Friday, 21 July 2017

Our Best Giveaway Yet!

Win a pair of tickets to Festival of Quilts 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017 Tickets Giveaway


This is not one to miss out on.

We have 9 pairs of tickets for the Festival of Quilts 2017 to give away, so tell all your creative buddies and get entering!

All you have to do to enter is vote for your favourite quilt from Kaffe Fassett’s new book ‘Quilts in Ireland’, enter your details and boom, you’re in!


Entries for the giveaway close at 12pm on Friday 28th July and we will be announcing the winners on Facebook, so be sure to like our page to be in the know.


Share with all of your creative friends and even if you don’t win, maybe one of them will get lucky and take you along!


Click here to enter the giveaway

Don’t forget to sign up to our email newsletter whilst you’re there to receive exclusive deals and hear about all our new product first.


If you are LOVING the quilts you are seeing from Kaffe’s new book, find out more about how you can pre-order the book and save on quilt kits here!


If you’ve already got your tickets to Festival, read this post for all the details on what to see on the Cotton Patch stand.

Good luck!




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Monday, 17 July 2017

Festival of Quilts - What To See Part 1

Festival of Quilts 2017 What to see Part 1

Festival of Quilts 2017 - What To See Part 1

It is nearly that time of year again. We’ve all been saving our pennies, writing our lists and preparing our best me-made bags. At the shop, metres and metres of fabric are being chopped off the bolts and folded into pretty packages. Quilts are piling up and the stock room is filling as we prepare for the biggest show of the year. It must be Festival of Quilts!


Here’s the lowdown on everything that’s happening on the Cotton Patch stand this year.


Kaffe Fassett's Quilts In Ireland


Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland

This year, like every year before, we’ll be launching Kaffe Fassett’s latest book hot off the press. We’ll be hanging a display of some of Kaffe’s new quilts on stand B21, plus the man himself will be on our stand for book signings, see times below.
Kaffe Fassett's Quilts In Ireland

Thursday 10th August - 2.15-2.45pm
Friday 11th August - 2.00-3.00pm
Saturday 12th August  - 2.00-3.00pm


You can pick up your signed copy of Quilts in Ireland for just £21.49 (RRP £23.99), and as a special treat, each book will include a £10 voucher to use against any of our Quilts in Ireland Quilt Kits. So don’t miss out!


If you're not attending Festival, you don't have to miss out as Quilts in Ireland is now available to pre-order (until 31st July) and you will still benefit from the £10 discount off any quilt kit ordered at the same time. Read this post for more information about pre-ordering Quilts in Ireland or click here to go directly to our website.

Westalee Quilting Rulers

Angela Attwood will be on our C21 stand demonstrating the fantastic Westalee Ruler Foot and Templates. If you’ve not seen the rulers in action before, definitely come on over and prepare to be impressed. If you’re considering buying a ruler set, take a look at our ebook first to see the full range and find out whether you machine is high shank or low shank (very important knowledge to have!). Please make sure you also know the make and model of your machine - you would be surprised at how many people don't!

Westalee Quilting Rulers


Accents Quilts

Last month we released our new range of Accent Quilt Kits and you loved them! If you missed out, check out this blog post to see exactly what the kits are all about.


We are very excited to announce that we will be launching even more designs at Festival, there really is one for every taste! They will be adorning our stand so come over for a look and be prepared to be inspired.


Sizzix

Sizzix pro Angela Southey will once again be on our stand to tempt you with all the possibilities of the Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machines. We have a huge range of dies available for patchwork, embroidery, paper crafts and more. Plus for every die you buy you get to walk away with a free 5” strip - the perfect stash builder!

Victoria Findlay-Wolfe (sizzix die designer) will be giving a lecture on 'Creativity and Play' on Thursday 10th, and we will be stocking a great selection of her dies so come and have a look!

Fabric

As always we will be taking along all the best of our Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics, plus a host of other Free Spirit designers. This year includes Tula Pink’s hugely popular Tabby Road collection, Tim Holtz’s fantastic range of Eclectic Elements, brand new Neptune and the Mermaid from Tokyo Milk (definitely one to see!) plus beautiful collections from Shell Rummel and Tina Givens.

Soft Repose by Shell RummelNeptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk


Alongside the fabrics we will have a great range of quilt kits, charm packs, patchwork palettes and fat quarters packs with some excellent deals happening.



Threads

At this years show we are bringing an irresistible collection of threads from Presencia, Coats and Cotty at bargain prices. We will also have our rainbow stand of Glide Threads, a favourite among quilters.

Glide Quilting Threads



And still there’s more…

Yo yo’s, fusibles, ribbons and even fragrances courtesy of Heathcote & Ivory. Plus, we will be launching a brand new quilting frame which allows you to quilt up to king size in just 5ft! More details to follow in part 2.

Each year we try our best to put on a great show for you and we really think you’re going to be impressed! So come and visit us on stands B21, C20 & C21; be inspired by our quilt displays, have a go on our longarm quilting machine, let Westalee and Sizzix revolutionise your craft and make the most of our great show deals.

Festival of Quilts Kaffe Fassett Collective

Look out for our 'What To See Part 2' (coming soon) to find out about our quilting machines, click and collect, new product launches plus a very special guest!


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Kaffe Fassett's Quilts In Ireland - Pre-Order Now

Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland
County Cork, Ireland provides the latest setting for another glorious collection of colour-filled quilts.


From brightly coloured shops to fern-draped streams, photographer Debbie Patterson used the unique Irish landscape to complement and contrast with twenty new quilt designs from Kaffe and his team.

Battenburg quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland Road to Ireland quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland

Kaffe Fassett’s latest book ‘Quilts In Ireland’ is now available for pre-order, plus get £10 off a quilt kit if you order together!


Kaffe Fassett's new book Quilts in Ireland


Pre order a signed copy from Cotton Patch now for just £21.49 (RRP £23.99) plus delivery and we will send it out from 7th August (launch week at Festival of Quilts).

If you order Quilts in Ireland and one of our quilt kits from the book at the same time, you will receive £10 off the price of your quilt kit. Below shows all the quilts we are currently offering as kits. For more information, take a look at our updated Kaffe Fassett e-book here, or click on the image to go to our website.

Byzantine Lozenges quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Battenburg quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Maple Leaf Medallion from Quilts in Ireland

Whirling stripes quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Red Log Cabin quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Road to Ireland quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Shadow play quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Contrast Brassica Snowballs Quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Hourglass quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Green Diamond quilt from Quilts in Ireland

Dancing Blocks quilts from Quilts in Ireland

Chelsea Squares from Quilts in Ireland




If you would like to meet Kaffe in person, come visit our stand at Festival of Quilts where he will be doing book signings. Check out this blog post for the schedule of book signings plus find out what else is happening on our stand.


Terms and Conditions for Pre-Orders of Quilts in Ireland book


  • All pre-orders must be placed before 31st July.
  • Multiple kits can be ordered, but the £10 discount will only be applied once.
  • If you order the book with a quilt kit, your book and kit will be dispatched together in order to qualify for the discount. There may be an extended delay if all the fabrics required in the kit are not immediately available, but you will be advised if this is the case.
  • You will only be charged when your kit(s) and book are dispatched.
  • Some quilt kits include substitutions where indicated.
  • Orders can be placed online or by telephone (please refer to appropriate codes)

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0121 702 2840 or mailorder@cottonpatch.co.uk


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Essential Guide to Buying the Best Rotary Cutter for You


A rotary cutter is a patchwork and quilters' number one tool. It is the most efficient way to cut out accurate shapes with clean, straight lines and well defined corners.


When we asked our ladies and gents at Cotton Patch what their favourite tool was, the humble rotary cutter won the vote hands down.


Being a tool that is so regularly used, it is important that you chose the right cutter for you, and with so many options on the market now you are spoilt for choice!


Reputable brands such as Olfa (the original inventors of the rotary cutter), Clover, Fiskars, True Cut and Omnigrid all make high quality cutters.


But before we delve into the models we have on offer, here’s a couple of things you may want to take into consideration before you choose;


Blade Size



The standard sizing for blades is 18mm, 28mm, 45mm and 60mm.
The small 18mm and 28mm blades are great for intricate shapes and curves, particularly useful if you're dressmaking. The larger ones are more popular for general use.
At home I tend to reach for my 45mm blade, however when doing a lot of straight line cutting at the shop or several layers of fabric at a time, the 60mm is my favourite.


I would suggest that unless you are doing significantly more intricate cutting or high volume cutting, the 45mm blade is a great all rounder for your first blade. You can see our rotary cutter spare blades here.


Safety Covers & Latches


I will put it straight out there - if the cutter doesn’t have a safety latch, don’t buy it. It’s not worth risking your fingers (and toes) for.


It’s important that the latch is accessible and easy to use, and if you have difficulties with your joints (arthritis for example), you may want to look for a sliding latch rather than a button, as they require less pressure.


Most cutters have a button or switch which sits right under your thumb, so you can lock and unlock the blade with ease.


Handle Type


Handles can be straight, curved, ergonomic, padded and everything in between. Comfort is important, and if you have troubles with your hands or wrists, there are a wide variety of ergonomic handles available that reduce pressure.

With these considerations in mind, let us take a look at the best rotary cutters on offer;




This is the granddaddy of all rotary cutters, the one that started it all. So it seems right to begin here.




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Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter has changed the quilting and sewing industry. The most popular size available, this cutter features a durable handle with a blade cover for safety. The cutter is a rolling razor blade used to cut materials into shapes, strips and pieces for sewing, quilting and craft projects. The blade is made of high quality tungsten carbide tool steel for unparalleled sharpness and superior edge retention. Designed for both right- and left-handed use. Also available as 28mm cutter and 60mm cutter


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This is the model we use at the shop for cutting all your beautiful fabric orders off the bolt. It is also the one I reach for at home as well.
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A rolling razor blade that's perfect for all of your sewing and quilting needs. Sharp enough to cut through more than 6 layers of fabric, making quick work of your strip, block, and pattern cutting. Comfortable ergonomic handle reduces hand and wrist fatigue, and dual-action safety lock allows the blade to lock open for comfort and closed for safety. Blade is made of high quality tungsten carbide tool steel for unparalleled sharpness and superior edge retention. For right- and left-handed use. Also available as 60mm cutter


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This is the smallest blade on offer, and perfect for those really intricate projects or if you are using fine materials for dressmaking. If you already own a rotary cutter, this can be a very useful addition to the family. It is not suitable as a replacement for a larger cutter however if you intend but be regularly cutting out patchwork shapes.


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18mm standard rotary cutter from Olfa for intricate designs such as miniatures. 18mm stainless steel blade.


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This model has a straight, rubber grip handle and pressure sensitive cover which moves away when you press down to cut, eliminating the need to lock and unlock your safety latch.



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45mm cutter with lockable, pressure sensitive, safety guard that slides back when pressure is applied and slides back again when the cutter is lifted from the surface.


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The Fiskars Trigger Rotary Cutter has a 45mm cutting blade with a high quality steel blade. It cuts smoothly, precisely and easily through multi-layers. You get ultra-close to the ruler avoiding fabrics from slipping and the long ergonomic handle fits all hand sizes for a comfortable grip.


Simple and safe to use with a blade retracts when you let go the trigger. There is a safety locking system with an orange button to lock and unlock the trigger.


The blade can be easily positioned either side, for right or left-handed.


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This one has all the bells and whistles. The pivoting handle allows you to choose between standard, power and comfort position depending on what you’re using the cutter for. Because of the slightly angled position if the blade, less pressure is required to cut through the fabric making it a great option for those who struggle with their hands and wrists.
See how it works here;





What We Say


The Fiskars Pivoting Rotary Cutter offers a unique pivoting soft handle that rotates to 4 different fixed positions to increase comfort when cutting for long periods of time.


The classic position offers familiar feel, the power position enables you to cut thick material more easily and the ergonomic position (45° to the left or to the right) relieves wrist pressure.


The enhanced blade position requires less force during cutting and makes it easier to cut through layer of materials.


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Similar to the Fiskars, this models blade is slightly angled, meaning less pressure is required to cut. You can also combine it with a TrueCut ruler which guides the blade so you don’t have to worry about rolling off track. This would be perfect for someone who struggles to hold the ruler still whilst cutting. To top it all off, you can customise the handle! What more could you possible ask for from a rotary cutter..
For a detailed look into how this cutting system works, watch the video below




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The TrueCut My Comfort Cutter ergonomic rotary cutter has a unique handle design that aligns your wrist naturally, placing all cutting power directly over the blade and eliminating stress in the wrist and arm. The My Comfort Cutter uses the TrueCut track and guide system, which works with all TrueCut rulers to keep all of your cuts straight every time. This guide is also removable so the cutter can be used normally with any ruler without the benefit of the track and guide system. With the My Comfort Cutter, you can customize your rotary cutter's handle with your own designs, photos or fabric! Colour of Truecut cutter my vary, grey or blue. Also available as a 28mm cutter and a 60mm cutter.

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The best rotary cutter for you depends on your personal needs and usage. If you’re still unsure, check out this handy table;


For loads more information on all the cutters we have available, plus mats, rulers and other accessories, have a read of our e-book, it's bursting with useful information and videos.

If you have any more questions, gives us a call or drop us an email. One of our super knowledgeable members off staff will happily help you out.



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