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Frequently Asked Questions

about Handmade Quilts

  • Can I custom order any other product than a quilt?
    Yes, you can! We offer not only quilts, but handbags, table runners, placements, and other home decor. Simply complete the questionnaire under the "Your Quilt, Your Way" tab on the home page. List your project there. We strive to be your preferred custom outlet. Note: Completion time depends on the number of projects in the queue as we operate on a first order in with deposit, first order out.
  • How long will it take to receive my custom quilt?
    For custom orders, typically 4-8 weeks depending on the projects already in progress coupled with the availability of your fabric choices & the quilt size. An approximate time will be provided once the order specs are approved and your deposit has been received.
  • What exactly is quilting?
    Quilting is the process in which the quilt top, the batting in between, and the quilt bottom are sewn together.
  • How do I determine the size for my custom quilt?
    Measure the width & length of your mattress top, then decide how many inches from that measure that you would want your quilt to drape down the side. In some cases you may not want the quilt to drape at all but just to cover the mattress top. Each customization will be different dependent on the intended use. Please make sure your measurements are for the size that you need. Measure twice.
  • What is the life span of a handcrafted quilt?
    Quilts from Ma Bear are meant to be used and loved in a real-life way. Do they last forever? I do not know about forever but with proper care, an handcrafted quilt will last for generations. My quilts are machine washable, except where noted, and should be hung to dry. On occasion I will back a quilt with a home décor fabric. In those instances, I will have test washed a swatch to see if it can tolerate a cool washing. See the care instructions provided with your quilt.
  • Why do handcrafted quilts cost so much?
    Handcrafted quilts are a labor of love. Most consumers have no idea of the amount of time involved. Handcrafted quilts are not mass produced, thus your quilt or other project, your way, will be one of a kind specifically for you. Craftsmanship A handcrafted quilt will have unique detailing compared to a mass-produced quilt often matching your specific purpose and/or design elements. Materials Used to Make a Quilt My quilts are made from high-quality fabrics that are easy to wash and dry except where noted. Depending on the size, significant yardage of fabric could be used. The cost of fabric production, involves labor, transport and other utilities. Textile manufacturers not only spend a lot to acquire the needed materials, but they also use dyes and other materials during production which impacts the cost of the final fabric. Cost of Handcrafted Production Skilled workers earn about $25 an hour. A custom-made quilt (depending on the size) can take over 40 hours, which includes selecting the pattern, selecting & purchasing the fabric, cutting the pieces, and sewing the pieces together.
  • How do I store my quilt?
    When not in use, your quilt should be stored in a dry, dark location in a cotton or muslin bag — it is suggested to never store your quilt in a plastic bag or cardboard box. A muslin bag, cotton pillowcase or sheet are the top preferred storage methods. Be sure the quilt is clean before you store it away. Air the quilt when it is taken out of storage.
  • Is there a recommended frequency of maintenance?
    Washing a soiled quilt no more than once a year, will extend its life; washing a clean quilt will shorten its life. Quilts that are used periodically only need washing once a year. If you have pets or children, more frequent washing may be desirable. Air dry.
  • Is it okay to wash my quilt?
    To wash your quilt, use cold water and a mild detergent (that is free of perfumes, brighteners, and bleach). Use the short gentle cycle. If you are concerned about the colors bleeding, I suggest using a color catcher, such as Shout Color Catcher - Dye Trapping Sheets, available in most detergent aisles. One sheet for small quilts, two for large quilts. The sheets help prevent transfer of fabric colors to other parts of your quilt, catching the color in the sheet instead of your quilt. ​ Do not be afraid to spot clean versus full washing. ​ Note: I do not prewash fabrics; 1-2% shrinkage should be expected.
  • How do I dry my quilt after washing?
    Quilts can be heavy when wet, depending on the size. Try to support its' wet weight so that the threads do not pop. It is OK to partially dry a quilt in a dryer, but it is best to lay a quilt flat on a rack to dry, or in my grandmothers’ day – hang across the clothes line. Do not iron your handcrafted quilt.
  • Exercise Caution
    Before washing your quilt, it is wise to inspect for seams that have come loose, repairing them prior to washing.
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