August 27, 2021

Hi all!

Have  you made a big quilt lately?  Was it a "quickie", large, basic shapes, and not very challenging?  Ok, those can be great quilts, fine to give as a quick gift, but . . .

let's push you a bit with a sampler quilt.  Now don't be scared!  This isn't nearly as complicated as it looks!  No curved piecing.  All straight lines.  And it is rotary cut using acrylic templates.  The pieces fit together so well!  You can do this!

Just because the blocks are more "traditional", doesn't mean the fabric "has" to be!  

You can do something truly "novel", "wild", "tame" or "traditional".

Here's one of the kits we've put together.  It is going to be smashing!


HIDDEN STARS by Marti Michell is a very popular sampler quilt with an easy but dynamic setting!  The pattern features PERFECT PATCHWORK TEMPLATE SETS A & C.

Mary's next SAMPLER CLASS starts in September.  The group meets in the store on the 3rd Thursday of each month for a year,  September through August, 10:15 am & 5:30 pm.

Mary is an experienced teacher and "template ambassador". She'll demonstrate the blocks and send you home to sew.  Yes, videos are good, but sometimes, in-person is just the best!

We'd love to help you pick fabrics to suit yourself. Their purchase can be spread over months.  But if you want a complete kit, all at once to start, we can help you select that.  Whole kits run about between $160 and $180, depending on fabrics. SHOPPER'S CLUB members save 20%!   ;)

  • Class meets the third Thursday for 12 months, September through August.
  • Two sessions offered: 10:15 am and 5:30 pm, come to whichever one suits your day.
  • $48 includes class & pattern.
  • We’ll help you choose fabrics or do it for you if you like.  Fabrics for the top will average between $160 & $180. Save 20% with a Shopper's Club membership.  Click here for details.
  • Please phone the store to enroll. 316-284-2547  Or click here.

Speaking of "traditional", just a note, a brand new CIVIL WAR REPRODUCTION group, with 29 different fabrics, HENDERSON STREET arrives next week.  Coming to the web soon.

This is lovely!

Halloween is fast approaching, and our shelves are filling in nicely.  Here's one tower:

Including FRIGHTFUL, don't forget, a great selection of HALLOWEEN PANELS make quick decorating & gifts!

Plus no matter if you like your pumpkins carved or not, we've got a WHITE PICK-UP TRUCK for you! ;)

Still popular, we've cut a few more kits for Lily's WITCHES NIGHT OUT done in Fig Tree’s All Hallows Eve and a few purples tossed in for accents!

Kits with original  ALL HALLOW’S EVE fabrics plus purples, click here. CHARM PACK OF PURPLES included so one could add even more purple if you really LOVE PURPLE!

The latest GNOMES AT HOME - October, has arrived.  Stop in the store, or give us a call if you'd like one of these kits!

Have you made one of DONNA ROBERTSON'S 3-fabric quilts yet?  If not, what are you waiting for!?

What is different about this latest book?  QUILTS ON THE DOUBLE

She has a co-author, and it is her DAUGHTER!  LOL - And they've come up with 8 new quilt ideas, all using just 3 1-yard cuts!  Terrific, and we've got plenty on hand, as well as many of her previous books too.  Great value - 8 patterns in each handy FABRIC CAFE book!

As always, Kirsten & I will be LIVE on Charlotte's Sew Natural FACEBOOK AT 1 PM TODAY, FRIDAY, with a live SALE!  That is CST, so join us. 

Plus the 2021 VIDEO CHALLENGE continues through August!  Click here to WATCH OUR VIDEO.  The quilt shop video with the most views throughout August wins prizes from JAFTEX president, Scott Fortunoff.  Jaftex companies include FREE SPIRIT, HENRY GLASS, STUDIO E, BLANK & AE NATHAN.  We carry all of these, and love them.  We SHARE PRIZES with you, our loyal customers! ;)

Kirsten & I are the ones in the sunflower crowns - you can't miss us!!  We're trying to remind everyone that we're located in KANSAS, even if they forget our name!   LOL

Catch my little sidebar comment to the video, as I somehow missed the Saturday hours on my sign at the end.  YES, we are OPEN SATURDAYS, 10 to 4 pm. Thank you!
Once again, that was a learning experience!

A couple of SPECIALS
 for you who read all the way to the end.  

And 30% off this cute LORI HOLT quilt kit, packaged in a BAKED WITH LOVE custom box. Don't miss this opportunity to grab a great selection of BEE IN MY BONNET fabrics! Use the fabrics with any scrappy pattern, or the one that comes in the kit.

I've been working on finishing up a couple of quilts.  Sewing borders on the SHOP HOP QUILT.  Next steps quilting, binding, then we'll hang it in the store!

If you've got questions on binding, check out my two videos on BASIC TECHNIQUE for CUTTING BIAS.

Here's the video where I suggest how to remember which side is "bias" when you start cutting your strips for binding.  Click here.

And here's the one where I answer the most asked question, CUTTING BIAS STRIPS, FAST & EFFICIENTLY.  Click here.

I'll see you at 1 today on Facebook Live from here in the store.  Two weeks ago, I was on the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast!

Hope to see you soon.
Enjoying another week of Summer here in Kansas, with my memories,


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