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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chic & Savvy Fabric by Robert Kaufman

One fabric is chic and the other is savvy, but both celebrate a girl who likes her city.

In a 24" repeat MW279 City Girls takes you in style to one of the world's favorite cities - New York. And, then MW281 Who's That Girl takes you to Europe to experience Paris - at the Eiffel Tower, on a bike, on a bridge crossing the Seine and to Rome on a motorcycle and eating Gelato. When we saw these fabrics we were thinking they would make great backings for the venture seeking female graduates of 2012, but now that they are here we want to also use them as theme fabrics on the fronts of quilts.

Still thinking about graduations? What about a T-shirt quilt for either a guy or a gal? First, a book, "Terrific tees - I Can't Believe It's a T_shirt Quilt,". You will need it for the instructions and with it you will be able to make a more exciting quilt. Using the denim theme fabric to pull it together and/or back it will make it the perfect quilt to drag off to the next stage of life.

Notice the light batiks above. Well, it turned out to be good timing when our light batiks had dwindled to almost nothing. We were able to choose from a large collection and ended up with a wonderful variety of color, scale, texture and design. If you want the convenience of ordering them individually with one click, then Click Here. On our site, when you want to order this way, just scroll to the bottom of any page and click on "Display All Items in Detailed View" and use ONE CLICK to order many items. Since most batiks are mediums this would be the ideal time to add light batiks to your collection.
And, don't forget, we now have an Organic Cotton Collection - Safari Sweet. It feels good too, it is soft. What a great start for a baby.

Monday, February 13, 2012

February Cotton Club Issue

The February, 2012 Cotton Club mailing went out to our members the middle of January. It does that 10 times a year. It includes a 4 page newlsetters along with 8 - 4" useable squares. We have been sending this mailing to our members, since 1986. In February, we featured the Smitten Fabric Collection by Barb Tourtillotte for Clothworks. We thought this line was more about love than Valentine's Day and that the free pattern they designed was a really fun one and would be fast to make.

We do have all 11 fabrics in the quilt so a kit is available. To see the issue and the kit, Click here.

Then, a new Quiltmaker Magazine arrived in the mail and with it, another quilt made from the line. This time it was Hearts Afloat on the front cover. We are able to kit it too, but you will need the magazine for the pattern. A neat thing about the magazine is that it does not matter where you are, you can download the magazine right to your computer for the same price you could buy it on a magazine stand. That is what we did to get our pattern so we would know the amount of fabric required for the kit.

Though it is rare for us to feature one fabric line in The Cotton Club, once in a while we are motivated to do so.

In the newsletter, we also introduce new books, patterns, tools and supplies. In the February Issue, with Valentines still about a month away we featured the EcoluxLighting after market sewing machine light. We have been raving about it for nearly a year now and not a day goes by without us hearing from soneone who made the purchase and loved it. So, if someone loves you or if you love you, it is the ideal gift! We saywe are lighting up the sewing world one light at a time and it is the truth.

We also featured 4 Sewing Card patterns. They are only $3.00 each, fun and fast to make and would perfect gifts for your favorite Valentine. There a funl Little Wallet, Placemats & Napkins, Journal Covers and Pillow Cases. To see the whole issue just, Click here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

EcoluxLighting Sewing Machine White LED Sewing Light

Testimonial - Read what Karen Fox said about her new White LED Strip Lighting: "I sewed with my new sewing machine light last night and LOVE it! I can't believe
how dark it was where I was sewing before I had this light. Thanks for carrying this

All of these years the head of the machine has been shading the area where we most need light. No wonder we were adding lights to our ceilings and buying lights for behind the machine and behind our shoulder and trying to direct it to that area.

The machine (above) lights up the faces of our fellow Quilters when we demonstrate it. And, even though, the Featherweight, because of its large bulb and narrow head has better light than newer machines, the change to white light makes a huge difference. If you already have the Bendable Bright Light, you will still want this one!

There is one to fit any machine, including Featherweights and Longarms. Introductory pricing and satisfaction guaranteed!

Just measure the mostly flat space under the head and buy what will fit. Most home sewing machines use the 4” long 6 light strip. Featherweights use the 3 Light Strip and Longarms vary. If you have more than one machine, you only have to buy one Light Kit, then buy additional Light Strips for your other machines and just move the Power Source from one machine to the other.

Until you see it, you will not believe the difference the White Light LEDs make. And you will love that they are cool. The lights last an estimated 100,000 hours which if you sew 8 hours a day, means they will last 34 years. And, it uses 98% less power. Remember we have added them to our machines and like Karen Fox, we are in love!

For more information about the light, Click here.

Patternista by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex

It is finally time to officially introduce Kaleidoscope Queen Paula Nadelstern's newest fabric line,
Patternista. If you click on Patternista you will see the entire line on one page. It is quite a feast for the eyes. In fact, it is better than seeing it on the shelf. Dragon Feathers is the theme or focus fabric in the line. It is bilaterally symmetrical, has a 24" repeat and comes in 4 different color combinations. To really appreciate all of the color you really have to look at the large images. Below you are seeing an 8 1/2" square cut out of the same place on each color combination. If you click individually on the images below you will see in a 3x5" scan 8 1/2" by 14" of the 24" repeat. It is dynamic and just think it is only part of it!

Four other bilaterally symmetrical designs support Dragon Feathers. They are Chorus Line, Hills and Valleys, Scribbles (8 colors) and the Patternista Kaleidoscope Panels which have become rather famous and useful in a number of pattern designers' work.

This is what Paula said about the line: "I am a Patternista. Patternistas perceive both the outer beauty and the inner logic of the fabrics we collect. Patternistas bring both an esthetic and an intellectual appreciation to what we do, constructing, as well as consuming. This eclectic collection is filled with visual Paulaisms, the point of view I have cultivated about complex fabrics ... Patternista is more than a fabric line that took a very long time: its a bridge to quilts made of simple shapes that read as complex, thoughtful acts of creativity." What a beautiful way to think about our quilts - "...simple shapes that read as complex, thoughtful acts of creativity." Love it!

Recently, Paula said she was looking for maybe miles of a
Deep Marbled Black made by Michael Miller a couple of years ago. We looked into it and it was still being printed so we added it to our Kaleidoscope Miscellaneous Category. If Paula thinks it is terrific, we believe her and since it arrived, we know she is right. You, too, can have some. We are hoping the scan on your monitor looks as good as ours. If it does, you will want it. If you place an order and want a sample, just mention it in the Special Instructions of the Order Form and we will include a 4" square with your order.

In addition to the black, since we last posted to Scope News months ago, we have added a number of other fabrics to our Kaleidoscope Miscellaneous Category, so while you are looking at the black, be sure and scroll down to see the others.

For Paula's, all-over designs, see her Prismaglass colors, Click Here.

And, to see her Sunstone colors, go to, Click Here.

Paula's Giclee prints are still available. With Valentine's Day coming, it might be the perfect time to treat yourself or someone you love to one:

To visit the prints, Click Here.

Also, from this collection of blocks, we still have a good stock of the beautiful notecards, Click Here.

And Paula's Nuance line though still available, as we reorder many are now discontinued. If there are any you especially wanted, pick them up soon. To see what remains, Click Here.

As well as, previous fabric lines books, patterns and supplies, Click Here.

Our goal is to be your best source for Kaleidoscopic fabrics. To visit our Kaleidoscope Category, Click Here.

If you want to receive our weekly Cotton Club updates, Click Here.

If you want to be on our Scope News Email Roster, to which we post occassionally, just send us an email:

Hope you have fun exploring the new line and look forward to hearing from you.
Cheryl -
The Cotton Club