I’ve been reading a lot lately about
quilting for others and some of the things that happened to other long arm
quilters truly scare the crap out of me.One incident, after the quilting was done, was that the quilter claimed
that the backing on the quilt was not hers and refused to pay.So everyone suggests taking photos of the
quilter, her top and the backing when the quilt is delivered…… this makes me
feel as I am treating someone who would pay for my services as a criminal but
the truth is one should really think about who you can trust nowadays.On the other hand you received quilts that is
not properly measured with wavy borders and sides differing with more than an
inch and is expected to solve it all on the frame…. Simply impossible.Another thing quilt top makers seem to
believe is that they give you a quilt, you pop it onto the frame and the quilt
motifs magically appears without any strategy, planning and sometimes heaps of
photos and/or sketching.Sorry, not
true. Even I, as a beginner, sketch out different motifs and placement
possibilities, the photo here is but the start of one such a quilt.
Once you have an outline plan of what
goes where, you need to decide on a thread path to prevent you from constantly
breaking thread, this path should prevent massive thread build up in some areas
on the back but even this is sometimes impossible. I’ve been fortunate up to
now with only quilting for people I know or know of and were mostly allowed to
do my own thing but I should keep the lessons learnt through others in mind.
The last and even scarier experience
some had was that quilters pick up their completed quilts and then promise an
EFT payment which never happens.How do
you live with yourself?So the lesson to
learn is not to have a quilt leave your house unless paid for.
I was able to pull two completed
quilts off the frame this week.This one
was a medallion.
Then if finished a One Block Wonder
or I guess Stack and Whack with the set in triangles.