Thursday, August 7, 2008

A little quilty progress

I did accomplish some sewing yesterday. I completed binding my butterfly lap quilt; it's lying on the end of the couch now. I'll make a photo tomorrow and post it. I used a new longarmer for it and she did a nice job. Maybe that will be my new quilting source. As I am about to tell, the other one I have has disappointed me once too often.

Some time ago I started a failed log cabin - not enough contrast. It wasn't going to be a prize winner but it was bright and the fabrics were pretty, so I put a piano key border around it and sent it to be quilted at the local longarmer shop. I provide my own batting and backing because they use polyester batting which I think is too thick and only have white backing. Their quoted price includes their batting and backing, and I used to get a credit since I supplied my own. Well, surprise, today when I picked up the quilt, they raised their prices and don't give me that credit anymore, so I'm in effect paying for materials I'm not getting. Great, just great.

Smarting from that indignity (what are you going to do, not pay them and not get your quilt back?) I brought it home and started to trim the edges. That's when I found that they weren't very careful loading the batting on the roller and got a big old pleat in it that extends about half the length of the quilt! It overlaps on itself by a good two inches, so it's not just a small bobble. They just went on and quilted it with that lump of batting running down the center! And there's nothing you can do about it now. This wasn't a "good" quilt or anything, but that kind of sloppiness is inexcusible.

In the past, they had been good at their job. But, several years ago, they screwed up a couple of quilts of mine, and I had stopped using them. The business changed hands last year and their quality had returned. Evidently, not anymore. Well, strike them from the list. I'm calling the owner and he's getting a piece of my mind tomorrow.

4 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

Don't finish binding it. Take it back and show the owner exactly why you will not be using their services again. Good luck. It's tough finding a good long armer. I, fortunately, have an excellent one.

The Calico Cat said...

I could "almost" understand the pricing - "this is our price & it includes this & this - period." But I could not understand that bump...

I agree with Paula - take it back & show then that GLARING error - I mean, that is not petty like saying, there are too many stitches here...

I too luckily have 3 long armers that I use regularly & have been completely pleased with. (Let me know if you want a name or 2.)

Tanya said...

Since there are no long armers available here I had no idea that problems like this even come up. It does seem a terrible shame after all the work that one has done on a quilt to have something done to it like this. Glad you've found someone else you like. (I'm back reading your posts.)

momtofatdogs said...

I no longer roll the quilt top (bottom) on the designated roller for that exact reason! I "float" that ops now. It, likely, wouldn't be an issue with the Nolting that I have because the rollers are all on top, but when I had a Gammill machine I has an older table & you're supposed to roll the bottom of the quilt top up on a roller. Well when I did that, i could never postion or re-postition the batting....so now I float the tops....Also - my experience with quilt tops was that when i did roll the quilt top bottom up on the designated roller and IF it wasn't entirely STRAIGHT - the borders were so wavey & frilly - this issue is also lessened when the top is floated. I'm not making excuses for your long arm quilter (former long arm quilter...) I just know I had a HUGE problem witht he batting before I started floating the tops.
You do beautiful work! Keep posting photos.

Sam in Middle TN