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 Thursday June 21, 2012 

Hi all!

Today through Saturday the big Prairie Quilt Guild QUILT SHOW is being held at Wichita's Century II.  If you're in the "neighborhood", we hope you'll stop by one of the stores in Newton.  You'll be glad you did!  

Charlotte's Sew Natural downtown, and Charlotte's Bargain Fabric on SE 36th St. Newton, each have QUILT SHOWS going all the time!  

We have one of the LARGEST SELECTIONS of FABRIC, KITS, PRE-CUTS & FAT QUARTERS to satisfy any desires!  LOL  

And we're only about 25 minutes north of downtown Wichita on I-135.

I am not vending at the show this year.  My only daughter is getting married next weekend, and my friends, more experienced with family weddings, strongly suggested I would be taking on too much if I tried to do the show & prepare for the wedding too.  FRIENDS are so valuable!  :)  I am very glad I took their advise!

I do have 2 ORIGINAL quilts hanging in the show.  

One is BALI BASKETS WITH PEACOCK.  This is the quilt I designed using the book ABUNDANCE and a combination of cotton prints & batiks.  We're making the sampler blocks in our 2ND SATURDAY classes.  There are COMPLETE KITS available too.  Click here for details:

 I'm also showing FRIENDS, a quilt I designed using two other designers' patterns.  My friend Susan is a "ranch girl".  She loves horses and all things vintage.  This line of fabric was conveniently named URBAN COWGIRL, and I love the variety of old-looking prints.

 There are many ways to cut the TUMBLER SHAPES.  You can use a die-cutter, like the Accu-Cut which we rent time on at the Bargain store.  Or use a TEMPLATE for rotary cutting.

Marti Michell Tumbler One-Derful One-Patch Template

Once I cut them, I tossed them in a bag, and pulled them out at random, to stitch together. 

I stitched and stitched, pairs to pairs, etc., until I had one long strip.  Then I folded it in equal sections and cut it apart.

I explored different ways to line up the THIMBLE SHAPES, settled on one, then stitched the rows together.

When I assembled the quilt, the rows are running vertically, up & down, which gives them a different look all together!

You could choose any number of motifs to appliqué to your quilt, or leave it plain.  But be sure to check out all of Darcy Ashton's books.  This talented Oklahoman has many good ideas & inspirations packed in her animal series!

There is a new BUCK-A-BLOCK THANGLES program available to pick up in the Main Street store.

Rita finished piecing another LONE STAR using QUILTSMART.  It is quilted and on display now!

And last, but certainly not least, be sure to check out all the NEWEST FABRICS that have just been posted on the WEB here:

If you'd like more information on the Wichita QUILT SHOW, click here for details:

Meanwhile, I'm going continue with the wedding planning.  

She's tried on dresses we didn't like (I can't show real one, as that is a secret from Francis!), and I've even tried hair we didn't like, but now we're heading to the finish line and are very happy with all our decisions and will show beautiful pictures next time!

Hope to see you soon.


Charlotte Wolfe

Charlotte's Sew Natural
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 7, Sat. 10 - 5:30 
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)

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