Below are some of the most common questions that people have asked about my products. If you have a question that is not listed below, please get in touch via my contact page.
Questions about Quilts
What materials would you use to make my quilt?
You deserve the very best and so I use only premium quality 100% cotton quilting fabrics and threads. For the middle layer, I use a high quality low loft (thin) wadding (also known as batting) that is also made from 100% cotton and that is very soft. Low loft wadding makes a luxurious quilt that is soft, light and warm with a lovely drape.
How long will it take to make my quilt?
It is very difficult to give a definite answer as the time required will depend on the quilt size, complexity of the pattern and whether it is to be hand or machine quilted. If you have something in mind, please contact me and I will provide an estimate as to how long it would take to make.
Can I specify colours and patterns for my quilt?
Absolutely. You are going to have your quilt for a very long time and it is important that you choose fabric colours and patterns that you love. Many people find it overwhelming trying to choose from the vast range of quilting fabrics available. Don’t panic as I can work with you to select fabric colours and designs that will work well together to get the look you want.
What about the quilting design? Can I choose that too?
The quilting pattern is an integral component of your quilt. Hundreds of overall designs, called pantographs, are available and they add an extra design element to your quilt. I can help you select a quilting pattern that best complements the design of your quilt.
I love the vintage, crinkled look on quilts. How can I achieve this finish for my quilt?
A crinkled antique finish adds a lovely tactile dimension to your quilt. It occurs following washing as the quilt layers shrink at different rates. The amount of shrinkage varies depending on the fabric and wadding used and the density of the quilting design.
Will my quilt shrink each time I wash it?
I wash all quilts on completion so any shrinkage that is likely to occur will happen then. Follow the care instructions and your quilt should not shrink any further.
How should I care for my quilt?
A handmade quilt is easy to look after. Quilts love to be used so the best place to store it is over a sofa or on a bed. If you do need to put it away, then it is best stored rolled or folded on the diagonal to prevent permanent creases. If stored folded, then periodically the quilt should be taken out and refolded. Quilts can be gently machine washed cold on a short cycle using a gentle detergent. I prefer to dry my quilts flat in the shade, however they can be tumble dried on a low setting.
That all sounds fantastic but how much will it cost?
Prices for my quilts start at 10 pence per square inch for a simple design, such as one made from 5 inch cotton squares that is sewn by machine. The cost will increase depending on the complexity of the design, materials used and whether any of the quilt is sewn by hand. Postage costs or taxes, if applicable, will be added to the final price.
Can you make a quilt for me if I don’t live in the UK?
The short answer is maybe. My insurance doesn’t cover me to send items to Canada or the USA so if you live there then unfortunately I won’t be able to make a quilt for you.
I love your work but a quilt is outside my price bracket just now. Is there any other way that I can work with you?
Certainly. I have a number of quilt tutorials on my blog and I will be releasing pdf quilt patterns in the near future.