Camp & Certification


Cotton Theory Camp is open to anyone desiring to learn Cotton Theory quilting. Certification is optional. Certification signifies your mastery of the quilting techniques integral to the Quilt First-Then Assemble methods of Cotton Theory quilting.

Best of all, this training and certification course is presented with hands-on, step-by-step instruction from Betty Cotton. Betty is the creator, designer, and author of Cotton Theory quilting. Cotton Theory Camp is a five day event where you will work on and complete five specialized projects. Each module builds upon your knowledge and the techniques of prior modules.

Cotton Theory Camp includes:

• Five days of instruction in a small class (limited to 12)
  by Betty Cotton
• Five nights accommodations
• All meals (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning
  and afternoon snacks, and beverages)
• Supplies to complete five projects (including all kits
  and accessories)
• Shopping opportunity at the Quilt Yard
• Workspace and tools (including PFAFF Creative
  Vision Sewing/Embroidery Machines)
• If you choose to be certified, we offer certificates for
  basic and advanced Cotton Theory construction.


The following training modules will be offered during Cotton Theory Camp. Those who wish to become certified instructors will present sample instructions and demonstrations throughout the training.

MODULE A— Basics of Cotton Theory quilting, including the Highway and the One-Way Street techniques; concepts of reversibility, including three-dimensional presentation; use of the Adhesive Quilting Guide and a variety of threads and needles; pressing; layering; and cutting. Project: Placemat and Candle Mat

MODULE B— More techniques, including borders, decorative stitch quilting, alternating folds on both sides, and aligning intersections. Project: Wall Hanging

MODULE C— Quilted embroidery, introduction to the Freeway technique, and applying a label. Project: Table Topper

MODULE D— Bobbin work in conjunction with quilted embroidery, applying reversible binding, and working with ribbon and yarn. Project: Tote Bag

MODULE E— Quilted applique in conjunction with bobbin work, plus introduction to the Turnpike technique. Project: Button-Back Table Runner

Throughout these modules, you will learn:

• Several Quilt First-Then Assemble™ techniques
• Helpful hints for cutting, layering, pressing, quilting,
  assembling, binding, and much more, including
  embroidery, bobbin work, and applique
• Stitches for quilting, topstitching and embroidery
• Needle and thread combinations for the perfect tension.
• How to troubleshoot various brands of sewing
  and embroidery machines
• Knowledge to overcome commonly made mistakes

After certification you will have:

• Instant samples to advertise classes
• Knowledge to teach five different projects and five
  different bindings (The certification course pays for
  itself quickly once you begin offering classes.)
• Repeat students because each class will build on
  techniques of previous classes, and students will
  want to learn more.
• Cotton Theory Club itinerary (12 month program)
• Clue of the month project
• Certification mark that signifies you have
  been taught by the creator
• Education forms and student sign-in list

Certification can help shop owners increase sales of fabrics, accessories, and sewing machines.

Cotton Theory Camps

$1,500 plus 5.5% sales tax
Begining February 1, 2010 prices will change.
$750 deposit charged to your credit card when you register, balance due upon arrival.
$100 is nonrefundable if you are unable to attend the camp.


Reunion Camps

Reunion Camps are for those who have previously attended a Cotton Theory Camp.

$1,500 plus 5.5% sales tax
Begining February 1, 2010 prices will change.
$750 deposit charged to your credit card when you register, balance due upon arrival.
$100 is nonrefundable if you are unable to attend the camp.


A $750 deposit is required to reserve your space at our Cotton Theory Camp. All refund requests must be e-mailed to
by 5 PM CST at least 21 business days prior to the event. Your fee will be refunded less a $100 administration fee. Cancellations within 21 business days of the event are nonrefundable.

Travel Arrangements

Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (two hour drive from airport to Osseo). Car rentals are available at the airport.

View map and directions to our quilting retreat.

Chippewa Valley Airport Service
Shuttle service between Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Continuing travel service from Eau Claire to Osseo will be arranged by Camp Cotton.

If you are flying into Minneapolis and
are taking the shuttle, once you have
your shuttle arrival time to Eau Claire,
please call Jack at 715-597-2452.
We will arrange to pick you up and transport
you to Osseo. If your flight becomes delayed,
please call Jack on his cell at 715-559-6509.
Thank you and have safe travels.




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