Pam started The Quilt Room in Dorking, Surrey, 40 years ago when Nicky was three years old. The shop was first located in the living room of the flat they lived in, and initially, the shop sold ready-made quilts. However, it soon became clear that customers wanted to make the quilts they saw, and so it gradually changed from selling quilts to selling fabric and teaching patchwork and quilting.
In the late eighties, The Quilt Room moved to larger premises down the road and stayed there for well over 20 years. In 2010 we moved the shop back up to the High Street to the downstairs part of where we were originally and, in 2018 we made the big decision to move out of the High Street to new premises in Beare Green. This meant that we could run our shop, mail order and longarm from the same building. There is a lovely new café next door plus a free car park right outside which is a great bonus.
We love fabric (who doesn’t, right?), and you will find a diverse mix in our shop – modern and contemporary through to traditional styles. There is something for everyone. All the fabric we stock is 100% cotton and of top quality. We visit Quilt Market in the States usually twice a year to bring back the latest fabric collections and quilting inspirations.
Alongside our shop and website, a huge part of what we love to do is design quilts, and we are particularly well known for our jelly roll quilts. We have had over thirteen best-selling books published worldwide and are currently working on another book based on fat quarters. We also run a successful wholesale pattern business in the States.
A huge turning point for us was when we established our longarm quilting business in 2006. This has really shaped the direction in which our business has grown. We now own two Gammill Statler Stitchers and, thanks to these wonderful machines, we can design and make lots of new quilts. It really is a joy to see so many quilts being longarm quilted – a definite perk of the job!
We are a small enthusiastic team, always on hand to help you and make your time with us enjoyable.
Pam & Nicky