Hello all of my quilty friends!
I have been out of touch for a while and lots has been happening.
We have moved to the South Island and have listed our home in Smithers.
We sold our RV and we bid farewell to a shelter well spent!
I first featured the quilt below in spring of 2015. With completion date met, the owner refused to take possession of it. I was shocked to say the least. I was left with no other recourse to have small claims court for the full payment of this quilt. Serving legal papers took steely nerves on my part and finally after three tries, I managed to serve the owner and I sped away at a high speed.
My friend took the brunt of that served papers and that brought more heartache and worry.
But the buyer, who paid only half, had more dollars to spend on lawyers to defend why she shouldn't pay the full amount. From my standpoint I've been ripped off in such a sad way. This quilt was first commissioned to me in the fall of 2014 with arrival/completion date of early spring 2015. It holds the image of a young man taken from his family by a heart attack.
Its a memory quilt!
The commission was very unusual in that they wanted his image and his clothing inside a poker table. That was interesting and it required a lot of research and painstaking use of very used clothing.
I won't bore you with the full story as it got very nasty and I felt threatened. My husband had to intervene and then it was husbands and family who supported each of us on our respective sides postured outside the courtroom.
My very good friend of the same nation stood by my side and supported me too.
The buyer defaulted and I was awarded the claim in same court house. New Years Eve was spent writing up a legal reply and courier costs. I had to return back to the valley for another court date with some advice from a friend. Offer to reduce the amount by half and take a loss. I commend the court judge who tried his best to negotiate between us, but in the end, I relinquished the remaining half payment and revoked the claim entirely.
Beware if you make quilts on commission without a contract.
I licked my wounds, rethought my purpose, came back to art I love and have resumed taking commissions as you saw in the "Alberta Sunset"
This quilt below is one of my patterns "Snow Town Folk" that I can now publish as sellable pattern. And the publisher is including one of my T-Shirt quilts into her fall issue of Quilter's Connection magazine.
A Modern version of the same pattern.
And I've licked my wounds and begun taking commissions with a contract only and 50% up front before any cutting of fabric begins. Even in quilting, we have to take the precautions of this nature.
We've begun a new life in the South Island and its very fun to live here and slowly getting to know other quilters. And go out for a fun evening now and then to local music performances.
I'm really trying to not start too much because I still have 11 quilt tops to finish, so you'll begin to see those soon in upcoming posts.
I am waiting for Karen's quilt along over at Fibersandfaeries blog. So I'm testing out the various EPP from All Points Patchwork.
And in the meantime, I can finally get back to writing my Artisan Crazy Quilts book.