This is a queen sized hand sewn customer quilt that I was asked to quilt and bind. It was not in great condition. It had holes and more fullness than I have ever seen or had to work with. I told her puckers would be unavoidable and they were.
Here are some before shots. I think there were worse spots than these just didn't get them in the photos.
And here are the after shots. I quilted it in a smaller than normal meander hoping to hold down the extra fabric. I was also hoping to be able to close up the holes with the meandering. I think it worked pretty well.
My customer told me that someone had already told her "no" to quilting this for her. I knew that she wanted it quilted and not being a quilter herself, didn't really understand how bad this top was. Thankfully she doesn't want to use this quilt on a bed or anything. From a distance I think it looks nice. And I think she will be happy.
What do you do with tops that are not sewn together well? Have you ever told your customer no?