Friday August 2, 2013
what an unusual summer we've had. And for our part of Kansas, it
has been good! :) Things are really growing, all
looks good, and we're not exhausted from the heat, which leaves me
energy and enthusiasm for creative pursuits.
I think it is still good
weather for sewing! The 2 rainy days earlier this week really
were perfect for staying inside and getting things done. I did
feel sorry for others, and remembered to be thankful that I didn't
have to clean up after a flood!
we received a fabulous TRUNK
SHOW from KERI DESIGNS.
These large wall quilts
are interpretations (with permission & royalties paid) of Charley
Harper's designs. They are really stunning!
(1922-2007) was a self-described modern realist artist. "Instead of trying to put everything in when I paint, I try to leave everything out."
Keri Duke has kept this spirit while translating his artwork into
patterns to be rendered in fabric. Great detail, but not too
Come see these quilts
for yourself. They are a real treat! Full-size patterns
sell for $30 each and for a limited time, we have some wonderful hand-dyed
fabric kits from Cherrywood Fabrics. The quilts will be here
most of the month of August, but don't wait too long, as our supply of
patterns and kits is limited.
There is even a truly
delightful Giraffe mother/baby quilt on display, for which we are
taking pre-orders. The pattern is expected to publish in
See them here to order
I've been having fun making small
I started out with one
idea, and the "rejects" from choosing those fabrics led to
another one, and then I moved on to a more "traditional"
look. Sooooo . . .
we've got 3 new ones, and the ever-popular batik Sunflowers that we've
been selling for a while too. Watch for more, as I've got the
We've cut kits for each
variation, including re-cutting the SUNFLOWER border fabric kit.
Hope you like at least one of them! :)
You can get just one
pattern and any number of fabric kits.
Order here, or stop in
the store to save postage:
Currently my favorite fusible
web is STEAM-A-SEAM
2. It worked great for these quilts.
out my tutorial,
as I've taken lots of pictures of my process and included some
many contributors, we've been finishing up all sorts of new models for
We just hung TURK
MOUNTAIN, done in STONEHENGE
CANYON RIDGE fabrics. Great HORSES! Very much a
"guy" or girl quilt!
Kit available in the store and here:
fabric collection here:
What with all the rain we've had here
our Flint Hills cowgirls and cowboys are riding high in green this
summer - grass, that is!
Check out this FUN group - COWGIRL
UP! Makes you want to do the two-step just looking at
See the entire group here:
You have a great chance to get out in
the FLINT HILLS this weekend! See the beautiful scenery and
visit Pioneer Bluffs, founded in 1859 as the Rogler Ranch, and now
open to the public.
I'd just heard about, and I've been
meaning to feature the new KANSAS QUILT TRAIL
initiative in my newsletter, when I got this invitation!
At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 3,
everyone is invited to PIONEER BLUFFS in the heart of the Flint Hills for a free discussion on
BARN QUILTS AND THE BARN QUILTS TRAIL.
I know there are many of you
interested in this, and some of you have even talked about your own
"barn quilt" projects while here in the store!
This Prairie Talk will cover the history of barn quilt trails, where to find barn quilts, and step-by-step instruction on building a barn quilt and adding it to the trail.
Pioneer Bluffs is an historic ranch located about one hour
east of Newton, or one hour north of Wichita.
From the Cassoday exit on the Turnpike, take Hwy 177 north 11 miles. Pioneer Bluffs lies on the east side of Hwy 177 and is at the north end of a mile-long limestone fence.
I feel some slight pride and
responsibility, as I was the one who originally put the
"bug" in Susan Hague's ear which lead to the BARN QUILT
hanging on the Pioneer Bluffs' barn! Susan is a quilter,
cowgirl, Rogler descendant and current Pioneer Bluffs board
member. So be careful, no matter how busy you think you are, you
never know how much further one of my "good ideas" is going
to take you! LOL
More details can be found at the
links below, or
call Lynn at 620-753-3484:
Kansas Quilt Trail
Also, Quilt In A Day QUILT
BLOCKS on American BARNS:
these blocks would look great on the side of any building, they're also
going to make a smashing quilt! (Still a mystery finish to be
revealed. :) )
Go ahead, start BUCK A BLOCK!
You know you like it. :)
The 2nd block in our newest BUCK A
BLOCK, is still available for just $1 through August 6th. The Bonus kit includes a
"solid gold" fabric
this month and is just $3.99. You'll want the instructions for
the "bonus" found in the June kit, which is also still
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.
Each new month's kits become available
the first Wednesday of the month (August 7th). The previous
month's kits continue while supplies last, at $2/block kit and
$3.99/bonus kit for past months.
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. You'll always use the same pattern (available in
the first month's kit which has solid purple fabric - Go Cats!) to make the units
which are added to the 7-inch block. The strips will be cut to size. These
kits cost $3.99. You'll also need 3.5" Thangles.
See the entire selection of THANGLES
BUCK-A-BLOCK may be MAIL ORDERED.
$8.49/monthly includes postage or just $4.99 when added to any other
order that month.
We anticipate "revealing"
my finishing suggestion in August. So stay tuned to see what my
finished quilt will look like, and you'll have an opportunity to order
the finishing kit too! :)
Our planning continues and excitement is
building for this Fall's
QUILT SHOP HOP,
BLACK TIE AFFAIR,
happening October 4, 5 & 6th.
Be sure to go to FACEBOOK, search for
Central KS Quilt Shop Hop, then become our Friend, Like us and
you'll get all the updates!
While you're on Facebook,
be sure to look up and Like and Friend Charlottes
Sew Natural (no apostrophe in the address). Just one more
way to keep in touch, and stay up to day with all our SPECIALS and
If you are on the computer, but don't
have a Facebook page yet, ask someone for help. You'll be
surprised who IS on Facebook, and maybe you'll even meet some new
Quilt Shop Hop PINS
& T-SHIRTS (in classy black being modeled by Breckyn above)
are now available for delivery.
EXCLUSIVE FABRIC is available to
pre-order, and can be delivered at the start of the Quilt Shop Hop in October.
here to order:
We will be starting a new, year-long
QUILT SAMPLER CLASS in September at Charlotte's Sew Natural.
will be teaching
SECRET GARDEN SAMPLER
using Marti Michell's pattern &
Mary selects fabrics she will be using,
and a limited number of kits will be available with fabrics like her
Most students make unique quilts with
our help selecting the fabrics.
This makes each class meeting
especially fun, seeing the same quilt block done in such a variety of
fabrics. Maybe you'd like to do it in Christmas fabrics and create
an heirloom to be brought out annually? We'll be happy to help you
select the perfect fabrics!
Beginner to expert level students
welcome. (Beginners must know how to use a sewing machine, but all
other skills will be covered in as much depth as you require.)
Starts Thursday September 19th
Meets - 3rd Thursdays through
Choose 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. class time.
Lecture/demo lasts about an hour.
$48 plus materials.
also marks the start of an APPLIQUÉ
BLOCK A MONTH quilt class.
Mary will be teaching
which combines piecing and appliqué
for a fun HALLOWEEN quilt.
Suitable for confident beginners
Starts Thursday September 12th
Meets - 2nd Thursdays through
Choose 1:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. class
Lecture/demo lasts about an hour.
$36 registration fee plus $29.99/month kit fee. Kits include
pattern/fabric/embellishments for blocks & borders.
Also available by mail order as a
complete kit or monthly. Please click here for details:
Don't forget to stop at Charlotte's Bargain Fabrics & Stitchery in The
Chisholm Trail Mall, on the southern edge of Newton, just off
A mere 20 minutes north of Wichita
and just 4-1/2
miles south of downtown Newton.
We have many specials at
Charlotte's Bargain Fabric & Stitchery at the Chisholm Trail Mall.
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!
BARGAIN & SPECIALS here: http://www.sewnatural.net/nl.asp?p=0&c=1
May you have a delightfully rewarding, and wonderful weekend!
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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