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Thread: Disappointed, please help.

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    Super Member klgreene's Avatar
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    I made a quilt for my DDIL, sent it out to be longarm quilted, it came back and I loved it. But the lady took a long time to get it back to me. I know why now. She is probably the only longarm quilter in the area. That was the first time I had sent something out. So I made quilts for my DGD's, used someone different. The first one came back....and I am not happy with the quilting. At least, not the amount of quilting. In a 12 inch square there are three squiggled lines. This is for a little 10 year old who isn't going to just lay it on the bed, she'll use it.....
    Question, do you think I should quilt around the large square then, around all the background white fabric, or all the squares....help, please...

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    Wow! I can see why you were disappointed :( Hope she didn't charge you much to do it. I don't think you should have to "redo" what should have been done. I would contact her and tell her how you feel and ask that she make it right...either with more quilting or reimburse you some money.

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    who furnished the batt? that's probably "enough" quilting, granted it doesn't have much eye appeal, did you discuss a design or density of quilting or just leave it all up to her?
    BTW if you have to send it out, we have several quilters here on the board, Jackiemoe did 2 for me, I left it all up to her and she did a perfect job of picking the panto for me and she was quick and priced reasonably.

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I love the colors! I can say that this time the quilting did not make the quilt!

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    I can see why you are disappointed... I'm not sure what I would do with it. Maybe stitch in the ditch if you don't feel comfortable free motioning it.

    I don't think I would use that person again :(

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    I am really afraid it would look funny to just add more quilting to it. I would also contact the quilter, depending on what the agreement was that you made. If you left it up to her you may be stuck, but she should know that you are disatisfied. That is only fair for both of you. I longarm my quilts and I think I would put a motif in the middle of each block and some type of freemotion meander in the background and sashing. The problem is that it would require taking out the thread that she put in. Many people would not be willing to do this, but if it were my quilt I would. It is just such a beautiful quilt I think it would be worth the work. Just my opinion and I know some others will disagree.

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    I think you should at least contact her and let her know you are not happy, even if nothing gets resolved.

    Didn't you mention she has another quilt of yours ?

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    I would atleast outline the blocks. I am thinking like you, those long channels could cause problems on down the road if the quilt is "loved a lot" :D

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    it depends on the batting used, if the batting only needs to be quilted every 10"-12" it will be fine as it is, if the batting required closer quilting then it will need more. if the quilter furnished the batting she probably knew how much it required. just because it is for a child it does not have to be heavily quilted, lots of long-arm quilters only do 'heavy' quilting on show/heirloom quilts, regular utility quilts do not require alot of heavy quilting to keep them together as long as the distance recommended on the batting is followed.

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    Hate to say it, but that quilting just wouldn't sit well with me. Were you able to discuss your vision with her first or just left it to her?

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    It's a really pretty block - the fabrics you chose go together very nicely.

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    Is that even a panto? It just looks like she did random squiggles. It's a nice quilt regardless and chalk it up to a learning experience. I think you should leave it as is, though.

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    Regardless of the quilting, your colors and design are great. Very nice.

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    Maybe she could do the squiggly lines in the opposite direction. Kinda like tic-tac-toe.
    By the way: Beautiful quilt

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    I agree, that isn't alot of quilting for a child that will love it to shreds.....the quilt itself is beautiful.

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    That's generally called an all over meander and is usually the cheapest quilting a longarm quilter does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    Hate to say it, but that quilting just wouldn't sit well with me. Were you able to discuss your vision with her first or just left it to her?
    I agree, even if it is an all over meander it should do more than this.

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    I also think there should be a lot more coverage. It will probably be fine as it is, but I would definately talk to the longarmer about it.

    Mattee

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    I agree with everyone who said to contact the quilter. Even if you never said to quilt every square inch I'm sure you paid for more than that. Her reputation is on the line here and I would give her the chance to make it right. If she doesn't than I would let her know that I would never recommend her to anyone else.

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    My machine won't let my feed dog drop, so I don't have much luck freehanding, or I would have done it in the first place. She's supposed to be an experienced quilter, so I left it up to her. I don't know the designs on any machines, so figured she knew better than I would what she has. I didn't pay very much, but that's besides the point. My sister said I got what I paid for, but I was willing to pay lots more. I may even rip the entire thing out, and just stich in the ditch, or maybe I can convince my DH that I really do need a new machine. And she does have another one, just like that that she said she had about 2 rows to go. BLAHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    who furnished the batt? that's probably "enough" quilting, granted it doesn't have much eye appeal, did you discuss a design or density of quilting or just leave it all up to her?
    BTW if you have to send it out, we have several quilters here on the board, Jackiemoe did 2 for me, I left it all up to her and she did a perfect job of picking the panto for me and she was quick and priced reasonably.
    The batting is Dream Green from Keepsake Quilting. So I'm sure the batting shouldn't have been a problem.

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    Maybe one our our long arm quilters on this site can do the same large wave design going the opposite direction for a reasonable price. I don't think it would look too bad. It's too bad this happened. The quilting should compliment the quilt - this quilter didn't do you justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    it depends on the batting used, if the batting only needs to be quilted every 10"-12" it will be fine as it is, if the batting required closer quilting then it will need more. if the quilter furnished the batting she probably knew how much it required. just because it is for a child it does not have to be heavily quilted, lots of long-arm quilters only do 'heavy' quilting on show/heirloom quilts, regular utility quilts do not require alot of heavy quilting to keep them together as long as the distance recommended on the batting is followed.
    I just checked and it did say it was good up to 12 " apart. I just like a lot of quilting. When I did hand quilting, I did a lot, took forever, but I loved each and every quilt.

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    It does look like the quilter did a pantograph on it, a "Wave" one. Although, it's not much quilting to it and I would be concerned about those empty areas between the lines of quilting if a child is going to use this a lot. I could see those area maybe bunching up after some time. I don't really know what you can do to make it better other than stitch-in-the-ditch around some of the blocks to stabilize it more. It looks like the quilter was going for a really quick pattern to get it over with and done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Is that even a panto? It just looks like she did random squiggles. It's a nice quilt regardless and chalk it up to a learning experience. I think you should leave it as is, though.
    The quilting is like a wave, evenly spaced so I don't think it was freehand.

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