November 22, 2015
Most of the time YES. Most of the time, it is a T-Shirt quilt that was commissioned by a non-professional. They did not know what they were doing. Because we have a 'soft spot' for T-Shirt quilts, we offer a special rate for quilting these type of quilts. If you use the Crazy Puzzle pattern- scaled to fit your quilt, we offer a special discounted rate over our usual rates. And no, we are not prejudiced because you tried to do it yourself or used someone else's pattern.
This is an example of a quilt that has been tied. In this case, the 'ties' are pretty close together, and would probably hold up over time and many trips to the laundry room. Many amateur quilters will just tie in the corners of the intersections of the t-shirts, meaning they could be up to 12 or even 18 inches apart. That means that every time the quilt is laundered, the batting (if they included any batting at all!) inside is all wadded up and disintegrating.
As one of the premier 't-shirt quilt' creators in the country, we get a lot of projects where we 'fix' quilts that were done by non-professionals, or well-intentioned family or friends.
Because these folks do not have the equipment that quilting professionals use, they end up working on a project that is way beyond their capabilities.
We do ask to see the quilt in person or photos via email to evaluate whether we can help you with your project. In most cases, the results have been awesome and the owners have been thrilled with the results.
Picture at left is the backside of a quilt where we fixed quilting by a non-professional. This quilter sewed along the edges of the t-shirt (note the sorta straight lines). We loaded the quilt and did an all-over pantograph, ignoring the quilting that was already there.
Depending on what the original 'quilter' used to tie the quilts, there might be holes in the fabric that might not be acceptable to the owner. I have fixed quilts that were 'tied' with yarn. This can leave a bit larger hole in the quilt, that might not go away with the usual ironing or squirt of water. However, usually the holes disappear with the first laundry or a few shots of steam from an iron.
In some cases, there is a bit of 'fullness' that results from the their original quilt. In this case there we might not be able to 'quilt it out'.
If you have a tied quilt that you would like to have quilted, please contact us to discuss it. We had one quilt that came in, that only had 4 ties in the entire quilt, others a tie every couple of inches. These are the easy ones to fix.
In some cases, the crafter tried to quilt the quilt themselves. In many cases we 'CAN' fix it. The images show where they tried to quilt 'in the ditch' . In this case we did not take out the quilting, just loaded it on the longarm machine and added our own quilting. See the straight lines of quilting? That was the original quilting.
For the most part, we are only doing edge to edge or 'panto' style quilting. Custom quilting takes a lot of time, and in order to accommodate everyone, we have to limit the amount of 'custom' quilting that we accept.
We do have a minimum charge of $50 to do 'anything' to your quilt. This does not apply to batting, backing or binding. We do not charge a set-up charge, thread charge or other random fees for items that are required to quilt your quilt. (such as a thread charge. Good grief. How can you quilt a quilt without thread or loading the quilt on the machine???)
Shadywood Quilts is a full service professional business that can help you complete your quilt at most any stage. We also 'fix' quilts made by non-professionals. If you get started, and don't feel you are going to be able to complete your quilt. Take pictures of your quilt in process, email it to us, and we can let you know if we can help you get it finished.