September 2, 2005
Happy September and welcome to the final 3-day weekend (for some!) of the
recently remade an old favorite, 3-Amigos. I call her version, in bright
lime-greens and oranges, "HAPPY JACKS"! We have a few kits
left for this WALL HANGING and will include a FREE PATTERN with the $19.99 kit
which includes the fabrics for top, backing & binding.
Last Saturday we welcomed over 100 quilters from Oklahoma who participated in
the first (annual?) Quilters' Border Crossing Bus Tour. Great fun was had
by all, so watch for notices of other upcoming events!
This Saturday, while maybe not quite as busy as last Saturday, we'll be busy
again. We know lots of you will be traveling and hope you'll pull off
Interstate 135, just 30 minutes north of Wichita, come west to Main Street and
stop in for a visit! There are plenty of other shops for your family to
explore on Main St. including the antique mall right across the street.
Also this Saturday, Sept. 3rd, I will be teaching a PAPER PIECING CLASS -
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - $10 + supplies.
you are participating in our $5 Quilt project on Second Saturdays this is an
excellent opportunity to come and make the "FIERY SUN" block with
me. Just bring your kit, your pattern, your sewing machine and basic
You are still welcome to take this Saturday's class even if you are not
making it for the $5 Quilt. Kits will be available to purchase for $5 and
the pattern is included. This is a really fun New York Beauty block and
easy to make once you learn to paper piece! You can phone the store to
REGISTER FOR CLASS - 316-284-2547 or register on-line:
We have several other UPCOMING CLASSES:
Jinny Beyer's TRIP AROUND THE WORLD, A Mariner's Compass medallion quilt, 12
month class. Starts Sept. 15th. Morning and evening class
available. If you can't take the class, we will have KITS AVAILABLE in
Marti Michell's NORTHERN LIGHTS SAMPLER QUILT, 12 month class, starts Sept.
22nd. Morning and evening class available.
SIMPLE REVERSIBLE QUILTS, being repeated by popular demand, 2 session class
starts Saturday Nov. 5th.
Needle-turn Appliqué - CELTIC APPLIQUÉ by Hand with Donna Sandberg using her
original pattern. Saturday Sept. 17th.
ORIENTAL CIRCLES -Reversible Quilt - Just TWO SPOTS remain for 3 session class
starting Sept. 10th!
QUILT PIECING FOR BEGINNERS - 3 session class starts Saturday Sept. 17th.
We have new from Kansas Troubles Quilters - two Moda fabric lines - Shades of
Autumn and Meadow Waltz. Plus the new "Spring" 2005
Newsletter. A little delayed, but lots of useful information including
quilt pattern & 4 Fat Quarters from Shades of Autumn line. You can
search any of these "key" words on our web site's "Search"
Do you just feel like playing with a "little" new fabric?
Take a look at our new Charm squares and 4-1/2" strip bundles.
New CHARM KIT - MEADOW WALTZ, includes Charlotte's exclusive pattern, a bundle
of 5" charm squares, plus all the fabric and batting necessary to
complete the 20" x 28" runner.
New CHARM KIT - RAG TIME - also from busy Kansans Terry Clothier Thompson and
Barbara Brackman. I've combined these wonderfully bright, fun REPRODUCTION
PRINTS from 1890s to 1920s, with BLACK COTTON SATEEN in a unique "Ragtime
String of Beads" small quilt. (You know, in the 1920s, Flappers wore
beads!) Order our kit, which includes my exclusive pattern, a bundle
of 5" charm squares, fabric for backing and binding and create your
own unique small quilt by rearranging this single simple block in a variety of
Of course, most of this we do to take our minds off the extremely distressing
news from New Orleans and and the Gulf area hit so hard by Hurricane Katrina. Here
in Kansas we are more than a day's drive away, and as unpractical as it is we
still feel like we should just start driving south to offer help.
Trying to be more practical, my research shows that the best thing those of us at a distance can do is send MONEY. I have chosen and highly recommend both the RED CROSS and MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE.
Quilters are some of the most generous people I've ever
known. Karey Patterson
Bresenhan, founder of Quilts, Inc., International Quilt Festival in Houston, as
well as Quilt Market for those of us in the business, has made some WONDERFUL
For more details please go to:
International Quilt Festival will match all donations
made by quilters to the Red Cross, up to
$10,000. Please let Karey know if you make a donation.
Karey has also organized "QUILTERS COMFORT AMERICA". As you
may know, 1000s of refugees have been moved to Houston's Astrodome. Karey
is sending out a desperate plea for twin-size to baby size sheets, light-weight
quilts & tied comforts for these refugees landing in her home town. It
is hot there, but they still need protection.
"Think about a mother lying on the floor cradling her baby--that's the
size quilt we need to provide. These quilts are not meant to be
heirlooms, although they will probably be treasured for many years
as a symbol of the caring of strangers. Tie them, machine quilt
them, work in a group with your friends and finish several on an
assembly line, do whatever it takes to get these finished quickly.
THE NEED FOR THESE QUILTS IS RIGHT NOW!"
Please go to the following web pages for all the details on where and how to
send them ASAP:
This morning I ordered more fabric so that we might make lots of these
comforts quickly and affordably. I expect 500 yards to arrive next week
and will send out a call for volunteers to help make tied comforts.
There is more good news.
AQS QUILTERS TO THE RESCUE. The American Quilter’s Society
also made a long-term commitment to help quilters who want to make contributions
of quilts. AQS will act as a repository for quilts to be donated to the
victims of Hurricane Katrina. AQS will receive quilts into their warehouse and
pack them to be shipped on to the disaster areas, when and where requested by
the aid groups. The AQS Paducah, Kentucky location is the perfect launch point
for the aid. They are asking for completed bed quilts and baby quilts only. Do
not send quilting supplies, wallhangings, or unfinished quilts.
Jay Staten sent me this information. "With colder weather just two
months away, quilts made with loving care, will offer comfort to those facing
winter and rebuilding their lives. As many as a million people may be left
homeless due to this catastrophic disaster. It is likely that many people will
be in shelters and other relocation facilities through much of the winter.
Quilts will be needed! So spread the word!"
You can send donated quilts to:
AQS Quilters to the Rescue
c/o American Quilter’s Society
5801 Kentucky Dam Road
Paducah , KY 42003
For questions you may contact Jay Staten, Associate Publisher, American
Quilter’s Society, P.O. Box 3290, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-3290, 270-898-7903,
And more good news. PakMail, our next door neighbor, has offered a
great discount on shipping these quilts wherever I tell him they need to
go. If you only have one, you may bring in quilts here to Charlotte's Sew
Natural, so that we can ship all together more efficiently. You can bring any
contributions to the store starting today. We've estimated a cost about $5
each (for larger quilts) to ship them. If you can bring in quilts and
comforts, please consider including $5 to help cover this expense.
After the quilts are shipped, I will send any excess money collected to the Red
Please take time to count your own blessings. Maybe a week ago, you
thought you had none. Today you must have a long list! See what you
can share, even if it is only a kind word to a co-worker. Be thankful as
most of us are very blessed!
As you can see, we have been very busy here at Charlotte's in Newton and my
staff and I need a "real" day off, so (uncharacteristically) we will
be closed on Monday for Labor Day. We will be refreshed and ready to
welcome you and fill web orders again on Tuesday. [And be assured, we are
here today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday as well! :)]
Have a safe and wonderful weekend.
Charlotte Wolfe (who, as I finish writing this, will go clean out the
linen-closets looking for things to send to Houston today)
Charlotte's Sew Natural