The old adage “look before you leap” applies to a lot of situations in life, but it can also apply to hiring someone to make a t-shirt quilt for you. I recently had someone bring me a 30 t-shirt quilt that she had paid $200 for someone to make for a Christmas gift for her husband. The quilt had not been quilted, but had been tied, and the customer wanted me to quilt it. Not being familiar with how a longarm quilting machine is set up, she didn’t realize that the quilt would have to be taken apart to be loaded onto the quilting machine. She was not happy with the quilt the way it looked, so she ended up paying me to take the quilt apart and totally remake it. The quilt turned out really well and the husband picked up his quilt and was very happy with the end result. I felt bad for the couple because they basically threw away $200, but the wife had not done her due diligence when she hired the person who made the quilt. So before you send or take your t-shirts to a quiltmaker, be sure to check out their website thoroughly and look closely at the quilts in their gallery. It’s a lot better in the long run to hire someone who is doing it professionally, because, to use another old adage, “you get what you pay for”.