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August 13, 2014

 Hi all!

Hope the summer is/has been good to you.  My family is topping off the summer with a trip to "The Beach".  

We love the Florida Gulf coast!  Very relaxing, lots of wide, white sand beach, good food & people too.  We highly recommend it as a destination.  :)


Lily stayed up late a couple of nights before we left and managed to finish a new "weekender" bag.  Check it out!!  So cute!  

 Perfect size to carry over the shoulder onto the airplane.

She used ARIZONA, from Art Gallery Fabrics, and the ARAGON bag pattern from Sew Sweetness.


 Tomorrow is THURSDAY, the 2nd Thursday of the month, which means lots of FUN at Charlotte's downtown!

How about getting together with other, like-minded quilters and working on some fun, cozy, small projects?  

Start the day at 10 a.m. with SEWING CLUB.  Tomorrow Mary will be demonstrating the CREATIVE GRIDS SCRAP CRAZY 6 non-slip ruler.


Can't make it?  See a video demo here:

Then, in the afternoon, come join our new SIMPLE WHATNOTS CLUB featuring Kim Diehl projects & fabrics.  

You can order any or all of her newest VINTAGE FARMHOUSE fabrics.  We've got them all, including the wide backs.  

You can see them here on our web.

Featuring a new small project each month, we plan on meeting afternoons and evenings, the 2nd Thursday of each month, starting AUGUST 14th.  1:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Simple Whatnots Club - Collection 1
by Kim Diehl & Mary Eilerts

Join the Club, $48, receive 6 full-color project patterns & have access to classes.

 The classes will be offered at Charlotte's Sew Natural, downtown Newton, 2nd Thursdays, starting August 14th, through January 8th, 2015.

Club members will have an opportunity to purchase kits first, at special pricing.

Kits will be available to non-club members only if available after Club.

The first kit will be WIDDLYTINKS, offered to Club members for $16.99. This kit contains 25 different fabrics from Kim Diehl's VINTAGE FARMHOUSE collection.

Don't miss out. Join the Club, even if you need us to mail your kits to you!


In Florida, Lily & I have only hit one quilt shop (so far, as we're only into day 3 of the trip!).  But they must have missed "the memo" because they weren't one of the 38 participating Florida shops in the Row by Row.  

Whether you are staying close to home or travelling around the States & Canada this summer, check out the ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE, a new kind of Shop Hop. 

There are more than 50 participating shops in KANSAS alone!

Only New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan & Texas have more participating shops than Kansas.  When you think about the differences in population, Kansas quilters, TAKE A BOW!  

Click here for details:

As I have 2 shops, I have two rows.  The theme of the Row by Row is SEW A SEASON.  We've chosen two different seasons.

Still, as of this writing, neither store has had a "winner".  You can be the "winner", by bringing your completed quilt, which included 8 different Kansas Rows.  You'll win an assortment of 25 FAT QUARTERS.  Include the row of the store you come to, and you'll receive a bonus prize!

At Charlotte's Sew Natural: SEW HAPPY SUNFLOWERS  


At Charlotte's Bargain Fabrics, The Chisholm Trail Mall:

 Mine each use CREATIVE GRIDS rulers.

Please, please, please!  If you are on Facebook, please go to

and vote for my rows by clicking on their image, and then LIKE them.  You can find the ROW BY ROW ALBUM, under PHOTOS.


The last time I looked, our SNOWMAN was in SECOND PLACE!  Yea!  

At the end of summer, the rows with the most LIKES will win prizes for the store.  And I'll share! :O

The popular SEW HAPPY fabric plate is expected soon.  Place your order now.

 Here is Mary's newest SEW DOWNTOWN bag made with "left-over" strips from the exclusive Row By Row fabric. (The Winter Tree Stripe was fussy cut and included in our Sew Happy Snowman Kits.  Oh, what we don't do for our customers!  LOL)

While it is 3-SEASON, it will be perfect to carry this AUTUMN!  We've got kits:

Marti Michell Bordered Rows Sampler Quilt Looking for a class for a full-size quilt?  

Instruction, patterns, encouragement, camaraderie all for one low price!  $48/year

This SAMPLER QUILT CLASS will start in September, and meet every month, the 3rd Thursday, morning and evening, for an entire year.

BORDERED ROWS by MARTI MICHELL, will feature 12 unique quilt blocks, using her SET L TEMPLATES.

Instructor Mary Eilerts will guide you through, step by step, from selecting fabric to perfecting your technique, producing a beautiful quilt.

Better yet, this is a lecture/demo class, so you don't have to haul in all your sewing supplies.

We'll gladly help you select fabrics that suit your taste & decor, or you can use Marti's beautiful fabrics, TOMORROW'S PROMISE, pictured here, by Maywood Studios.

The third block kit, AUGUST installment, of our newest, "Buck-A-Block" monthly series quilt is available now.  


It started in June, but it is not too late to start now.  You'll purchase the first 2 months' kits for $5 each and the 3rd will be available the entire month of August for $3.

Each kit will have strips of different colored fabric, including a white background, plus instructions.

This year, it will be $3/kit, the month of issue, and $5/kit after the month.

Thangles are optional, but available.  Later on, there will be a finishing kit for approx. $20, to finish the top of a TWIN size quilt.  Backing will be additional.

 You can also 


Click here for details:

 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!

Many 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!




Do you like a CHALLENGE?  
This one can be solved with a little fabric and some creative input.  Even if you've never tried one before, consider this contest.

WHERE'S SUNNY?  A Viewer's Choice Mini-Quilt Contest sponsored by the Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop participating shops.

 Stop into Charlotte's Sew Natural downtown (or request by mail), and get a registration packet for $2.  

This will include the rules and the custom printed fabric image that you'll need to use in your MINI-QUILT.  

 The quilts are to finish a maximum of 18 x 22 inches.  Entries are due by August 30th.  This is a "viewers' choice" contest and prize money will be determined by the votes or your friends and other quilt shop hoppers.  
Details here:

Central KANSAS QUILT SHOP HOP T-SHIRTS on sale now.  Great looking, fun to wear, support your LOCAL QUILT SHOPS! :)

Lots of new stuff in the store, new quilt kits, CHRISTMAS, HALLOWEEN, and more.  

 We're making lots of new inspirational stuff, and planning even more fun events.  

If you're feeling uninspired or lethargic, we're not!  Come see us and catch the fever!  LOL

Even at the beach, my mind keeps finding inspiration, and I'm thinking of new quilts & projects for all the wonderful "beachy" fabric I've got at home in the store!

Have a good rest of the week.  I'll be back in the stores on Monday.  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 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  (always there)



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