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 Friday December 7, 2012 

Hi all!

Happy December!  Are you as busy as I am?  Seems to be rushing by.

Last Saturday Lily took me to a lovely Christmas Luncheon, a fund raiser at the local Presbyterian Church.   Different women each set & decorated a festive table and sold tickets to fill it for lunch!  There was a fashion show by a local dress shop, and it was really fun!

 There were many beautifully elaborate tables, including our hostess', but my favorite table was put together by my good customer, Shelley!  How cute was this!  She'd set a beautiful table, and then the ladies sat right down and starting crafting, making & decorating their own paper xmas trees!  She had xmas poppers that contained paper crowns and she'd made them each a delightfully personalized Christmas Stocking!  Way to go Shelley!

Tomorrow morning, December 8th, is our final SECOND SATURDAY for 2012.  But we'll start a brand new one in January!  I think the fabrics should be here any day, so please stop in for details.


 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!


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

Just in! A YEAR TO CROW ABOUT from Red Rooster Fabrics.

The collection and both quilts below start with this cute PANEL:

There is a FREE PATTERN from Red Rooster's web site,

and a BLOCK-A-MONTH option which may be available from us, 

which is a bit more complicated, and we could kit individually, or all at once.  

We're still debating this one, but we have all the FABRICS IN STOCK now.  Soooo, please let us know if you'd like the BOM!


 We'll be offering a new CIVIL WAR-era quilt, also 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.


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.


CONTESSA is a beautiful combination of piecing & appliqué.  

The PATTERN & FABRIC is in stock now.

 The fabric is available by the yard and in fabric kits for 3 different size quilts. 

A monthly class will be available.  Please let us know if you are interested and what time/day works best for you.

Click here for more information:

I am working on my quilt right now.

There style makes simple work of a complicated looking quilt!

I have found that the STEADY BETTY works well for pressing blocks with lots of intersecting seams.  It is a heat-resistant foam surface, into which the seams sink, making a flatter, better pressed block.

Check out the STEADY BETTY press boards here:

I still like my SPACE BOARD, with the printed grid & hard surface.  As you can see, I must have both!  LOL

The salespeople are making the rounds.  The delivery trucks stop twice a day and there are  NEW FABRICS ADDED daily!  

Make a habit of checking here:

I finally had to quit last night without making a decision, but this new SHORT & STOUT from Quilting Treasures really has my imagination going.  We should get it on our web site soon for you to order, but here's a preview from QT:

 We've been having fun with this new PLACEMAT pre-cut product.  Reversible!

There are so many possibilities.


Tip:  Just pre-shape the bias trim before trying to apply.  Maybe I'll have time to shoot some pics as I do it next time!  :)

Do you still need some "quick gifts"?  

Fast2Clean Micro fiber Cleaning Cloths,
package includes 1 large cloth, plus 1 medium cloth and 2 mini static-cling cleaners. Washable, Re-useable, Antimicrobial, Lint-Free.

 Designed by Barbara Brackman, these CLEANING CLOTHS look like an antique Civil War quilt!  Of course you'd never clean your computer screen with one of those, but these "new fangled" things are so great for electronics, glasses, and more.

I've stuck one to the front of my computer and one inside my handy vinyl card holder that rides in my purse.  And one I keep next to my sewing machine & lap top work area at home.  

And, check out this great new MODERN GROUP from WINDHAM FABRICS!

TYPE by Julia Rothman

DYI KITCHEN ACCESSORIES are all the rage right now.  OVEN MITS, HOT PADS, APRONS, and more!  We've got two great patterns from Vanilla House.  What makes them especially great is their ideas for GIFT GIVING.

Each pattern has a recipe, and artwork which you can duplicate to package the baking mix and include in a gift bag, coordinated with other accessories.  How Fun!

For some FUN FABRIC IDEAS, check out EVERYTHING NICE, from Robert Kaufman:

I can't wait to get started, only I'll have trouble giving these away!  LOL

COASTERS  are QUICK & EASY, especially when you start with our double-sided fusible CRAF-TEX COASTERS.


 I recently tried my hand at the popular JELLY ROLL RACE quilt.  I had custom cut a JELLY ROLL from NOVELTY & SPORTS fabrics we have in the store.

There are only 21 strips in our roll.  Rather than use two SPORTS rolls, I decided to use part of a BLACK BELLA SOLID JELLY ROLL from Moda to make up my 40 strips.  


Well, my quilt didn't turn out to suit me, so I cut it up into squares, and used a QUILT AS YOU GO technique to finish it.  Now I LOVE IT.  It is really unusual, and I was able to quilt each square on my home sewing machine!  The "hinges" are stitched with a feather stitch by machine.  Rows go together quickly and you can make it whatever size you need.

Tired of paying to quilt even the little quilts you are gifting?  Click here to see all the QUILT AS YOU GO patterns from BUTTERFLY EXPRESS.

The 2013 HOFFMAN CHALLENGE fabric & coordinates are IN THE STORE NOW!


Click here for rules of The Hoffman Challenge:

MAGIC STACK N WHACK!  What a great print this is for any fun KALEIDOSCOPE TECHNIQUE.

Here's a fun TUTORIAL from the original Stack-N-Whack queen, Bethany Reynolds, that I think you'll enjoy!  There are so many good tips out there!

If ASIAN fabrics are your "THING", be sure to check out this new TRADITIONAL ASIAN group, called GION from Red Rooster Fabrics.

 Rita, whose daughter and family live in Japan, just finished piecing this quilt.  
"Gion" is a district in Kyoto, Japan.  

The FREE PATTERN can be downloaded at Red Rooster's web site. In stock now, you can check out our GION KIT here:


The entire GION line of fabrics will be on the web soon, here:



Marked down 25%, limited to stock on hand.  These fabrics are still at the Charlotte's Sew Natural, in Historic Downtown Newton and on the web!


Stop in soon to see the newest BARGAINS at our Mall store just  4-1/2  miles south of downtown Newton.  

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

BARGAINS on the WEB can be found here:

Don't forget, we'll be giving away a FREE PATTERN the entire month of December.  MODERN TWIST can be made smaller, or larger - your choice!  

 Simple 20-inch square pinwheel quilt, called MODERN TWIST, has a MODERN look which can also go more traditional - it all depends on the fabric choices, of course.

We'd love to see pictures of all your projects, but especially any you do with these FREE PATTERNS.

Hope to see or hear from 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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