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News: 4/16/2015

Hot off the press, here is a link to the May thru August 2015 Newsletter and Class Schedule: Click here. Class sign-ups start Saturday, August 18th. Updates to the online calendar are in progress...


 Sign-ups Start This Saturday, April 18!

Yes, this Saturday is the start of class sign-ups for this next session. Have you see the class samples in the shop? They are amazing! I'm already thinking about 3 or 4 of them. This may sound a bit like a broken record, but I've actually heard from several people that they think this session's classes are some of our best ever! If you haven't been in to see them, I really urge you to come by. Several, but not all, are shown in our class schedule that you can download right here. All are available for preview right now at our store. Can't make it this Saturday? Call the shop and sign-up over the phone! After the initial walk-in rush, we process all phone orders. This is the best way to reserve your space in our most popular classes!

Newsletter Errata

Please note we have found a few errors in the class schedule (alas, we are not perfect).

Errata 1: Fat Quarter Frenzy Tote (Vaune Pierce) cost is $54 (newsletter erroneously lists as $36).

Errata 2: Charming Posies (Candy Sharpe) Friday classes May 1, 8 and 22 are from 10:15 to 1:15 (newsletter erroneously lists the classes from 10:15 to 4:15).


Prismatic Star (sample not at shop)

This 1-day paper piecing project from famous design Judy Niemeyer will be taught by our own certified teacher, Catherine Wilson. While it looks complicated, it isn't. Three fabrics is all that is required. The pattern includes enough papers for two table runners or six placemats. While we don't have a shop sample, this quilt is stunning. Class starts soon, so don't delay in getting signed up! The class is Monday May 4, from 10:15-4:15. And the cost is just $38!


Fabric Dyeing

Some of you may remember when Sam Hunter taught this class. If not, you should take note. This is a wonderful class where you not only learn how to dye your own fabric, you actually dye your fabric right in the class! I took this class from Sam and so loved my fabrics I made a beautiful quilt I call "Pineapple to Dye For".  

pineapple to dye for

This class will focus on more muted colors. You bring the pre-treated fabric (available from the shop) and the teacher provides the instruction and dye. Trust me, you'll love it! We have 2 classes, Sunday June 14 or Sunday August 9 from 11:00 - 2:00. Only $20!

dyeing muted


Have you seen the latest McCall's Quilting? Marilyn is famous!

mag cover

Look inside the magazine on page 46 and you will see our very own Marilyn Petersen and her newest design, Fanfare Baskets, featuring the new World of Romance collection by Robin Pandolph for RJR. We currently have the magazines in stock and are waiting for the fabrics to arrive (they are stuck at the port). As soon as we have the fabrics in stock, we will let you know. Kits will also be available. Ask nicely, and Marilyn might even show you the actual quilt depicted here from the magazine!

m quilt


Birthday Program
You may or may not remember this, but we give our customers a big 20% discount on fabric as our birthday gift to you. All you have to do is have your name in our computer and come in within 6 days of your birthday (either before, on or after).  Your birthday discount is on your entire fabric purchase, but can only be given once each year.

Now unlike my wife, I am not so good at remembering things. So to help you remember this wonderful gift, we want to send you a reminder postcard in the mail.  This is where you come in. We need your address and birthday. Next time you come into the shop, be sure to have the staff update your profile to include your correct address and birth date. Optionally, you can send us an email using our Contact Us page with the details and I'll be happy to update your profile. Remember to give me your name as well because your clever email addresses don't always translate into your name (right avidQuilter@gmail.com?). Oh, and don't send me your birth year (I'm really not interested - I've been married for 32 years).

As a bonus, each month we will be drawing one name from all of our customers (with birthdays) and sending them a $25 gift certificate. The sooner we have your information, the better the odds of you winning!

Happy anniversary to us and happy birthday to you and thanks for being loyal Cotton & Chocolate customers!