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May 8, 2014

Hi all!

This week I've been curious about color.

I've Googled "most popular colors 2014" and found some interesting stuff.  Mainly web sites of the major paint companies come up, but also a variety of blogs, including quilters.  

All seem to agree that Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year, is in the "popular" palette (purple is always popular around here!), and that blue is growing in popularity (Yes!  See all the new blue indigo fabrics we've got) and there is a wide variety of  grey paint & fabric being bought & used for everything!  

See Twilight by Quilting Treasures here:

But then some lists have "sand" or tan, and only some include yellow, and/or coral, which I would definitely have identified as important, popular colors right now!

SOHO, also from Quilting Treasures has all these colors.  See it here:

Then check out SCIENCE FAIR quilt pattern from Jaybird Quilts:

Here is a new grey & yellow quilt kit.  The model is hanging in the store now and looks delicious!

 WEDDING CAKE QUILT kit, which finishes 84 x 84 inches, features the lovely grey & yellow fabrics of OPHELIA, from Timeless Treasures.  

Don't think "I don't do curved sewing".  This is actually a RAW-EDGE, FUSED APPLIQUÉ project.  Of course, if you want to do curved piecing we have template for that too!

Grey & Yellow Floral Stripe Kit:

Ophelia from Timeless Treasures

More from Timeless Treasures, our own Kansans, Wing and A Prayer Designs have designed
MULBERRY STARS, a beautiful, bed-size BATIK QUILT.  

With borders, this beauty finishes approx. 104 inches square!

MULBERRY STARS Pattern and kit available here:

 This quilt only looks complex.  Toni & Jenny write EASY directions for cutting over-size and trimming to exact measurements.  

See all the WING AND A PRAYER designs here:

Their technique of cutting slightly over-sized is perfect for using the BLOC_LOC RULERS, both HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE and FLYING GEESE trimmers!

And the new BLOC_LOC Strip-Set ruler is perfect for cutting the sashings in this quilt, keeping them square!Bloc Loc Acrylic Rulers - Strip Set Ruler - Size 7-inches x 10-inches

See all the BLOC_LOC RULERS here:

Also from WING AND A PRAYER, this has been very popular in the short time it has been in the store.

PATHS OF FAITH, a quilt that combines beautiful fabrics, a panel with printed religious icons and Bible verses with simple yet interesting piecing in the GOD'S EYE block.  See the kit or pattern/panel here:

PATHS OF FAITH uses fabrics from Wing and A Prayer's latest fabric line for Timeless Treasures, MOOD SWINGS.  

See all the fabrics here:

Also a great place to use the BLOC_LOC FLYING GEESE ruler!

 Check out all our NEWEST ADDITIONS - including new HOLIDAY SELECTIONS.

Gwen just finished sewing and we sent to the quilter, 

HOUSE WARMING, a new BLOCK-A-MONTH quilt by Vicki Bellino designed especially for using Marcus Strip-It fabrics. 

 You can buy this as a complete kit now, or month by month for SIX MONTHS.

See HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS complete fabric selection here:


Big quilts are great for beds & sofas, but around here, we also like the challenge of making little quilts.  It is fun to have a small project going at the same time as a larger one, so more often we can get that satisfactory feeling of "FINISHED"! :)

 Inspired by a great collection of prints, Mary created a small quilt using WILLIAM MORRIS charms & more reproduction fabric for the border.

Very nice!  Finishes approximately 26 inches square.

MORRIS MODERNIZED, is a great line of fabric, assembled by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics.  See the fabrics here:

 And, one more NEW, little project.  Also perfect for using the small BLOC_LOC Half Square Triangle ruler.  Makes cutting very fast!

Then starting with the almost irresistibly cute pack of mini-charms (which is a stack of coordinated 2-1/2 inch cotton squares) Mary made TIDBIT, a LITTLE BITES pattern from Miss Rosie designed just for these scraps!  Finishes approx. 19 x 22 inches!  Come see our current offering of mini-charm packs!

Check it out here:

Bloc Loc Acrylic Rulers - 2.5-inch Half Square Triangle Square Up Ruler

That little Half-Square Triangle border would be a perfect place to use the BLOC_LOC HST Ruler!  These are less than 1-1/2 inches, but the 2.5 HST ruler would be a good tool to own if you like miniatures.  It is marked from 2.5 to zero, so is quite flexible.

Gwen just completed this darling PIECED & EMBROIDERED Lori Smith sampler.  
It finishes approx. 22 x 27 inches, with the blocks
just 5 inches square!  How sweet!

AUNT EVELYN'S BUTTON BOUQUET provides a wonderful opportunity to create a floral quilt combining treasured buttons, the love of hand embroidery and the joy of quilting. 

We've assembled kits including buttons & floss so you can easily make one too!  Available now with either a PINK border as shown, or a BLUE border. (And use that Bloc_Loc ruler on the inner border!)


 If you love a BARGAIN, be sure to visit our ALL ON SALE location, CHARLOTTE'S BARGAIN FABRIC & STITCHERY, in The Chisholm Trail Mall, just off I-135, south of Newton.

All fabric is marked a minimum of 20% off the original price.  Many are marked down much further, with tables full of $6.97, $5.97 & $4.97/yard fabrics, some even lower!

Recently added SALE FABRICS include the following lines:

Many more SALE ITEMS listed in the web store on-line too:

On SALE up to 25% Off

On SALE 26% to 50% Off

On SALE 50% Off and more!



 Our NEW FABRIC CAR TAG is a fun collectable and has been selling fast!  Never fear, I've just reordered!  :)

FABRIC PLATES have started appearing in other stores, in other states, too, so collect them on your travels, but of course, start with mine.  Check it out here:

For a list of shops participating in the ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE, in many regions of the USA, click below.

Many will have their own UNIQUE tag!  I don't know how many of them have them on their web sites yet.  All these shops are Brick & Mortar shops.  You can BUY MINE ON-LINE too :)

May can be an especially busy month but color and inspiration will be everywhere!  Hope you find some time to sew and come see us soon! 

Have a good weekend!


Charlotte Wolfe

Charlotte's Sew Natural
710 N. Main St.
Newton, KS  67114
Mon. - Fri. 9:30 - 5:30, Thurs. 'til 6:30, 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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