Sunday, December 20, 2009

Buttercup Quilt

I've been binding my little heart away this weekend. 


This quilt pattern is called Buttercup from my favorite book these days called Stop, Drop & Roll by Heather Mulder Peterson.  I am a big fan of hers.  This was my second project (my Baby Bloomer wall hanging was the first) from that book.  



Both were fun, fast and whimsical little projects that are brightening up my quilt collection.  Most of the fabrics are from Riley Blake's Sublime line. The oranges are from their Bloom & Grow line and the polka dots are Mary Englebreit's (love those!)



All of the applique was fast.  I used a few different methods.  There's a little hand applique and a little machine applique (using Heat n' Bond and a couple different stitches).  Heather's directions make it easy and fast! 


This is my backing.  Do you see the little knots on there?  You don't notice them from the front but they are all over the back.  This happened another time that this quilter quilted something for me.  Last time she said she wouldn't charge me, but when I went to pick it up I told her it wasn't that noticeable so I paid her full price.  I probably shouldn't have done that, but I did.  So when it happened this time, I called her and talked with her about it.  She will be giving me some credit on my next quilt (or doing it for free?) so that will be nice.  Not sure what happened here, but it is kind of a bummer.  I get so frustrated sometimes, because it seems like there is always something wrong with the quilts that I get back.  Not sure if I expect too much (?) or what...  Anyways.  I love it from the front and she really did do a great job - she free handed all of the quilting.  She did tight quilting and the design was beautiful.  She said she checked to see if it looked o.k. on the back and just didn't notice the knots. 




Do you have any advice on how to get the most out of a quilt job?  I've been getting things quilted by professional longarm quilters for probably about 10 years now and I just can't believe how often I get one back that has problems.  A lot of times it is a scale issue.  A couple of times it's been this knot issue.  Then there was my raw-edge fiasco...   Sorry.  I don't mean to complain, but I'm just wondering what I can do to help avoid these situations in the future?  I'm really sick of not being completely happy when I get a quilt back.  You spend a lot of money and time on these things and it's really sad when they come back with problems...


I just need to focus on the postive.  I love the quilt and those knots can be fixed, they just take a lot of time to work out.  Anyways, this quilt is off to Just Sew tomorrow for display so it's good-bye for now.

14 comments:

Jackie said...

I've never sent a quilt to a longarmer so I'm very interested in the comments you'll be getting back. It does seem to leave a lot of freedom to them when they get to select how it's quilted. I often wondered how that works out. I'm sorry you've had so much trouble and I hope you have a better experience next.

Your quilt is cute! I love the fabric you selected! The bird is just adorable and I love the way it's quilted. The book you mentioned is on my Christmas list.

L Johnson said...

Amber, I love your quilt and am very sorry to hear about the knots! I also have not sent any quilts to a quilter and had no idea that they might send back an imperfect quilting job. I am also interested to know what the solutions might be. keep up the beautiful work!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

OMG...found this photo, stopped and had to come over to your blog! It is gorgeous! I love the color!!
I am a longarm quilter and I'm guessing that the knots on the bottom are from your quilter not holding her bobbin and top tails snug when starting off the quilting or even pulling the bobbin to the top.

SandyQuilts said...

Darling quilts.

You need to find a different longarmer. I own a longarm but don't quilt for others. There is no excuse for that type of shabby work. JMO

Bonnie said...

I agree with SandyQuilts. Long arm quilters are a dime a dozen in Utah. Find someone new if you are not happy with the quilting quality of your quilts.

Allyson said...
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Allyson said...

Hmm, just posted a comment, but it says deleted now. Let's try again...

You shouldn't be having this problem. One, your longarm quilter isn't worth much if this is the work she's putting out. She has no business quilting for others. Two, it's not difficult at all to find another quilter. They're everywhere these days. Even if you have to go with someone living farther away and mailing them the quilt. Three, you work hard to make the top. You deserve a good quality quilting job. I don't know where you are in Utah, but I am certain your local quilt shop could recommend some good quilters for you. Good luck!

Keri said...

Amber, I love it...the colors and the design and everything. That's frustrating when it's not perfect because it takes so much time and money to get it to that point in the first place. I'm glad you got some credit at least!

b davis said...

Holy Cow! You are fast woman. It looks fabulous. Too bad about the knots in the back, it's nice to have a credit, but really, ya kinda wonder if ya should go back.

Lindalu said...

So cute Amber! Love it!

Terry said...

Beautiful. You are so talented.

Doris said...

Amber, the knots are definitely something you DO NOT need to put up with. They're very noticeable in your photo, and I know my long arm quilter wouldn't let anything like that out the door. They seem to be close together, so it's a bobbin issue with her machine, perhaps?

Have her quilt something for your for free, to give her another chance, and then find a new quilter.

I love the quilt, and I too, love Heather Mulder Peterson's designs!

Dottie said...

love, love, love it! One of my favorites you've done. I think everyone offered good ideas, use the credit for something you won't mind if it doesn't turn out perfect and then move on.

Lizzie said...

Amber, I LOVE this quilt. I think it's my favorite.