A traditional patchwork quilt is formed by layering the main panel of patchwork with a layer of batting (a thick stabilising and warm fabric) and a backing material. These 3 layers are then stitched (quilted / basted together with lots and lots of rows of stitching) either by hand or machine through the layers in several directions. Either with the direction of the patches or against to give it contrast.
My quilts are made by the traditional method. Not to be confused with some patchwork duvets that are for sale. Some modern versions consist of a patchwork top panel, with a wadding center and a backing fabric. There is little or no quilting done to the layers to hold them in place. The only stitching is around the edges to hold the layers together. These duvets look nice from the outset, however washing them causes the wadding to bunch up and tear. Not giving you longevity to your beloved quilt.
The traditional version will only measure around 10mm thick. They were designed to be used with blankets, before the invention of the duvet. My traditional quilt is designed to go on top of your existing duvet as a topper for decoration or to give you that bit extra warmth in the cold evening. As they are thinner and easier to move they are perfect for using as a lap quilt on the sofa aswell. My patchwork quilts are layered in the traditional method, machine quilted through and bound at the edges with bias binding in a complementary colour.
There are 3 sizes of quilt for you to choose from. Toddler / cot size, single bed and double bed size. For those of you with lots of children why not have a reversible double made? Patchwork quilts are just not for children's clothes, maybe you have a football fan who wants all those old shirts made into quilt. A quilt is also a perfect way to display and showcase a departed loved ones clothes. Any quilt will bring a smile and the memories will last for ever.
What fabrics / clothes are best?
Baby grows, t shirts, cotton clothing and denim. Baby towels, cot bumpers, play mats (not thick ones with toys attached). Uniforms, trousers, skirts, dresses, dress up, swim suits, t shirts ect. Socks and bibs can be attached too. If sending a lot of prem baby or 0 - 3 months, please send an extra few items.
When your freshly washed and dried clothing arrives with me, I check through to see if all are suitable for use. Thick clothes like winter coats, and leather may not be used. Please also bear in mind that the finished quilt is recommended to be wash at 40 degrees. So all items sent must be able to be washed at this temperature. Dry clean or delicate 30 degree items won't wash well and may pull your patchwork out of shape. Large motifs, ribbons, buttons and beaded areas may be cut down to size or repositioned to fit the pattern pieces. All cutting will be done to show the best areas.
Each quilt comes with the recommended minimum number of clothes you need to send in. The more you send the more details and interest on the final design. You can also send any fabric items in to addition to clothes, cot bumpers, babies first towel, muslin squares, ect. Baby socks, bibs and taggies can be added but must be as extra items not as counted items.
Any special requests or ideas that you wish to be included in the final design, must be popped on a note included with your clothes. Along with a return postal address and email / phone number.
How to order
Goto the shop and complete the order form.
Payment is made through Pay Pal; if you wish to pay by cheque or bank transfer please contact me first.
Wash and dry your items, parcel them up and send to;
Call the seamstress,
5 Ibbertson Close,
Clearly mark your return address details on the parcel.
Cot / toddler bed size, please send 20 items. (If to be made from adult clothing 7 items)
Single bed size, please send 35 items. (If to be made from adult clothing 10 items.)
Double bed size, please send 50 items. Reversible double send 100. (If to be made from adult clothing 15 items.)