You know you’re in trouble when the box reeksPosted: October 31, 2014
I don’t fall for online shopping very often anymore. You get burned one too many times and swear you’ll never do it again. But you do anyhow. You read the description over and over, check the feedback, pore over the pictures, bid carefully, and somehow think that THIS TIME will be different.
This time I knew I was in trouble even before I opened the box. The mail carrier dropped it off first thing in the morning. Get it out of the truck! It reeked of smoke covered with perfume-y laundry stuff.
I’d bought this “quilt” that looked so fantastic in the pictures. It’s tied with yarn, not quilted, so technically it’s a comforter:
Isn’t it amazing? All those fantastic 1930s or 1940s fabrics. The crazy un-symetrical star. No white, just color, color, color…
I thought it would be a great project for some hand quilting–after all, it was already attached (randomly) to a backing.
What I really wasn’t expecting was the bad construction. A big section of one edge is gathered and pleated to fit onto the backing. Nothing in the description even mentioned this.
I loved this so much and now I’m just sad. Maybe the creator felt that way too–shove it in the attic and forget about it. Maybe it wouldn’t bother me so much if I hadn’t bid so much.
So now I don’t know what to do. Should I leave it as is and just repair the split seams? Should I pick it apart and make it flat enough to quilt by hand? Should I just return it and chalk it up to a lesson learned the hard way?
What would you do?