quiltessential

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. We have been in business since 2005 and selling online since 2010.

We sell a wide range of quality, 100% cotton fabrics for making patchwork quilts, dressmaking and other textile crafts. We also sell notions and equipment plus our very popular own brand patterns.

We are now selling online only following the closure of our shop at Cromford Mill.

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what we do

Quiltessential was opened as a shop by Ann Mayner in 2005 and has been selling fabrics online for 10 years. We have many repeat online customers and frequently receive compliments about the service we provide: customers praise our speed of delivery and the accuracy of our fabric images.

Unlike many other fabric retailers, we do not use manufacturer supplied images as these often differ in colour from the actual fabrics. We prefer to photograph the fabrics ourselves when they arrive. This also allows us to provide a fat quarter image of any large scale designs so you can see what the fabric looks like.

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 is clearly illustrated with scale diagrams and comprehensive instructions. They have all been tried and tested by being taught in classes.

Ann has a wealth of sewing related technical knowledge gained over many years and is available to teach our patterns to small groups by arrangement.

our fabrics

Our patchwork and quilting fabrics are carefully selected, high thread count, finely woven cotton from leading manufacturers and are generally 44 inches (112cm) wide. They are craft weight and suitable for dressmaking or soft furnishings but 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 344 Kona Cotton Solids plain coloured fabrics. We will shortly be receiving the 25 new colours launched at Quilt Market in the spring. 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.