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Monday..........10.00 - 4:30
Tuesday.........10.00 - 4:30
Thursday........10.00 - 4:30
Friday............10.00 - 4:30
Saturday........10.00 - 4:30

We are closed on all Bank Holiday Mondays

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Cromford Mills
Mill Road
Derbyshire DE4 3RQ

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about quiltessential

Quiltessential is a specialist fabric shop, which is located within the mill yard at the historic Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills complex in Cromford, Derbyshire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is level access into and throughout the shop and we have good quality lighting to display our fabrics.

We sell a wide range of quality cotton fabrics and materials for making patchwork quilts, dressmaking and other textile crafts. We also sell wadding (batting), notions and equipment including: rulers, templates, rotary cutters, cutting mats, Bondaweb, buttons, bag making accessories, magazines, patterns and a wide variety of sewing threads including: Mettler, Presencia, Madeira and WonderFil.

Our patchwork and quilting fabrics are carefully selected, high thread count, finely woven cotton from leading manufacturers. We sell a wide variety of colours and designs from plains through to exquisitely patterned and colourful Japanese fabrics. We have a large range of black and white and Stonehenge fabrics. We stock bright modern prints, Japanese taupes, Civil War reproduction designs, batiks, Kona Solids plain colours and a variety of blenders. We are one of the few UK stockists of cotton sateen for use in whole cloth quilts.

We have over 1000 fabrics listed on this website but this represents less than 50% of our shop stock. We probably have the largest range of children's and novelty fabric in the UK, most of which are available through this website.

Below are some of the recent ranges of fabrics to arrive in the shop. The newest range of peacock coloured metallic finished fabric from Timeless Treasures, Palazzo, is shown below with a selection of coordinating blenders.


Below is the new range from Makower called Aurelia. The name ‘Aurelia’ derives from the Latin word ‘aureus’ which means “golden.” Rich colours and metallic detail are used in this artistically inspired group.

Makower Aurelia fabric at Quiltessential

The Retro Orchard range from Dashwood Studio, below, is another stunning design by Wendy Kendall.



Arkwright's Mill Yard

Swan outside Quiltessential

Quiltessential entrance

what we do

The shop at Cromford Mill was opened by Ann Mayner in 2005 and has a reputation for providing a friendly and helpful service to our customers. We were the first patchwork and quilting shop to feature as Patchwork & Quilting Magazine's Retailer of the Month for 'outstanding customer service'. We are happy to help customers choose fabrics for their projects and Ann has a wealth of technical knowledge gained over many years of quilting.

Within the shop there is a dedicated teaching area where workshops and classes take place with projects suitable for various skill levels from beginner to advanced. We also regularly run one-day beginners classes for the absolute novice.

We design our own quilt and bag patterns and most feature in our busy and popular workshop schedule. Our patterns are all clearly illustrated with scale diagrams and comprehensive instructions, prepared by Darren, an architect by profession.

quiltessential workshop area

quiltessential interior


Patchwork and quilting fabrics sold at Quiltessential include: Andover, Art Gallery, Clothworks, Daiwabo, Free Spirit, Kona Bay, Lecien, Makower, Michael Miller, Moda, Northcott, P&B, RJR, Red Rooster, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, Sevenberry, Timeless Treasures, Westminster, Windham. All quilt materials are craft quality, 100% cotton.



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