Anyone remember last year when I made a pj quilt top from lots of old pjs?
I've just checked, it was 27th January 2012 that I posted about it. Shocking.
Well this year one of my goals was to get it quilted. It sat on top of my wardrobe for the whole year waiting for me to do something with it and nothing was done with it so I thought, right, just send it to the long arm quilter and have done with it. So I did.
Now it's back so I can show you the after pics.
We had it stippled and asked the quilter to go around the pockets rather than over the top. Just in case one day we do want to use one to store lollipops or other nocturnal snacks.
We asked for a grey background and although this looks ok in this photo, it's a bit more of a grey-green in real life.
We also paid for it to be hand bound. No way was I going to handstitch the binding on!
So now, here's the thing. I don't feel it's fair to criticise something that I couldn't do, but at the same time, this quilting service cost me over £200 and I want to be honest with you readers. I can't blog about something and only tell half the story.
I'm disappointed with it. There are quite a few skipped stitches on the stippling, is that normal for LAQ? Also, there were quite a few cat hairs on the quilt. I know most of you are saying, so, just pick them off. Me, I'm a germaphobe, and I am really not a pet person. To me, the thought that someone else's pet has been sitting on my quilt, which I've paid to be quilted is just ick. I stuck the quilt in the washing machine and then just went over it with my lint roller and picked off the remainder.
I know many of you own cats and don't see the issue here, but to me, the quilt felt icky til I'd washed it. I'm not allergic to cats, that would have really wound me up, I just don't think it's professional to let your pets sit on top of something that you've been paid to quilt.
That said, aside from the cat hair, skipped stitches and backing that's more greeny than a true grey, I'm pleased it's finally done! It's thinner than I thought it would be but it's very warm. We had it on the bed last night on top of the duvet and I was so warm I kicked off my bed socks!
I would definitely have a quilt LAQ'd again, but I would probably use someone recommended to me and check beforehand that they don't have pets seeing as it obviously bothered me!
So what do you think, am I over reacting and I should just suck it up and accept that other people's pets should not gross me out?