March 1, 2013
Hello March! Happy Birthday Dad! :)
Hope everyone had a good,
short month, because of/in spite of all the snow!
Randy, Lily & I ran
south, away from last week's SNOW storm to visited Austin,
Lily & I went to the first MODERN QUILT GUILD QUILT
SHOW, known as QUILTCON. That was fun! (Randy visited a bunch
of LBJ stuff. He said he had fun too. :) )
There were quilts to
see, speakers to hear, fun make & take craft activities, and silly
photo booths! :) Like the popular Michael Miller Fabric's
"Rain" booth! Oh yea, and vendors. :)
My "Best of
Show" vote went to
IN DEFENSE OF HANDMADE,
Thomas Knauer, quilted by Lisa Sipes. His starting point was the UPC
code of a Martha Stewart mass-produced quilt sold at Macy's.
colorful barcode, trapunto lettering and technically perfect machine
quilting was all very interesting, and the subject was thought provoking. Do factory-made
quilts have personality? Is the individuality of a quilt lost when
produced in mass by
a factory worker?
Lily used her smart
phone's barcode reader to "scan" the quilt, and sure enough,
it brought up the Macy's quilt item! Clever!
Austin seems to have
We had a good lunch across
the street from the convention center. Lily always has hand-work
with her. She was paper piecing hexagons. My hands were
busy with chips & a margarita! LOL
back to the Show and more quilts!
Some of our favorites
included interesting fabrics, interesting quilting, and interesting
Lots of quilts used
SOLID COLORS or fabrics that appeared to be solid from a short
You couldn't find a
better selection of SOLID
COLOR COTTONS & TONE-ON-TONE "COLOR WALLED" fabrics,
than you'll find here in Historic Downtown Newton! Let's get
is a detail shot of A ZIG AND A ZAG by Angela Pingel. I really
liked the variety of fabrics she used in what was an often repeated
pattern, the CHEVRON.
I found myself very interested in the
"details" of the quilts and the patterns, even though the
quilts were generally very graphic and bold at first glance.
There was lots to pay attention to.
This second detail is from HANDYMAN by
Jenifer Dick, quilted by Angela Walters. It is quite different,
and I really liked the quilting!
think Angela Walters is coming to the IMQA Show in Wichita. I
must try to get into a class with her. I hear she's a good
This is a shot of the entire quilt.
I got home I was all inspired to start working on another MODERN QUILT
of my own! I just finished a dark one, so mainly, I wanted a WHITE
or LIGHT GREY BACKGROUND!
key element of a MODERN QUILT seems to be lots of "negative space" in which to
quilt. This will take some work for me, since I do not
"see" or imagine the quilted surface. I only
"see" color, shape, & fabric. I'm glad I know so
many talented quilters to help me out with the quilting! But I
am going to work on stretching my own vision this year! :)
With several WIPs already lying
around, I decided to use the scraps from my
SATURDAY SCHOOLHOUSE project, a "work in progress" (WIP).
I made an "improv" MODERN
quilt, and used it as a sample to see if the batiks were colorfast, i.e., safe to
use with a light background.
All washed, no bleeding, and they
were colorfast! Yea!
(I'll quilt it in a bit.)
APRIL 20TH, 9:30 to 5
- Attend different classroom demonstrations at each school (quilt
- Demos begin each hour from 9:30 until
- Receive 20% off demo item
- 2-1/2” Fabric Strip Kits are 25%
- Collect all 5 Strip Kits
- Choose to make one of the 5 fabulous Strip Quilts on display
Click here for more details including
locations of the classrooms (quilt shops):
APRIL 20 SCHOOLHOUSE
PRODUCTS continue to be added to both stores and the web site.
HENRY always has such unique designs.
Check out this newest CARTAS
MARCADAS in bright colors.
After a trip to Austin, I'm really
ready to work with this fabric!
These "cards" are used to
play a popular Latin American game, Lotería, similar to Bingo.
Too fun using DAY OF THE DEAD, or Día
de los Muertos characters!
A week from this
Saturday is the SECOND SATURDAY, March 9TH, so plan to join us at 9 (doors
open at 8:45 a.m.) for
touching on the newest
SHOW & SHARE for
for the 3rd block in the SATURDAY SOIREE sampler quilt!
join the FUN!
available. Get your first block kit with enrollment fee of $18.
Bring the finished block to show by 9 a.m. on Saturday March 9th, and
you'll get your next kit for free.
FABRICS now in the store, or click
here for details!
most people are English Paper Piecing with HEXAGON SHAPES, I just used
our newest paper shape, the PENTAGON, to make a BOWL. (Meiko
trying to help, but not in a very good mood due to the snow outside!)
bowl uses 12 papers, which are left inside the finished bowl.
Most people would stitch these together by hand. (Recognize the
fabric from a current WIP? Hope I didn't need that ! LOL)
come with the papers. I, being short of time, figured out how to
stitch them by machine using a fine machine needle, and clear thread.
Check out all our ENGLISH
PAPER PIECES here:
Click here for more
information on my BOWL
CLASSES STARTING IN MARCH!
- FREEDOM RINGS - A CIVIL WAR QUILT
Starts Thursday March 14th, 1:30 -
2:30. 6 monthly sessions. An alternative setting, without
the eagles, will be offered.
Saturday March 16th OR
Wednesday March 20th,
12:30 TO 4:30 (Room for just two more students in each
Please call the store for details on
these classes. 316-284-2547
I am excited to be
celebrating my 4th ANNIVERSARY of
Charlotte's BARGAIN FABRIC &
STITCHERY, Sew Inexpensive!
Located just south of
Newton, in the Chisholm Trail Mall!
Through March 7th:
50% off DAILY SPECIAL!
Come see us every day for new selection! :)
4 fat quarters for $5.97 (You
choose, limited to stock on hand.)
DOUBLE PUNCHES on all 4-yard
cuts! (Extra savings off already low prices! Offer
good through March 7, 2013)
EARN $$REWARD$ with Charlotte's
BARGAIN PUNCH CARD!
Stop in soon to see the newest
BARGAINS at our Mall store just 4-1/2
miles south of downtown Newton.
25 minutes north of downtown Wichita on I-135.
CHANCE! ONLY ONE!
RHAPSODY quilt top kit available for 25% off, including pattern.
MORE BARGAINS on the WEB can be found here:
Many more bolts
added again this week!
Lots of new product in both the downtown store and the
bargain store at the Chisholm Trail Mall.
Click here to see the NEWEST
ADDITIONS to the web.
You can once again click VIEW ALL! :) Less
showing not because we've been adding any less, but because we've tweaked
the web so that just the past couple of weeks are being called
"new" to make it easier for you to view ALL.
The newest group from
CLOTHWORKS is very EARLY SUMMER! Yes, it will be here before we
know it! Check out WATER LILLIES:
Have a wonderful weekend.
Maybe this one won't be so Wintery!
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 6, Sat. 10 - 5:30
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)
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