|"It's an old quilt, but it was made by her mother. |
She just wants to be able to snuggle under it again".
So to the point here. Through a confusing turn of events I ended up agreeing to put a new back on an old quilt and give it a 'quick stipple'. I didn't get a look at the quilt before I agreed to do it, to a predetermined price of $100.
I wasn't able to quilt the quilt at my home because the owner of the quilt is massively allergic to cats so I had to wait for a Hall Day. I arrived ready to tackle this 'quick stipple' and found to my horror a lumpy, thread bare, sheep skin stuffed, burst seam, mess of fabric some people would call a quilt.
I can see the love in the quilt though, the stitching is beautiful, original crazy patchwork. But note right under the green spot, that is thread bare. So much of the quilt is falling apart, I can't just give this quilt a 'quick stipple' and expect it to hold together, never mind be useful.
|Burst seams run rampant, 1 in 5 are burst and need to be fixed.|
You can imagine my standing there looking at this quilt thinking to myself how much I just want to whack it apart and make a couple throw pillows she could snuggle with instead. But I can't. I also can't hand sew those seams together, replace the batting, or replace the worn patches, quilt and bind it for $100. I also can not just leave it.
So what do I do you ask? Well I pin the new backing on it and quilt it. I fix every little seam while I free motion the quilt. It is not the most tidy job, and I want to just accidentally rip it in half. Instead I push through and get it done. Remember those pretty hand stitches, yeah until they catch on your darning foot... every darn time you get close to one! Ever sew through sheep skin batting... not much fun. Needless to say I was sweating 15 minutes into the project.
I spent 6 hours on the quilt. I'm over half way done, but I estimate another 6 hours are needed.
$100 divided by 12 hours = $8.30/hour. Sad but true, my valued skill adds up to under minimum wage. This is not the first time I have undervalued myself. I truly hope I have learned my lesson.
|My 'Quick Stipple'|
I will be sending a note with this quilt explaining how difficult it was and how lucky she is that I had a soft heart. I will also request more money for my difficulty if she can. Also that if she even thinks about washing this quilt again it may disappear into nothing.