May 13, 2011
It is that time of year
and we send out many congratulations to graduates, including our own
Sarah! She will be with us most of the summer but heading to
K-State in the fall! Way to go!
As usual, the past week
has brought many new fabrics into the store. Sports themes,
cowboys, florals, Kansas Troubles, and more! You can see all our NEWEST
FABRICS on the WEB by clicking here:
have been busy and there are new mark-downs at CHARLOTTE'S BARGAIN FABRICS just
south of town and under BARGAINS
on the web. Come see how LOW THEY CAN GO!
On a personal note, I'm
back from vacation and revived! :)
Randy & I had a
great trip to Quebec, Canada. We flew into Montreal and had 2
full days to explore.
We saw lots of neat
stuff and left lots for another trip!
We did see the second oldest
quilt in North America at the McCord Museum. (Once credited
as the "Oldest", there's been a recent discovery of a silk
quilt dated 1718.)
This one is clearly
dated 1726 and has been authenticated. It is foundation pieced
using a whip-stitch with old letters and printed papers for the
foundation. There are great pictures of the back side taken
while they were working on conserving the quilt.
Check out the McCord
Museum web site to see a total of 6 awesome images of this quilt,
more fascinating details and the rest of this excellent current
exhibit, 90 Treasures, celebrating the Museum's 90 years, all
Searching the web I ran
across more than one person trying to replicate this quilt. Lots
of hour-glass blocks and there are easier ways than that used by the
If you like making
reproduction antique quilts, you can't go wrong with Lori
Smith's patterns. Her inspiration is old quilts, but her
techniques are all new & modern and her instructions are very
can all be done by machine but if you like hand-work, you can combine
machine piecing with hand-appliqué or start
"whip-stitching" away. LOL
While Lori Smith has
many wonderful medallion quilt patterns, I think MEDALLION
MELODY would be easy to do and one could create a similar look to
the 1726 quilt by carefully selecting colors.
MY HEART TO YOUR HANDS patterns:
And if you changed the
center medallion to a Mariner's Star Compass block you'd come even
closer. The classic Mariner's Star has 8 points and I
would highly suggest doing that by foundation.
You can see a FREE
FOUNDATION PATTERN from Carol Doak here that might help you get
you are intrigued by this STAR, another cool Mariner's Compass quilt
can be easily made using QuiltSmart foundation
piecing. The stitching lines are printed on fine,
fusible interfacing, which stays in the quilt.
Click here for more
information on this MINI-MARINER'S COMPASS
For more great
QUILTSMART products, click here:
Although it was just
barely SPRING, we did spend a lot of time outdoors, including a few hours as the fabulous
We loved the CHINESE
As you can see in this
picture, there wasn't a leaf on a tree, only evergreens. The
magnolias were blooming but it was too early even for tulips!
Again, there is a
fabulous web site full of images and information that will provide
lots of inspiration!
I found inspiration
We took the train to
Quebec City, which is east of Montreal, on the St
Lawrence river. We had a great time with our new friends from
This fun, out-going
woman & her niece were enjoying a two week trip in Canada.
We found it interesting that from Singapore, they had looked at the
world and come up with a similar itinerary to ours, planned from
Newton Kansas! Although theirs included much more SHOPPING than
They were fascinated
with our Kindles and I just loved her camera (Polaroid?) which spit
out instant wallet-size photos! (See her aunt is holding one.)
They were lots of fun and the 3 hour
trip went quickly as we compared notes on every day life, politics and
concerns, similar and different in our two countries. I am now
very curious about Singapore!
City we enjoyed exploring the Old City inside the Wall and
out! They have a fantastic design award winning
"promenade" that follows one side of the wall, along the St.
Lawrence river and currently ends at this famous hotel, Chateau
We visited many churches
in both cities and were awed by the beauty and variety of style.
I did investigate quilt
shops before I went. There was one in Montreal that we didn't
get near. And I found none in Quebec City. This could
explain some of my web orders! LOL
day we rented a car and drove north and east along the St. Lawrence
and ended up in the small town of Tadoussac.
We had hoped to
see some whales, being informed that they could be found there year
'round. No luck, but we did have a great hike up a beautiful,
frozen FJORD! We don't have fjords in Kansas!
And along the way I
spied a sewing machine setting on a table, just inside a large picture
window. That stitcher's everyday view of the seaway was
awesome! I don't know what is sewn there, but very likely
includes some blue & green! LOL
thing we noticed, particularly in Quebec City where the decisive BATTLE
OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM was fought, was the Canadian struggle
with the French/English dichotomy of their history. (I wonder
what foreigners notice about our own Civil War depictions?)
Both the French &
British generals were mortally wounded in the battle. Every
monument literally had 2 sides. I usually leaned towards
one in particular.
I'm glad to be home,
happy to get sewing again and must make my blocks for tomorrow's
SECOND SATURDAY! All are welcome for my 9 a.m. presentation!
I hope you get to do
some travelling soon, even if only by internet!
Looking forward to seeing you
soon here in Newton!
Have a great 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 7, Sat. 10 - 5:30
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