23 January 2017
One Day Sale on 28 January.
Many fabrics reduced in price to clear space for new stock.
14 January 2017
Batik fabrics 50% off until 31 January to create some shelf space.
to view our reduced price batik fabrics - now only £7.00 per metre.
18 November 2016
Sarah's Craft and Vintage Stall
For one day only, on Saturday 19 November, Sarah, our brilliant shop assistant, will be bringing some of her own, hand-made craft items to the shop to sell. Last year's event was a great success. Please come along and give her your support. The shop is open, as usual from 10 - 4.30.
14 August 2016
Elizabeth's Dowry Fabrics
It was nice to see some of the Quilters' Guild's Collection of historic quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts this weekend, especially the Mariner's Compass Coverlet, which inspired a new range of fabrics from Marcus called Elizabeth's Dowry. We are the first UK shop to have the full collection. Click on the photo to view the web page.
4 January 2016
One-day fabric sale Saturday 9 January 2016
We have decided to have a 1 day sale on Saturday 9 January to make some room for new fabrics. There will be over 100 fabrics reduced in price - some down to £3.00 per metre.
Opening hours will be 10 - 4.30 as usual.
5 December 2015
Sarah's Christmas Crafts 12 December
Sarah, our assistant, will be bringing her handmade gifts and christmas decorations to sell in our shop on Saturday 12 December. Please come along to see what she has this year.
20 October 2015
Block of the Month Calendar
Darren has created a new calendar to add to the 2 that he has already produced. All 3 are now available to order with 2016 dates but will not be in the shop until 31 October. for more information.
15 October 2015
Happy Birthday Quiltessential
Quiltessential is now 10 years old. Thank you to all our customers who make it all worthwhile.
1 May 2015
British Quilt and Stitch Village - Uttoxeter
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the show. It was nice to see regular customers again and to meet some new ones.
We would like to congratulate Vivien Finch for winning a prize at the show. Vivien is one of our friends, regular customers and workshop tutors. She has been quilting for 40 years and is presently the President of the Quilters' Guild. She is very modest about her work though and doesn't normally enter competitions. Ann persuaded her to enter Under African Skies and she was thrilled to have won third place - her first rosette! The quilt was made with batiks and African wax prints which she had left over from a charity quilt she made 10 years ago. The African fabrics were donated by Magie Relph of the African fabric Shop. It is unlikely that Magie still has these fabrics available to buy but probably has other similar ones. to visit the African fabric Shop's website. The design of the quilt was inspired by a workshop run by Jan Hassard which Vivien attended.
4 February 2015
Quiltessential Facebook Page
We have created a Facebook page with the intention of using it to update customers about news items - new fabrics, special offers, inclement weather etc. We will be adding a link from the website shortly. In the meantime please .
15 October 2014
Happy Birthday Quiltessential
9 years ago today Ann opened Quiltessential for the first time in the smaller shop unit next door to the current shop. We had no website, hardly any quilts to hang up and about a third of the fabric that we have now. We also had no patterns: we now have more than 60 of our own patterns sold exclusively by us, many having featured on our busy workshop schedule.
We would like to thank our loyal customers for their support and friendship over the years and also the new ones who take the trouble to visit us in the shop or online.
Festival of Quilts
We will not be trading at the Festival of Quilts this year and we are sorry if you are going and expecting to see us there. Ann has been suffering from a hip problem for a few years and trading at shows is physically demanding. It is also very disruptive to the normal running of the shop. So, when Ann was put on the waiting list for an operation, we decided not to rebook for the show this year. We will miss seeing our regular customers there and hope you will be able to visit the shop or buy from our web site. You may see us there as visitors for the first time in 10 years!
Kona Cotton Solids
Kona Cotton Solids are our favoured plain fabrics. They are produced by Robert Kaufman and have a good quality base cloth. The full colour range is extensive, 304 colours currently, and we have them all.
Block of the Month Calendar
We have produced a block of the month calendar for 2014. Full instructions for 12 blocks plus instructions on how to combine them to make a quilt. for more information.
Quiltessential Sponsored 3D Category at Uttoxeter Quilt & Stitch Village
Congratulations to Birgit Schueller from Germany who won this category with her stunning entry: Chocolate Orange Cocktail, a 3-piece cocktail party outfit with each piece made in a different colour and all embellished with exquisite stitching and curved flying geese.
Work has started on Mill Building 17
Builders are now on site to convert Building 17 into a new visitor centre and small business units. This will take around 2 years to complete but will not affect our premises or other activities at the mill.
Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Articles
The February edition of Patchwork & Quilting (UK) Magazine has an article about Ann and Darren telling the story of how Darren's life has changed since Ann opened Quiltessential over 7 years ago.
The January issue of Patchwork & Quilting (UK) Magazine has an article about the Quilt & Embroidery Show which took place at Uttoxeter Racecourse in April. The article includes a feature about the Exhibition of work by Quiltessential workshop attendees which was organised by Ann and Darren. Within the 2 page article there is a written contribution by Darren and several of Darren's photos of the exhibition.
A Big Thank You
We would like to thank all our customers for making 2012 another successful and enjoyable year. There were so many who attended beginners' classes and are now eager quilters. There were the regulars, many of whom are now good friends, who continue to buy our fabric and patterns and support our workshop programme. We have also gained new internet customers as far away as Australia and Japan.
Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2013.
Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate
Thanks to all those who bought fabric from our stand at the show. It seemed to be busier this year and thankfully it didn't snow. We had a very hard couple of weeks before and during the show but have rebooked again for next year (21-24 November).
First male workshop attendee
This month we had our first male attendee in a beginners class. We taught two sisters, their brother and Mum how to do patchwork. It was Mum's birthday treat and was kept as a complete surprise until she got to the shop. Ben's choice of fabrics was a bit 'unusual' but his stitching was very accurate. They all seemed to enjoy the experience and left with their own, unique cushion cover, a new hobby perhaps and, hopefully, some good memories of the special day.
Festival of Quilts
We were trading again at Britain's largest quilt show at the NEC in Birmingham from 16 - 19 August. We also had 4 quilts entered in the competitions and were thrilled that our joint entry in the 2 person category was awarded a 'Highly Commended'. We have called it Logorhythmic. It was designed by Darren over 7 years ago when he designed the Quiltessential logo. We have UFO designs as well as quilts! This one finally reached a successful conclusion. See if you can guess which of the 3 quilts in the picture below is ours (there is a clue in the top corner of this page).
Review of Quiltfest, Jacksonville, Florida in Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
Ann and Darren visited the Quiltfest quilt show whilst on holiday in the USA last year and were very impressed with the venue and the quality of quilts on display. Presuming not many people in the UK know about the show and that none of the UK quilting magazines would have sent a journalist to it, Darren contacted Patchwork & Quilting to see if they would be interested in an article. His first dabble at journalism is in the August 2012 issue of the magazine! If you missed the magazine click here to open PDF of article. This is a 3MB file so may not open instantly.
Quiltessential Students’ Exhibition at Uttoxeter Embroidery & Quilt Show
As well as the competition quilts on display at the Uttoxeter show, there was a small exhibition, organised by us, which featured 22 quilts that had been started by students attending our workshops. We received many positive comments from visitors to the show who said how much they liked our small exhibition. For more information and photos, please look at our blog. The image below shows some of the exhibited quilts.
Ann Mayner interviewed live on BBC Radio Derby
Aleena Naylor was discussing the benefits of quilting on her radio show on Tuesday 14 May and Ann was asked if she would do an interview if the outside broadcast unit came to the shop. However, they didn't tell her beforehand that she was going to be live on air. She did quite well though!
Success at Uttoxeter Quilt Show
Darren entered a quilt in the special category at Uttoxeter and got a second place! This is quite an achievement as it is only his third completed quilt and his second competition entry. See the page for a picture and more details.
We'd also like to congratulate one of our customers, Anne Gosling from Stalybridge, who was awarded first prize in the wall hanging category and also overall winner. The picture below shows her standing proudly next to her beautiful quilt with a larger picture of the quilt below.