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Welcome To Cotton & Chocolate
Shop Update (11/18/21)

 

September thru December 2021 Newsletter and Class Schedule: Click Here 

 

COVID-19 Update
Per CA State Guidelines as of August 20, 2021:

Masks are required at all times inside the store,
regardless of whether or not you are vaccinated.  
As a reminder, we offer alternative shopping methods to you
including on-line shopping with shipping or curbside pickup, telephone ordering (805-371-3042), or by private appointment.

 

 

Quilt Sample Sale & Storewide Sale Sat-Sun Nov 20-21
Once again we are are having our annual Quilt Sample Sale where you and your friends can actually purchase quilts! We will have lots of quilts at amazing prices, often near the cost of the materials or even less! Don't miss this amazing opportunity. Tell your friends! Saturday from 12-5 pm and Sunday from 12-4 pm.

In addition to the quilt sale, we will be offering a store-wide 15% discount on all fabric. This includes fabric cut from bolts (1/4 yd. min.), and cuts goods including fabric packs, towers, layer cakes and jelly rolls! Online shoppers use code Fab15.

But that's not all, we are also reducing all Fall and Holiday fabrics by 25%. Fall and Holiday kits are also reduced by 10%.

We also have a great selection of gifts. Check out this video where Marilyn highlights many of the items we have available for you right now.

 

2022 Saturday Sampler - Plum Fusion

Welcome to the 2022 Saturday Sampler Program!  We would love for you to join us to make this beautiful quilt. This beauty finishes at 108” square. You can optionally change the design by stopping at the center and skipping the four setting corners, however the price below remains the same and you will receive all fabrics. The dates for the next four months are Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2 with dates for the future listed in the upcoming newsletters. Click on the picture above or here to watch a short video about this program amd see this quilt and the vibrant colors that really look better in person (yes, the quilt is hanging at the shop!).

 

About the Quilt:

 

The one time program fee includes the cost of the pattern, the 18.5 yards fabric for the top and binding.  It does NOT include the 10 yards required for the backing.  We will taking orders for the backing fabric soon and will require a $25.00 deposit to reserve your backing with the balance due when it is received. The backing price includes a 15% discount on the fabric.

 

Class Time:

 

You can attend either the 10:00 am or 11:00 am session, your choice.  We will have up to 100 people enrolled in this program and limited seating.  Arriving a little early (we will open the shop at 9:45) will help get you a seat.

 

This Is How It Works:

 

We have two options with two different prices. Option 1 (in-person) cost is $166.00. Option 2 (flexi) cost is $186.00. See below for more information on each option. Additionally, we are offering an optional “Oops Kit” which will include a fat-quarter of each of the 12 fabrics (3 yards total) for just $34.80. These prices are deeply discounted from full retail. Click here to order the In-Person Option. Click here to order the Flexi Option. Click here to order the Oops Kit. You can also enter "2022" in the search window on our website to make your selections, or call or come into the shop where we have the quilt hanging for you to see.

 

Option 1 (In-Person): On the designated Saturday each month, we will open the shop before regular store hours.  The block with be introduced along with a short demonstration of a technique or a tool that is used to make the block.  Note: The “Folded Corner Clipper” Ruler, Tucker Trimer 1  and the “Wing Clipper Ruler” will be used throughout the year and are highly recommended.  You will take your kit home and make the block.  You MUST bring it back the following month, completed.  If you so do, the fabric for the following month's block will be provided to you free of charge.  You are also invited to participate in the "Show &Tell" at the start of each session.  Any quilts are welcome! Also, typically prior to the class we will post a YouTube video that will demonstrate that month’s technique to serve as a reference tool during the month. This has proven to be very helpful.

 

Can't make it to the meeting or didn't make the block?  You must pay $10.00, regardless of the reason, to receive your next month's block.  You cannot send a friend in your place.  If you miss a meeting, the block fabric will be available from that Saturday forward, not any earlier.

 

There is one more condition, you must show up on time and stay for the entire session.  We will give you one coupon good for one free "no whining pass".  You can use this one time during the year if you miss a session or do not make your block. 

 

So, in summary, the system is easy - bring back you block to the next session in person and you get the next kit.  No show or no block = $10.00 for the next kit (or use your one free pass).

 

Option 2 (Flexi): There is no requirement for you to attend the Saturday sessions. You simply pick-up your block anytime after we release them on the designated Saturday each month. Alternative, we will mail you each block plus cost of the postage. You are still welcome to attend the Saturday demonstrations but will not be subject to any penalties if you have not completed your block prior to attending. You will always have the YouTube videos available for reference.

If interested, please sign up soon as space is limited and we will be closing the program to new sign-ups December 5th. 

Holiday Wish List
This year, make shopping easy on you and your gift-givers. All you need to do is fill out our wish list, drop it off at the store, and let us help your shoppers find exactly what you want.

You can complete your wish list at our store, or click here to download your own copy. Bring it to the store or email it to jerry@cottonandchocolate.com and we'll keep it safe in our Special Wishes notebook for easy reference by your gift-givers. Don't for get to let your gift-givers know we have the list at the store!

2022 Road To California Quilt Show

One of the largest quilt shows in the country is coming next January. The Road To California Quilt Show is January 19th-22nd, 2022. If you have ever been to this show you know it is huge and there can be long lines to get tickets just to enter the show! Well, we have tickets for you to purchase ahead of time. These tickets (in the form of a wristband) are good for all four days and cost only $19.00. You can purchase your ticket from us for the same price as the show and save time when you go. Please note we only accept cash or check for payment. We have plenty of tickets and they will be available thru Friday, January 21st, 2022. For more information on this show, click this link.

We want to make sure you are also aware of their current COVID-19 policy that requires all attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours. This policy may change between now and the quilt show. Click here to get their latest information.

Basic Show Information

Show Dates: January 19-22, 2022

Hosted by: Ontario Convention Center

2000 E Convention Center Way

Ontario, CA 91764

Covid Policy: Proof of vaccination or a Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Click here for the latest information.

Show Hours

Wednesday January 19th through Saturday January 22nd.

Wednesday - Friday - 9:00AM-5:30PM

Saturday -                9:00AM-4:30PM

Ride The C&C Bus To The Show
Many of you have already been asking out a bus trip to the show. We have done this for the last several years and we are pleased to announce that we have reserved a coach again this year. As an added bonus, Marilyn & I will be the bus chaperones! The date is Saturday, January 22nd, 2022. We will be leaving C&C at 8:30 AM and returning around 7:00 PM. The cost of the trip is just $49.95 and includes round-trip fare (we won't leave you there), show entrance fee, and a generous tip for our bus driver. You do not have to buy a separate ticket to the show. We have 53 seats available on the bus and they can be purchased starting today, either online or at the shop. Please note that all riders are required to sign a liability waiver, or you will not be allowed on the bus.

Click here to make your online purchase/reservation.


Community Christmas Shoppe
We have been supporting this great event for several years. The community Christmas Shoppe is sponsored by ACTION and local churches working together to provide an opportunity for families in need to select Christmas gifts for their children and to share the love of Christ.

How can you participate in blessing the community?
 - Donate NEW, unwrapped toys by December 5th. Drop-off boxes located in church lobbies, local businesses including Cotton & Chocolate, and the ACTION office
 - Volunteer: personal shopper, hospitality, prayer, gift wrap, childcare, guest check-in. Sign up at www.ACTIONVC.org

Gift suggestions are listed below (Think Teens who seem to have the least selections). Thank you for caring and supporting!!






Stitch Pink Kits

We are happy to announce we now have Stitch Pink kits in stock. Not familiar with Stitch Pink? This is a program sponsored by Moda Fabrics each October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year's pattern is called Together and features Sincerely Yours fabric designed by Sherri & Chelsi from Moda. This can done on its own or as part of sew-along (starting Oct. 26th) with Sherri on YouTube. Sherri's YouTube channel is called A Quilting Life.


The quilt finishes at 64-1/2" x 75-1/2". Our kits are just $137.50 and include all fabrics for the top plus the pattern. Click here to order. The kit doesn't include the binding, but we will have several of the fabrics left over for you to choose from. What a lovely quilt and kit for you or a friend!! Time to get started!!! Our kits are limited so don’t wait.


New Sewing Center Weekend Retreat Added
Marilyn & Jerry are sponsoring another Cotton & Chocolate Sewing Center Weekend, Friday-Sunday, October 29-31. The cost is just $45.00 for all 3 days. Hours are 10-5 on Friday and Saturday, and 10-4 on Sunday. Come sew with us and get some projects done! Click here to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Dolores Wolff Memorial Service
Some of you may have known Dolores both from Cotton & Chocolate, but also from earlier incarnations of our store. Dolores was a fabulous quilter and teacher. She continued to teach until very late in her life. Dolores passed away just about a year ago and Patti Adams is hosting this memorial for those that want to come and celebrate her life.


The memorial will be on Sunday, November 14th from 1pm to 3pm. The address is 517 Strauss Dr. in Newbury Park. Please bring your favorite written (8 1/2x11notebook) memory of you and Dolores. These will be made into a keepsake book for the family. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP at 805-498-6546.

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 805-241-3042.


YouTube Video Links
Folded Corner Clipper 
Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Ruler

Into The Stars Mystery Quilt Part 1
Into The Stars Mystery Quilt Part 2
Into The Stars Mystery Quilt Part 3
Note: There are no videos for Parts 4-6

November SS Halloween Figs Block 23
November SS Mineral Matrix Block 11 Pt 1
November SS Mineral Matrix Block 11 Pt 2
October SS Halloween Figs Block 22
October SS Halloween Figs Block 21
October SS Halloween Figs Block 20
October SS Mineral Matrix Block 10 Pt 1
October SS Mineral Matrix Block 10 Pt 2
September SS Halloween Figs Block 19
September 
SS Halloween Figs Block 18
September SS Halloween Figs Block 17
September SS Halloween Figs Block 16
September SS Mineral Matrix Sashing Pt 3
September SS Mineral Matrix Block 9 Pt 1
September SS Mineral Matrix Block 9 Pt 2
August SS Halloween Figs Block 15
August SS Halloween Figs Block 14
August SS Mineral Matrix Block 8 Pt 1
August SS Mineral Matrix Block 8 Pt 2
August SS Mineral Matrix Block 7 Pt 1
August SS Mineral Matrix Block 7 Pt 2
July SS Mineral Matrix Block 6 Pt 1
July SS Mineral Matrix Block 6 Pt 2
July SS Halloween Figs Block 12
July SS Halloween Figs Block 13
June SS Mineral Matrix Block 5 Pt 1
June SS Mineral Matrix Block 5 Pt 2
June SS Mineral Matrix Pieced Cornerstones
June SS Halloween Figs Block 10 Crown Star Block
June SS Halloween Figs Block 11 Block Star Block

February SS Mineral Matrix Part 1
February SS Mineral Matrix Part 2
February SS Halloween Figs Part 1
February SS Halloween Figs Part 2
March SS Mineral Matrix Part 1
March SS Mineral Matrix Part 2
March SS Halloween Figs Part 1

March SS Halloween Figs Part 2
April SS Mineral Matrix Block 3 Part 1
April SS Mineral Matrix Block 3 Part 2
April SS Mineral Matrix Inset Border
April SS Halloween Figs Block 5
April SS Halloween Figs Blocks 6 and 7
May SS Mineral Matrix Block 4 Part 1
May SS Mineral Matrix Block 4 Part 2
May SS Halloween Figs Blocks 8 and 9 Pt 1
May SS Halloween Figs Blocks 8 and 9 Pt 2
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 1 Intro
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 1 Rolling Stone Block 1
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 1 Double Pinwheel Block 2
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 2 Intro

Traditional Halloween Figs Month 2 Flying Geese Cross Block 3
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 2 Crown Star Block 4
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 3 Goose Tracks Block 5
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 3 Simple Star Block 6

Traditional Halloween Figs Month 3 Double Pinwheel Block 7
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 4 Nutmeg Star Block 8
Traditional Halloween Figs Month 4 Simple Star Block 9

 

What's new?
Are you subscribed to the Cotton & Chocolate YouTube Channel? If not, follow this link and then subscribe to our channel!

Want more? We also posted two technique videos on two of Marilyn's favorite tools, the Folded Corner Clipper and the Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Ruler. These are worth watching over and over again so you really know how to use them!

Covid-19 Status
At Cotton & Chocolate we are aware of the latest restrictions in Southern California. We are now open with at full capacity. We continue to sanitize our store each day. We do appreciate your business, whether in-store or on-line. If desired, we do offer private shopping time by appointment and curbside pick-ups. Please call the store if you need more information at 805-371-3042.

Our new store location (380 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks) is fantastic and we are really excited to share it with you. Click on the picture below to take a virtual tour.




What will you find inside? Lots of great new fabrics, notions, and fun new goodies just waiting for you!!!  We hope you love our new home as much as we do and we really look forward to seeing you soon.
  
As a note, if you cannot make it during our regular store hours or would like to visit without anyone else in the store, we can make arrangements for private shopping hours based on our staff availability. Please call the shop.  Our new phone number is 805-371-3042. 

Regular Hours
Sundays 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Mondays - CLOSED
Tuesdays-Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 PM
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Quick Links
Jerry's Jelly Roll Jig YouTube Video - Click here
Class Registration Form: Click here

English Paper Piecing using the Glue Baste Method
English Paper Piecing by Machine
Folded Corner Clipper 
Bloc Loc Half Square Triangle Ruler

2020 Saturday Sampler YouTube Links

January Intro - Click Here, Part 1 - Click Here, Part 2 - Click Here, Part 3 - Click Here
February Intro - Click Here, Part 2 - Click Here
March Intro - Click Here, Part 1 - Click Here, Part 2a - Click Here, Part 2b - Click Here
April Intro - Click Here, Part 1a - Click Here, Part 1b - Click Here, Part 2 - Click Here
May Intro Part 1 - Click Here, Intro Part 2 - Click Here, Block Construction - Click Here
J
une Intro - Click Here, Block Construction - Click Here 
July Intro Part 1 - Click Here, Block 1 Construction - Click Here, Block 2 Construction - Click Here, Fruit Pizza Recipe - Click Here
August Intro - Click Here, Block 1 Construction - Click Here
September Intro - Click Here, Block Construction - Click Here
October Intro - Click Here, Block Construction - Click Here
November Intro - Click Here, November Block Construction - Click Here
December Block - Click Here

2019 Saturday Sampler Links
January Intro - Click Here January Half Square Triangles and Bloc Loc Tool - Click Here
February Introduction - Click Here February Precision Piecing Instructions - Click Here
March Intro - Click Here March Center Block - Click Here March Hour Glass - Click Here
April Intro - Click Here April Folded Corner Clipper - Click Here
May Intro - Click Here May Center Block - Click Here
June Intro - Click Here June Friendship Stars and Checkboard Block - Click Here
July Intro - Click Here July Part 1 - Click Here July Part 2 - Click Here
August Intro - Click Here August Block - Click Here
September Intro - Click Here September Block - Click Here
October Intro -  Click Here October Block - Click Here