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shop opening hours

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

Please see where we are for more information

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 fabrics

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 approximately 1500 fabrics listed on this website but we have over 2000 in the shop. We probably have the largest range of children's and novelty fabric in the UK, most of which are available through this website. We are one of a small number of shops stocking the full range of 303 Kona Cotton Solids plain coloured fabrics. We also have a large range of black and white fabrics. We stock bright modern prints, Japanese taupes, Civil War reproduction designs, batiks and a variety of blenders.

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 a new range of paris fabrics from Timeless Treasures that arrived in the shop recently. This will be on the Fun and Novelty page soon.

Paris fabrics

For anyone interested in Gorjuss fabrics we have a new panel and 3 coordinating fabrics in the shop.



Arkwright's Mill Yard

Arkwright's Mill Yard

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, Dashwood, Daiwabo, Free Spirit, Kona Bay, Lecien, Lewis & Irene, 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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