Holiday Greetings from Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe!

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Hopefully, your tree is trimmed with ornaments made in the hoop and a beautiful quilted tree skirt surrounds this symbol of Christmas.  Surely your monogrammed stockings are hung with care….and new fabric lines are dancing in your head!  All of us here at the Shoppe wish you and yours a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year.

Speaking of the New Year, we have some great classes coming up in January!  We have a 4 part Beginner Quilting Class, which will be held on Friday afternoons beginning on January 13 and running through February 3.  Long time instructor and award winning quilter, Dorinda Evans will be teaching this series.  There is a limit of 8 participants and we already have several people signed up, so if you are interested sign up online or come into the store. The cost is $149.00.

Are you ready to learn about machine embroidery?  Susan Ketzel has 25 years of experience and on January 21 from 9:30 to 12:00 you can join her for a Machine Embroidery Seminar.  The cost is $10 and you will get a $10 dollar gift card at the end of class!  Sign up now and make this the year you master this fun and creative outlet. See all of our upcoming classes here.

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We keep re-ordering Lori Holt’s fabulous book, Farm Girl Vintage,  and you only have to look through this darling pattern filled book to know why.  Come get your copy and take a look at the adorable blocks Linda has made and we have displayed!

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We have plenty of stocking stuffers for the quilter or sewist in your life!  Our Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe Gift Certificates make a wonderful and much appreciated gift! We know this because we see the happy recipients when they come in to use them. HAPPY! HAPPY!

We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.  We are looking forward to seeing each of you soon!

10 Reasons To Start Your Own Embroidery Business

Want a creative business with endless opportunities and great flexibility? Then an embroidery business may be just for you!

The world of embroidery has been ever evolving and growing. With the latest technology, embroidering from home has become even easier. Whether you have considered working from home and using your creative skills or just paying for your hobby, check out the many options available. We are here to help!

 

  1. Set Your Own Hours – You have the ability to set your own hours of operation. You can work in your pajamas!

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2. Embroidery is PROFITABLE – the home based embroidery business can be very profitable. Low overhead allows for larger profit margins.
3. You get to define what SUCCESS means to you– “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”– Whit Hobbs

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4. Moveable Equipment – Baby Lock Multi- needle stands are equipped with casters to move your business around. Whether you need to roll it into the closet or transport it to a show, you have the ability to be on the move!

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5. Low Start Up Costs – The home embroidery business does not require huge start-up costs. You can get a professional machine from The Cotton Blossom, supplies, software and training for under $17K (Compared to other start-up businesses that would cost $100K plus).

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6. Expansion is easy – Many customers find that one machine is not enough. Multiple Baby Lock machines can be linked together easily to produce beautiful embroidery FAST.

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7. There Are LOTS of products available that make your embroidery even faster and easier (Specialty Hoops, Hooping Stations, Scissors, etc). And we know from experience that the faster you can produce, the more you can make!

8. SPACE – We all need more of it, but The Baby Lock Valiant only takes up a 2 ft x 2.5 ft footprint, so it can fit almost anywhere!

9. Proven Track Record – Almost every business, company and team use embroidery in some way. Whether it is embroidered polo shirts, jerseys, or hats, embroidery has stood the test of time and will always be a basic business standby.

things-you-can-embroider 10. Your Customers Are EVERYWHERE – For example, how many businesses do you know that use embroidered polo shirts?

 

Why Buy From The Cotton Blossom?

  • We are family owned and operated. We are personally invested in your success.
  • We support YOU – Here at the Cotton Blossom, outstanding service and support is part of our mission. With our “Sew-‘Til-You-Know” policy, we will provide complete training on your machine. Our knowledgeable staff will provide you with all tips and tricks to make your embroidery amazing.
  • We Protect Your Investment – Baby Lock offers the industry’s best warranty protection plan on all new multi-needle machines.
  • We Guarantee Quality – Baby Lock is endorsed by many of the leading celebrities in the industry (Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns, and many more). With their reputation at stake, these ladies understand the importance of quality when choosing a brand. Baby Lock is constantly bringing innovative user friendly technology in embroidery.
  • Service After The Sale – We recommend you bring your machine in once a year for cleaning and service. We know you can’t be without your machine for long, so our experienced technician has a fast turnaround to get your Baby Lock back in business.
  • Easy Trade Ins and Upgrades – Should your business grow, it is easy to trade in your machine for a Baby Lock with more capabilities!
  • We have FUN! – We wouldn’t do this if we didn’t love it and we know you will enjoy the experience of owning a Baby Lock.

 

Valentine’s Day Projects

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we’ve got some fun and festive projects to inspire your Valentine’s Day sewing!

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This gorgeous quilt is a free download here! It’s great for Valentine’s Day, but really it’s great all year, too! Here’s a closer look at this darling collection.

BeFunkyPhoto (1) We also have “Ever After” stocked in the store and online. If you’re looking for a quick project, these panels make great door and wall hangers! You can also use each square in the panel to make darling decorative pillows. Or you could even make napkins for your Valentine’s dinner! Panels are perfect for quick projects.

Collage (15) “Love Is True” is a funky and unique collection that is also fun for Valentine’s Day or any other time of year!

2015-11-18 12.27.00 Cathy made a fun pillow case with this collection! Pillow cases are fun and fast projects. Click here for a free video tutorial on how to make this pillowcase!

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Come see us in the shop in Madison or visit our website!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Cowgirl Up With This Maude Asbury Fabric!

How cute is this for the Cowgirl/Rodeo Queen Wannabe/Horse Loving young girl in your life? This Maude Asbury fabric is perfect for clothing and would be wonderful for a quilt, coverlet, banner, etc. We used the Little Lizard King Ruffle Skirt pattern to make this adorable skirt!

2015-11-18 12.34.03 This skirt was made on the Baby Lock Ovation serger. This serger is unlike ANY serger in the world.  It is threaded by a puff of air. Yes, it threads itself using the Extrordinaire threading system. It can sew with up to eight cones of thread.  The Ovation was used to do both a rolled hem and a cover stitch. This machine can do so many amazing things! Come see us at Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe and test drive it yourself.

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Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe is a certified Baby Lock dealer! We are located in Madison, MS and our store hours are Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. We also teach sewing and quilting classes! Check out our class schedule here.

Come in and see us!

 

Quilt As You Go Tutorial

IMG_8773 Cathy has made a beautiful “Quilt as You Go” Quilt using Free Spirit’s Sundara Oasis by Dena Designs. These luscious colors feature a fabulous elephant border print which really makes this quilt “pop.” This is a quilt you can complete in a weekend!  We are going to show you how easy it is.

Step 1 –  Iron your crib size batting  to remove most wrinkles.

Step 2 – Take batting OUTSIDE and spray 505 on ONE side of the entire piece.  505 is very sticky and will attach to any surrounding surface, so be careful bringing it back inside to your cutting table.

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Step 3 – Lay the batting down flat with STICKY SIDE UP.

Step 4 – Place your rolled up minky at the edge of the quilt batting and press the wrong side of the minky to the batting. Smooth out the wrinkles as you work your way to the other end. Now flip it over, putting the minky on the bottom and the batting facing up.

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Step 5 – Cut desired strips of your border print and arrange on batting.

Step 6 – Now cut other strips 3-4 1/2 x WOF and arrange these on the quilt top until you are pleased with the arrangement.

Step 7 – Label the strips 1, 2, 3 etc. from the bottom up.

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Step 8 – Remove all the strips EXCEPT the number 1 strip at the bottom, leave it facing right side up at the bottom of the quilt.

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Step 9 – Sew along the bottom, 1/4 inch from the edge to secure the first strip -use a walking foot for pucker free sewing! We used the fabulous Dual Feed Walking Foot on the Baby Lock Crescendo.

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Step 10 – Lay down strip #2 FACE DOWN on strip #1, sew along the top edge 1/4 to 1/2″ while ensuing both layers are caught.

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Step 11 – Flip the #2 strip up and iron flat.

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Step 12 – Lay strip # 3 FACE DOWN on strip # 2, stitch along top edge as done in step #11. Flip up and iron.

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Step 13 – Repeat until all strips are used- until the top is reached.

Step 14 – Trim and Square the quilt.

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Step 15 – Cut binding strips 2 1/2″ wide and then sew together at a 45 degree angle end to end as to make one long, continuous strip.  Press open the joining seams.

Step 16 – Press the strip in half, long ways, then place it on the top edge of the quilt and sew using a 1/4″ seam.

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Step 17 – When you get to the corner, stop 1/4″ from the end, back stitch and remove from machine.

Step 18 – Flip strip straight up, then straight down, begin sewing at the beginning of the new edge.  Repeat at each corner.

Step 19 – Turn binding to back and whip stitch the binding to the quilt.

YOU ARE DONE!

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We have kits bundled and ready to go in the shop (available online soon) to make your quilt come together even quicker! You can also choose from either of these gorgeous colorways.

Check out the back as well, it is a luscious purple cuddle minky:

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Here are the FABRICS used for this quilt:

All fabrics available at www.cottonblossomfarm.com

From Sundara Oasis Collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit

1/4 yard of Kaiya Aqua

1/4 yard of Kaiya Purple

1/4 yard of Pavana Orchid

1/4  yard Yasmina Orchid

1/4 yard Vinithia Orchid

1/2 yard Kalidni Orchid

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PLUS these other fabrics:

1/4 yard of Lavender Chenille

1 1/4 Yards of Cuddle Purple (for the back)

1/4 Yard of Diamond Lavender (a batik fabric)

1/2 Yard Dimples Crocus (from the Dimples by Andover) Binding

PLUS supplies

Crib size cotton batting,  45 x 60 (not fusible)

505 Spray Adhesive

Cutting Mat

Rotary Cutter

 

If you would like to make a quilt-as-you-go with other fabrics, here is the basic supply list

  • Crib size cotton batting,  45 x 60 (not fusible)
  • 1.25 yds of 65” wide MINKY fabric for backing
  • Six ¼ yd cuts of cotton print fabric (see above list for fabrics used in Elephant Quilt)
  • ¼ yd of chenille
  • ½ yd of fabric with a border if the border runs ACROSS the fabric (if the border print runs parallel to the selvage you need 1 ¼ yards to get enough of the border)
  • ½ yd for binding
  • 505 spray
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Walking foot for sewing machine

 

 

Other colorways available. Check out the whole collection of Sundara Oasis here:

http://www.cottonblossomfarm.com/833-sundara-oasis

Happy sewing!