The largest range of cotton patchwork quilting & dressmaking fabrics in Derbyshire

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Kona Cotton Solids at Quiltessential

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Quiltessential is a specialist online retailer of materials and equipment for patchwork and quilting, dressmaking and other textile crafts. We have been in business since 2005 and selling online since 2010. We have many repeat customers and frequently receive compliments about the service we provide: customers praise our speed of delivery and the accuracy of our fabric images.

Rather than using manufacturer supplied images for fabrics, which sometimes differ in colour from the actual fabrics, we prefer to photograph the actual fabrics when they arrive. This also allows us to provide a fat quarter image on our web site of any large scale designs so you can see what the fabric looks like.

We also sell notions and equipment plus our very popular, own brand patterns.

Ann and her husband Darren, who is an architect by profession, design the quilt and bag patterns, which are sold exclusively at Quiltessential. Each pattern written by Darren has comprehensive instructions and is clearly illustrated with scale diagrams.


new stained glass quilt design

Quiltessential’s latest stained glass quilt project has been designed to feature exclusively in Today’s Quilter magazine. The pattern will be featured in Issue 65 of the magazine, which will be on sale from 6 August.

magazine subscription offer

Try 3 issues of Today’s Quilter for £5: the magazine editor has kindly offered a special subscription deal to our customers and social media followers and the first 50 new subscribers will receive a free copy of issue 65.


flower garden cushion project

We are selling a limited number of kits containing all the fabrics we used to make our sample cushion (shown above). The kit does not contain the cushion pad, wadding or the pattern, which is currently only available in issue 65 of Today's Quilter magazine. Also available as separate items are packs of the black fusible bias and the useful, pointed scissors.

Cushion fabric kit £19.95: 
5m black fusible bias £10.50: 
4 inch pointed scissors £2.75: 
0.5m Thermolam wadding £2.25: 

our fabrics

We sell a wide range of craft weight, 100% cotton fabrics suitable for making patchwork quilts, dressmaking and other textile crafts. Our fabrics are carefully selected, high thread count, finely woven cotton from leading manufacturers and are generally 44 inches (112cm) wide. They are not suitable for upholstery or curtains.

We sell a wide variety of colours and designs from plains through to exquisitely patterned and colourful Japanese fabrics. We stock bright modern prints and traditional or reproduction designs and a variety of blenders.


We are one of a small number of UK retailers which stocks the full range of 369 Kona Cotton Solids plain coloured fabrics. In our opinion, these are the best plain fabrics available in the UK.

In accordance with UK and EU law we have to sell fabric in metres or fractions thereof so all our fat quarters are 50cm (19.5 inches) x half the fabric width (normally 56cm or 22 inches). This means they are larger than fat quarters sold in the USA.

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We sell 100% cotton fabrics from Anbo, Andover, Bali Batiks, Benartex, Blend, Dashwood Studio, Free Spirit, Hoffman, Jane Makower, Kona Cotton Solids, Lewis & Irene, Makower, Marcus, Maywood Studios, Michael Miller, Moda, Northcott, Nutex, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, Sevenberry, Stonehenge, Studio E, Timeless Treasures, Windham. We have fabrics designed by Janet Clare, Edyta Sitar, Kathy Hall, Jo Morton, Karen Styles, French general, Zen Chic, Karen Lewis, Denyse Schmidt, Sandy Gervais, Laundry basket Quilts. We sell Pre-cuts: Moda Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs.