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News: 12/8/2014

As promised, here is a link to one of Marilyn's favorite brownie recipes. I say one of because she has several favorite recipes. This is the one with caramels in it. Super yummy whether you eat the dough or the cooked brownie. They are especially good after chilling in the refrigerator. Enjoy.

Bon Bon Bebe from RJR

RJR Fabrics has a new line coming out in April 2015 called Bon Bon Bebe by Robin Pandolf. Click here to see the fabrics. Marilyn has designed a beautiful crib-sized quilt using this fabric and Cotton & Chocolate have the pattern available soon. If interested click here and we will contact you when it is available.


News: 12/3/2014

January - April 2015 Newsletter and Class Schedule

It's our pleasure to announce our new Newsletter & Class Schedule for January thru April 2015. We do this only 3 times each year, but every time it's special. It's like the quilt store gets a shop reboot. When it boots up for the next class session, the shop is decorated with new class sample quilts, the teachers are eagerly awaiting new students, and everyone is excited about the quilting opportunities.

Of course, the December class sign-ups is even more special because this is the once a year opportunity to get into our famous Saturday Sampler program (see page 3 for more info). Samples will be up in the store by this Saturday (Dec. 6th) and the first day of class sign-ups will be the next Saturday (Dec. 13th). Remember, when you sign up and pay for your classes on the first day you will receive 10% off on your class supplies, whether you buy the supplies that day or later (we give you a coupon).

Holiday Hours

As for our Holiday hours, most of you know we are closed all major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Additionally, we will be closing early (at 1 PM) on the Wednesday holiday-eves.


Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase

“The Best in the West”
at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario CA

January 22-25, 2015
No Rolling Carts Allowed, and Strollers on Sunday Only

Thursday - Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 3:30 PM

Don't Miss This Show!

Classes Begin Monday January 19 • Preview Night, Wednesday January 21   (Vendors are NOT open on Preview Night!)

Most of you by now know about this quilt show. It's one of the biggest in the state (and nation). I know it is in Ontario and that seems like a far away place, but really its only about a 90 minute drive. This year they are completely changing up the set up and so it will seem like a brand new event. We plan to be there and we want you to be there too.

In fact, we are sponsoring a bus to bring 53 of you eager quilters to the show. For just $45 we will provide the coach, driver tip, and entrance fee. We depart from Cotton & Chocolate at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 24th, and return that evening around 7:00 PM. If you are interested in being a part of this adventure, we are taking sign-ups at the store, on a first-come basis. You must pay the $45 in advance and sign a waiver form for us to hold your space. We can take your reservation and payment by phone, if desired. We do anticipate filling this bus during the next few weeks so if interested, don't wait too long to reserve your spot!

Also, we have advance purchase tickets (wristbands) available at the store for $15.00 each (cash or check only). These wristbands are good any day including preview night and can also be used for re-entry if you go more than one day.


The Holiday Season is About Giving

Each year at this time Cotton & Chocolate reaches out to our generous staff and customer base to help support those in need. First up on our list is the Community Shoppe which brings together a huge number of churches and volunteers to serve those in need.  To help this year, please bring an unwrapped toy to our store and place it in the collection box at the back of our shop. Don't wait too long as our box will be collected on December 10th for the December 14th event!

Christmas Shoppe 2013 by the Numbers…

  • Churches Involved: 52
  • People Served: 7,246
  • Volunteers Involved: 1,336
  • Agencies and Schools Served: 92
  • Value of In-Kind Donations: $245,844.00
  • Volunteer Value of Work: $132,264.00

Community Christmas

If you are looking for other opportunities to serve in your community please call or email the ACTION office at (805)987-0300 or action@actionvc.org.


New Items on Our Website

As mentioned in the last email, we've been busy at Cotton & Chocolate creating new patterns and kits and are excited to make them available to you on-line. All of our new patterns can be found in the on-line store category called Hot Chocolate Press Patterns. All of our new kits can be found in the on-line store category called Kits.  We have Holiday kits and several kits featuring English Paper Piecing. Please visit our website to browse all of our new additions. Here are a few more examples.

Merry Stitches
(kit only)
I just finished this quilt top. Yes. Me. It was fun and easy (if you discount the few times I had to rip out my mistakes). I used the wing clipper tool to make the flying geese, and they came out terrific. They even look good when sewn facing the wrong way (and even better when fixed).

Featherd Fancy
(kit only)
This kit is easier than you think because the applique pieces are already laser cut and pre-fused. You simply place them, iron and sew. Easy for me to say (I don't do applique yet). There is still time to make this before Christmas!

Feathered Christmas Cover
(kit only)
Did you read my description for the Christmas Wreath kit? Well ditto here.

Bloomin Garden Cover
(available as a pattern or kit)
This is another of Marilyn's new designs. Available as either a pattern or a kit. As you can see, the kit is filled with wonderful modern fabrics and the blue background makes this a beautiful, bright table topper.

Antique Garden Cover
(available as a kit or a pattern)
This pattern has been a favorite for quite a while now. I think this is the third or fourth time we've make kits for this pattern in soft florals. It's just beautiful. The extended hexagon flowers are appliqued onto squares and then sewn together. The scalloped border really makes this quilt.

Scrappy Folk Heart Cover
(pattern only)
This is  a great pattern written by Margie Fisher who has been teaching this quilt design for years and finally has it published! Way to go Margie!

(kit only)
This picture doesn't do this quilt justice. The fabric is way cute and the panels are all taken from the famous movie we saw as kids.

Merriment Cover
(kit only)
This is a great holiday quilt that just looks amazing. You won't be disappointed after making this beauty.

English Rose Lane Cover
(available as a pattern or kit)
This is Marilyn's latest design and is it ever a stunning beauty, currently my favorite. What I love about this quilt is that she used the bamboo batting and it came out super soft!

Lady Bug Cover
(available as a kit or a pattern)
You may not realize it, but the cute lady bugs in this quilt design are actually made up of English Paper Pieced hexagons and diamonds. Come that with a little embroidery thread and you have cute little lady bugs on your quilt!


 New fabric?

You may not believe this, but we really do get new fabric in just about every day.  If you want to see (and maybe buy) the latest fabric before it gets sold to someone else, you have to come into the shop regularly. Even if you don't buy something, it is always nice (and comforting) to stop by and see what's new. You might just surprise yourself!

While you are at the shop, remember to look around at the class samples. There are still many classes for November and December that have openings.


Pumpkin Patch Lane  

Arlene Stamper's new fall quilt design is called Pumpkin Patch Lane. Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Company is offering this design as both a BOM and a quilt kit.  The cost for this 6-month BOM is $32.17 per month for a total of $193.00. If you pay for the entire BOM up front we are offering a 10% discount for a total of $173.70.  If you pay for the entire BOM, you can elect to receive it over six months or as a one-time quilt kit.  Taxes and shipping costs will be applied as appropriate. We anticipate the monthly shipping cost to be $5.00 per month if you receive it monthly, or $15.00 if you want the entire kit at once. If ordering the kit, please note fabric is cut as a regular kit and not as six separate BOMs. Program start date is planned for early August.

Take a stroll down Pumpkin Patch Lane where Autumn is being celebrated!   Pumpkin Patch Lane has 4 Autumn themed houses, a sweet squirrel and oak tree fusible applique block, an easy pieced basket block and a quick pieced pumpkin and vine border.  The details of each house block will warm your heart…from the pilgrims serving dinner in “Give Thanks” to the house that is shaped like an acorn in the “Acorn House” to the charming scarecrow overlooking the “Harvest Barn”!  The Accessory Fabric packet includes all the cute specialty fabric for the blocks including the Pilgrims in the Window, the Scarecrow Face and the Fall Quilt on the Barn. Finished Quilt is 76” x 65”. “Pumpkin Patch Lane” is made with “Chrysanthemum” by Maywood Studio fabrics.

pumpkin patch lane (Large)



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!