Custom Printed Quilt Tops
Custom printed quilt tops are designs on fabric, ready for quilting, without the need for piecing or appliqué. The range available is exclusively designed by Aggie.
Printed quilt tops make quilting accessible to anyone who enjoys the quilting part of the process, but not necessarily the patchwork intricacies. I enjoy both but have fumbled my way through projects only to give up before putting the top together because I either get bored, or I get frustrated when blocks and pieces don’t fit.
The availability of printed quilt tops brings modern quilting to everyone’s home. And if you’re not a quilter, but would love a quilt in your home, a printed top can be given to a quilter to stitch through. Perfectly straight lines for rulerwork that every quilter will love and no hassles with seams that are too thick!
Designing fabric and then printing it is another art form that compliments quilting, patchwork, and machine embroidery. Many of the fabric designs can’t be made with traditional patchwork or appliqué, so this is really adding another dimension to what we already enjoy doing.
We use two different fabrics for our panels.
100% cotton fabric and print using eco-friendly printing methods. The process is pigment printing that naturally loses its colour over time. Exactly the same happens with all quilt cotton fabric. The fabric is treated to prevent this as much as is possible, and proper care of the piece will ensure it’s longevity. I have a piece that I specifically printed and quilted, in 2017, and it is still in good shape. The colour has subsided, but it is only noticeable if you put the original piece (that I cut off) against the quilt.
We also use a lovely luxurious soft and silky fabric that is a polyester blend. It is more colourfast than cotton as it uses sublimation printing. Select this option as “slinky” when ordering your fabric. It is beautifully soft, luxurious and feels like silk. I would spend all my time wrapped in it if I could!
All panels that are printed are checked by myself before I send them to you. You can be assured that the fabric you receive has met my exact standards.
In the same way that you will take care of your patchwork quilt, you still need to take care of this panel.
But, it’s not a complicated matter, and there is no special treatment required to ensure many years of happy use of this fabric. It is durable, and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Washing in cold water on a gentle cycle is all that it needs, and it can be tumble dried on low heat.
Every piece is printed on-demand, and this takes a few days. The panel is treated after printing and this must dry naturally before it can be handled. Depending on your location, you should have your fabric within 14 working days of order. Rural areas will take a bit longer.