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    Cotton Theory???

    I was at the local expo center today. They had a section on quilts and a vendor was pitching the "Cotton Theory" Has anyone ever done a quilt using this method. It looked really cool and maybe something I'd like to do. The only drawback was my budget wouldn't permit the costly book or DVD. This method is basically a quilt as you go. Just wondering if anyone could further explain this to me. Figured if anyone knew it would be from this board. You guys are GREAT!! Thanks
    Life's a dance, you learn as you go

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    I just finished a cotton theory quilt, I took a class at a local quilt shop, at first seemed a little over whelming, but once you get the idea of how it goes together, it was alot of fun, I have the quilt on my bed, and I think its the warmest quilt, I have ever made. You quilt the blocks as you go, then you use a folding tool to connect the pieces, not hard to do once you understand the process. I have seen the books on ebay at a discount at times. Enjoy, I would do another one again.

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    Do you have a picture, sounds interesting and different.
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    My library has the book, maybe you could check your local library?

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    It's too complicated to explain, sometimes you can find great deals on Amazon if no one on the board has the book.
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    I just saw some on eBay - priced from $15 to $55 !!! I'm thinking I'll check the library first to see if I really would want to add it to my library.

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    I bought the book and some accessories at a quilt show a few months ago. Haven't done it yet, but just glancing through the book made me a little nervous. I wish I could take a class on doing it.
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    I got the book for Christmas last year and following the instructions was able to make a nice table runner. I also have a table topper started. I think the book is worth the investment.
    Linda in Mississippi

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    I never heard the phrase 'cotton theory', but I am making 'quilt-as-you-go' blocks. I sew together each block top, then sandwich it, then hand quilt it. I have quite a stack. When I have enough I will sew them all together, top first then the back. Is that what you are talking about?
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    This you tube shows the basics. Several quilt shops in our area have classes called Quilt as You Go, which I think are based on this method. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_uDhKTSQB0
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    Have never done this myself but would be interested in the book What is the name of it so I can check it out - please pm me - I probably wont find this back lol thanks cheryl
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    Thanks guys.....I'm gonna try the library today....see I was right, this board knows everything
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    Here's a youtube video showing the Cotton Theory technique.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5bhMJechuM

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    Sounds like a good idea.... I'll have to look into this.

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    Try Amazon for her books. They are expensive but easy to follow. It does take practice for a good result.

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    I had made one of their quilts and I will never make another!! A friend and I took the class and we both agree about making anothyer. When the quilt is finished it's quite heavy but looks nice. Making the quilt was very tedious and to have an expensive book for this is ridiculous. All that's needed is following the pattern. So for anyone who's making one of these quilts - good luck.
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    Quilters TV has the series Betty Cotton did on Sewing with Nancy. You can from from the creator of the quilt-as-you go process. I find her method of quilting very successful, but use it ony for a joining process of large piecrd blocks that I have quilted. Her smaller pieced quilting that she does, I find somewhat stiff and more bulky than I prefer.

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    We did a class with my guild. The women who taught the class were very nice and did a good job on teaching. My biggest problem with the cotton theory is the cost of the books & patterns and you use lots and lots of thread. You quilt many small pieces, sew them together with large seams, trim and finish. There is a lot of waste of fabric and I felt an overkill on the quilting. Everything is very heavy when done (I made a wall hanging). JMHO

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    I love this method. You can do it with the folded "joins" on the front or back.

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    We had a teacher come to our quilt group recently to teach the Cotton Theory. It reminds me of Fun 'n Done. I had a lot of fun and liked learning a new technique. It is somewhat heavy for me. Make sure that you have a large enough square in the middle, when you make a tablerunner or placemats. There are a lot of heavy seams and your vase or bowl might wobble if you don't have enough room.

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    You can get a video tute on Quilters TV....it is under the pieced projects...something like that but there are also soooo many video tutes!! I have it in my favorites.

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    i bought the book, tried it, sold the book.
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    Just did a class on this on Saturday. I borrowed the book and even though I had the 'tool' didn't use it. I don't think I'd do a quilt like this. A wall hanging,table runner, table topper, or purse - YES!

    I does take more material than just doing a QAYG. Like the rag quilt you need extra material around the edges. In the rag quilt you sew a wider seam then cut into this seam allowance to fray the edges. In Cotton Theory (CT) you use the extra fabric to fold over and then sew it using your fancy stitches.

    The finished CT product is not smooth or flat due to the folding and sewing. I know several quilters have made table runners, placemats, and such and liked the effect.

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    I thought I would give it a try.

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