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    Agree with most others ... way too expensive for this "quality"
    workmanship. And even if stitching tension seems correct to
    the quilter, I find it is best to use same color thread on top
    and backing side. But "birdnests and loose threads" are
    an absolute no,no... even for a beginner!

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    If I didn't know better, I'd think it was the same lady who did my two for my DGD's. My pattern is "Card Tricks" so I am stitching in the ditch around all the large squares, and backround material. Then I'll see if I need to add more. I could have done that in the first place. Don't know what to tell you, because I didn't want to go back to the same lady. Good luck.

    By the way, I love the Southwest Material.

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    was that amount of money for just quilting??if so that is a lot of money,,i quilt for myself and my mom and i have done quilting for a coupleof people and i have only charged them 100.00 each quilt and i furnished the batting,,,,she made a lot and did a bad job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer mom
    What is your opinion of her version of leaves?

    I thought they were hearts at first.
    seriously, the pattern looks like hearts to me not leaves.
    charlene

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer mom
    Quote Originally Posted by hcarpanini
    Quilting for others is probably one of the most stressful things I do. But the satisfaction I get when I am finished makes it all worth while. When a customer says "do whatever", is my "whatever" acceptable to her? I have been quilting for hire for six years now and with every quilt, I do feel as if I improve. But to get to where I am now, it took quite a bit of time and practice.
    Tension can make or break a quilt. It is obvious she had issues with her tension. I never would have been satisfied letting that out my door.
    I am at a loss as to advise you what to do. Did you see her work before you became her customer? Did you discuss this before you paid her? If you did not she may have thought you were satisfied. This may be one of those times where you just take it out and have it redone by someone else and just not go back to her again.
    Please let us know how you resolve this. Sorry I can't be more help.
    I am going to talk to her and try to get this resolved. I am going to go the LQS tomorrow where she works to see if she is there and if not I am going to call her.
    When a friend of mine started her long arm business. I gave her some quilts to do for pratice. she did 21 Red white and blue quilts for us and we never had a problem with any of her work.
    These were some of her first quilts.
    Also I have never paid the amount you did. When I have had a quilt done.. Make her make it right. If she is a new quilter and she was having trouble with the tenson. She should have been checking it as she went.

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    Very sorry to hear about that. I do hope you can resolve the matter with her. I am about ready to start quilting on a king size quilt, and I have already decided to quilt it on my personal sewing machine, and draw out the pattern to be sure that I don't mess this quilt up. I don't know how one would be able to repair the work done, but then again, I'm getting close to being one year into quilting. That is so a fear of mine- doing all of this work on a quilt, and it looks like a mess. Seriously, talk to her and she what she says. There is no way she can continue to justify her prices if she does this job.

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    I would take it back and have her do it right. You've paid good money you should get what you pay for.

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    Does this 'not clue quilter' work for the LQS? I would inform the shop owner of her sloppy work. I can't believe the shop wouldn't know of her sad workmenship and still let her continue to represent the shop. Work there are not the shop should see her work and have her not associated with their business at all. I would be very upset with this work. It's plain she's in it just for the money. The local LA here charge $65 for those big loopy loops and she furnishes cotton batting and the thread color you want. She says big loops are for utility quilts and she will tell you they aren't attractive on a quilt, just utilitarian. Don't settle for this work for the price you paid. She should refund everything but the cost of the thread and batting. Her time wasn't worth a dime.

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    I am curious if you had seen some of her quilting before you hired her to quilt your tops. It doesn't really matter, now that they are quilted, she certainly owes you and any customer a job satisfactory to you or a refund. I would certainly talk to her and give her the chance to correct the problems and/or offer you a refund.

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    I feel your pain-I had a similar experience once. My suggestion would be to speak with her about your unhappiness over the poor quality of work and tension problems. Who knows, with good constructive criticism she may challenge herself to gain professional skills and reduce her fee while still learning. Here's opportunity for a win-win, she learns from the experience and you get cash back for a less than perfect quilting job. Having her redo the work may still not get you your desired outcome.

    What have others done in the past with a similar situation? I know having plenty of backing, batting, and a good squared up quilt is important for longarm quilters.

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    Woah, i had two done with a large meandering for $80.00 plus. and there were clipped threads on both of them about 1/3 of the quilt where she'd made mistakes. she "let" me pick those out!!!
    anything you are not happy with, talk to the long arm quilter about.

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    Oh my goodness. I feel so bad for you. I think you should take them back and ask her if this was her first job. If it is I would offer to stay and help her. That way she might be a little less intimidated by an unhappy client. Some times its better to go into a situation like this with honey in hopes that a second chance will be all she needed and then never use her again. If you loose your temper she may just close the door and you will have to pay for somebody else to fix it.

    I am so sorry that this happen to you. I know I would sit down and cry and then be angry and then gather myself up and remember to be nice just to get what I paid for.

    If you cant get her to fix the wrong just remind her that word of mouth can also work against her.


    No matter what happens good luck.

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    i would definatly take them back and i thought they were they were hearts

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    So what if she gets mad. You're angry, too, & you have a right to be angry. That will tell you all you need to know about her. If her work looks that bad, you should stand firm & request some of your $ back. That is so sad.

    I can't remember if you said you met her AT your QS or thru your QS but you might mention it to the owner so she won't ever recommend her to anybody else.

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    I am a longarm quilter,for customers, and I would not settle for the work she did. The money she charged you was way out of the ball park for what she did. The leaves are okay for me. If you had been happy with everything else the leaves would probably not bothered you. Take it back!!!!

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    I would take it back and ask her to fix it. If a quilter runs out of thread and needs to use a different color, you should tell the client and ask her if she can wait while you order the proper thread color or if a color that is very close would be all right to use. A quilter shouldn't use white thread if she ran out of maroon!!!:shock: And a quilter should not give a quilt with bird's nest and loose threads to a customer AND charge her for it!!!

    Depending on the sizes of your quilts, for the quilting she did, she's very expensive. It looks like she just did an all-over pattern, which should cost you .015 cents per square inch. I've charged more than that for 1 quilt but it was totally custom, block, sash, border specific for a large (100 x 100) quilt.

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    Definitely take them back.

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    I have had 11 quilts done by professional quilters, one uses a long arm and one is a genius on a normal sewing machine. I have paid between $80 to $220 for a single quilt, depending on size and design. I have never had anything come back that looked as bad as yours. I cannot imagine even paying for the quilting done on either quilts, I could manage either myself, and that's not saying much.

    Here's a few examples of excellent quilting:

    These are hearts!
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    Lovely, lovely quilting
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    Gingko leaves and bamboo
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    i agree, with the majority, I would take them BOTH back and tell her that after closer inspection......and ask her to fix / re-do them. Or refund your money.

    HTH

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    You certainly do have the right to request that she complete the job as to your original request and she should be respectful enough to complete her obligation to you whether she is an accomplished quilter or not. Tell us her name or at least the shop. Maybe in time she will get better but maybe she should practice on her own quilts and not charge others for her work until she is more proficient.

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    I am sorry but $265 seems a lot for this very bad job. I would probably ask for a refund and take out the quilts myself.

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    I would take them back and have them redone or at least refund you half of the amount you paid. If she will be going pro she has to do a lot better then that.

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    I only take one quilt to a new quilter. Also one that is not to be a gift. That way if it turns out unprofessional, I know not to use that one again, and I haven't risked more than one project.

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    Take them back and ask her to fix them. I think you paid a lot of money for what she did. I'd look around and ask for references for someone else. I think I could have done that and I don't even pretend to say I am a machine quilter.

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    That's a lot of money for quilting that is "no big deal". Sorry. I'm just being honest.

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