Re: hiring someone to quilt (long)

I wish there was some kind of consulting service that could draw up or tell
me what to quilt on my tops. I wouldn't mind tackling them on my own, but
I'd love to have ideas as to what to use to fill the spaces! I have several
tops "aging" while I await inspiration for quilting. And there are several
I'd like to have done by January! Oh dear! It's not that far away is it???

"Kathy Applebaum" <KathyA@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Here's a long rambling reply. Remember that I'm coming from the side of
> someone who does this for a living, so take my response with as many
> grains of salt as you like. *grin* While I do longarm quilting, I bet
> that most of these same factors apply to hand quilters, also.
> First, think long and hard about the style of quilting you want. Do you
> want something very detailed and custom? Do you like overall patterns? Do
> you want the work to be completely freehand, or do you prefer very regular
> patterns (pantographs). Do you want lots of quilting or very sparse?
> There's no right and wrong answers to these questions, but it's very
> important to think about them, because if the quilter's style doesn't
> match your expectations, you won't be happy. For example, if someone came
> to me and asked for a pantograph, I'd turn them down. That's not what I do
> best, and neither of us will be happy with the results. Discuss the style
> you're looking for with the quilter when you first call to set up an
> appointment, because there's no point in wasting either of your time if
> things aren't going to work out.
> Make sure you see examples of the quilter's work, and make sure you see
> examples in the type of quilting you're looking for. They may be the
> cheapest and the fastest, but if you don't like the quilting, you aren't
> going to be happy even if it's free.
> Experience is iffy. I've seen some quilters who have been quilting for
> only a few months who do STUNNING work. And I've seen some quilters who
> have been quilting for 20 years who do pretty lousy work. Experience
> helps, but only if the quilter is willing to learn from it. Again, those
> samples of the work will tell you more than how many years they've been
> doing it, or how many quilts they've done, IM(NS)HO
> I always tell people that you need to decide which is most important:
> price, quality, or turnaround time. You'll usually get one of the three.
> If you're lucky, you can get two of the three. You almost never get all
> three. It only makes sense -- if someone had a low price and great quality
> work, all the piecers would be bringing their quilts there, and they'd be
> booked out for months. That's not to say that you shouldn't be thinking
> about your budget. Every professional quilter should feel comfortable
> discussing that with you, and suggesting ways to get the look you want
> while keeping in your budget.
> Also look long and hard about how much input you want in the creative
> process when it comes to the quilting. Some quilters welcome the customer
> doing all the creative stuff, and some quilters go crazy when that
> happens. Again, best to discuss this before you leave your quilt top than
> to be frustrated later on.
> Hope that helped a bit!
> --
> Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
> Queen of Fabric Tramps
> , mailto:KathyA@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> remove the obvious to reply
> "Kellie J. Berger" <kjbeanne@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:LAj_e.7153$6e1.3297@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> what Key things do you ask/look for when you want someone else to quilt
>> your top?
>> for hand quilters and for long arm?
>> price
>> experience
>> referals
>> but what am i looking for in each?
>> - trying to decide if i can let go enough to have someone else quilt my
>> tops... but it may be the only way to get some of these done!
>> -- Kellie
>> kjbeanne at yahoo dot com