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 December 30, 2010

Hi all!

Mary recently made a wonderful, small TIME QUILT.  

She used Marti Michell's EVENING STAR pattern and wonderful AN APPOINTED TIME fabrics from J. Wecker Frisch. 

We have just a couple of kits left.  Click here for details:

Is TIME on your side?  We never know, do we.

I like to think I'm pretty good at living in the moment, mostly.  Although there is never enough time (or money) to really do everything one wishes at any given time, so setting priorities is important, and keeping everything in perspective.

Housework fell off my list so long ago, I'm no longer even concerned!  And jeans and t-shirts are a pretty good wardrobe, most of the time!  LOL  

Luckily I like my job and it giv es me plenty of excuses for sewing and playing with fabric!


I've been having lots of fun playing with 4 PATCH stacks.  I'm making samples for 2011 SECOND SATURDAY quilts, and hope you'll have as much fun as I'm having when you sign up for our monthly block kits.

This year we're offering 3 different colorways.  Each colorway has several options offered to create unique BLOCK CENTERS.  

To create the 4-patch units, you need 4 repeats of the fabric.  We've split a 3 yard length of a FABULOUS PRINT, down the center, so it measures approx. 22" x 108".  This will give you at least 4 repeats of the pattern, which when carefully stacked, allows you to cut 4 identical squares, producing a fun, simple kaleidoscope effect when sewn together.

 Susan & Ruth are working on samples from 2 of the FABULOUS PRINTS!  Here they are getting the 4 layers stacked in perfect alignment.

We'll use these 4-patch units for the centers of the sampler blocks and the setting squares.

You get to choose the finished project, selecting from queen-size quilt to table runners. 

Lots of options, all skillfully laid out in the book KALEIDOSCOPE SYMPHONY, which will be our text for the year.  See below for more details on attending or receiving monthly in the mail.

Speaking of TIME and lack of it, we will be CLOSING EARLY tomorrow, Friday, New Year's Eve, at 3 pm at the Mall store and 3 pm downtown.  We will re-open Monday at 9:30 downtown and 10 a.m. at the Mall.  

Here in both stores we are still doing a bit of "year end" clean up.  

That means BARGAINS FOR YOU at Charlotte's Sew Natural, downtown, where you'll find 

BARGAIN BATIK bolt ends.  

Buy the whole piece and save 40%.  

We've already measured and marked these for you, so just stop in and pick them up, while supplies last.

We have also MARKED DOWN lots of KITS!  

Many of these are the LAST ONE.  Some will be on the web (click the following link after Christmas), and some aren't, so I hope you'll stop in if you're in the neighborhood!

 Many bolts have been MARKED DOWN and moved to the Mall store, so plan on checking these out soon.

 VALENTINE'S DAY is now less than 1-1/2 months away.  We have a great selection of fabrics, patterns & projects working their way into the store.  Keep track of them in our newest LOVE & VALENTINES department.


Check out my THROW QUILT, made from our pre-cut kit, using Moda's GIDDY fabrics full of hearts.

See all the Moda, Sandy Gervais GIDDY fabrics & KIT here:



You can warm someone else's HEART, by gifting them a CHARLOTTE'S SHOPPER'S CLUB membership.  They'll think of you and THANK YOU, every time they shop and save 20% on all regularly priced merchandise for a year.  So Join the Club or Gift the Club!

Click here for details:


At Charlotte's Bargain Fabric & Stitchery store, we carry genuine DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS in all the solid colors.  Stop in or order now.


Chickadee Hollow - Vintage Heart Ornament - Pattern

Looking for a quick, small project?  Check out the CHICKADEE HOLLOW Vintage Ornaments or 
pre-printed NEEDLE ART:


Looking forward to next month and the NEW YEAR, consider one of our new BLOCK A MONTH projects for 2011.

The Joy of Life - This 9-part sampler  quilt finishes approx. 60 inches square.  It can be stitched using either the needle-turn or blanket stitch appliqué techniques. This beautiful quilt was designed by Rosalie Quinlan as she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. It is a reflection of her journey and the joy that she has found in everyday life.  MONTHLY KIT price will include pattern & fabric for top.  This class meets 1st Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.  First class will meet Feb. 3.


Wing & A Prayer Designs newest pattern is RHAPSODY and will be offered with two different settings.  We'll be cutting kits in their new TIMELESS TREASURES fabric line of the same name, WILDFLOWER RHAPSODY.  


 We'll also be cutting monthly kits from TIMELESS TONGA BATIKS & HAND-DYED fabrics.  

Classes will also be available.  

Wildflower or Tonga Rhapsody - Queen-size sampler quilt with 2 settings available. Class meets 7 p.m. - 2nd Thursdays starting January 13th.

 These fabrics are in the store now and soon to be added to the web. The background of the border fabric is a CHOCOLATE BROWN.  The flowers are rose, violet & gold.  Come see them for yourself.


Other new classes and BLOCK-A-MONTH projects starting in January are listed here.  Click on each link for details on costs & meeting times.  You can also complete class enrollment on-line or request kits only which will be mailed monthly starting in January or February 2011.

SECOND SATURDAY starts Jan 8th, 9:00 a.m. - 12 sampler blocks.  $5 each month, or FREE in the shop if you show us the previous month's block made from our kit by 9 a.m. on the next 2nd Sat.

We will use the Kaleidoscope Symphony book.  I've made all these blocks at least once and they are pretty easy, yet interesting. 

The class enrollment includes the cost of the book, and will be discounted if you previously purchased this book from us.  Monthly mailings will be $7.50 including postage.  Whole quilt kits can also be ordered in their entirety, if you want to work faster than just "a block a month".

Civil War Chronicles - Sampler quilt finished approx. 108 inches square, 12 MONTHLY KITS will include pattern & fabric for top.  The class will meet on the 2nd Thursday at 1:30 and the 2nd Saturday at 10:30.  Classes start January 9th & 14th.



Sewing Club - on-going. Meets 9:30 a.m. 2nd Thursdays. Join anytime. $36/year. Visit for just $5/month.  Next meeting will be Thursday January 13.

Marti & Me Club & American Beauty Sampler continue through August 2011. 
Meets 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 3rd Thursdays. Join Club now for pro-rated fee.  Next meeting is today, Thursday Dec. 16th.

Egg Money, an Eleanor Burns quilt and other projects, continues through August 2011 - can still be joined for pro-rated fees. 

The next meetings will be held on January 27, 2011, meeting at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and all other 4th Thursdays.  New members are welcome.

See all the NEWEST ADDITIONS by clicking here:



To celebrate Lily's GRADUATION from Washburn University, Randy, Lily & I made a QUICK Christmas trip to New York City!  

We were there for the Blizzard of 2010!  

We were very lucky with our travels and had a great time!  

I know that lots of you have been inconvenienced to the extreme, but I hope that normal is returning to the East, that the West can begin to dry out and that everyone can get back to sewing!

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


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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