frequently asked Questions

Our headquarters is located in France, Brittany, and we are registered with the RCS of LORIENT.

We do not have a physical store, we are exclusively an online store.

1. What is an inch?

An inch also known as a "thumb" and symbolized by "in Anglo-Saxon patchwork patterns is the equivalent of 2.54 cm.

2. Why do you explain that in inches?

We have answered this question dozens of times on YouTube.

Quite simply because patchwork patterns come to us from Anglo-Saxon peoples who do not use the metric system. From then on, all their creations, not just the patchwork, are designed in inches, therefore in the imperial system.

3. Can we convert inches to centimeters?

From a mathematical point of view, yes, of course. The conversion is done by multiplying the number of inches with 2.54. For example: 3" is 7.62 cm (3 x 2.54).

4. Can we convert a pattern from inches to cm?

Converting a quilt pattern to centimeters is not recommended because the mathematical equivalence will never be exact. For example, if a pattern asks you to cut a strip of fabric 2.5" wide, the conversion will be 6.35 cm (2.5 x 2.54). In practice, it is impossible to cut exactly 6. 35 cm. And like that, straight away. Converting inches to cm means destroying the pattern.

The only way to succeed in a pattern given in inches is to work it in inches. There are all the inch measuring and cutting tools needed in quilting these days and our store has what you need here .

5. What is Peltex?

The Peltex sold in our store is a stabilizer for making bags and baskets, easy to sew, but rigid which gives a nice hold to your projects. It has no equivalent in France in other brands. Visit our YouTube channel for demonstration videos on how to use Peltex.

Peltex is washable, as are the objects made with it. Peltex allows quilting in the same way as fleece.

6. Should fabrics be washed before use?

No! The fabrics offered by our store have exceptional quality because they are only designer fabrics, in 100% cotton. Our fabrics bear the manufacturer's logo and the designer's name on their edges.

These fabrics are clearly distinguished from so-called cheap fabrics because: they do not shrink or bleed when washed. Their fit is perfect and will remain in good condition after cutting, sewing and dozens of washes. Designer fabrics are known to last through generations.

7. What is fleece?

Patchwork fleece is absolutely not wadding or any other replacement product. Fleece is an essential part in making a quilt because the quality and resistance of the quilting depend on it. Our store offers you only the best fleece used in quilting, at least 80% cotton, which also does not shrink when washed and does not come out through the seams! We import the best fleeces directly from the United States.

100% polyester fleeces should be avoided as they are too rigid and allergenic to the skin.

8. Should you iron the seams open or lying down?

Our experience shows that it is preferable to open the seams when ironing unless this is impossible due to certain techniques.

The advantage of opening the seams when ironing is to have less thickness in the same place which will subsequently interfere with quilting. The rumor that says that fleece will come out through the seams if they are opened when ironing is false. Designer fabrics are designed to avoid such problems.

Quote from Quilter Digest:

"Laying the seams on one side is reminiscent of hand sewing. A hand seam is not strong, it is ironed lying on one side not to strengthen it, but to COVER THE HOLES which inevitably , will open along the seam and let the fleece come out. The seam is not reinforced at all being lying on one side, but its weakness is hidden."
In conclusion: laying down seams made with the machine makes no sense. Nowadays, machines make perfectly strong and aesthetic seams, no more need to hide holes and fleece.

9. Should you use steam to iron seams?

Steam should be avoided when ironing seams because it distorts the seams. Steam can be used to reshape warped fabric, for example, but seams in patchwork should be ironed dry most of the time.

10. What sewing stitch for patchwork?

In the patchwork we use the straight stitch with a length of 1.8 for the piecing.

11. What stitching point for quilting?

Quilting can be done in free motion or with a classic presser foot, depending on the chosen pattern and the technical possibilities of your sewing machine.

For free motion you must, of course, use the free motion feet and the zero length straight stitch.

For quilting with the classic presser foot (or with a double feed foot, if available), the choice of sewing stitch depends on the pattern chosen: straight stitch length 2.5 or decorative stitch.

12. What fabric for the back of my quilt?

The back of a quilt is as important as the front. To ensure the hold, resistance over time and aesthetics of your work, it is recommended to use a designer fabric too.

13. What type of thread for my patchwork work?

100% cotton thread is best for patchwork. Our experience shows that the quality of the yarn used is of the same importance as the quality of the fabric and fleece. Our preference is for the Aurifil range.

14. How to get a free pattern on your site?

To download a free pattern, you must add it to your basket and place an order which will be charged to you at zero euros. You will then receive an email with the download link.

15. Can you wash a quilt?

Yes of course. You can wash your quilts or other patchworks in the washing machine with the "quilt" program and a temperature of 30°C. You can use normal detergent and fabric softener.