Friday, 21 May 2010

HandiQuilter HQ18 Avante on YouTube!

Following on from our previous post - click here to view the YouTube video of the HQ18 Avante.

Or click on the videos below to find out more about this 18" Longarm Quilting Machine.

You Tube is an amazing resource for finding out about patchwork and quilting - if you have a fast enough connection of course. For many of our customers who are out in the more rural parts of the UK you might find it difficult to view these videos. If you would like more information about the HQ Avante which is now available in the UK exclusively from The Cotton Patch please contact us on 0121 702 2840.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Quilts UK at Malvern 2010 and the HQ Avante 18" Quilting Machine

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces at the Malvern Show - because its quite local there are many customers who we see at the shop and at the NEC Festival of Quilts. The visitors also included Lynne who I did Tai Chi classes with 10 or more years ago (time just flies where you're doing Crouching Tiger impressions). She began quilting and with her sister, launched an information website for quilters called Quilters Domain - a great resource for people looking for Events listings - well worth checking out to see if there are any local shows either where you live, where you're visiting or where you might want to make a detour to!

Quilts UK Malvern The Cotton Patch stand

We had a great show and the star of the show for us was our new Longarm Quilting Machine - the HandiQuilter Avante 18". Some customers became quite emotional when they realised that this fully EU compliant longarm machine could be theirs! All those quilts that need quilting (and all that basting that won't need to be done!) with all that creativity that could be....created!

HandiQuilter Avante 18

So many quilters have been asking for a long arm quilting machine over the years. We visit Houston and see these wonderful machines but unfortunately in order for us to sell a sewing machine there are a lot of EU regulations that had to be fulfilled before that could happen. Now it is available exclusively from The Cotton Patch!
Not only does it have 15" of open quilting space allowing you to quilt from crib to king with ease but it also has stitch regulation ensuring that you get a consistent stitch from 4 stitches-per-inch up to 18 stitches-per-inch. It features colour touch-screens at front and back, laser lights and comes with full warranty and customer service in the UK.

Handi Quilter Avante 18 Longarm Quilting and Sewing Machine
Its so new we haven't got it on our website yet but here are a few photos of the HQ Avante 18" Quilting Machine on the stand at Malvern. You can also read about the features and benefits of the HQ18 Avante (TM) on the HandiQuilter website.

If you would like more information and pricing please just give us a call on 0121 702 2840.
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Friday, 7 May 2010

Surprise 20th Anniversary Party!

And what a surprise it was - Geoff and Jean Sewell who started The Cotton Patch 20 years ago this week were absolutely taken aback by the surprise that the staff had laid on for them on Tuesday.

A meeting with a supplier was put on hold while they were asked to come downstairs for a very important event. The pictures show the beautiful display of Moet, Anniversary cake, balloons, indoor firework (fortunately the 20th Anniversary celebration did not burn the premises down!), chocolate fountain, strawberries and marshmallows! We know how to celebrate!!!!

Margaret and the other staff had conspired (very effectively) with Nik, Liz and David to ensure that they had no idea what scheming had been going on. Jean and Geoff's grand daughter Ellie who has been working at the shop recently was 6 weeks old when the shop opened - doesn't time fly when you're having a good time!

It was fantastic because even staff who aren't normally in on a Tuesday had travelled to join in the celebrations - all the staff with champagne glasses in hand are shown below.

So all that remains to say it a BIG THANK YOU to eveyone involved in planning - it meant a huge amount to the Directors to have such a wonderful suprise's to the next twenty!!
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