We've been having fun
again, trying to make room for lots of NEW FABRIC, PATTERNS &
Check out these darling,
stamped, colored, and ready to stitch VINTAGE AUTUMN
ORNAMENTS. There are 16 different styles, just $7 each, or you
could order the whole collection. Wouldn't these be fun little
gifts this FALL?! Let us know if you'd like the DMC FLOSS or
needles to go with.
HALLOWEEN is now one of
the most popular "seasons". (I think it has outgrown
"holiday".) We've got a fantastic collection of
just finished a quilt using Sheri
Berry's COSTUME CLUB panel for the center &
Designer Sheri Berry very thoughtfully created her
novelty stripe so that I had stripes for all the sides that I
could cut going the right
direction. 2 stripes have the motifs running vertically and 2
stripes are laid out so that they will be facing properly when laid
horizontal. Great! Would love to see more like this.
of my "pet peeves" is fabric that could easily have been
designed to be non-directional, but has been made
"one-way". I would ask the fabric companies to stop
designing WALL PAPER, and start giving us more usable, novel, cute
fabric, that is TOSSED! We're making quilts and the pieces
get cut and sewn every which way! LOL
On a bed, there is even
more to be considered. Don't be confused by a bed quilt that you
see hanging on a store wall. We often take into account that the
quilt will be hanging on display and so make different choices on how
to cut the borders so it "shows off" well.
On a bed,
those borders will be running parallel to the floor, and so maybe
should your motif, if it is directional. Just something to think
When a print is non-directional, I ALWAYS cut my borders
lengthwise grain, and purchase enough fabric so I can do this with no
seams or a minimum of seams.
Lengthwise grain borders
sew on and hang better on the
finished quilt. Borders cut cross-grain (several 45" strips
sewn together for length) tend to get "wavy", and present
problems for machine quilters. So, if you are "forced"
to cut the fabric cross-grain, because of the design, treat your
fabric with respect.
Start by giving it a good
"finish". We would recommend BEST
PRESS. This is
a fantastic STARCH ALTERNATIVE, comes un-scented and in delicious
Once your fabric has a
nice finish applied to it, measure very carefully against your
finished quilt. And don't just measure the edges. You must
measure 3 places through the middle of your quilt, take the average,
and gently ease any long outside edges to the borders, cut the smaller
size, if necessary.
The Quilter really needs a FLAT QUILT to
quilt! :) So, if you have lots of humps, you might want to
consider TYING it and work on perfecting your seam allowances!
experienced seamstresses sometimes have SEAM ALLOWANCES that vary in
We highly, highly recommend taping a GUIDE, called
ANGLER 2, to the bed of your sewing machine. It is lightweight, clear plastic with perfect 1/4 INCH seam
allowance guide lines
printed right on it. There is a mark to lower your needle
through, so that you can position the guide so that these EASY TO SEE,
lines are EXACTLY 1/4 INCH from your sewing machine
needle. Plus the lines are printed out for several inches in front
of the foot, giving you a chance to accurately line up your fabrics
before they ever reach the needle! :)
The 1/4 INCH FOOT that
comes with your sewing machine is not always accurate. We have
seen many machines, all makes & models, and know this to be
true. It has something to do with a shifting needle
position. The Angler II is mounted based on the position of your
needle, so it is very accurate and visible.
LaVerna just finished
GONE HAUNTING wall or table quilt featuring little BLACK
See all the fabrics and GONE
HAUNTING kit listed here:
MONSTERS II from CLOTHWORKS.
They are the GOOGLIE-EYED
Very funny, and only
just a little scary to toddlers!
then, there's THE
We have Grinch fabric in
flannel and regular cotton. Lots of coordinates too. Check
it all out here:
And all the Seuss stuff
Come check out our
newest fabrics & latest project ideas.
Use this Newest Additions
link to see all the latest on the web:
forward to FALL CLASSES, Rita has finished her version of Marti
Michell's THE ROMANCE CONTINUES sampler
Mary will be teaching
this as a BLOCK OF THE MONTH, starting Sept. 15th. You can also
order the complete KIT for this quilt.
See all these beautiful BLUE
& YELLOW WILD ROSE II fabrics designed by Marti Michell for
Maywood Fabrics here:
Ruth will be teaching AUNT GRACE'S GARDEN PARTY.
Class will start September 22nd, 2011 through Spring 2012.
Classes will meet at 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Price to be announced when actual length of class is determined. :)
fabric designed by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.
AUNT GRACE'S GARDEN PARTY Block of the Month patterns by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek.
Finished Quilt Size 77" x 83"
KITS will be available
BY MAIL too! Details coming soon!
If you are in the mood
for some really pretty FLORAL FABRIC with a touch of HOLIDAY ELEGANCE,
HOPE'S PROMISE from Wilmington.
This group flows around
a beautifully detailed floral COLLAGE. See all the fabrics and
the QUILT KIT here:
And you can see all the NEWEST
ADDITIONS by clicking this link:
SPECIALS can be seen on the WEB here:
These prints &
flannels start at $5.97/yard. Many are reduced to $4.97/yard, so
catch them while they're HOT!
CHARLOTTE'S in the
CHISHOLM TRAIL MALL now for a great selection of BARGAIN FABRICS and
Pre-Cut kits available
now! Rent time on our ACCU-CUTTER!
We are looking forward to seeing you
soon here in Newton!
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
Mon. - Sun. 12 - 12 :)
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