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Last Update (2/2/2024)


January thru April Newsletter and Class Schedule - Click Here
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Are you looking for a class to join? We still have many openings in our upcoming classes starting in January and would love to have you there. You can download and print the Newsletter and Class Schedule by clicking here,  or browse online by the list of classes or by the calendar. You can sign-up for your class either online or in the store. Look here for the class supply list (by teacher). Class samples are available for viewing at the shop.

Check out our new Sale Items category in our on-line store.

Mystery Quilt Program

Have you ever made a mystery quilt? If so, you know how much fun they can be. If not, then we urge you to give it a try.

What is it? A mystery quilt is a quilt made from a pattern that is separated into steps. Each step is provided over time so you don't know what it actuallly looks like until the last step is revealed to you. While this may sound intimidating, it actually makes it fun.

How does it work? You purchase the pattern from us for just $13.50. We'll give you the first part of the pattern which gives you the fabric quantities and the cutting and piecing for Step 1. Then, on the 1st of each month, starting in March, we will release the next step. You can either pick it up at the shop or request it be mailed to you.

There are a total of six steps which means you will receive the last step, revealing the final design, in July. While you can take your time completing the quilt, we suggest you do so in a timely manner because some time in October we will be hosting a show & tell where you can show your colorway and see all the other colorways you fellow quilters have chosen!

What does it cost? The initial cost to you is just $13.50 plus tax for the pattern. Then you choose and purchase the fabric. If you purchase the fabric from our store, we are offering a 15% discount for all fabrics for this quilt including the top, backing, and binding. If purchasing online use the code "mystery" to get your 15% discount.

How much fabric is required? When finished without the optional border, this quilt measures approximately 74" x 96-1/2", a full size quilt. Adding the optional 7" border will make an extra long queen size.

This pattern recommends the following fabric quantities:

Light -- Fabric 1                 2 yards
Medium -- Fabric 2            3/4/ yard
Medium Dark -- Fabric 3   1-3/4 yard
Dark -- Fabric 4                  5-1/4 yard

Optional Border, more of #2, #3, or another   2-3/4 yard
Binding, more of #4 or another                        3/4 - 1 yard
Backing w/o optional border                            5-3/4 yard
Backing with optional 7" border                       8 yards

Things to remember: Fabrics should should have a definite difference in value and/or color in order for the pattern to emerge. Think CONTRAST! Choose a variety of scales and prints for interest. Avoid directional fabrics unless you are prepared to ignore their prints.

Here is picture of the fabrics I have chosen, from dark to light. Notice I did choose a directional print for my dark and I'm fine with that.

Is it hard? Not at all. If you are a confident quilter, you can do this. Each step comes with cutting and piecing instructions which only require basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills. As a bonus, Marilyn will be making YouTube videos to offer guidance on cutting and piecing for each step. These videos will only be available via email link to those who purchase the pattern. We urge you to keep up with each step and enjoy the process! You'll be glad you did.

How do I start? You start by buying the pattern and your fabric. The cutting and piecing instructions for Step 1 will be included. You can participate in this remotely as we will mail you each part of the pattern as they become available. Either come into the store or click here to purchase online. If you are picking up your pattern each month, be sure to make the selection for in-store pick-up.

Finally. This quilt pattern is protected by copyright. The pattern maker has requested that no parts of this pattern or pictures of your finished quilt be posted online (e.g., social media) along with any reference to the pattern name. This keeps it a mystery for others who might be making this same quilt.

Please join us in making this fabulous quilt!  

 

2024 Saturday Sampler Program 

We are happy to announce the limited release of our 2024 Saturday Sampler Program. What makes this program so special? Well, for a great price you can be a part of the program, make a beautiful quilt, and hopefully learn some helpful techniques along the way. We only offer this program once each year, so read on...

The 2024 quilt design is called DayDream and will be a 9-month program starting next April. Why April? That is when the fabric will be available. The quilt was designed by Swirly Girl Designs. The fabrics are all beautiful Tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures. The quilt finishes at 86"x104". 

The program fee includes the cost of the pattern and 12-5/8 yards fabric for the top and binding.  It also includes in-person demonstrations and YouTube videos where Marilyn will provide guidance and tips to make sure you are successful. Backing options be offered at a later date at a discounted price. 

The regular price for this program is $199.95, For a limited time we are offering our existing customers a 25% discount at $149.95. A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required. New customers can still participate at the regular price of $199.95. For this deposit, select in-store pick-up to avoid shipping. Click here to secure your spot now. Balance will be due at the start of the program in April. Dates for demonstrations and block pick-up will be announced at as we near the start of the program.

Door Banner Kit of the Month Club

 

Autumn Postcard Quilt Kit
This beautiful quilt features fabrics from Kaffe Fasset and was designed by Liza Prior Lucy. If it seems familiar it was included in Kaffe Fasset's book "Quilts by the Sea". The design is based on an antique quilt at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

 

This quilt finishes at 84" square and includes over 14 yards of fabric! The kit retails for $199.00. We have a limited quantity available at a discounted price of $169.50. The kit includes all fabric needed to complete the quilt top including the binding, full size templates, a link to the digital pattern and access to online tutorial videos. 

 

As a bonus,if you buy the kit from us, Marilyn will be teaching the necessary techniques (with some great suggestions from her for some likely easier techniques) in a free club setting at our shop. She is labeling it… “Marilyn’s Birthday Quilt Club” because it was supposed to start in her birthday month of September (it didn't) and it is in her favorite Autumn colors that INCLUDES PURPLE, and most of all, it will just be tons of fun. The class is FREE and starts this Tuesday November 7th from 5:15-8:15 PM.  The next two classes are November 21st and December 12th.

 

Note that these sessions will not be available remotely. However, if you are remote, there will be other online tutorial videos available, hosted by the pattern author, Liza. 

 

We have a limited number of these kits available so order yours online, come by the shop, or call us at 805-371-3042.

 

Act quickly because at this price these won't last!

 

 

 

Road To California Quilter's Conference and Showcase Next January

This quilt show in Ontario will be held next January 17th - 20th. If you aren't familiar with this show, click here to learn more. As we have done in previous years Cotton & Chocolate is hosting a bus to take you from Cotton & Chocolate in Thousand Oaks to the show in Ontario. We will be traveling on Saturday, January 20th, leaving the shop at 8:00 AM and returning around 5:00 PM. The cost is $62.95 which includes your transportation, entrance ticket, and a generous tip for our wonderful driver, Ivan from Barnes Charter. We have 54 spaces available for reservation. Please note that once purchased, your ticket is not refundable unless a replacement passenger is available to take your place.

Click here to purchase your reservation on-line. You can also reserve your spot in person at our shop.

For those traveling on your own, we have wristbands for sale. These are good for all days and cost just $19.00 each, payable in cash or check (made to Road To CA).



Sewing Center Available for Rent
 

Our Sewing Center is available for rent, either by the hour or by the day. For sewing we recommend one person per table with a current maximum of 16. For other uses we have enough chairs for up to 25. Our rates are $25 per hour if reserving by the hour, or $15 per person per day (minimum 8 people). For example, a typical 3 day weekend retreat would run $45 per person. For additional information or availability, contact our store at 805-371-3042.

   

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Mondays - CLOSED
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