Quilters Quest F.A.Q's

Below we have gather the most frequently asked questions for you. If you have a question that is not answered below please feel free to ask us!

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What are your Opening Hours?

We no longer have a shop open to the public. You can place an order online at anytime day or night. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to arrange a Longarm quilting appointment.

Do you have Special Offers?

You can keep up to date with all our news, shows and special offers by joining the Quilters Quest Newsletter.

Do you ship to the UK Islands?

Yes we ship to the islands around the UK. However for SewEzi Tables please contact us first to get a shipping quote. Get a Shipping Quote.

When will I Receive my Order?

We will post online orders for fabric and wadding on the next available working day. SewEzi orders will be sent via courier as soon as you confirm a date for delivery, we use a 2-day service for SewEzi table deliveries.

Can you Explain how I Order Different Quantities of Fabric & Wadding?

Quilters Quest fabric and wadding is sold online in multiples of quarter metres. Simply enter the amount you require in the Qty (Quantity) box. For example, let's say you want to buy 3 meters of a 108” extra wide backing fabric, simply enter '12' in the quantity box (12 x ¼m = 3m), this means you will be sent a piece of fabric measuring 120" x 108" (3m x 2.75m).

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What is the Minimum Amount of Fabric & Wadding I can Buy?

Our minimum cut is 25 centimetres (approximately 10 inches). Orders of more than one will be cut as one single piece.

Do you give Free Samples?

We do not send out free samples.

How much Backing Fabric & Wadding do I Need?

6" to the final measurements of your patchwork quilt top - for example, if your quilt measures 76" x 88", we recommend your backing piece should measure at least 82" x 94" - those extra few inches will allow you to put the layers together more easily and for any shrinkage during the quilting process. It is always better to have too much than too little! The same applies to your wadding.

Should I Pre-Wash my Extra Wide Backing Fabric?

We recommend that you pre-wash fabric only if you are going to wash the finished project at some stage. You must NEVER pre-wash your wadding, it should only be washed after your project has been quilted. Opinions on pre-washing fabric are wide and varied; there are pro’s and con’s to both sides of the argument but ultimately it is entirely up to you. Fabric is pre-washed to remove excess dyes and to pre-shrink the fabric - a 100% cotton project could shrink by approximately 3% when washed.

If you are going to prewash your fabrics here are some very basic rules: Always test a small sample of your fabric to see what effect, if any, there will be. Separate light and dark fabrics. Small scraps or strips should be placed in a pillowcase to reduce unravelling and tangling. Use a mild detergent with NO fabric softener. Use a short, gentle cycle at 30 degrees or less. When drying fabrics, it is important to iron them before they have completely dried. Finished projects containing both light and dark fabrics are best washed in cold water to prevent colours transferring. Pre-washing rich fabrics could cause the colour to fade slightly. Pre-washing will also alter the feel of your fabric.

Why should I use the Long Arm Quilting Service provided by Quilters Quest?

Yvonne has been practicing the craft of longarm quilting for many years and has a computerised longarm quilting machine. Your pieced top will be professionally longarm quilted with no need for marking or basting.

Yvonne has an extensive range of continuous line quilting patterns designed to interlock; these will not look like row upon row of the same pattern but will fill your quilt top from top to bottom and from side to side with a beautiful design. The computer software on our Statler long arm quilting machine offers 1000s of distinctive designs.

I hear Yvonne always talking about the importance of a scant ¼" seam allowance. What is this?

A scant ¼” seam is one of the most fundamental elements of patchwork so get this right and you’re on your way to perfect blocks! To sew a scant ¼” seam allowance you need to sew a tiny fraction less than the full ¼”. The reason for this is that a small amount of fabric is taken up when pressing.

To test your seam allowance, sew three strips of fabric together that are 1½” wide, press the seams and then measure the centre strip – it should measure exactly 1” between the seam lines. On many machines it is possible to move the needle position to get your scant ¼” seam.

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