Why buy from us?
Great, you’re here…
..but you don’t know whether you should buy from us. I know, you’ve just stumbled across this beautiful store with all its beautiful goodies – have you had a look around? Let me answer some of your questions and concerns.
I want to check the quality myself. I want to feel what the fabric feels like.
That’s a hard one. I can show you photographs of my fabric panels, close up to a well-known fabric brand, and that could help you. Or I can describe what it feels like when you touch my fabric panels. And trust me, it’s better than you can imagine. My panels are soft, they drape beautifully, and they remind me of 400 count sheets. They crease – and that’s the 100% cotton for you. But steam takes that out beautifully.
Or I can refer you to people that have purchased from me? How about Claire Wallace from Handi Quilter South Africa – she has used multiple panels, and she has even included them at her stand on local quilting guild’s friendship days. Now that’s an endorsement. I understand that it’s not easy to purchase fabric online – I myself have had bad experiences doing this. But I can guarantee you 100% that you will be super happy with it. So much so that I offer you a money-back guarantee (with some t’s and c’s, all I ask is that it is returned in the same condition that I sent it to you).
I don’t want to wait to get my fabric.
I specifically don’t keep fabric panels on hand, unless I plan on using it, or for exceptional circumstances like a famous South African quilter asking me to print her a bunch of panels to put on a show at the quilters’ friendship day.
Why? It’s bad for the environment. First of all, the amount of fabric that ends in the landfill is scary. I create and design things that I like, and I know that others will like too (I know this because I’ve asked you). I am aware that all the colour options don’t appeal to everyone, but I have a solution for that too – ask me for your colour choices, and let’s see what we can do, together.
You are going to wait a while for your fabric. If you order before the following Tuesday, I can likely get you your fabric by the following week. Of course with surprise visitors like our neighbourhood virus, this will impact delivery, as it has impacted everything else. The point is, that I print on demand. It’s safer for the environment not to use ink on something that is going to lie in my cupboard for a while.
I prefer buying panels from big fabric manufacturers
That’s great. They are printed on mass, and available all around the world. The panels sold here are unique and only available from Lavender Quilting Farm. We prefer to support local business and manufacturers so that our local textile industry can continue to employ South Africans.
I only support local businesses.
If you’re in South Africa – the bushveld is my favorite place on earth. I’m local, born and bred South African and proud of it. Now if you’re Canadian or American, Australian or a Kiwi – sorry, I ain’t local.
I’m a foundation paper piecing lover. What’s the point of doing this on my embroidery machine?
Every single block that you make with your embroidery machine, using the same design, will give you the exact same result. Your seams are accurate, your points are perfect, and it all turns out beautifully. Imagine doing that every time.
I like doing patchwork with famous designer’s patterns and well-known fabric manufacturers.
That’s wonderful. Keep on doing that. Someday Lavender Quilting Farm’s panels will also be well known and famous quilters will be coming to us for their fabric panels – it could be you too.
Fabric panels feels like cheating.
Yes, I suppose it does. This is not a solution for patchworkers. Panels are intended for those of us who like to quilt, but not take the time to make each block. Fabric panels are also called cheater quilts – so you’re right, it is cheating. And for some that’s ok, but if it doesn’t sit right with you, that’s perfectly ok too.
Award winning quilters are selling panels, what awards do you have?
Let’s see, I have the mom of the year award for the past 15 years running – that’s about the best award I can get.
Seriously, I don’t know of someone else in South Africa producing fabric panels specifically with quilters in mind. I know there are quilter’s overseas that are doing this, and that in itself should tell you that there is a lot of fun to be had with a quilter’s panel.
I don’t like trying new things. Someone else needs to endorse it before I’ll try it.
I can’t help you with this one. Change is hard, and I’m not asking you to change the way that you like to make your quilts. We all like doing things in a particular way. What I’m offering you is an opportunity to try something that will change the way you see quilts. So, if you don’t like trying stuff out for yourself, maybe you have a friend who is a keen tryer-outer? Send them my way.
What makes your digital patterns different to anyone else’s?
I concentrate on motifs, with an environmental theme and they are exclusive to Lavender Quilting Farm.
My designs are unique in that they don’t follow the normal feathers, motifs, edge to edge, or pantograph designs. There are a few, but they are not the norm.
They lend themselves more to solid spaces than to traditional quilt blocks – I’m not traditional, right? I want new and complex looking stuff, but as simply done as possible.