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 Friday June 14, 2013

Hi all!

Sorry I missed getting a newsletter out last week.  Lily, her dh, my dh & I took a fun trip to Washington to meet up with more family.

We were on an island in Puget Sound that was about as different from Kansas as it gets!  LOL

Took a wonderful hike.  Here are Lily & me inside the remains of a giant rainforest tree!

 Had lots of wonderful marine experiences, and even found ISLAND QUILTER!  Had to get our fabric fix!  They have lots of fabric too!  Some things are the same as home in Kansas!

I got to spend a day exploring downtown Seattle on my own.  

 Wouldn't this door invite you in?!  I just loved the display concept and execution!!  

One of a chain of stores, this was a new retailer to me.  To see many more old sewing machine displays, check out the All Saints web site, and be sure to click on the video link for the Chicago All Saints store, which looked just like the Seattle store I visited.  I thought it was great!  The clothes were kinda cool too. :)

What will they do with all these little sewing machines when they change their theme?  How many lives does a sewing machine get?

 Back HOME to Kansas!  

These are the ELEPHANT DAYS of summer!  What? you ask!

These are the days that you wish you had a trunk so you could conveniently spray yourself with water many times a day!  LOL

We do have many, many elephant fabrics in the store.  Check them all out here:


Special this week, order a select ELEPHANT ASSORTMENT as shown above for special SAVINGS!  The more you buy, the more you save!


 The entire month of June, we're offering a FREE ELEPHANT PATTERN with every web order.  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!  

Click here for a printable pdf file with measurements.

Click here to order a complete kit for EVEREST THE ELEPHANT, including the backing (which is a darling jungle baby print that is sort of shadowing through to the front in the photo below.

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!

If I do it over again, I'll probably adjust the contrast line so it looks like the elephant is standing on the horizon.  oh well!  cute anyway. :)

Click here for BABY QUILT KIT info:

(Everest the Elephant could use 1" Thangles.)

Speaking of THANGLES, available now, New BUCK-A-BLOCK year-long series - using 1.75" and 3.5" THANGLES.

The monthly BLOCK KIT for a BUCK to be picked up in the store, will contain 1 white strip & one black strip, and each month a different block pattern to make a 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 and you'll always use the same pattern (available in the first month's kit).  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 sizes here:


BUCK-A-BLOCK may be MAIL ORDERED.  $8.49/monthly includes postage or just $4.99 when added to any other order that month.

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.  

If 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.  

Try 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. :)

 Freezer paper here:

Great hand appliqué needles here:

Super fine, long straight pins here:

Lily has been doing some hand-work too.  She got a lot accomplished on our trip!

She is working with Moda's newest 
PRE-CUT HONEYCOMBS, fabrics from the line
Happy-to-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille.  


Lily uses 2.5-inch HEXAGON paper shapes.  She wraps the edges and bastes the corners, then stitches together by hand.  

She did all the pressing before leaving on the trip.


 Since we didn't have the right size triangle papers in the store, she ended up cutting the hexagon papers into parts, to yield the triangles she  needed to join the hexagons with the solid white.  It worked just fine!.

This will be finished as a hexagon-shaped table mat.  Very cute!

Many new fabrics in a variety of styles have arrived this week.  Be sure to take a quick look at:




Plus many more NEWEST ADDITIONS here:


We have a GREAT SELECTION of fabrics for guys!

Father's Day is this Sunday, 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 nut!  
Atomic Bots - Wilmington

Or possibly he's a COWBOY (see Western 
) or just an admirer of CHARRAS.  LOL

A Weather Channel junkie?  

Lightning, while potentially dangerous, can be beautiful.  Check out this LIGHTNING ART FABRIC called SKYLIGHTS from Frond Design Studios

A FOODIE?  Our guys are!

We all had so much fun at PIKE'S MARKET in Seattle.  Lily & Francis took a culinary tour, and then led Randy & me on an abbreviated version later in the day.  So much to see, so much to eat!!




Check out Timeless Treasures FOOD FABRIC here:

Check out MANGIA, MANGIA & DAILY SPECIAL - these Chefs are really having fun:



And be sure to set a nice table!  We've got loads of ideas for PLACEMATS.  Check out these lovely SUNFLOWERS!  



Our bundle includes the fast, quilt-as-you-sew pattern, plus enough fabric for front & back of four mats.


Also good for placemats, try Hobbs' Crib size fusible 80 cotton/20 polyester batting -  25% off IN THE STORE for a limited time!


NEW ON-LINE!!  BARGAIN DEPARTMENTS defined by the item's 
% discount, making it easier to browse for specials.  

SEW INEXPENSIVE!  Enjoy exploring! 

On SALE up to 25% Off

On SALE 26% to 50% Off

On SALE 50% Off and more!


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 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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