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Thursday March 7, 2013

Hi all!

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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 16th:

  • 50% off DAILY SPECIAL!  Come see us every day for new selection! :)

  • EXTRA 15% OFF REST OF THE BOLT (You choose, limited to stock on hand.)

  • EXTRA 10% OFF ALL BOOKS  (Extra savings off already low prices, 25 - 50% OFF!  Offer good through March 16, 2013)


Large group of BLACK/WHITE just added to the store.  Name brands, always FIRST QUALITY!  

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.

Red Rooster - Home to Roost by Whimsicals - Folkish Farm Scenes in Squares PANEL on Dark BrownAt Charlotte's Sew Natural, downtown, we're celebrating INTERNATIONAL QUILTING DAY, Saturday March 16th.  Details here:

We know (& hope) that Spring is coming.  (The time change is upon us!)  Many of us start looking towards the garden about now.  When I stick a shovel in my dirt, I always think, "How did the pioneers do this?"

I must admit, I love anything to do with PIONEER WOMEN!  How they managed to garden is one of my lesser questions! :)

I believe the fascination stems from my incredible admiration for women who had the talent and fortitude to overcome the most incredible circumstances presented by the American wilderness.

 I digress, but have you read Letters of a Woman Homesteader, by Elinore Pruitt Stewart?  If not, try to find a copy.  Loved it!  Or check out the movie, HEARTLAND, based on her stories.

I can't believe my good fortune of landing in Kansas more than 30 years ago - in the HEART of PIONEER COUNTRY! LOL  

One of the things I love about Kansas are the friendly people.  History says it wasn't always this way!

I recently discovered The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton: A Novel by Jane Smiley, and highly recommend it.  Set in Kansas Territory (Bleeding Kansas) just before the Civil War!  

Also a fan of tales of the Oregon Trail, I was excited when I got to go to the quilt show in Sisters, Oregon.   Oh, the mountains!

 Dennis McGregor, the artist who has created many of the Outdoor Quilt Show posters, is working to self-publish his latest book, raising funds a new way.  It looks very interesting!  DREAM AGAIN, a children's book about pioneering.  Beautifully illustrated, the main "characters" are actually a girl, a quilt, and a horse!

I've never supported a KICK-STARTER project before, but this is cool.  Check it out here.  Let's get this book published!

Once published, I'll likely be able to offer this book for sale in the store, but for now I'm so intrigued with this fund raising technique for self-publishing, that I'm willing to loose a few sales to make sure it gets published at all!  Plus those who get it early will tell their friends to come buy it at Charlotte's, right? :)

 I am not a "farm girl", but I love Mary Janes Farm magazine.  Order the past two issues together and I'll throw in a fat quarter to cover some of the postage!


 CHARLESTON FARMHOUSE by Felicity Miller for Free Spirit Fabric captures the feeling of a different sort of pioneer & dreamer.

Charleston, a Sussex farmhouse at the foot of the South Downs in England, was a shared vision of the Bloomsbury group, artists, writers, and philosophers in the first half of the twentieth century.

Walls, doors, furniture, fireplaces, were canvases for the decorative works of artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and friends. 

Influenced by a visit to the farmhouse, Felicity Miller has produced a fabric collection full of the play of paint, pattern and color.  Old yet "modern"!

Speaking of "choosing backyard chicken" (see Mary Janes Farm Magazine above), have you seen all our latest CHICKEN & ROOSTER FABRICS?!  Ducks? Geese? Crows?  Owls?  So many to choose from!



 Plan to attend, our very first


Saturday APRIL 20TH, 
9:30 to 5

  • Attend different classroom demonstrations at each school (quilt shops: Charlotte's Sew Natural, Hen Feathers, Material Girls, Picket Fence, Sunflower Quilts)
  • 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):


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.

Hope to see you this Saturday, the SECOND SATURDAY of the month, March 9TH. Doors open at 8:45 a.m., and we begin at 9 sharp! :) 

  •  FREE INFOMERCIAL touching on the newest products

  • SHOW & SHARE for inspiration

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


All skill levels can come, learn and have some 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! 

Can't make this class?  Click here for more information on QUILT KITS:

 Looking for a group of women who enjoy sewing & crafting as much as you do?  

Join Mary's SEWING CLUB for just $36/year.  Meets every Second Thursday at 10 a.m. at the downtown store.  You can visit as a drop-in for just $5 a month, if that better suits your schedule.

This month Mary will be talking about ENGLISH PAPER PIECING.  There are many shapes & techniques.  Come learn a new technique, or be prepared to share what you know!  It is a fun time spent with other interesting women who sew!

 Check out all our ENGLISH PAPER PIECES here:

Click here for more information on my PENTAGON shape BOWL PROJECT:


Starts Thursday March 14th, 1:30 - 2:30.  7 monthly sessions.  $58 includes class & patterns. Fabric kit additional. An alternative setting, without the eagles, will be offered.   Taught by Mary.


Starts Thursday April 4th, 6:30 - 7:30.  7 monthly sessions for $30 Pattern & fabric additional. Select your size from lap to king. Taught by me, Charlotte.


 I finished another MODERN QUILT this week.  Here's a picture of it in progress.  I've since added the border, TYPEWRITERS. :)  I mainly used the group TYPE , starting with fat quarters and KONA COTTON solid:

Mine was inspired by Kate Spain's LOST CITY.  The original LOST CITY quilt is done with Kate's CUZCO fabric collection.  

Start with a CUZCO JELLY ROLL, add white Bella Solid by the yard or as a Jelly Roll.  

 Order a CUZCO LOST CITY quilt kit here:

Download the pattern here:


More fun INSPIRATION coming in the door every day!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Hope to see 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 6, Sat. 10 - 5:30
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)

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