My Most Favourite Commission of 2020

I have been blessed to have been asked to make several projects for people this year.  But I must admit that the most favourite one for me was when I had the opportunity to move into uncharted territory for me and to make a duvet cover for someone.  The client had bought one of my face masks in the periodic table fabric.  He had got to thinking how he would like to be able to have a king -sized duvet cover in the same fabric.

When I began on my quilting journey, I knew that in the UK we prefer duvet covers on continental quilts over quilted bed toppers like they have in North America.  And I knew that there were problems with making quilt-tops into a duvet cover as far as I could see, depending on the intricacy of the design.  But I was absolutely thrilled to get this request from my client.  So we started chatting about what his options were.

The first problem I had was making sure I could get hold of enough of the Periodic Table Fabric.  At the time, it was very hard to find.  I contacted my supplier though, and she had enough in stock to complete a project.  Great!

The next issue was that the fabric is 44” wide, and a duvet cover for a king-sized quilt is 90” wide.  I was not comfortable with the idea of making a duvet cover with the single seam right down the middle , and then another one at one edge.  Besides, the potential cost for matching up the fabric meant that the cost may have been prohibitive.  So I sketched out some ideas for how we could make it work and did mini mock-ups in different colours of the designs I had thought of and sent them to the client.

After some ping-pong phone and text conversations, we finally settled on the design and the fabric.  And then, guess what, the supplier of the fabric had sold some of her last stock of the design I wanted.  So I franticly started searching for another supplier.  I found one – In the USA.  In the whole of the World-Wide-Web she was the only person I could find stocking this fabric.  I explained the complete situation to my customer, after putting the fabric on reserve at the suppliers, and I gave the options of the different costings depending on the options for backings, etc. and got the go-ahead.

The package from the states arrived in very quick time.  And I got to work on the design.  I just managed to squeeze the 2 pillowcases to go with the duvet cover.  It was a wonderful experience, if not hair-raising at times.  My one regret was I didn’t have a brand- new king-sized duvet to see the finished cover in its entire glory.  The main thing for me was that my reservations about making customised duvet covers have been proven unfounded. 

these photos all show how I mocked up scaled down versions of the designs, and also the different fabric options  to try and give the client an idea of how the different design options might look

The package from the states arrived in very quick time.  And I got to work on the design.  I just managed to squeeze the 2 pillowcases to go with the duvet cover.  It was a wonderful experience, if not hair-raising at times.  My one regret was I didn’t have a brand- new king-sized duvet to see the finished cover in its entire glory.  The main thing for me was that my reservations about making customised duvet covers have been proven unfounded. 

I usually add a surprise bonus in the package with commissions.  This time was no exception.  And I sent it off.  I have inserted some of the kind compliments I got back from the customer below.

I charge the customer for the cost of materials, plus my time at the same price as the National minimum wage.  I live a simple life, and I manage to get by on that sort of income, luckily for me.  The thrill I get from completing any commission is far greater than anything money can buy.

We were both really pleased how the grey ‘Grunge’ fabric looked with the multi-coloured periodic table fabric.  I bet this loks even better when it is covering the duvet.  I made envelope pillowcases with the fabric I had left.  They were simply plain in terms of there was no patchwork really  The backing was plain grey.  And I finished the quilt with hypo-allergenic metal press-studs.

The testamonial I got from my customer was absolutely wonderful.  People are so lovely and kind and I really enjoy helping them out.  Thank you Steve!

WOW!!!

I am so impressed with the design and the quality, not to mention the many hours it must have taken you to produce such a work of art.

I also must say that the little carry bag that it was packed into was a really great touch, thank you.

Thank you again for the great service that I have experienced from your company ( which only came about by chance because I’m a Radio 2 listener also ) and wish you all the success in the future.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you every continued success with your company, you deserve to do better than very well, and I’m sure you will.

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