June 14, 2013
Sorry I missed getting a
newsletter out last week. Lily, her dh, my dh & I took a fun
trip to Washington to meet up with more family.
We were on an island in Puget
Sound that was about as different from Kansas as it gets! LOL
Took a wonderful
hike. Here are Lily & me inside the remains of a giant
lots of wonderful marine experiences, and even found ISLAND
QUILTER! Had to get our fabric fix! They have lots of
fabric too! Some things are the same as home in Kansas!
I got to spend a day
exploring downtown Seattle on my own.
this door invite you in?! I just loved the display concept and
One of a chain of
stores, this was a new retailer to me. To see many more old
sewing machine displays, check out the All Saints web site, and be
sure to click on the video link for the Chicago All Saints store,
which looked just like the Seattle store I visited. I thought it
was great! The clothes were kinda cool too. :)
What will they do with
all these little sewing machines when they change their theme?
How many lives does a sewing machine get?
HOME to Kansas!
These are the ELEPHANT
DAYS of summer! What? you ask!
These are the days that you wish you
had a trunk so you could conveniently spray yourself with water many
times a day! LOL
We do have many, many elephant
fabrics in the store. Check them all out here:
Special this week, order a select ELEPHANT
ASSORTMENT as shown above for special SAVINGS! The more you
buy, the more you save!
entire month of June, we're offering a FREE ELEPHANT PATTERN with every web order. Also available for the asking when you visit Charlotte's
Sew Natural in downtown Newton.
Everest the Elephant is a pattern for
a small 18 x 18 inch square pillow or wall quilt. But you can do
as I did and surround it with more fabric for giant effect! :)
Voila! Latest in my "modern" series!
Click here for a printable pdf file
Click here to order a complete kit
for EVEREST THE
ELEPHANT, including the backing (which is a darling jungle baby
print that is sort of shadowing through to the front in the photo
Here you can clearly see the seams,
illustrating how I put it together. It was sort of a work in
progress at this point, and I have more seams than really needed, but
you can get the idea!
And what a difference the quilting
makes! Thank you Wilma and your computer guided straight lines!
If I do it over again, I'll probably
adjust the contrast line so it looks like the elephant is standing on
the horizon. oh well! cute anyway. :)
Click here for BABY QUILT KIT info:
(Everest the Elephant could use 1"
Speaking of THANGLES, available now, New BUCK-A-BLOCK year-long series -
using 1.75" and 3.5" THANGLES.
The monthly BLOCK KIT for a BUCK to be picked up
in the store, will contain 1 white strip & one black strip, and
each month a different block pattern to make a 7-inch finished block. You'll also need
a package of 1.75" Thangles.
BONUS KITS will be available each month,
to make the block larger, finishing at 14". Each month's
bonus kit will feature a different solid color, as well as a different
black/white print and you'll always use the same pattern (available in
the first month's kit). The strips will be cut to size. These
kits will cost $3.99. You'll also need 3.5" Thangles.
See the entire selection of THANGLES
BUCK-A-BLOCK may be MAIL ORDERED.
$8.49/monthly includes postage or just $4.99 when added to any other
order that month.
The QUILT KIT
and yardage for Moda's latest installation to the on-going program, Collections for a Cause:
THE MILL BOOK
SERIES: CIRCA 1835, is on-hand now and also in the web store.
This group compiles reproduction prints from a French
mill book (salesman's sample book or was it something more
devious?) dating back to 1835. Authentic in color and in scale, this beautiful new collection showcases the fine, delicate print quality of the period.
Proceeds of the sales of The Mill Book Series will benefit the American Quilt Study Group to assist with educational programs, offer more scholarship opportunities, and enhance the abilities of the AQSG.
Moda also offers a FREE PATTERN on their
web site for the quilt.
Need tips on
appliqué for the Reel Blocks in the quilt's center? Please ask! I'm currently using
freezer paper that I ran through my computer printer to hand-appliqué the shapes.
A good technique for this quilt's center.
you are doing needle-turn for the first time, I would suggest breaking
this pattern down into smaller parts, rather than trying to appliqué
it in one piece as the pattern is drawn.
a series of 4 arcs and 4 leaves to surround the center. This way
you will be an expert on points (which are much easier) rather than
struggling with so many "in-y" indents. :)
fine, long straight pins here:
Lily has been doing some hand-work
too. She got a lot accomplished on our trip!
She is working with Moda's
HONEYCOMBS, fabrics from the line
by Bonnie & Camille.
uses 2.5-inch HEXAGON paper shapes. She wraps the edges and
bastes the corners, then stitches together by hand.
She did all the pressing before
leaving on the trip.
we didn't have the right size triangle papers in the store, she
ended up cutting the hexagon papers into parts, to yield the triangles
she needed to join the hexagons with the solid white. It worked just fine!.
This will be finished as a hexagon-shaped table
mat. Very cute!
Many new fabrics in a variety of
styles have arrived this week. Be sure to take a quick look at:
PASSPORT - ANDOVER
EVEN A MOUSE - CLOTHWORKS
Plus many more NEWEST ADDITIONS here:
We have a GREAT SELECTION of fabrics for
Father's Day is this Sunday, June 16!
Even if you only show him the fabric, and maybe promise it by
Christmas, we're sure we've got something for the man in your life,
"father" or not. :)
Check out all the neat textures in
this group! Screw heads, gears, circuit boards, tools!
Mr. Roboto - Studio E
Or maybe he really is a SPACE
Atomic Bots - Wilmington
Or possibly he's a COWBOY (see Western
dept) or just an admirer of CHARRAS. LOL
A Weather Channel junkie?
Lightning, while potentially
dangerous, can be beautiful. Check out this LIGHTNING ART FABRIC
called SKYLIGHTS from Frond Design Studios
A FOODIE? Our guys are!
We all had so much fun at PIKE'S
MARKET in Seattle. Lily & Francis took a culinary tour, and
then led Randy & me on an abbreviated version later in the
day. So much to see, so much to eat!!
Check out Timeless Treasures FOOD
MANGIA, MANGIA & DAILY
SPECIAL - these Chefs are really having fun:
And be sure to set a nice
table! We've got loads of ideas for PLACEMATS. Check out
these lovely SUNFLOWERS!
Our bundle includes the fast,
quilt-as-you-sew pattern, plus enough fabric for front & back of
Also good for placemats, try Hobbs' Crib size fusible
80 cotton/20 polyester batting - 25% off IN THE STORE for a
defined by the item's
% discount, making it easier to browse for specials.
SEW INEXPENSIVE! Enjoy
On SALE up to 25% Off
On SALE 26% to 50% Off
On SALE 50% Off and more!
BARGAIN & SPECIALS here: http://www.sewnatural.net/nl.asp?p=0&c=1
Travelling? Don't forget to stop at Charlotte's Bargain Fabrics & Stitchery in The
Chisholm Trail Mall, on the southern edge of Newton, just off
I-135. A mere 20 minutes north of Wichita!
And come the 4 miles north into HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Newton for an eyeful of colorful, inspirational models and the
freshest fabric around!
Hope to see you soon! Have a good week.
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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