Quilt making at Airy Fairy

Posted On 27 May 2021 In Process

Materials and after care

At Airy Fairy all quilts are made with 100% cotton fabric, wadding and thread. Nothing is washed before making your unique quilt. The slight shrinkage that occurs during the first wash, combined with the quilting being done on a domestic sewing machine gives the finished Airy Fairy quilts a lovely, slightly puckered antique look making them extra cosy and soft.

All Airy Fairy quilts are machine washed using non biological powder before being sent out to customers.

Find out how I make a quilt:

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Step 1: selecting the fabric
Step 1: selecting the fabric
Step 2: once the fabric is chosen I draw a scale plan of the quilt to help me decide on the layout and the best way to use the material.
Step 2: once the fabric is chosen I draw a scale plan of the quilt to help me decide on the layout and the best way to use the material.
Step 3: blocks are made up ready for laying out to decide which order to put them in
Step 3: blocks are made up ready for laying out to decide which order to put them in
Step 4: here are the blocks together and the borders cut ready to sew on.
Step 4: here are the blocks together and the borders cut ready to sew on.
Step 5: all three layers of backing fabric, wadding/batting and the quilt top are pinned and then basted together (sewn with big stitches by hand) before quilting
Step 5: all three layers of backing fabric, wadding/batting and the quilt top are pinned and then basted together (sewn with big stitches by hand) before quilting
Step 6: the quilt edges are trimmed after machine quilting and before binding.
Step 6: the quilt edges are trimmed after machine quilting and before binding.
Step 7: the double binding is sewn on by machine. I use a 3 1/2 inch binding doubled over for strength.
Step 7: the double binding is sewn on by machine. I use a 3 1/2 inch binding doubled over for strength.
Step 8: once the quilt is all bound and quilted I add the name each letter is cut freehand to suit the design of the quilt, the letters are then fixed in position with an iron on fabric bond and the all blanket stitched by hand.
Step 8: once the quilt is all bound and quilted I add the name each letter is cut freehand to suit the design of the quilt, the letters are then fixed in position with an iron on fabric bond and the all blanket stitched by hand.
Step 9: the binding is then folded around the edge of the quilt and slip stitched down at the back by hand, this takes about 5-6 hrs!
Step 9: the binding is then folded around the edge of the quilt and slip stitched down at the back by hand, this takes about 5-6 hrs!
Step 10: this image shows finished binding from the back and backing fabric.
Step 10: this image shows finished binding from the back and backing fabric.
Step 11: the finished article!
Step 11: the finished article!

Aftercare

A gentle hand wash cycle in a machine washes Airy Fairy quilts nicely. You should line dry your quilts if possible but you could also give them a quick tumble in the drier on a gentle heat to fluff them up.  Airy Fairy quilts can also be ironed with care.

A photographic log of all Airy Fairy quilts is kept along with fabric samples.  If your quilt gets a stain or damaged it may be possible to disguise or repair it for you. This would obviously depend on the nature and size of the damage but I would do my best! There would be a small fee and postage costs for this service.

Special Commissions

If you would like to order any bespoke items please contact me by email or phone to discuss what you would like.

Please note costs do vary on any bespoke items depending on the materials used and the design chosen.  Some patterns require more fabrics and more time to make. The prices listed on this website are a guide only,  you will be given a quote depending on your requirements, (see Ordering).

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