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 Friday March 1, 2013

Hi all!

Good-bye February!  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, Texas.  

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 
pieced by Thomas Knauer, quilted by Lisa Sipes.  His starting point was the UPC code of a Martha Stewart mass-produced quilt sold at Macy's.  

 The 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 perfect weather!

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

 Then back to the Show and more quilts!

Some of our favorites included interesting fabrics, interesting quilting, and interesting subjects!

Lots of quilts used SOLID COLORS or fabrics that appeared to be solid from a short distance.

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 Modern!  LOL

 Here 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!  

 I 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 speaker too. 

This is a shot of the entire quilt.

When 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!  

One 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.) 



Saturday APRIL 20TH, 9:30 to 5

  • Attend different classroom demonstrations at each school (quilt shop)
  • Demos begin each hour from 9:30 until 3:30
  • Receive 20% off demo item
  •  2-1/2” Fabric Strip Kits are 25% off
  • 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):


NEW PRODUCTS continue to be added to both stores and the web site.

 ALEXANDER 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 

  •  FREE INFOMERCIAL touching on the newest products

  • SHOW & SHARE for inspiration

  • BLOCK INSTRUCTION, for the 3rd block in the SATURDAY SOIREE sampler quilt!


Come join the FUN!

 KITS still 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! 

 While 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!)

 The 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)

Instructions 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 PROJECT:



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 session.)  

Please call the store for details on these classes.  316-284-2547


to me!

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)


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

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



WILDFLOWER 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 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 6, Sat. 10 - 5:30
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)

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