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Thread: Log Cabin quilt ruined

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    I sent my first quilt top, an oversized king size log cabin, to a relative to quilt. She has a quilting machine and she said she would do it cheap. The problem is, I got what I paid for.
    The quilt is ruined unless I rip out everything she did. The quilt is full of puckers.
    Does anyone have any advice?
    Should I just start ripping?
    I don't want to hurt the relatives feelings but I won't be sending her anymore quilts to quilt.

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    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Can you do pics??? There are many good LA'ers on the board and I'm sure someone could give you good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waladopa
    I sent my first quilt top, an oversized king size log cabin, to a relative to quilt. She has a quilting machine and she said she would do it cheap. The problem is, I got what I paid for.
    The quilt is ruined unless I rip out everything she did. The quilt is full of puckers.
    Does anyone have any advice?
    Should I just start ripping?
    I don't want to hurt the relatives feelings but I won't be sending her anymore quilts to quilt.
    that is awful.some times people do their learning on quilts for others.I did at least 30 quilts before I started for customers.even still I get very nervous when doing a customer quilt.so sorry this went sour on you.

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    How disappointing!!!!

    It is a quilt that you are going to keep for yourself???

    I would probably rip it all out. It may take a while but if you don't, every time you look at that quilt you will be unhappy about the quilting done on it.
    I wouldn't send anything to her again. You may want to eventually mention the puckers to her so she knows why you are not going to have her quilt for you again!

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    So sorry-so much work!

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    I am so sorry this happened to your beautiful quilt .

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    I am so sorry that this happened.
    I would probably rip it out and have it re-quilted :D:D:D

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    Since it was my very first quilt top, yes, I wanted to keep it. My hubby wanted me to make it extra big so we could use it as a bedspread.
    I am going to try my hand at quilting as I go.

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    Oversized king size? Yikes!

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    I would rip it out because you aren't going to want to use it like it is. It's probably not something you even want to donate. Maybe set a goal to do one quarter a week and in a month you will be ready to quilt it again. Good thing she didn't charge you a big price for it. Just get it out and start to take out the stitching. It will probably make you feel better to start the recovery process. So sorry for you!!

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    Thanks guys, I will start ripping.
    I agree with ya'll. I even too embarassed to0 show it off to anyone the way it is.

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    Ask your relative what type of batting she used. Some battings when washed will give the "puckered" antique look. You may be able to wash and dry your quilt and achieve that look. Good luck!

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    I am so sorry this happened. I would be ripping it out - do you have any friends that could come and help for a hour or two? I know I have at least one that I could call on to help me. That would make the time go a little faster and you could get caught up with your friend. I'm always trying to find time with a friend... Just a thought. If you lived closer, I'd come and help you :-)

    Get the seam ripper out, settle into a good movie/show and start ripping. Sorry....

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    OMG, that is terrible! Did you point out the puckers or not notice them until you got it home? I really do feel bad for you especially since this was your first quilt and you made it special. I'm sorry, at this point I would not give a rat's arse about hurting your relatives feelings. I can't advise you what to do, but I might decide to donate it to a homeless shelter. Perhaps you could cut it down, roll the cut edges and make two quilts for them. I think that if I had to look at something that someone had ruined for me it would take all of the joy out of ownership. Shelters and other charitable organizations are grateful for what ever donations they receive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waladopa
    I sent my first quilt top, an oversized king size log cabin, to a relative to quilt. She has a quilting machine and she said she would do it cheap. The problem is, I got what I paid for.
    The quilt is ruined unless I rip out everything she did. The quilt is full of puckers.
    Does anyone have any advice?
    Should I just start ripping?
    I don't want to hurt the relatives feelings but I won't be sending her anymore quilts to quilt.
    I'd have to go have good cry then sit down with a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and a seam ripper.

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    We had to mail it to eachother since she doesn't live close.
    My sister lives here in the same town and she will help me rip.

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    I feel so bad you had such a bad experience! Especially when you have seen on this board the potential in having a top , quilted professionally.
    Do not let this hinder your future quilting, and so seek out a future trusted sourch for you professional needs, there are so many good ones out there.
    If you lived close I would come and help you take out the stitches.

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    rip it out because you're never going to be happy the way it is - you'll look at it and be upset.

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    I would just plan on spending a lot of time in front of the tv evenings, ripping.

    If you haven't hand quilted before, I would not start with an oversized king! Rip first. You will need to take the layers apart after ripping. Meanwhile, look for *good* longarm quilters in your area (or shop here on the board; lots of reliable LAers here!). IMO, that would be the best way to finish this quilt and move on.

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    Rip!! You'll never be happy if you don't. I'd help you,but we are too far from each other..

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    Oh, that is not good. Have you asked how many tops they have quilted? And how they turned out? I think I would have to see pics of anyone quilting before I sent a top of to be quilted. But you learn from your mistakes.

    Be careful ripping out, or you will make little holes in your quilt top.

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    That is such a shame to have this happen. If at all possile FMQ it yourself.

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    Forget the seam ripper - invest in a pair of thread snips that you just squeeze. You want a pair w/ pointy thin blades. You snip threads every 3/4/5 stitches, and it'll come apart much easier....

    I am so sorry you have to go thru this..

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    Google "how to skin a quilt" there are some videos out there with tips to make the ripping go much much faster. I am so sorry this happened to you! I know how horrible I would feel if it were me, I can't even think of a thing to say that could make you feel better... hugs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    Forget the seam ripper - invest in a pair of thread snips that you just squeeze. You want a pair w/ pointy thin blades. You snip threads every 3/4/5 stitches, and it'll come apart much easier....

    I am so sorry you have to go thru this..
    This is how I do it, however clip from the BACK not the front/top. That way if you slip or happen to get a little piece of fabric in there you are not causing a hole in your top!

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