I love making quilts!
All my finished quilts signify the end of a journey – a journey of ideas and fabrics; colours and patterns; meanings and symbols; design and creation. At the end of the creative journey a quilt is ready to live – on a bed or over a favourite chair; to snuggle under; to keep toes warm and to bring comfort; an heirloom; a reminder of home.
When you commission a quilt, we will talk about colours and size; a bit about you maybe – where you grew up, things you like, memories, sentiments. Then I’ll send you some pictures of fabric swatches and colour combinations.
Talks with clients vary from simply ::
“I am hoping you can make a very pink, pretty, girly quilt for a cot bed” (Rachel’s Quilt)
to much chatting about colours and patterns ::
“I asked for roses and pink base with pastel colours. We called it La Vie En Rose because that is also one of my favourite songs too (Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday) and the name fits the roses theme. It fits perfectly with cushions and accessories I already had for my bedroom. We’re changing it back to pink, you see. Adaliza kindly incorporated two fabrics I chose so that the quilt would match my existing cushions and dressing table curtains. It looks lovely on my Laura Ashley cream iron bedstead.” (La Vie en Rose Quilt :: testimonial :: gallery)
“My preference is for red base colour. I am particularly keen to keep the quilt within a ‘Country’ style theme, sharp in colour and with quite a bit of red, as it is my favourite colour. I am Australian and I’d really like a mix of English/Australian themed patchwork pieces amongst the reds – real Autumn colours of red, gold, blue, green and if you wanted to work in some print squares with horses or country scenes, that would be brilliant” (Daydream Believer Quilt:: testimonial :: gallery)
“I’d like a quilt in neutral colours that will suit my bedroom in South Africa – and I want something to remind me of England.” (Rose :: quilt tale)
Sometimes, quilts are commissioned as a special present ::
“I’d like a bed quilt for my grandfather who is almost 90 years old”
“He reminisces with great fondness about his grandparents’ home – a farm in rural Wales, called Withy Hill. I don’t have a photo of the farm, but it’s up a rough road, surrounded by fields. His family worked hard on the land and must have lived a simple life in their stone cottage”. (Withy Hill Quilt :: testimonial :: gallery :: quilt tale)
“I’d like a quilt for my niece who is two but I’d like it to last her while she’s a child so it would be great if it was suitable for a 12-14 year old. At the moment she’s very interested in sand castles, bucket and spades, rock pools and sea life. I really liked the style of sailing quilt I saw last week, because you could really enjoy the pictures which were enhanced by the quilting which framed it. I was also wondering if if might be possible to incorporate her name?” (Daisie’s Quilt)
“I’m from [major UK publishing house], and we’re looking for someone to make a quilt for a potential celebrity author, for a Christmas present. We’d like to suggest personalised squares on it. Is this something you might be able to do for us?” (Bookworm Quilt :: comments :: gallery)
So you and your ideas will become part of your quilt. Patches may include embroidered sentiments and personalised applique Then, when you’ve formally placed your commission, I work – designing and piecing, pinning and quilting, finally adding a hand-stitched binding and a name label if you wish. I’m always happy to suggest a name for your quilt, as a name often comes to me as I work. You choose though – it’s your quilt.
As I work, the fabrics and patterns will merge into a wonderful patchwork – I’m sure the fabrics talk as they pass through my hands.
Every commission quilt is unique – created by me, especially for you.
An heirloom to be treasured.
Please email me if you’d like to commission a quilt :: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear from you.