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Buyer beware. If it looks too good, ask questions. Otherwise, more than likely you will discover that it is not what your thought it was.
I didn't ask questions.
Greed got to me. I got too excited about something that was so very different from anything else I had seen before and didn't ask questions.
This is the photo of how the quilt top looked on the eBay auction site.
Below is what the quilt top looked like when I finally saw it in person after it arrived in the mail. How did it go from that flat beautiful creature above to the puckered, badly measured, mis-pieced quilt top below?
Not only does it not hang OR lay flat -- which means it would never quilt-out flat---- the blocks are not true to size as in the auction site photo.
So, the longer I puzzled over it, I wrote the seller -- three times-- pinging off one email after another in rapid succession:
This lovely top arrived but for some reasons it doesn't hang nice and flat like it did in your photo. I was so hoping I was going to be able to quilt it as it is. But is is so poorly assembled that I will have to take it apart and and reassemble it before I dared attempt to quilt it. How were you able to get it looking so straight in your photo? It really is a lovely unusual top and I am pleased to have it in spite of its mis-shappenness. Thank you for a smooth transaction, KA
There is something not quite right about this top. In your photo on eBay, in the top row, the two blocks with triangles are larger than the boat blocks. In the actual quilt top, however, the boat blocks are larger than the top two blocks. Also, in your photo, the boat blocks are rectangles. In the actual quilt top, the boat blocks are squares. Also, as I emailed you a few minutes ago, this top does not hang straight. The top in your photo looks pristine and hangs straight. I think you must have photo shopped the photo you took of this quilt top to make it look better. I think you should have mentioned this in your description of the quilt top for your photo created a very wrong impression of the condition of this top. But I am still intrigued by the top and I have left you positive feedback. I just want to know how you managed to get the photo you did. Please be straight forward with me. Thank you for your time. KA
Okay, I have never been so puzzled about the difference between a photo of a hanging top and the actual item. This is plain weird. It is an optical illusion due to the colors in this thing? Why don't all the mis-shapes show up in your photo? I don't mean to accuse you of anything, but the differences are just too strange. Enough already. I'lll leavee you in peace. KA
This is what the seller wote back:
This lady had so many quilts & tops she wanted me to photo and list her collection. I did the photo the easiest way I could with my drawing application. There is no way I can iron all these quilts for her so I come as close as I can. I don't think it matters because I have seen hand drawn stuff on EBay. If you are not satisfied with the quilt top, you may return it for refund. Thanks and have a great day. XXXXX
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To my readers:
I couldn't help but laugh at myself for being greedy about something that my intuition told me was too good to be true (but I didn't listen); and the seller for her sad excuse --- "There is no way I can iron all these quilts for her..."
Well, I'm keeping it anyway. Maybe some day I'll get around to re-piecing it. Ha! Another wish too good to be true! Applique is one thing. Ripping and re-piecing is a whole other ball game. For Pete's sake, you have to make points meet and seams match!!