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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I would let her know that you are not happy, please let us know what happens on this situation
    Ditto for me too!! The leaves look like HEARTS!! I'm not HAPPY with the way these look and they're not my quilts! I can only imagine how heartbroken you really are!!

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    I would be disappointed too. You paid a fair price but did not get your money's worth!

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    You have every right to get what you paid for, and you did not!

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    Those must be redbud leaves! They are heart-shaped.

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    Sad to say that I feel my poor attempts at quilting on my little frame and domestic machine is better work than this. Good luck on your chit chat with her.

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    I'm sorry that happened to you and to your quilts. Good luck, I hope she makes it right for you.

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    Your quilt tops are very pretty; they deserve to have a top notch quilting job done on them.

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    If she agrees to re-do the quilt, it might be a good idea to take the stitching out yourself. Fabric can easily be damaged when stitching is removed if a person isn't extra careful.

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    Hope all goes well in your discussions with the quilter. Good money outlay requires good work in return.

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    I am fairly new to doing longarming for other people, but boy she didn't do you any service. For the price she charged you she should have done a much better job both at her designs and the proper stitching and cleaning up. Never would a quilt that I did go out with all the batting still around the edge. I always trim away the batting so that all a person has to do it put the binding on and it is finished. But to left threads that are definitely messed up is very unprofessional even for an amateur. I would for sure talk to her about it and if she doesn't want to correct her mess she should at least be willing to give some sort of refund of at least half if not more. I have never seen a leaf or heart that looks like what she attempted. If you need help correcting her mess please let me know and I will gladly assist you.
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    Before I got my longarm I sent quilts to be quilted. I always had to trim them, but it was no big deal because they were quilted correctly. What I really don't understand is anyone changing the color of thread. That really blows my mind! If you run out of thread, buy some more. She made enough profit to afford more thread. And those are not any leaves I have ever seen. If she was inventing her own leaves she should have shown you an example first. I just really don't understand it.

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    Honey, those ARE hearts. I have a quilt sewn with the same pattern. If you are not satisfied, I would take it back. I think I would have dealt with this issue BEFORE I paid her though. Good luck and let us know how it turns out for you.

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    From what I "think" I can see, her bobbin tension is too loose. I think I am seeing the bobbin thread on top. What a shame. I am not a long arm quilter but I would be if I could afford the machine and supplies. She should have stopped and fixed that or called the company. I would have never let that out of my hands looking like that.

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    she did not have the tension set right on her machine

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    The leaves do look like hearts to me, but I've seen several leaves that do.

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    I think before I would contract the job I would want to see a sample of her work and hear from another of her satisfied customers, or two or three, as references. They can tell you anything but if you don't see for yourself it can be a big disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candlequilter
    I am fairly new to doing longarming for other people, but boy she didn't do you any service. For the price she charged you she should have done a much better job both at her designs and the proper stitching and cleaning up. Never would a quilt that I did go out with all the batting still around the edge. I always trim away the batting so that all a person has to do it put the binding on and it is finished. But to left threads that are definitely messed up is very unprofessional even for an amateur. I would for sure talk to her about it and if she doesn't want to correct her mess she should at least be willing to give some sort of refund of at least half if not more. I have never seen a leaf or heart that looks like what she attempted. If you need help correcting her mess please let me know and I will gladly assist you.
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    Thank you, my problem is I don't have the money to have it redone, I have another one (the African one) being done at another LQS by a pro and it is going to cost just over $200 so I am saving up for that one.

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    It never hurst to ask anyway.

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    Ooohhh....I'm sorry that this happened to you and those beautiful quilts. I'm glad you are going to talk to her about it. Hopefully it can be worked out between the 2 of you. It would be a shame not to have these fixed properly..

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    Well..first I am wondering?
    Did you want HEARTS or Leaves? Thos do look like hearts to me.

    The freckiling issue is her tension ( on most machines).....but depeding on what kind if machine she has...that may be a problem she can't avoid...that is why she needed to keep the same thread(she got that because she used a different color thread in her bobbin and needle). I have read on Green Fairy'S blog that she uses the same color thread on the front and back of her quilts regardless of what the color on the back of the quilt is because sometimes freckling is unavoidable(we know she does a FABULOUS Job!)....alot of long arm quilters do that just for that reason....yours really needed to get the same color thread.
    The batting issue is not even something that shoudl be something you should address..she knew that happened she needed to take care of that before handing you the quilt at all...she knows better!
    I work at a local quilts shop.....we never trim the quilt batting off...because some people are funny about that ..so we made a decision just to leave it as is..unless a customer specifically ask us to cut it off....so that is not so unusual.
    The threads being cut I think is a minor thing...however not locking them in is a HUGE problem..how are you suppose to use or wash that quilt?
    THat is just my two cents...maybe she has not done any other jobs before? SHe must be young? I Think you shoudl just be gentle and explain to her how a quilt needs to be done and she will more than likely want to please you ..after all you just gave her 265$

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    Here are some pics of my quilt, the one that is supose to have the leaves. After putting this on my bed to take these pics I found alot of other issues. I am going to put my MIL on the bed and give it a good look also now.
    The more I look at this quilt and find more problems the more upset I get.

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    this is the boarder and you can see the so called leaves.
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    Her is a full pic of my MIL southwestern quilt I made. This was my own pattern and after looing at it laid out on the bed it looks like she took her time on tis and did a much better job. I am happy with this one.

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    She doesn't look like she is very experienced. I doubt taking it back would help because I think she's probably done the best she can do. If it really bothers you, I would take it to another quilter to see if it can be repaired and chalk the cost up to "lesson learned."

    I read something in a quilt magazine last night though that might help for the white thread. This quilter says she uses permanent markers to cover things like that. She says she has one in every color. You wouldn't do it large scale, of course, but it might help for little problems.

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    I have a lady in Iroquois, SD that does a better job than that and she used to charge $45.00 for king size quilt.

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    I am a longarm quilter and I quilt for the public. This ladies tension was off and her quilting spacing in very inconsistent.
    It sounds like she did not have the quilt loaded properly either, which is why you are short on batting. As for taking it all out and fixing it...that would leave them looking worse than they do now, I am afraid...and you would run the very likely risk of the quilt being cut in the process of the ripping out, since it appears this person is not exactly meticulous about her work. From the pictures it looks like the sides weren't clamped properly during the quilting process either. Longarm quilting is not something someone can just buy a machine and start doing...there truly is an art to it. First of all, the quilt must be loaded so it will be square, and be square once quilting is completed, even if it is not square to begin with. There are so many things that can go wrong if one does not plan ahead with longarm quilting that I cannot mention them all here...and that is where EXPERIENCE comes in. In my opinion, you should receive 1/2 of your money back from her, and then consider it a lesson learned. When you choose a longarm quiter, get references, just like youi would for a babysitter; afterall, you put a lot of time and money and effort in your quilt tops and they deserve to be babied. Michelle Guadarrama, El Paso, Texas

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