Late in 2012 we were thinking about how to make our alpaca quilts softer and more comfortable for sleeping comfort. Ideally a quilt would not have any stitching as the stitch lines are actually the coldest part of the quilt. We know there is minimal filling at the stitch and that stitching creates small holes allowing warm air to escape. We also know that the stitching makes the quilt stiffer. The problem here is that with a fibre filled quilt, the filling needs to be secured to prevent it from moving around inside the quilt.
Easy, after the combing, carding, cross laying and preparation of the fibre filling, why not stitch and then cover it with the quilt cover fabric?
After several trials we perfected our quilting design which we call UltraSoft, with an Australian patent pending. Initially, we used the new UltraSoft quilting design on the Alpaca Gold quilt collection but have since extended it across all of our alpaca quilt collections.
The new seamless UltraSoft quilting design -
By having the stitches internally, we can significantly reduce the length and number of stitches in the quilt. This makes the quilt significantly softer. Kelly & Windsor's alpaca quilt UltraSoft seamless quilting design reduces the number of stitches by approximately one half, which considerably improves the quilt's softness.
With traditional external quilting patterns, especially the old fashioned channel quilting style, the coldest part of the quilt is along the stitch line. This is because there is negligible fibre filling at the stitch point plus the stitching actually creates thousands of needle holes which allow warm air to escape. By quilting the filling fibre internally with the UltraSoft design, the cold stitch lines are covered and air is trapped which significantly improves the quilts thermal performance without adding any weight.
Also with less stitching the quilt's loft is improved which means extra warmth without any extra weight. A world first innovation, very clever.
The new UltraSoft quilting design has another feature, the quilt looks beautiful on the bed, no more crease lines caused by the external stitching. Now bed making is simpler and easier, a small tug on each corner of the quilt is all that is required to smooth out the quilt and cover. It looks great for the whole day with no unsightly stitch lines.
Since its launch the UltraSoft quilting design from Kelly & Windsor has been very popular with retailers and customers alike. Simple yet very clever.
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I noticed a Facebook post last weekend "who owns Kelly & Windsor Australia?" Is it really an Australian owned business?
We are a 100% owned Australian owned and operated business. The ownership of the company is on the pubic records and we extensively use the Australian made and Owned logo under a licence agreement with The Australia Made Campaign.
Despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic, we have maintained full manufacturing and shipping operations since the initial out break. We are actually struggling to met demand for our luxurious Australian Made bedding collections.
We have instigated strict Covid Safe Policies and Practices and are prepared to offer full support to staff who may be effected in these difficult times.
We were on TVSN with our Alpaca Gold 400 winter quilts and pillows with two shows in June which were both sold out.
These shows were the first time featuring our finest pure Alpaca Gold quilts and despite not being able to be in the studio in person, the shows were a great success with repeat orders required to fill customer back orders.