Thursday, July 23, 2015

Handi Quilter Fusion Longarm Quilting Machine Installed at Manchester Metropolitan University

We were delighted earlier this year when Manchester Metropolitan University's Textile Department decided to go ahead with the purchase of a Handi Quilter Fusion 24" Longarm with Pro Stitcher.

Here are some pictures from the installation.

We're looking forward to seeing what the students create on this beautiful machine. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Highlight on Wonderfil 50 weight Cotton Threads - Tutti and Konfetti

Thread Highlight - Konfetti™ & Tutti

WonderFil manufactures these 3 ply threads from extra long staple Egyptian cotton. These threads are mercerized and double gassed. 

The Mercerizing process creates more lustre in the thread as well as giving the ability to absorb more dye.  The results are beautifully vibrant and bright thread colours. 

The process of Double Gassing burns off the little fibers that stick out from the thread.  WonderFil double gasses the cotton thread, which means that the threads are passed through a flame (or electrical current) and 80% of the hairs are burnt off.  The thread is then gassed again and 80% of the remaining hairs are burnt off.  This results in a very low lint cotton thread.  

Konfetti & Tutti™ are WonderFil's 50wt cotton threads. There are 60 colours available in the solid Konfetti™ thread.  There are 41 colours available in the variegated Tutti™ thread. That's a lot of colours to choose for you next project.

The threads are available from The Cotton Patch in 1000m (1093yd) spools. We also have Shade Cards if you would rather have the real thread to compare to.

Wonderfil Shade Card Konfetti

Tutti Shade Card


The variegated Tutti™ thread is random dyed.  The colour changes are not equal.  This creates some truly unique threads.  Look at the variety of variegation in the threads.

Here are some ideas of how you can use these 50wt threads.

Machine Applique

Free Motion Machine Quilting 

Chain Stitch embellishing on a serger

Machine Embroidery 
tutti stitch

These are some of our favourite threads - we hope that you will enjoy them too!

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Snow Leopard Fabrics - Floating World

The Floating World fabric range is designed by Snow Leopard Studio for Free Spirit fabrics. Now the inspiration behind Snow Leopard is Philip Jacobs who we know can produce some stunning designs. The previous Snow Leopard fabric range Botanical was also a firm customer favourite. We now have ten new fabrics and two fat quarter packs from Floating World.
Floating World Fat Quarter Pack
The Floating World Collection is inspired by the Japanese Ukiyoe style, a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. The Ukiyoe or "Floating World” was concerned with capturing the beauty of the passing moment in everyday life. This beauty could include: the first snow fall on a distant hill top, the early morning mist in a valley, maple leaves floating down a river in autumn, cherry blossom petals scattered by the spring wind. The Floating World Collection from the Snow Leopard Studio vividly captures this same ethereal beauty. The designs are inspired by the many antique prints, paintings and drawings in the Snow Leopard archive, carefully adapted for fabric to reflect this same essential quality of timelessness.

The Make It Coats website has a free pattern that you can use with the Floating World fabrics

Floating World Quilt Pattern

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Sizzix Machines!

By Liz Holpin

We're very excited to see that Sizzix have launched some new machines and re-coloured the existing Big Shot. New dies will no doubt follow and for those in the know it looks like they might include bunting dies! Now that would have been useful for the Royal Wedding (says the person who made about 100 metres of bunting!)


In this video Beth from Sizzix shows how to run a Bigz L die through the new Big Shot Plus.

Beth's Top Tip - angle the die as you put it through and if you have 6 layers of fabric it will run through beautifully!.

While we were at the show on Sunday it got a bit quiet from time to time as Sundays at shows can do. That's when we filmed the video. So then we got chatting and we had a great idea - we love the new colouration of the Sizzix Big Shot. Why? Because it doesn't have lots of stickers and decals on it so we can PERSONALISE IT!  

That' right - just imagine we can now Pimp our Big Shot! 

A few quick searches of the internet and look what we found - you can Pimp Your Wheelie Bin. I mean who knew!?!

Just check out what you can stick on your Wheelie Bin!

Now just imagine some lovely stickers on your Big Shot! The world is your oyster...back to reality. 

Here's a picture of Beth at the recent Sewing for Pleasure Show - doing an amazing job of demoing as was Angela, Beth's Mum - what a team!!

Beth from Sizzix at Sewing for Pleasure demonstrating the Big Shot Plus

 Check out our videos on our Cotton Patch Channel - here's the link to our channel. 

For more Sizzix dies visit our Cotton Patch website or take a look at our Sizzix e-brochure for inspiration and ideas as well as pictures of the dies and some of the projects that you can create with Sizzix.  You can browse it on a phone, iPad, Kindle, etc, just like a proper catalogue....Sizzix E-Brochure.

Sewing for Pleasure Roundup 2015

By Liz Holpin

For those of you who couldn't make it to the show - here is a roundup of some of the pictures from our stand over the past four days. 

It was lovely to see everyone and for those who visited our stand - don't forget that for the next ten days you can use the special code on the back of our postcards from the show to get a 10% Online Discount!  Yay!

Printing on Fabric and TAP Fabric

Lots of Sizzix dies - not many left by Sunday!!

Notions and Haberdashery

Setup day - time to go home!

Lampshade Kits are now available in 3 sizes - 20, 30 and 40cm

The new Grace Q'nique was revealed for the first time in the UK. A 14" Midarm on a Frame

Lots of Test Driving of Longarm and Midarm Sewing Machines

We even had a solar eclipse!

Stuart Hillard was on the Make It Coats demonstrations

Stuart with his latest quilt quilted on the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante

It was very busy!

Demonstrations of the Antex mini iron, Gem master and Fabric master

Joy from Pastures New Quilting demonstrating how to cut with a rotary cutter and Omnigrid and Omnigrip rulers

Joy from Pastures New Quilting demonstrating how to cut with a rotary cutter and Omnigrid and Omnigrip rulers

Lynda with the Avante

Geoff demonstrating the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Sitdown Longarm

Lynda Jackson our Handi Quilter Educator demoing the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante

The Grace Q'nique in action - 14" of throat space!

Beautiful gift packs of fat quarters - some were 3 for 2!

Freespirit/Rowan fabrics available by the metre

Bookshelves and Projects

the very lovely Beth from Sizzix demonstrating the Sizzix Big Shot and the new Big Shot Plus

So thank you to everyone who visited our stand - we hope you enjoyed the show and that it inspired you to start a new project (or complete an old one!)  Hope to see you next year :-)

From everyone at The Cotton Patch