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Oct. 13, 2011  - Original

Hi all!

Two nearly-local QUILT SHOWS happen this weekend, Oct. 15 & 16.  

 The Emma Creek Quilt Guild's quilt show, CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF QUILTING, will be held in the Hesston Elementary School, 300 E. Amos, in Hesston (8 miles NW of us).  The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct 15 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 16. Admission is $5 per person.  

At left is a picture of their opportunity quilt.  This full-size quilt features a hand-appliquéd center, scalloped outside border, all done by guild members and exquisite custom machine quilting.  Come to the show and see for yourself!

The Halstead Quilt Show, will be held together with the Fine Arts & Crafts festival, Sat. Oct 15 only, at the Halstead High School, 520 W. 6th St in Halstead, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (14 miles SW of us).


Have you noticed it even "smells" like autumn outside now!  Why do I feel like I'd better not "blink", or I'll miss it?  Could be the stress of the summer still hasn't left me.  LOL

Breckyn's PINWHEEL BABY QUILT suits our mood.  Fun & cheery!  The colors are warm rusts, golds, turquoise and browns perfect for the season.  Whimsical motifs include fish, lollipops, alphabet & a monkey riding a bike on the back!

Making it even easier for you to sew, we've kitted this cute little quilt, starting with two packs of pre-cut 5" squares, one bundle of prints & one all cream solid and included all the rest of the fabrics for the top, back & binding, including that panel I mentioned.  

The pattern is available for FREE at Moda's Bakeshop web site.  Click here for details:

 I recently had fun learning a new technique for making TUMBLING BLOCKS!  

I took pictures as I went along, as I thought it was so cool!  I used my phone camera, so they're not the greatest, but they do show the process.  Click here to see my whole story listed in the TIPS section of my web site:

 I started with Quiltsmart's printed interfacing for TUMBLING BLOCKS.  If you've ever used any QUILTSMART products, you know they start with a very fine, fusible interfacing, and print the stitching & cutting lines right on it.  This is different from foundation piecing, but really makes the project accurate and quick.  

If you've never used any of the QUILTSMART products, TUMBLING BLOCKS is a good one to start with!  It really is easy appliqué!


 Check out this great way to add a decorative border to anything, like a delightful NATURE PANEL from MODA with great CARDINALS!  

Use Broadway Border printed interfacing, also from QUILTSMART, and you'll get perfect, interesting edges!  

Make them as long as you like.  Layer them many times, or just once.  Stitch down with a small zig-zag stitch, or leave it lose as LaVerna did here.  

LaVerna laid the red fabric, backed with BROADWAY BORDER interfacing, on top of the green border, pieced a 4-patch for each corner, and simply attached them to a 24" wide x 42" long PANEL from Moda.

There are all sorts of ways to be creative with BROADWAY BORDERS.

More Quiltsmart:


Mary just finished a fast little quilt using another favorite "short-cut tool".  

She started with Karen Snyder's DOLLY DEAR panel featuring little dresses in vintage prints.  The border & rick-rack around each dress are a printed part of the block!

Place your orders now and we'll send kits as soon as the panel is back in stock.  Delivery expected in about 10 days.

Mary simply sashed the SQUARES using MARTI MICHELL's SASHING STAR POINT template/ruler set to make them dance among the STARS!

Popular as ever, our newly cut kits for CLEO'S DESIGNS NATIVITY pattern, featuring Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus surrounded by the easiest ever, rock-wall looking background, uses Hoffman batiks, hand-dyed fabrics and a good, solid BLACK.  Order today, and you could finish this easy fusible-appliqué project in time to display for the Holidays.



If you liked WILDFLOWER RHAPSODY, TONGA RHAPSODY, BACK TO NATURE OR TONGA NATURE, you'll be glad to hear that the design team at WING AND A PRAYER have introduced their 2012 BLOCK-A-MONTH quilts, in conjunction with Timeless Treasures Fabric.  

We'll be offering both BELLA VERONA and NORTHERN STARS as complete patterns and kits, available in the store and on the web.  

Bella Verona pattern:

Northern Stars pattern:

I'll be offering BELLA VERONA as a class starting the 2nd Thursday i n January at 7 pm.

NORTHERN STARS will be available as a kit.  More details soon.

See LARGER IMAGES and descriptions here:


Red Rooster Fabrics - The Dressmaking Collection - Vintage Notions - Vintage Sewing Signs & Patterns in Black Squares

NEWEST ADDITIONS to the web, be sure to check out all the latest here:


Some particular lines include: (click on the name to link to pictures)

 Love CURIO from BASIC GREY for MODA!  Interesting combination of colors, textures & motifs!

We LOVE BASIC GREY, so check out the entire department here:



BARGAINS & SPECIALS can be seen on the WEB on nearly 60 pages!  Honestly, I'm not sure how they arrange themselves.  

Try clicking on "view all", then scroll down the list for a quick overview.  There is lots of variety!



Visit CHARLOTTE'S Bargain Fabric in the CHISHOLM TRAIL MALL now for a great selection of BARGAIN FABRICS and inspiration.  

Just added - BATIKS starting at $7.96/yd. Great selection!


 Join us for a LUXURY WEEKEND SEWING RETREAT at the HYATT in Wichita this January 13, 14 & 15, 2012.  Limited space.

Are you getting enough "sewing time"?  Feeling the "crush" of the holidays sneaking up?  Book some "down time" for yourself, or better yet, ask your family to GIFT this to you!

Click here for details.


Have a great weekend.


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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