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Fields End - Tom Turkey fabric kit by Pine NeedlesMonday November 19, 2012

Hi all!

Happy Thanksgiving week. :)

Pattern for TOM TURKEY available here:


Stop in for a chance to WIN

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE & a Travel Pillow Case!

Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend
Stop in to either store today through Wednesday and be sure to enter our drawings.

We'll be giving away TWO $25 gift certificates. 

Drawings will be held on Wednesday night. Don't worry if you are a traveler, as the gift certificates can be used in our web store too.


Main Street location:  

  • 25% off all WIDE QUILT BACKS, limited to stock on hand.  
    Additional 25% off already reduced END-OF-BOLT WIDE Back remnants.

  • $2.50 EACH FAT QUARTERS, limited to supply on hand.
    $30 Baker's Dozen FAT QUARTERS (13)

 Bargain Store location:  

    $12.50 FOR 10 FAT QUARTERS, 
    limited to supply on hand.

The above specials are TWO DAYS ONLY, and are good in the stores only. Regular store hours.

ON-LINE specials are good for FOUR DAYS, including Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
NOVEMBER 22 - 25.


We choose, but your savings are great and it will be a pretty package! :)


  •  Our pick of 25 fat quarters, 5 each of 5 categories from Sew Natural.
    $59.99 includes shipping.

    Categories include:

    Selection may vary from photograph.

Check here for ON-LINE SPECIALS.

ATTENTION LOCAL CUSTOMERS - you can always order on-line and tell us you're going to pick-up in the store.  That way we'll charge your credit card, but not charge you for shipping (even though it shows on the invoice).  

I know some of you have be disappointed as we've sold out of items we're showing in this newsletter before the store even opens.  Since we fill orders in order as they're placed, this allows you to get in on the favorites too! :)


 I was driving between my two stores the other day and heard this interesting conversation on NPR's Talk of the Nation.  According to Lily McCaulau, author of "Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner," "Women are one of, if not the, fastest growing demographics of hunters right now in the country."

So, I must stop being so chauvinistic in thinking these WILDLIFE FABRICS are going to appeal to just men! 

Check out this beautiful fabric, FIRST LIGHT featuring beautiful DUCKS!


We're looking ahead to 2013 BLOCK-A-MONTHS. 

 Starting in January, our SECOND SATURDAY, will be called SATURDAY SOIREE, and features either red/white or blue/white reproduction fabrics.  We'll be announcing details soon!

Charming sampler quilts, it will be hard to choose which colorway is best!

BLUE & WHITE quilts have always been popular.  Just check Google Images and see how many are offered for sale.

The RED & WHITE quilts also have a long history.  Their recent popularity can be traced to the 2011 QUILT EXHIBIT at the NYC ARMORY.  Check out this video.  It is so cool:

Red/White Quilt Exhibit

ALICE'S WASH DAY BLUES is another good collection of reproduction fabrics based on a quilt made in the late 1800s.  

 WASH DAY BLUES collection focuses on that particular color of faded indigo – indigo that wasn’t left in the dye bath as long and produced the lovely shades of medium to light blue that we love. One of the strongest dyes, Indigo was often used in utility (washday) clothing and, of course, quilts, because it would maintain its color through many washdays.

Check it out here:

 We'll be offering a new CIVIL WAR-era quilt starting January 2013. 

FREEDOM RINGS will be offered as a class or simply as BLOCK-A-MONTH kits without a class, or as an entire kit to be delivered all at once.

Again, watch for details coming soon.

Meanwhile, we always stock a great selection of CIVIL WAR fabrics.  Click here:

WING AND A PRAYER DESIGNS has come out with another great QUILT PATTERN!  Available in 3 sizes, King, Queen, and shown below is the THROW size.  Notice the lack of pieced border.

The pattern is in stock now.
is a beautiful combination of piecing & appliqué.  The fabric should arrive in December.

We will have fabric by the yard and fabric kits for 3 different size quilts starting in December. 

A monthly class will be available starting in January 2013.

Click here for more information:


 No snow here yet, but WINTER TREES is a charming pillow or small decorative quilt!

Our kit includes the pattern, BIRD & BIRDHOUSE BUTTONS and all fabrics to finish the front & back of the pillow, approximately 12 x 16 inches.

This project features cool OMBRÉ fabric.  We've got a great selection in the downtown store and are working to get them all up on the web!

 We know you like small quits that never go out of style, and one of our most popular patterns continues to be HARVEST MOON.  

The latest version uses our 2012 exclusive SUNFLOWER/WHEAT batik.


Place any order now through the end of November, and we'll send a FREE STAR-CROSSED TABLE RUNNER PATTERN.  

This pattern will also be available FREE with any purchase in the downtown store!  

You can also order our runner kit featuring this beautiful exclusive SUNFLOWER/WHEAT BATIK.  The kit includes fabric for the top & back, making it completely reversible!  Front is very AUTUMN, back is very WINTER batik in similar colors.

Order our kit here:


If you'd like to order different fabric, the yardage requirements are as follows:  Main fabric - 1-1/8; Contrast - 3/4; Binding - 1/2; Backing - 3/4 (pieced) or 1-1/2.

Known for our fabulous SELECTION, see more than 75 pages of just BATIKS & HAND-DYES now listed on our web site!  And more in the store!


What a great CHRISTMAS GIFT for a guy of any age!

These beautiful TIGERS started out as a PANEL.  From coordinating fabric, I made a TRAVEL size one too. :)

Tigers & all our newest pillow case kits here:

 If you've been in the store or read my newsletter for awhile, you'll know how fond I am of the TREMENDOUSLY TIDY TRAVEL PILLOW CASE. :)  

I just love using a fabric for this, particularly a larger novelty print, that I wouldn't have another use for!  So, I tend to make lots of TRAVEL PILLOW CASES, and since they make great gifts, I'm ahead in that department too!  LOL

I recently ran across a link to this great on-line tutorial for a BAPRON - that's Baby+Apron, on the ROBERT KAUFMAN web site.  

 While the pillow case nicely accommodates a larger print, this project is a darling way to use a smaller, or medium size novelty print!  And they make great GIFTS too! :)

I do not have the pattern to give away or sell, as it is copyright protected, even though it is being offered for FREE.  You must go to the web site for the complete tutorial and to download the pattern:

 We carry a fantastic SUPER-SOFTLY WHITE FLANNEL that is perfect for backing BAPRONS.

Because I anticipate these being washed repeatedly, I did pre-shrink the fabrics before starting.  I do not always pre-shrink the fabric being used for the bias binding because it will not really shrink the same, being on the bias.

We have loads of novelty fabrics that will make DARLING BIBS or BAPRONS!  I used a FAT QUARTER when I just wanted to make one.  You can make 3 with a half yard or have enough to make bias for a different bib.

We've been very inspired by the latest BOOK-AZINE called SEW FRESH.  

Lily has been whipping up ORNAMENTS and more!  I think they'll go with my stockings! :)

Come see for yourself or order a copy today.  Great ideas for Holiday gifts & decorating on every page.

 Other new books include IT'S SO EMMA'S first book, 


And another good book for PRE-CUTS, TWO FROM ONE JELLY ROLL QUILTS.  We've loved Pam's & Nicky's earlier books, and think this one looks really great too!

Looking for PRE-CUTS, check here:

 NEW FABRICS ADDED daily!  Like this ZIG-ZAG FLANNEL from Marcus.  So soft!

Make a habit of checking here:


 We pride ourselves in the SELECTION we offer customers in areas that other quilt stores never carry at all.

We have a FABULOUS collection of INTERFACINGS for all sorts of projects.

We've just added the SEW LAZY INTERFACING to our collection.  Some of them are very similar to others that we carry, but we know that patterns will start calling for these by name, and we think they are pretty neat!

Check out the entire collection here:

 Everywhere I go, I seem to spot inspiration for quilts.

Mosaics and tile are BIG INSPIRATION, and I'm always pulling out my phone to take a shot.  Here are a few from my recent Chicago trip.  

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, I toured the ROOKERY Building, with an historic Frank Lloyd Wright design, in the financial district of downtown Chicago.  I highly recommend the tour!

 This is a shot of one of the original ornate iron columns that Wright encased in marble in his "make-over".  They recently uncovered this one so the original could be seen.  He used the iron design work to inspire the gold-leaf pattern on the marble!  But check out this tile floor!

For many, many years, there was a cigar store tucked in the corner of this main lobby.  When they tore it out, it had protected the original tile floor below so the color was brilliant and unfaded.  Soooo cool!  

 A little bit later I spied this wonderful mosaic on the sidewalk outside a retail store.  


My friend Toni was so inspired by the tile she saw in a fancy hotel that she designed an entire line of fabric and a quilt for WING & A PRAYER DESIGNS!

Check out BELLA VERONA fabric, pattern & quilt kit here:

I'm nearly finished with my own BELLA VERONA QUILT.  You can see it hanging in in the store. 

My first 2013 New Year's resolution:  design & sew my own new "tile" quilt block or two!


If you like ARCHITECTURE, checkout this great fabric line from P&B Textiles, DOWNTOWN, some of which you'll find marked down and at the BARGAIN store, but all that we have can be seen here:

  Also, a great GEOMETRIC, check out GATSBY:


And try JAZZ from Andover:

If you use Andover fabrics in a project, you should know about their new YOUR ANDOVER CONTEST.  Check it out and enter.  Winners are being selected weekly!  Great prizes include lots of FABRIC!:)


Stop in soon to see the newest BARGAINS at our Mall store just  4-1/2  miles south of downtown Newton.  And don't forget the 2 DAY SALE next weekend!

We're only about 25 minutes north of downtown Wichita on I-135.

BARGAINS on the WEB can be found here:

 Hope to see you soon.

Have a great weekend!  


Charlotte Wolfe

Charlotte's Sew Natural
710 N. Main St.
Newton, KS  67114
Mon. - Fri. 9:30 - 5:30, Thurs. 'til 8, Sat. 9:30 - 5

Charlotte's Bargain 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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