October 28, 2010
Remember how I mentioned
the song "Blue Skies" in last week's newsletter? Well,
shortly after sending that Lily & I set off up the highway and she
asked if an Ella Fitzgerald "mix" was ok, and that was the
first song to come on! How funny is that?!
Anyway, we were driving
under cloudy skies, with our friend Susan, heading to Lincoln Nebraska
to visit the Quilt Study Center & Museum. We saw this
great exhibit, Quilts of South Asia. I highly recommend you try
to catch it before it closes on Nov. 7.
a great shot of Lily & Susan admiring one of the many quilts on
display. This one is all reverse appliqué with small, detailed
quilting between the motifs. Hard to describe, and difficult to
comprehend the hours that must be involved.
The exhibit was
excellent. There were great photographs of the homes of the
quilters in their native countries. This made the quilts seem
all the more awesome to these mid-Americans, with our Berninas,
complaining about poor lighting and cat hair! LOL I
don't think we'd get any sympathy from the artistic women of India,
Pakistan & Bangladesh! Dust and dirt seemed prevalent as it
was the main building material for their homes.
Interesting how young women in every culture seem to love to carry RED
on their shoulders!
While there was much to
learn and admire about these quilts, the number one lesson for me was
that we may "fuss" too much.
Please continue to
strive to do the best job you can, but when a quilt isn't exactly flat
or square, know that it wouldn't be any more charming if it were!
quilts were not given to a machine quilter to finish either!
Part of why they were not completely flat was because of the detailed
and very close hand stitching and quilting. Even when some of
their hand-dyed and possibly hand-woven fabrics had bled, it didn't
detract from the quilt's overall beauty. I would have taken any
one of them, "flaws" and all!
I just finished an
unusual quilt, that I like very much but Fluffy LOVES! She seems
to think I made it JUST for her, as it matches her
This is a PRINTED IKAT.
I.e. it is printed to look like a hand loomed fabric known as IKAT.
The fabric line is
called SANTA FE, from Windham.
Some of these fabrics
are marked down and still available in the BARGAIN section of the
website, and at Charlotte's Bargain Fabric & Stichery.
I have just 2 kits for
this quilt as shown. If you like the backing I used, please
click to add that to your order.
It is also available in
BLUE. I'll choose a nice backing for that one, if you ask me
to. The pattern I used is from Kansas Troubles, called TICKED
You can order it here:
We have two great
HALLOWEEN QUILT KITS left, just one of each, so you might want to phone 316-284-2547 if
you want to order one of these.
first is from the HAIR-RAISING COLLECTION.
It is 25% off the
second is a queen-size HALLOWEEN QUILT sampler quilt featuring several
different fabric lines. The pattern is NORTHERN LIGHTS by Marti
Michell. Click here for images of the entire quilt. It is
also 25% off the original price.
HALLOWEEN FABRIC is 50% off.
in the store and
on-line. Quantities are limited to that on hand, of course, so
when it's gone, it's gone. Check it out now, here:
SPECIAL OFFER in the
Get 5 months of kits for
just $5. This is a savings of $20!
We introduce a new
pattern & kit each 1st Wednesday of the month.
Check them out in the
store now. 5 COLORS to choose from.
Ruth has posted some new
FINISHING KIT suggestions. Kits are available now. Be sure
to get them soon. Offer ends Nov. 2nd.
If the weather holds,
they should be finishing the construction on the I-135 ramps to SE 36th Street, leading the
CHARLOTTE'S BARGAIN FABRIC & STITCHERY. If you are coming
from the north (Newton or beyond), it is still best to use either Old
81 (Kansas Ave.) or Spencer Road.
At the MALL, Nov. 4th,
5th & 6th ONLY!
Buy 5 yards of PINK TAG
fabric & get 5 yards FREE!
The lower price yardage,
pink tag or not, will be free.
Minimum cut 1/2 yard,
sold in 1/2 yard increments.
WHAT A DEAL!! See
you next Thursday, Friday & Saturday at
Fabric & Stitchery!
Hope to see you soon!
Have a great weekend!
Charlotte's Sew Natural
710 N. Main St.
Newton, KS 67114
Mon. - Fri. 9:30 - 5:30, Thurs.
'til 8, Sat. 9:30 - 5
Fabric & Stitchery
601 SE 36th St (Chisholm Trail Mall, #103)
Newton, KS 67114
Mon. - Fri. 10 - 5:30, Thurs. 'til 7, Sat. 10 - 5:30
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)
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