Well, look what happens after a custom quilter get their hands on it:
|"Clouds in My Latte"|
|detail of "Clouds in My Latte"|
Most longarmers want to be recognized and acknowledged for the work they do. If they don't want the recognition, you probably don't want them stitching on your quilt. I could go on for hours showing before and after pictures, but I won't. I think you get the idea... I HOPE, you get the idea.
To get back to the point of this post...
I was at guild last night, we had a speaker. I'm not naming any names, but she showed many quilts. She mentioned on some "I quilted this". On others see mentioned nothing. This was tolerable for maybe two quilts -- were we, as an audience to assume that she had quilted them all? My table was "shushed" multiple times, we were discussing several things, including WHO quilted them. Finally on the third unmentioned quilt, one of my lala (longarmer) friends asked, "Did you quilt that?"... she replied "no" while looking at the label. She did mention that she belonged to a very large guild of 250 or so women, with at least 10 longarmers. She mentioned this in a stern voice. I got the impression she was trying to make this sound impressive. Well, little did she know, in our group of about 50 last night there were quite possibly close to 10 longarmers in the room, there were 3 just at my table! Needless to say, this really bothered me. It does not matter how many longarmers are in your guild, it does not matter how many longarmers you use... YOU GIVE CREDIT to the person that stitched on your quilt! PERIOD!
Honestly, I feel this bothered me soooo much, because I have been to multiple quilt shows and looked at a quilt that I had quilted and yet nothing about me, my name is not listed on the card, not in the show program, nothing. Did this customer think that she was going to enter this show as if she had pieced/apppliqued, and quilted this quilt? WRONG... both piecer and machine quilter deserve recognition, the piecer for creating and the machine quilter for adding to.
Another of my customers emailed me just last week telling me I never have to worry about this. She always gives me credit (which I know she does). She had the same thing happen to her, except that a family member claimed her work as their own. Seriously... people, what is wrong with this society!
So, all I'm trying to say is give credit where credit is due.
I'm done ranting... for now! Happy Day Quilties!