Friday May 31, 2013
This is the end of one
month, but the start of Summer! (ok, not technically, but it does feel
like it. :) )
Continuing with this
End/Start theme, I usually lead off my e-letter with news centered
around the downtown store. But just in case you missed it, and
to be sure you don't miss it this week, I'm going to lead off with
news from the WEB STORE that was at the end of last week's newsletter!
defined by the item's
% discount, making it easier to browse for specials.
SEW INEXPENSIVE! Enjoy
On SALE up to 25% Off
On SALE 26% to 50% Off
On SALE 50% Off and more!
BARGAIN & SPECIALS here: http://www.sewnatural.net/nl.asp?p=0&c=1
introducing a new FREE PATTERN with every web order in the month of
June. Also available for the asking when you visit Charlotte's
Sew Natural in downtown Newton.
Everest the Elephant is a pattern for
a small 18 x 18 inch square pillow or wall quilt. But you can do
as I did and surround it with more fabric for giant effect! :)
Voila! Latest in my "modern" series!
Here you can clearly see the seams,
illustrating how I put it together. It was sort of a work in
progress at this point, and I have more seams than really needed, but
you can get the idea!
And what a difference the quilting
makes! Thank you Wilma and your computer guided straight lines!
Do you still wonder what makes a quilt
"modern" today? Barbara Brackman, a quilt historian,
has a wonderful blog that gives this question historical perspective,
with examples of what is and what isn't, "modern". And
she is such a fun writer! Enjoy reading here:
this month I made this
from Julie Herman's SKIP
THE BORDERS. Called SQUARE
CITY, I used a lot of my current favorite blue, green, and teal
print fabrics, and
then tossed in a bit of taupe, for variety. I see a BIG TREND
towards GREY & TAUPE.
can order a bundle like mine here:
still in this same vein, I recently completed another quilt called ARCTIC
FLAME. This is the kind of "collaborative" project
that I love.
had this interesting large print fabric by VALORIE WELLS that was just
calling out for project suggestions, but I kept coming up empty!
One day I received a new pattern, ARCTIC FLAME, in which Pat Fryer had
used this very fabric.
know how it goes, I liked it only I didn't like parts of it. So
I changed the bright purple zig-zag and "tamed" down the
sashing with solid red, and was very happy. Only how to
quilt? In walks new machine quilter Tina Williams and she has an
idea! Thank you Tina for adding the all important, final element
to "our" project! :)
FLAME quilt kit:
Valorie Wells fabric here:
More Villa Rosa patterns
to not-modern, the QUILT KIT
and yardage for Moda's latest installation to the on-going program, Collections for a Cause:
THE MILL BOOK
SERIES: CIRCA 1835, is on-hand now and also in the web store.
This group compiles reproduction prints from a French
mill book (salesman's sample book or was it something more
devious?) dating back to 1835. Authentic in color and in scale, this beautiful new collection showcases the fine, delicate print quality of the period.
Proceeds of the sales of The Mill Book Series will benefit the American Quilt Study Group to assist with educational programs, offer more scholarship opportunities, and enhance the abilities of the AQSG.
Moda also offers a FREE PATTERN on their
web site for the quilt.
Need tips on
appliqué for the Reel Blocks in the quilt's center? Please ask! I'm currently using
freezer paper that I ran through my computer printer to hand-appliqué the shapes.
A good technique for this quilt's center.
you are doing needle-turn for the first time, I would suggest breaking
this pattern down into smaller parts, rather than trying to appliqué
it in one piece as the pattern is drawn.
a series of 4 arcs and 4 leaves to surround the center. This way
you will be an expert on points (which are much easier) rather than
struggling with so many "in-y" indents. :)
fine, long straight pins here:
starting next Wednesday, June 5, New BUCK-A-BLOCK year-long series -
using 1.75" and 3.5" THANGLES.
The BLOCK KIT for a BUCK to be picked up
in the store, will contain 1 white strip & one black strip, and
the pattern to make the 7-inch finished block. You'll also need
a package of 1.75" Thangles.
BONUS KITS will be available each month,
to make the block larger, finishing at 14". Each month's
bonus kit will feature a different solid color, as well as a different
black/white print. The strips will be cut to size. These
kits will cost $3.99. You'll also need 3.5" Thangles.
See the entire selection of THANGLES
BUCK-A-BLOCK may be MAIL ORDERED.
Details to be announced next week. Thanks!
Again, many new fabrics in a variety of
styles have arrived this week. Be sure to take a quick look at:
PIPER - Dear Stella
Temple by Dan Bennett - Free Spirit
Plus many more NEWEST ADDITIONS here:
We have a GREAT SELECTION of fabrics for
Father's Day is June 16!
Even if you only show him the fabric, and maybe promise it by
Christmas, we're sure we've got something for the man in your life,
"father" or not. :)
Check out all the neat textures in
this group! Screw heads, gears, circuit boards, tools!
Mr. Roboto - Studio E
Or maybe he really is a SPACE
Atomic Bots - Wilmington
Or possibly he's a COWBOY (see Western
dept) or just an admirer of CHARRAS. LOL
If he loves the SOUTHWEST, consider
Is he a HISTORY BUFF?
Gettysburg by Kensington Studio for Quilting
Treasures might fill the bill.
A few other Gettysburg fabrics can be found here:
Or, maybe he loves STEAMPUNK!
Victorian science fiction is something the whole family can have fun
with! Running out of time but don't have that time-travel
machine done yet? Present him with VICTORIAN DREAM
Father's Day and assure him he'll have a quilt by the time it gets
cold again. LOL
A Weather Channel junkie?
Lightning, while potentially
dangerous, can be beautiful. Check out this LIGHTNING ART FABRIC
called SKYLIGHTS from Frond Design Studios
Check out Timeless Treasures FOOD
FABRIC right here:
Love to cook too? Check out
MANGIA, MANGIA & DAILY
SPECIAL - these Chefs are really having fun:
Charlotte's Bargain Fabric &
Stitchery in The Chisholm Trail Mall is a drop-off for PROJECT LINUS
While not necessary to use for
Project Linus quilts, you can see all the Charles Schultz inspired
fabric - the new Project
Linus line from Quilting Treasuers, here:
We continue to improve our
selection of some of our MOST POPULAR BASIC designs. These include:
110 inch wide backs - Westrade Textiles
Travelling? Don't forget to stop at Charlotte's Bargain Fabrics & Stitchery in The
Chisholm Trail Mall, on the southern edge of Newton, just off
I-135. A mere 20 minutes north of Wichita!
And come the 4 miles north into HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Newton for an eyeful of colorful, inspirational models and the
freshest fabric around!
Hope to see you soon! Have a good week.
Charlotte's Sew Natural
710 N. Main St.
Newton, KS 67114
Mon. - Fri. 9:30 - 5:30, Thurs.
'til 8, Sat. 9:30 - 5
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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