"Cotton Theory is easy to learn and fun. I had stopped making bed-size quilts. Now I am making then again. No more wrestling with large quilts, and I have the satisfaction of doing it all myself. It is one of the best things to hit the quilt world since the rotary cutter."
Medicine Hat, Alberta
"There is so much more to Cotton Theory quilting than the book and DVD. The information and tips given in class (during Cotton Theory Camp) went way beyond my expectations. There are so many creative ways to use this technique."
"At a time in my life when there never seemed to be enough time to finish anything, let alone a quilt, I took a class from Betty Cotton and learned the Cotton Theory. I was so impressed with the quilt first, assemble later techniques and construction that I made and completed many different projects. Now that I have become a certified Cotton Theory instructor, I can't wait to teach others Cotton Theory quilting. Thanks, Betty!"
North Bellemore, New York
"Cotton Theory® quilting is great! I loved it before I ever sewed a stitch. It's so easy to learn, and the end results are so unique and so beautiful. You can turn out a work of art every time and no one will ever guess how easy it really is."
"The Cotton Theory method of Quilt First-Then AssembleT is one of the best ideas in sewing today. Your imagination is your only limitation! The projects in the patterns and book are wonderful. There is no need to be afraid of quilting (or binding) anymore. Can't wait to do more."
"Cotton Theory quilting is a great technique to use to achieve a wonderful new look. This technique can be used on any machine and can be used by seasoned quilters as well as beginners. Every piece from a trivet to a quilt looks professional. This is a very fun technique."
"I've been a quilter for 16-plus years, and often I never quilted the top after it was pieced. With this technique, it's quilted! Now I can't wait to make more quilts. Once you master the basics, there is no end to what you can accomplish."
"This is what the quilting world needs - the ultimate in quilting construction together with a fun way of completing a two-sided quilt all at the same time."
"I love this technique. It is challenging and the results are beautiful. Each project is so unique and very rewarding."
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
"This technique allows you to complete the project front and back in one motion. It is really fun to learn to do."
Mary Ann Womac
La Conner, Washington
"In April 2006 I attended Cotton Theory certification classes and had the greatest, most relaxed week! While the work was intense, it was a pleasure to learn this technique and see the end results. I am eager to share this method of quilting with others. It is very addicting! My mind keeps thinking of different ways to create one-of-a-kind table runners and quilts. I also am a part-time employee in a quilting store, and this will give me the opportunity to show an awesome technique to the customers who visit our store."
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
"Since learning the Cotton Theory, I am excited about the possibilities I can achieve with this technique. After many years of making quilt tops and waiting for someone else to quilt them for me, the Cotton Theory allows me to make an entirely completed quilt of my own work. I recommend anyone who wants to use the Cotton Theory to take a course from a certified instructor. It has made a world of difference in my quilting."
Dryden, Ontario, Canada
"I love your Cotton Theory fold-and-finish technique. I have purchased most of your patterns and the DVD. It is very gratifying being able to finish your own quilt. The process is easy enough that a beginner can do it."
"As a retail quilt shop owner and operator, becoming certified in Cotton Theory quilting has been one of the best investments I have ever made. Our customers love to see new and different projects, and Cotton Theory quilting keeps them coming back for more! The revenue generated by selling Betty's book, patterns, Adhesive Quilting Guide and batting has surpassed my expectations. Cotton Theory classes are going great. I always fill each class and have more students on a waiting list to create another class date."
Millcreek Sewing & Fabrics Erie, Pennsylvania
"Once you get started with the Cotton Theory method of quilting, you'll be addicted. It's the only sewing I'm getting done anymore. It's been an easy technique to promote for classes, because it is unique, easy to do, you have a finished project when it's sewn together, and my favorite part, there's no hand sewing."
"I have taught and personally used the Cotton Theory method for several years. There are many exciting aspects, but the two aspects I enjoy the most are: 1) Reversibility - I have two projects for the work of one. 2) All quilting is done in small, manageable pieces - no more twisting and tugging to make a large project fit under my sewing machine's arm. The students I've taught have all been delighted to learn such a new and versatile technique where they can use multiple stitches, thread options, and completely finish the project themselves without having to send it to someone else to finish."
Fall Creek, Wisconsin
"The Cotton Theory is the most awesome technique I have had the privilege to teach. Every time I teach a Cotton Theory class it is full, and at times we have had to open up two to three more sections of it. It is the best!"
Kansas City, Kansas
"Addicted is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about using the Cotton Theory method. Handling a large quilt and manipulating it within the sewing machine was very cumbersome and at times difficult with my arthritis, so quilting small pieces first and then assembling was very appealing to me. Soon I was planning several projects using the Cotton Theory method even before I was done with the current project! With all the different ways to fold seams, the endless stitch combinations, the variety of threads, embroidery, and bobbin work that do the quilting, the possibilities are endless!"
"I traveled to Osseo, Wisconsin, to learn the Betty Cotton method of quilting. This "quilt first-then assemble" method is an ingenious way to quilt. This method eliminates the overwhelming process of trying to draw a twin- to king-size quilt through your standard machine to quilt it or pay to have your pieced quilt top quilted on a long arm quilting machine. This also affords the beginner a way to complete a project in a very neat, satisfying way, because good results can pretty much be guaranteed no matter what your skill level. Each day (during training) we were presented with a new project, which not only reinforced the Cotton Theory but we were able to use a top-of-the-line embroidery machine to do bobbin work, decorative stitches, etc. If you have a desire to learn a new way to quilt, sharpen your sewing skills, and love to sew, I would highly recommend taking the certification and licensing course offered by Jack and Betty Cotton."
"This Quilt First-Then Assemble" method is an ingenious way to quilt. This method eliminates the overwhelming process of trying to draw a twin- to king-size quilt through your standard machine to quilt it or pay to have your pieced quilt top quilted on a long arm quilting machine. This also affords the beginner a way to complete a project in a very neat, satisfying way, because good results can pretty much be guaranteed no matter what your skill level."
North Olmsted, Ohio
"I am proud to be a certified Cotton Theory instructor and enjoy teaching this technique to others. The patterns have all been very easy to follow with extremely good diagrams and pictures. It has all been a wonderful learning experience for me, and my teaching skills have improved."
North Fort Myers, Florida
"The first question people ask when they learn that I went to Cotton Theory training is 'Was it worth it?' My answer is that I can't wait for Betty to develop new projects so I can go back. This unique technique has made quilting an absolute joy."
College Park, Maryland
"I've been sewing since I was a little girl, but I have never considered myself a quilter because I didn't go beyond piecing the tops. I was always at the mercy of whoever assembled the layers and did the quilting for me. Now that I have learned the Cotton Theory, I can get excited about my quilts, knowing that when I finish sewing everything together, it's finished and I did it all myself."