quilt with me to college. That was 40 years ago. A lot of people do want to make a baby blanket or have sentimental objects like baby clothes or shirts from a deceased father or whatever.

Again, I'm glad you found us here but I'm sorry it was from a negative experience. I would send a picture of the missed seams and a note that "I didn't really expect the amount of piecing in the section" and that it was an additional concern of yours.

I'm hoping that the paid quilter can tidy up their work. It's probably not worth the postage, time or aggravation. No, it's not the way you/your top should have been treated. So much we don't know -- like I know a friend of a friend was trying to earn some money and yarn tied another ladies quilt, when the understanding was she was going to "quilt it down". To her, she was doing that -- to the lady who pieced her top she had ruined it.

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