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Many of you know Marilyn and I traveled to Minneapolis a few weeks ago to attend the Spring Quilt Market. Quilt Market is for the business owners in the quilting industry and happens twice each year, Spring and Fall.
We like to go to market because it is invigorating and we always find great new things to bring back to our customers. This market was no different. We were on the hunt for new block-of-the-month patterns, class ideas, great books, tools, techniques, and trends.
When will you see results of our scavenger hunt? Some things you will notice right away. Others will be rolled out over time as our staff creates new samples. Here are a few pictures from our trip.
Sample Spree Line
Judy Niemeyer displaying one of her designs
One of Cozy Quilt's new designs for Minion fabric
An interesting book for English paper piecing
Renovation Thread Sale!
In my last post I mentioned our store renovation. We've already started the electrical and painting and soon we will have new flooring! As a reminder, we will be closed for two days while the flooring is being completed, Sunday, May 31st, and Monday, June 1st. We will be open again on Tuesday, June 2nd.
Cotton & Chocolate is adding two new thread lines, Superior's Kimono Silk thread and the Sulky Petites Cotton thread. The Kimono Silk 2-ply thread is a very fine, 100% premium multi-filament silk, ideal for hand and invisible machine applique, detail quilting, lacework and bobbin thread. The Sulky Petites cotton thread is the handiest handwork thread because it is easier, faster and more fun than floss. Plus you no longer have to separate floss, no tangling, and you can cut any length you want! It is equivalent to using a 2-strand floss. In both of these new thread lines we are carrying all 80 colors!
In order to make room in the store for these new thread lines, we are closing out some of our existing thread lines. While supplies last all of our Gutermann, YLI variegated and YLI silk threads are on sale.
1-2 spools Receive 10% off
3-5 spools Receive 15% off
6 or more spools Receive 25% off
Don't miss out. When they are gone, they are really gone.
Row by Row 2015 is coming in June, but you can buy the fabric license plates now!
Our Row By Row Experience fabric license plates and logo pin are on-sale now for just $5.95 each. Contact the shop directly or order them on-line today. Simply click on the picture below to reach our online store.
Many of you may remember this program from last year and we are really exited about participating again this year. This is a fun shop-hop type event with no fees, no passports and all summer to play? Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!
All 50 US states and Canada, too!
Travel, collect, and shop starting June 21st
No passports! No fees!
Prizes, collectibles and more fun!Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2015 rows from 8 different 2015 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! Click here for more details. Our row sample will be posted on the California Row By Row Facebook page on June 1st. Patterns will be available from June 21 thru September 8th. Here is a first look at our block.
Southern California 17th Annual Quilters Run is also in June for 2 long weekends
June 18th - 21st and June 25th - 28th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sundays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This year the theme is "It's A Block Party". With 26 shops participating and divided into four distinct areas, you are sure to find lots of fun parties! Here is how it works:
Step 1. Pick up a party invitation (i.e, your passport) at any participating shop.
Step 2. Visit as many shops as you would like during the run dates, and have your party invitation stamped at each shop you visit. Each store is handing out one free "block" pattern and a Robert Kaufman Prisma Dye batik fat quarter to each run participant!
Step 3. Turn in your party invitation by 5 PM on the last day of the run to be eligible for prizes.
For every shop you receive a stamp on your invitation you will be entered into a drawing for a $300 value gift basket from that shop. In addition, for every area you complete (all stores), you will be entered in a drawing for area baskets and prizes. Visit all shops in the run and be eligible for two fantastic grand prizes.
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!