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Hi Ladies! We had a really fun Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop, with lots of people through the door, and lots of winners!! We had 198 finishers and 17 prizes, so you had a one in eleven chance of winning! Hopefully someone you know won something. If not, next year you are bound to win!! The grand prize winner was Nadine Brinkworth of Cheektowaga. Marian Roessler from Lockport won the gas card, and all the following people were winners too: Mary Jane Shields, Susan Steinhaus, Annette Gruber, Kelly Urtel, Joan Malaney, Helen Condon, Henrietta Szumigala, Renee Judkins, Jennie Wiegle, Maxine Shimmel, Carol Breakley, Jeri Iannaccone, Cathy Hurysz, Gloria States, and Carol Rairie. Congratulations to all the winners, and again, THANK YOU all for participating!!!

 

Our fall class schedule is ready for you. It is a pretty small list of classes this time, but this fall’s list does include a few new offerings; a brand new purse class, a very beautiful Farmer’s Daughter Quilt, and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. We will also have a few old staples, like Basics By Machine, and the project class will be up and running on Tuesday mornings during October and November. Be sure to check it out!

Farmer’s Daughter                            3D Tumbler

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Shoptoberfest is a fun Shop Hop that is going on right now!!! September 30 through October 4th, 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday. There are shops on the Shoptoberfest hop that don’t participate in any other shop hop. So you must go and check everyone out! This is the shop hop with the fun Jumble game that can win you $250 gas card. The grand prize is a Janome 6600, MSRP $2499!!! There are eleven first place prizes of $50 gift certificates, and eleven second place prizes of $25 Gift certificates. You need to only go to 9 of the eleven shops to be entered to win the prizes, but you must have gone to the ‘mystery shop’ to be entered for the machine. The Mystery Shop is, well, a mystery. It won’t be chosen until the wrap up meeting. (It’s the sneaky shop-owners way to encourage you to go to all eleven shops!). Fabric on the bolt will be 15% off during the event, and most shops will have demos or other fun things to share. Come on and join us! Tuesday through Saturday, September 30-October 4. 10-7 weekdays and 10-5 Saturday. The participating shops are listed below in “Upcoming Events”

 

 NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

Ann Marie Zon from Swormville NY began working with Father Alfonso in Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. Since then, the people of Western New York have been extremely generous in supporting her work with the poor in the rural parts of the country. Your donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, candles, sewing goods (such as fabrics, notions, and tools), bedding, hygiene products, carpentry tools, and so much more are distributed throughout the mid-eastern sectors of Nicaragua. Your generosity supports people of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. Ann Marie sends 42 18-wheel containers per year. Recently, I was dropping off some stuff and the place was packed with donated items. A week later I stopped by and all the tables and garages were empty, another shipment had been sent! Your items are being put to good use. Please feel free to drop your donations here, and I will get them where they need to go, or you can drop the items off yourself, the address is: 10100 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.

 

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

 
Shoptoberfest 2014
When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014.
10-7  Wednesday & Thursday,   10-5  Friday & Saturday
Where:
Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636
The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241
Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420
Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148
Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226
Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188
Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583
Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767
Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088
The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926
Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802
Morning Star Quilt Guild presents
A Harvest of Quilts – Eight
When: Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.
Hours: Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $5.00
River Lea Quilters Guild presents
River Lea Inspirations
When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014
Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: $5.00
For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304

Museum Quilt Guild of Batavia presents:
Stitches in Time Quilt Show 2014
Friday October 17th 10-6pm; Saturday October 18 10-5pm
Alexander Fireman’s Hall
10718 Alexander Rd (rte 98)
Alexander NY 14005
Admission $5
For more information, visit www.museumquiltguild.com

Quilter’s of Crittenden present:
Sew Angelic and Pieceful Quilt Show and Raffle
October 17-18, 2014
9-4pm
Crittenden Presbyterian Church
3320 Crittenden Rd Alden
Admission $5

 

Quilter of the Month

Our Quilter of the Month for October is Jerry Frieday. Jerry started sewing at age 14, and with Mom’s help, went on to make most of her own clothing throughout her teenage years, and into adulthood. Jerry’s mom was an expert and admirable tailor, working for Teglers and Ceil’s Bridal making bridal gowns, often with no pattern. She inspired Jerry to make her own bridal gown nearly 40 years ago. Jerry was so enthusiastic, she took a tailoring class shortly after her wedding. She soon made her new husband a sport coat lined with fabric which she also used to make a matching vest and tie. Around the same time, Jerry decided to try her hand at quilting, so she purchases a spiral bound Eleanor Burns’ Quilt a Day in book and went to town on a Log Cabin Quilt.

Jerry never thought of continuing to quilt until a friend introduced her to a “Block of the Month” at Hancock Fabrics in 2002. Jerry became hooked and continued with the ‘Block of the Month” until Hancock Fabrics closed in 2006. In 2005, Jerry took a “Stack and Whack” class here at Sew What? and made a quilt for a dear friend. “Stack and Whack” quilts are addictive, you know, so before long Jerry had made 6 of them, one of which she actually kept for herself!

Over the years, Jerry has collected many patterns and books, and has taken lots of classes to improve her quilting and broaden her creative horizons. She enjoys many of the different styles of patterns and color palettes. She has, however, developed quite a passion for paper piecing and raw edge appliqué. Jerry likes to search online for patterns, and to her joy, has found many companies publish patterns that are FREE!!! In addition to quilting, Jerry also has made many counted cross stitch pieces over the years. Her husband recently repainted her sewing room, and dedicated an entire wall to the blue ribbons Jerry has earned in different fairs and shows.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advanced, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

Shop News

Sew What is proud to announce we upgraded our Gammill Quilting Machine to a Statler Stitcher.  I’ve been practicing and practicing. It’s always a challenge learning new things, and this graphics program is INTENSE!! Thank Goodness we have that Charity Drive going on, I’ve been quilting Charity projects all month. The Charity Drive goes until September 27, so make sure you drop off a quilt for charity and we will give you a 25% off coupon (one time use) to all the shops that participated in the WNY Shop Hop in June. Even if you didn’t participate in the Hop, you can still take advantage of the coupon! Quilts must be at least 40×40, and will be donated to one of 5 local charities.

 

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Our fall class schedule is almost ready for you. It is a pretty small list of classes this time, because I really need the time to practice the new longarm, which unfortuantely, requires a lot of concentration. Therefore, I need to keep the class list short this time so I have the opprtunity to concentrate. I’m sure by the spring we will be running a more comprehensive list again. However, this fall’s list does include a few new offerings; a brand new purse class, a very beautiful Farmer’s Daughter Quilt, and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. We will also have a few old staples, like Basics By Machine, and the project class will be up and running on Tuesday mornings during October and November. I’ll send an e-mail when we get the list up on the website, be sure to check it out!

Farmer's Daughter

Farmer’s Daughter

3D Tumbling Blocks

3D Tumbling Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September means it is time for the 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop. This shop hop is my favorite because you can easily complete it in one day! All the shops are in easy driving distance and can be circumnavigated in a matter of hours – it only includes shops from Niagara Falls, Lockport, Kenmore, Amherst, and Williamsville. You will receive a free pattern for a small easy project from each shop. Sew What is giving out one for a table runner, others are for baby quilts, placemats, bags, wallhangings and other small projects. The first place prizewinner will receive an $80 gas card. There are an additional 16 prizes to be awarded – eight $50 gift certificates and eight $25 gift certificates! With 17 prizes, you have a one in 10 chance of winning something! So gather up some friends and see if you can be winners! The best part? All eight shops will all have 25% off yardage off the bolt during the Hop hours. The 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest begins on Thursday September 4, 2014 and continues through Saturday September 6, 2014. The hours are Thursday, 9/4/14 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9/5/14 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9/6/14 – 9:30 are – 4:00 pm. Quilter’s Quest also has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quilters-Quest-Shop-Hop/837548769604736?ref=hl so make sure you “like” us on Facebook! See a list of participating shops below in the Upcoming Events section.

 

 

Shoptoberfest is another fun Shop Hop that is right around the corner. While the geography of this hop is larger than Quilter’s Quest (in September), you have more time to complete it (five days!). Also, there are shops on the Shoptoberfest hop that don’t participate in any other shop hop. So you must go and check everyone out! This is the shop hop with the fun Jumble game that can win you $250 gas card. The grand prize is a Janome 6600, MSRP $2499!!! There are eleven first place prizes of $50 gift certificates, and eleven second place prizes of $25 Gift certificates. You need to only go to 9 of the eleven shops to be entered to win the prizes, but you must have gone to the ‘mystery shop’ to be entered for the machine. The Mystery Shop is, well, a mystery. It won’t be chosen until the wrap up meeting. (It’s the sneaky shop-owners way to encourage you to go to all eleven shops!). The dates are September 30-October 4. Hop hours are 10-7 Tuesday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. Fabric on the bolt will be 15% off during the event, and most shops will have demos or other fun things to share. Come on and join us! Tuesday through Saturday, September 30-October 4. 10-7 weekdays and 10-5 Saturday.

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to all those who have already donated, your kindness will make a big impact on the lives of the Nicaraguan people. These people who are benefiting from our donations are desperately poor and really have nothing and they greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or are no longer using. Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent! The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for their next shipment. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new!) undergarments. (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about four times a year and I will make sure they get to those that pack the shipping crates on time. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for the people who could really use our help. Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know. I know they are planning a delivery this fall, so as you clean out your closets getting ready for school. Please remember these desperately needy people who can really use your unwanted things.

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop

When: Thursday, September 4 – Saturday September 6, 2014

Hours:   Thursday 9:30 AM – 7 PM; Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Where: Auntie’s Attic, Heartland Quilt Shop, Marie’s Sewing Center, Patchwork Garden, Pine Grove Quilt Shop, Quiltmaker and Friends, Sew What? and Threads of Time.

 

Quilting around Chautauqua

This annual quilt show takes place on the picturesque campus of Chautauqua Institute. Quilting Around Chautauqua is an annual 4-day event featuring classes, 900 plus quilts on display, over 60 venders and lectures. Karen Kay Buckley, award-winning quilter, author and lecturer and Pat Sloan, fabric, and pattern designer, will be teaching classes. In addition, Ann will be one of the many venders. Join her at this wonderful event.

When:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institutions, Chautauqua, N.Y.
Hours:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and
Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

900 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!
Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information; http://www.millcreeksew.com/quilting-around-chautauqua-2014.htm

 

Shoptoberfest 2014

When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014. 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday

Where:

Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636

The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241

Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420

Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148

Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226

Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188

Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767

Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088

The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926

Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802

 

Amherst Quilt Seminar

When: Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Cost:     varies depending on class.

Open to the public an evening lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm – “Adventures with Leaders and Enders” by Bonnie Hunter.

For more information http://amqg.org/

 

Morning Star Quilt Guild presents

A Harvest of Quilts – Eight

When:   Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.
Hours:   Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost:     $5.00

 

River Lea Quilters Guild presents

River Lea Inspirations

When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014
Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours:   10 AM – 5 PM
Cost:     $5.00
For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304

 

Museum Quilt Guild of Batavia presents:

Stitches in Time Quilt Show 2014

Friday October 17th 10-6pm; Saturday October 18 10-5pm
Alexander Fireman’s Hall
10718 Alexander Rd (rte 98)
Alexander NY 14005
Admission $5
For more information, visit www.museumquiltguild.com

 

Quilter’s of Crittenden present:

Sew Angelic and Pieceful Quilt Show and Raffle
October 17-18, 2014

9-4pm
Crittenden Presbyterian Church
3320 Crittenden Rd Alden
Admission $5

Our Quilter of the Month for September is Terri Bloom.

Terri’s older sister instilled the love of sewing when they were both children, Terri was only 10 years old! For years, Terri filled her time making Halloween costumes, clothing for herself and later, her daughter.   For an intense five-year stint, while her daughter was in high school, Terri made lots of costumes for Sweet Home High School musicals. Terri married her late husband in 1977, and relocated to a small rural town in Ohio where the “older ladies” taught her to quilt all by hand. She did some quilting over the years, but didn’t really catch the “bug” until about 8 years ago, after moving back to the area, and joined the Twin City Quilter’s Guild. She has met some fabulous people, made some great friends and has taken lots and lots of workshops and classes. Her style has been expanded by new exciting techniques she has learned. She loves color, lots of color, especially brights. Most of her work has been smaller projects: tablerunners, wallhangings, apparel, and a lot of baby quilts. She loves giving quilted gifts to her two adorable grandsons, and to many of her other “adopted” grandkids. For her 60th birthday, her amazing other-half, Tim, bought her a Brother Quatro Embroidery Machine. (Don’t we all wish we had a Tim?) She has had a lot of fun combining embroidery with her quilting projects. The most fun so far has been the wallhanging she created to answer a guild challenge. The challenge was to design your favorite song using fabric, Terri picked “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Recently, Terri retired, and is excited to play and practice on her longarm and play on her Quatro, hoping to be able to actually make some of the quilts she has imagined in her head.

 

 

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advanced, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

News and Notions

 

I trust you are enjoying your summer and are saving time to quilt. Don’t forget we are air conditioned, so feel free to stop in any time to relax, cool off and pet the fabric (and the dog). We are collecting charity quilts this summer, for the ‘Western New York Shop Hop Post-Hop Charity Challenge’. Last year, we were successful with 82 quilts donated, so we decided to hold it again this year. Our goal is 100 quilts for charity this year. We are getting quilts in all the time, just look at the stack below! Your donated quilt will benefit Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, ECMC, and Roswell Park Cancer Center, all local charities. If you donate a completed quilt, you will receive a onetime shopping pass for 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. We ask that each quilt be at least 40” x 40” using any fabrics you choose. Consider using the fabric you purchased at our annual Fat Quarter Tuesday sale. Or maybe you can use 20% off the bolt fabric that was on sale during shop hop? How about using the 6” strips from the goody bag you received during the hop. We need to have your charity quilts by Saturday, September 27, 2014. You can bring to any one of the ten participating shops and we will distribute them to the appropriate causes.Making charity quilts is a great way to give back to the community and also take advantage of great savings by using your 25% off coupon – it’s a win-win for everyone.

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Do you have travel plans this summer? If so, you may want to consider participating in the 2014 Row by Row Experience Shop Hop. This shop hop started in 2011 with 20 quilt shops in New York state participating. It has now grown to include over 1250 shops throughout the country. Shops in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine and lots of other states are taking part in what is now called the Row by Row Experience. This shop hop includes no fees or passports – just fun!!
The Row By Row Experience is designed for quilters to shop at quilt shops across New York State (and the rest of the country) to pick up a free, theme based pattern (called rows) from each shop. “Sew a Season” is this year’s theme. After you’ve collected at least 8 rows you can make a quilt! The first person to show off their completed (quilted and bound) at a participating shop will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric)! If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt (home shop = the shop where you show your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize. Pam Overfield is Sew What?’s winner for 2014, making this creative quilt. She designed and added a few blocks of her own to give her quilt a more defined theme.

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Pam collected rows from Chestnut Bay, Pine Grove, Jackie Lynn’s, Creekside, Simple Pleasures and Homespun Treasures, Ivy Thimble, Quilter’s Daughter and Sew What. This event started on July 1, 2014 continues through September 2, 2014 with 95 participating shops from New York this year. I’m sure you will be able to find a Row by Row quilt shop in your summer travels while you are traveling. Remember to find participating ‘Row By Row Experience’ shops if you are out of state for a wedding, a reunion or just fun. You can find shops in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio and many others. We are playing a side game, trying to see how many different areas we pull Hoppers from. So far, we have Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Canada and a few others. It’s entertaining to see where everyone is from.

Have fun with the 2014 Row-by-Row Shop Hop! We know we will. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ and please “like” their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow.

 

Here is a photo of Sew What’s themed “row” for the hop:

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Another upcoming event is the 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop. This shop hop is my favorite because you can easily complete it in one day! All the shops are in easy driving distance and can be circumnavigated in a matter of hours – it only includes shops from Niagara Falls, Lockport, Kenmore, Amherst, and Williamsville. You will receive a free pattern for a small easy project from each shop. Sew What is giving out one for a table runner, others are for baby quilts, placemats, bags and other small projects. The first place prizewinner will receive an $80 gas card. There are an additional 16 prizes to be awarded – eight $50 gift certificates and eight $25 gift certificates! With 17 prizes, you have a one in 10 chance of winning something! So gather up some friends and see if you can be winners! The best part? All eight shops will all have 25% off yardage off the bolt during the Hop hours. The 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest begins on Thursday September 4, 2014 and continues through Saturday September 6, 2014. The hours are Thursday, 9/4/14 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9/5/14 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9/6/14 – 9:30 are – 4:00 pm. Quilter’s Quest also has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quilters-Quest-Shop-Hop/837548769604736?ref=hl so make sure you “like” us on Facebook! See a list of participating shops below in the Upcoming Events section.

 

Take a look at these wonderful labels that just came in – They are called ‘Tag-it-Ons’ and can be put into the binding of a quilt to give it the=at little ‘extra’ love. There is one for almost every occasion! Come into the shop and get yours before they are all gone. I’ve been adding the ‘somebody cares’ tag to all my charity quilts.

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Our fall class schedule is almost ready for you. It includes new and exciting offerings; a brand new purse class and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. Stay tuned for more information!

 

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to all those who have already donated, your kindness will make a big impact on the lives of the Nicaraguan people. These people who are benefiting from our donations are desperately poor and really have nothing and they greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or are no longer using. Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent! The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for our next shipment. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new!) undergarments. (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for the people who could really use our help. Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know. I know they are planning a delivery this fall, so as you clean out your closets getting ready for school. Please remember these desperately needy people who can really use your unwanted things.

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When: Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours: Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where: Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00

 

8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop

When: Thursday, September 4 – Saturday September 6, 2014

Hours:   Thursday 9:30 AM – 7 PM; Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Where: Auntie’s Attic, Heartland Quilt Shop, Marie’s Sewing Center, Patchwork Garden, Pine Grove Quilt Shop, Quiltmaker and Friends, Sew What? and Threads of Time.

 

Quilting around Chautauqua

This annual quilt show takes place on the picturesque campus of Chautauqua Institute. Quilting Around Chautauqua is an annual 4-day event featuring classes, 900 plus quilts on display, over 60 venders and lectures. Karen Kay Buckley, award-winning quilter, author and lecturer and Pat Sloan, fabric, and pattern designer, will be teaching classes. In addition, Ann will be one of the many venders. Join her at this wonderful event.

When:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institutions, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

900 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information; http://www.millcreeksew.com/quilting-around-chautauqua-2014.htm

 

Shoptoberfest 2014

When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Where: Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636

The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241

Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420

Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148

Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226

Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188

Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767

Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088

The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926

Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802

 

Amherst Quilt Seminar

When: Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Cost:     varies depending on class.

Open to the public an evening lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm – “Adventures with Leaders and Enders” by Bonnie Hunter.

For more information http://amqg.org/

 

Morning Star Quilt Guild presents

A Harvest of Quilts – Eight

When:   Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.

Hours:   Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM

Cost:     $5.00

 

River Lea Quilters Guild presents

River Lea Inspirations

When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014

Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours:   10 AM – 5 PM

Cost:     $5.00

For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304

 

Quilts Inc. Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Please like them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

Quilter of the Month

The August “Quilter of the Month” is Grace Bonk, Nancy Harris Bonk’s former mother-in-law. ( Nancy has been a regular Thursday Morning attendee at Sew What? for several years) Grace passed away three years ago, but her quilting legacy continues. A lifelong homemaker, Grace also excelled in painting. She started to quilt when her oldest son Mark, was around 18 months-old. Mark’s quilt was very dear to him. He wrapped himself up in the quilt so often he wore down the fabric to tattered threads. To make Mark happy (or more likely to prevent toddler tantrums), Grace quickly made a replacement and her lifelong love of quilting was born. Her other children Michael, Daniel and Carolyn, all had quilts made for them when they were toddlers.

Grace learned to quilt some time ago, and initially hand-pieced and hand-quilted everything she created. She continued to hand quilt, making her own templates out of sand paper, cardboard and plastic. One of her favorite techniques was hand appliqué, which used in many of her quilts. She was especially proud of her Acorn Quilt, which won a blue ribbon at the Erie County Fair. As time passed, she realized using a machine was much faster, and eventually made many quilts this way. Four decades of quiltmaking led her to try lots of different techniques and patterns. As her children grew and had families of their own, she had more time for quilting and painting. All her children and grandchildren benefited from her creative obsessions.

One day, while looking through a quilt magazine, Grace noticed an ad for a quilting pen pal. She decided it might be fun to connect with a quilter from another part of the country and found Alice Wendelton. Alice and Grace traded patterns, recipes, and life experiences and rapidly became the best of friends. In fact, Grace took her first plane ride to visit Alice in Missouri. She belonged to the Lancaster Historical Society and quilted with Alice Bachraty, a very famous local quilt teacher. Isn’t it funny that both of Grace’s best quilting buds were named Alice? Grace and Alice taught, and took, lots of quilt classes together, and met lots of women who would remain friends for life. “Quilting friends are the best friends, everyone knows that!” Grace used to say.

 

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

News and Happenings

Once again, the Annual Western New York Shop Hop was a great success. I’d like to take a moment and thank everyone for taking time out of their busy schedule and making it to the hop. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and 170 of you made it to all 10 shops! With 31 prizes, you had a 1 in 7 chance of winning!  As you can see, we have winners from all over NY State!
I am excited to announce the winners. The Grand Prize went to Caitlyn Bowen of Rochester.

The lucky winners of the $50 gift certificate are:

Bonny Bartel – West Seneca, NY;
Ann Danowski – Buffalo NY;
Jackie Moyer– NY;
Anita Lugar– Morristown NY;
Cecelia Gorhan– Ransomville, NY;
Maxine Bartlett– Eden, NY;
Robin Marcuso– Grand Island NY;
Cathy Huysz– Penfield NY;
Bud Royce– Batavia, NY;
Marilyn Harbison– Ransomville, NY;
Martha Faulring– Springville, NY;
Alice Glose– Lancaster, NY;
Linda Fuchs, Lancaster NY;
Chris Wells, Ithaca, NY;
Dorothy Sucharski– West Seneca, NY;
Betty Montgomery– Webster, NY;
Audrey Andrus– Rush, NY;
Pamela Strickland, Niagara Falls NY;
Kathy Nyquist– Akron, NY;
Nancy Couch– Kent, NY.

The winners of the new $25 IN-STORE gift certificates are:

 Aurora Sewing Center – Gail Yanus from Rocherster

Aurora Sewing Center – Tammy Baker from East Aurora

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Cheryl Russo from Colden

Country Treasures – Shirley White from Lewiston

Heartland Quilt Shop – Susan Nearhoof

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – Patty Sytsma from Macedon

Marie’s Sewing Center – Marty Held from North Tonawanda

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Becky Royce from Batavia

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – Shirley Romsburg from Blasdell

Sew What?Pam Chasey from Rochester

 

We couldn’t do it without customers like you! THANK YOU! Save the date for next year’s WNY Shop Hop – June 10-13, 2015. We had a lot of fun this year, and hope you did too. We can’t wait for next years hop!

Now that summer is in full swing, we hope you will take advantage of the 2014 NYS Row-by-Row Shop Hop. The “Row by Row” Shop Hop is designed for quilters to participate in a fun shop hop while traveling. Visit quilt shops while you are vacationing and pick up a free pattern. The “Row-by-Row Shop Hop” has a theme each summer and this year’s is “Sew a Season”.

Each participating shop will have a different pattern (called rows,) centered round the theme.

Collect your patterns, make your quilt with at least eight “rows” in it. If you are the first person to show off your completed quilt (quilted and bound) to a participating “Row-by-Row” shop, you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric)!!  If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt (home shop = the shop where you show your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize.
The summer long hop starts July 1, 2014 and continues through September 2, 2014. There are 95 participating shops from New York this year. I’m sure you can find Row-by-Row quilt shops in your summer travels. This event has become so successful that more states will be participating this year.  They include California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and others.  So, even if you are traveling out of state for a wedding or a reunion or something, you can track down “Row-by-Row” participating shops wherever you are.  Sew What? is hoping to see many quilters from lots of different states.

Have fun with the 2014 Row-by-Row Shop Hop! We know we will. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ and please “like” their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow.

Here is a photo of Sew What’s themed “row” for the hop:

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Another upcoming event is the 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop.  (My own personal favorite.)  This shop hop is my favorite because you can easily complete it in one day! All the shops are in easy driving distance that can be completed in a matter of hours – the distance is only from Niagara Falls through Lockport to Williamsville. The first place prizewinner will receive an $80 gas card. There are an additional 16 prizes to be awarded – eight $50 gift certificates and eight $25 gift certificates! You have a one in 12 chance of winning something!!!  So gather up some friends and see if you guys can’t be winners!  The eight shops will all have 25% off the yardage off the bolt too!  BONUS!! The 8th Annual  Quilters Quest begins on Thursday September 4, 2014 and continues through Saturday September 6, 2014. The hours are Thursday, 9/4/14 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9/5/14 – 9:30 am – 5:00pm and Saturday, 9/6/14 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The shops that are participating this year are:

Aunties Attic – 1995 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 * 716-297-3636
http://www.auntiesatticquiltshop.com/

Heartland Quilt Shop – 34 Main St, Lockport, NY 14094 * 716-433-3188
http://heartlandquiltshoponline.com/ (New location)

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 * 716-434-2583
http://www.mariessewingcenter.com/

Quiltmaker and Friends – 4716 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14305 * 716-297-4067

Patchwork Garden – 6281 Transit Rd. East Amherst, NY 14051 * 716-810-9088
http://www.patchworkgardenquilting.com/

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2862 Delaware Ave. Kenmore, NY 14217 * 716-873-0774
http://www.pinegrovequiltshop.net/

Sew What? – 6816 Main St. Amherst, NY 14221 *
716-632-8801
http://sewwhatquiltshop.com/

Threads of Time – 3133 Sheridan Dr. NY Amherst, NY 14226 * 716-262-9463
http://www.totsewing.com/

Quilting Classes

If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, why not take a class at Sew What?

Ann Shaw will be teaching Paper Pieced Log Cabin
When: Fridays, July 11 and 18, 2014
Time:  10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35
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Shows and Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When:  Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours:  Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where:  Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00

The 11th Annual Quilting around Chautauqua

When:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

Cost:    $5.00.

800 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information; http://www.millcreeksew.com/quilting-around-chautauqua-2014.htm

 

Quilts Inc. Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:

  • Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday November 2, 2014 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Please like them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

 

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to all those who have already donated, your kindness will make a big impact on the lives of the Nicaraguan people. The people of Nicaragua benefiting from our donations are desperately poor and really have nothing. These people will greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or are no longer using. Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent! The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for our next shipment.. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new!) undergarments. (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for the people who could really use our help. Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know.

Quilter of the Month

Lauren Carr is July’s Quilter of the Month.  Lauren  married her “high school sweetheart” nearly 41 years ago. She has two grown daughters, the oldest had blessed her with two granddaughters, both teenagers now.   Lauren grew up sewing clothes.  It all started with making an apron in school, and rapidly grew into a  passion.  Lauren (Laurie to close friends) wanted to make her own wedding gown, but her mother nixed that idea, claiming that she (mom) would be walking down the aisle hemming it, since Lauren hated that part!

When they were young, Lauren made most of her girl’s clothes.  As the girls grew and became busier, Lauren found she did not have the time to devote to sewing anymore. Her interest waned, even when the grandkids came along, she found she just didn’t take the time to make them clothes like she had with her own children.   She had just about given up sewing completely, when

one day at work a co-worker invited her to join her taking to take a hand quilting class. Quilting? Lauren had no idea what was involved, no clue if she would even like it.  But Lauren’s mom had recently passed, and she was a bit at odds with herself. She gave it a try, thinking she needed something to do to help her pass the time.  7 years later, Lauren has come full circle! Newly retired, she now works part time here at Sew What?  and quilting has taken over her life! Lauren enjoys making modern patterns; bright colors are her favorites.  Most of her quilts have become gifts, and Lauren gets a sense of deep satisfaction from this.

“I love every part of the process”, she says.  “Except binding, which, if my mom was still here, I’m SURE she would do for me!!”

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. Anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders and/or a binding issue. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Shop News

In just a few days, the 11th Annual “Western New York Shop Hop” will begin. Do you know what shops you are visiting first? Is your “game plan” all set? It’s good idea to map out your day before you get started so you won’t end up back tracking. The shop hop starts, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and runs through Saturday, June 7, 2014. The hours for Wednesday and Thursday are 9 AM to 7 PM; Friday and Saturday hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.
The goody bag this year contains a 6” strip of fabric and a free, easy quilt pattern.  And, you would  love to win this year’s Grand Prize:  a fabulous Bernina 210 sewing machine valued at $1199!

You also have a chance of winning a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate from each shop, but you have to attend all the shops to be eligible to win these big prizes. A fun new feature this year is each shop will be awarding an additional new prize to a fortunate participant. This prize is the new IN-STORE CERTIFICATE. The IN-STORE CERTIFICATE allows you to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate only from the shops you visit. So if you only get to four out of the 10 shops, you will only be eligible to win the IN-STORE CERTIFIECATE from those shops. However, in order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize and the $50 and $25 gift certificates, you still must ALL the shops. In addition, if you attend the shop hop you can take advantage of the 20% off the bolt sale. You got it – during the shop hop hours, each shop will have 20% off the bolt.

With the success of last year’s Post-Hop Charity Challenge (82 quilts were donated) we decided to hold it again this year. When you create a quilt to donate it will be benefiting the local charities; Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Cancer Center. Please make each quilt at least 40” x 40” using any fabrics you choose. You may want to use your fabric from Fat Quarter Tuesday or how about using the 20% off the bolt fabric on sale during shop hop? You could even use the 6” strips from the goody bag you received at each shop during the hop. Your charity quilt needs to be complete by Saturday, September 27, 2014, which you can bring to one of the ten participating shops. If you donate a completed quilt, you will receive a onetime shopping pass for 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. Why not make a charity quilt and feel good about giving back to the community, and take advantage of great savings by using your 25% off coupon.  A win-win!

The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop participants include:

Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811

www.aurorasewingcenter.com

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350

www.aurorasewingcenter.com

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

Country Treasures – 61 Main St., Brockport, NY, 14420 – (585) 637-5148

www.countrytreasuresquiltshop.com

Heartland Quilt Shop – 34 Main St., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188

www.heartlandquiltshop.com (new location)

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 11 Framark Dr., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680

www.ivythimble.com  (new location)

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 434-2583

www.mariessewingcenter.com

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd., York, NY 14592 (585) 243-0767

www.mtpleasantquiltingcompany.com

For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774

www.pinegrovequiltshop.net

Sew What? – 6816 Main St., Amherst, NY, 14221 (716) 632-8801

www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

 

The 2014 NYS Row-by-Row Shop Hop  runs all summer.  The theme this year is “Sew a Season”. The idea of this shop hop is to visit quilt shops while you are vacationing this summer and pick up a free pattern from any of the participating shops.  Each shop will have a different pattern centered round the theme. Once you’ve collected your patterns called “rows” you can make a completed quilt. You need to collect at least eight  “rows” in order to make your quilt. Whoever drops off their completed quilt (quilted and bound) first to a participating shop, will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric). If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt, (home shop = the shop where you hand in your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize.
 The “Row by Row Shop Hop” was previously held only in New York state. It has been so successful more states wanted to participate and now this fun, summer long event includes California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and many others. It starts on July 1, 2014 and runs through September 2, 2014. I hope that we will see travelers from other states, and don’t forget to find Row-by-Row quilt shops in your summer travels. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ and please “like” their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow.

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Spring Class Schedule

There are still a few spots left open in our classes, and we’d love to have you join us!

 

Pinwheel Stack and Whack with Ann Shaw
When:  Mondays, June 16 and 23, 2014
Time:    10 AM – 1 PM
Cost:     $35
(love this class!  Lots of fun to make!!)

Blooming Nine Patch with Ann Shaw
When:   Fridays, June 20 and June 27, 2014.
Time:     10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35
Paper Pieced Log Cabin with Ann Shaw
When: Fridays, July 11 and 18, 2014
Time:  10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35

For more information on these and our other classes click here

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Thumbstall Quilt Guild presents

Star Spangled Quilts 2014

When:     Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Hours:     Friday, July 11 and  Saturday July 12, 2014 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday, July 13, 2014 11 AM- 4 PM

Where:   Skaneateles High School 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles, N.Y.

Cost: $6.00 ($1 off with Passport Book)

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When:  Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours:  Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where:  Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00

The 11th Annual Quilting around Chautauqua

When:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

Cost:    $5.00.

800 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information; http://www.millcreeksew.com/quilting-around-chautauqua-2014.htm

 

Quilts Inc. Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Please like them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

Quilter of the Month

We’re excited to welcome back Mary Militello as June’s Quilter of the Month. Mary started quilting in 1991 by taking six-week, beginners by hand class. She loved it so much she investigated machine quilting and hasn’t stopped since.

The Militello family moved quite a bit because her husband was in the Navy. Each move allowed Mary the opportunity to join new quilt guilds as she settled into a new area. This was very helpful while she transitioned into the new community.

While Mary was busy honing her quilting skills, she worked here at Sew What? for over 10 years. During her time at Sew What? Mary taught many classes and led the successful Friday Girls Night Out.  This monthly gathering was a fun, stress free night members could bring in UFO’s, new projects, or whatever quilting project they were working on.

Mary continues to teach quilting classes throughout the area and has her own long-arm business.  Quilting has been able to bring many wonderful talented people into her life, making her lots of life-long friendships.  She cherishes the quilts she’s seen, helped plan, and made herself over the last 20+ years,  and she is looking forward to the next twenty!!

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference.  Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent!  The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for our next shipment.  The people of Nicaragua benefiting from our donations are desperately poor.  They really have nothing.   These people will greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or no longer need. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new) undergarments.  (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for these people who could really use our help.  Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know.

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. Anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders and/or a binding issue. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Shop News

Have you marked your calendar for the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop yet? It’s just around the corner and coming quick, so don’t forget to set aside these dates; Wednesday June 4, 2014 – Saturday June 7, 2014. All participating shops will open early (9am) every day. Wednesday and Thursday, we close at 7:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, we will close at 5:00 p.m.

One of the best features of the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop is the Grand Prize: a Bernina 210 sewing machine valued at $1199! Now that’s a great Grand Prize! Each participating shop will also be awarding a $50 gift certificate, and a $25 gift certificate. New this year, each shop will give one lucky person the $25 “In shop” gift certificate. This means you will be eligible to win a gift certificate from each shop you visit BUT you do not need to go to all the shops to be entered to win this “in shop” gift certificate. Of course, we’d love to see you at every shop, and you must go to all the shops to be entered to win the grand prize and the other prizes.  But if you only get to 5 shops, at least you will be entered to win the in-shop Gift Certificate from those five shops you did make it to.

Another added incentive to join the fun during Shop Hop is each shop will have 20% off the bolted fabric! That’s right – each participating shop will have 20% off fabric on the bolt during the listed shop hop hours. This certainly makes the trip worthwhile AND this year’s goody bag contains a 6” strip of fabric and a free easy quilt pattern.

Because our Post-Hop Charity Challenge was so successful last year (82 quilts were donated) we decided to do it again this year. Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Cancer Center are the local charities that will be benefiting from this program. Each quilt you donate has to be at least 40” x 40”.  Use any fabrics you choose.  You can use the 20% off the bolt fabric you bought during shop hop, or fat quarters you bought at Fat Quarter Tuesday. Or you might want to use the 6” strips from your goody bag. You have until Saturday, September 27, 2014 to bring your quilt to one of the ten participating shops AND receive a onetime shopping pass giving you 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. It will make you feel good when you give back to the community! And the charities were so grateful for our donations last year, it made it very worthwhile to participate.

The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop participants include:

 

Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811

www.aurorasewingcenter.com

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350

www.aurorasewingcenter.com

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

Country Treasures – 61 Main St., Brockport, NY, 14420 – (585) 637-5148

www.countrytreasuresquiltshop.com

Heartland Quilt Shop – 34 Main St., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188

www.heartlandquiltshop.com (new location)

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 11 Framark Dr., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680

www.ivythimble.com  (new location)

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 434-2583

www.mariessewingcenter.com

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd., York, NY 14592 (585) 243-0767

www.mtpleasantquiltingcompany.com

For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774

www.pinegrovequiltshop.net

Sew What? – 6816 Main St., Amherst, NY, 14221 (716) 632-8801

www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

Another fun event this summer is the 2014 NYS Row-by-Row Quilt Shop Hop. The theme this year is “Sew a Season”. The NYS Row by Row Shop Hop is an opportunity to ‘hop and shop’ at quilt shops throughout New York State during the summer. This year Row-by-Row has expanded to other states including; California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, and many more. It starts on July 1, 2014 and runs through September 2, 2014.  We hope to attract travelers from these other places, and if you are traveling, make sure you check out the Row-by-Row participants.

Each shop in this event will give out a free pattern – the “row”. Create a completed quilt (binding and all) using at least eight different “rows”. If you are the first person to bring the completed quilt to a participating shop you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric). If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt, (the shop at which you hand in your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ and please “like” their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow.

 

Spring Class Schedule

There are still a few spots left in our classes, and we’d love to have you join us!

Pinwheel Stack and Whack
When:  Mondays June 16 and 23
Time:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00

This addictive, easy to make project will be fun for both beginners and advanced quilters alike. The key to this quilt is your choice of fabric. Focal fabric is a great choice, the more obnoxious and brash the better. The cutting can be a bit extensive but once you get in class things will become crystal clear. The kaleidoscope effect is irresistible!

Blooming Nine Patch
When: Friday, June 20 and 27, 2014.
Time:    10:00AM – 1:00 PM

This quilt gives you the impression of a color wash with very easy piecing – nothing but 9-patches and squares. The book, Traditions with a Twist pictures the quilt in floral fabrics but our model is done in black and white and is a stunner! Students have done this quilt using monochromatic, Christmas, and many other fabric groups that look fantastic.

Magic Melons
When: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $35

This favorite dimensional quilt is so fun to make. During last semesters class there was a multitude of fabrics ranging from primitives to pastels, and florals to plaids and they all looked great. This fun methods allows you to use batting scraps and your quilt will look fantastic.

 

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference. A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new) undergarments for the people of Nicaragua who are desperately poor and could really use your help. These people will greatly appreciate anything you don’t want and/or need, please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all different shapes and sizes in every country and will make a difference. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for these people who have next to nothing and help those less fortunate than you it really means more than you know.

Ucoming Shows and Events

2014 Spring Luncheon and Quilt Auction

To Benefit Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center Scholarship Fund

When:    Saturday – May 3, 2014 * Doors open at 10:30 a.m. * Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Auction at 12:30 p.m.

Where:   Salem Lutheran Church * 10 McClellan Circle, Buffalo 14220

Cost:      $12 tickets for lunch must be purchased in advance; admittance to the auction is FREE!!

Contact:  549-1420 to reserve tickets for the lunch.

To donate a quilt for this auction contact 549-1420.

 

Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life on a String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead

Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role

throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014.

 

Quilts Inc. Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Or like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

 

The 11th Annual Quilting around Chautauqua

When:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

Cost:    $5.00.

800 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information; http://www.millcreeksew.com/quilting-around-chautauqua-2014.htm

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When:  Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours:  Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where:  Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00

 

Thumbstall Quilt Guild presents

Star Spangled Quilts 2014

When:     Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Hours:     Friday, July 11 and  Saturday July 12, 2014 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday, July 13, 2014 11 AM- 4 PM

Where:   Skaneateles High School 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles, N.Y.

Cost: $6.00 ($1 off with Passport Book)

 

Quilter of the Month

Gloria Crittenden and Cynda Watroba are May’s Quilter of the Month.

 

From the time she was a little girl, Gloria new quilting would be in her future. She comes from a long line of quilters that include her Grandmother and Great Aunt. Gloria began collecting fabric in the early 1970’s but didn’t really use much of her stash until after she joined the Batavia Quilt Guild.  In 2003, she entered the Museum Quilt Guild annual Quilt challenge. Usually, there is a theme or topic, and the members try to make an original design of a wallhanging that fits within the theme.  It is always an artistic challenge, but Gloria has enjoyed entering each year. “It has expanded my skills and my imagination,” she says. Gloria prefers a lighthearted, whimsy approach to quilting to make up for what she calls her “novice” skills. She loves playing with color and the textures found in fabric. Like meditation, Gloria finds quilting helps clear her mind, and helps her to relax.

 

Cynda Watroba considers herself a textile artist/art quilter. She has always loved anything related to art. As a young woman in the 1970’s, Cynda designed her own clothes. She developed a one-of-a-kind look using hand-me-downs and fabric samples, often mixing patterns and textures to create her own style. Her art has a way of saying, “I love to create”. She took art classes in high school and college, including color theory, perspective, value, and general design principles. Her long list of talents includes crochet, embroidery, and cross-stitch along with drawing, painting, and sculpture. Cynda began her quilting journey in the mid-eighties, creating over 40 quilted items; from purses and clothes to king size quilts.

Cynda and Gloria are both looking forward to their quilt exhibit.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. Anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders and/or a binding issue. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Shop News

Thank you for making FAT QUARTER TUESDAY 2014 a big success. We had a lot of fun throughout the day and it was good to see so many of you!  I think this long winter had made lots of us unwilling homebodies, and the great event of Fat Quarter Tuesday gave us a wonderful excuse to get out! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and now we are looking forward to the next event.  We will be vending the Amherst Quilt Guild biannual show April 11, 12 and 13th at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly known as the Amherst Museum).  This is always a fabulous event. There is a ton of talented people contributing to this show and the venue has wonderful space to display the quilts with a lot of room and good lighting to see them by.  This show is definitely worth stopping by to see, and get inspired for your next new project.  Details are listed below in the upcoming events section.

Also, the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop is only a few months away so you will want to mark these dates on your calendar; Wednesday June 4, 2014 – Saturday June 7, 2014. All participating shops will open early (9am) on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Wednesday (6/4/14) and Thursday (6/5/14), we close at 7:00 p.m. and on Friday (6/6/14) and Saturday (6/7/14) we close at 5:00 p.m.

The shops participating in The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop are:

Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811
www.aurorasewingcenter.com

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350
www.aurorasewingcenter.com

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

Country Treasures – 61 Main St., Brockport, NY, 14420 – (585) 637-5148
www.countrytreasuresquiltshop.com

Heartland Quilt Shop – 6817 Ridge Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188
www.heartlandquiltshop.com

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 5 Railroad St., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680
www.ivythimble.com

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 434-2583
www.mariessewingcenter.com

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd., York, NY 14592 (585) 243-0767
www.mtpleasantquiltingcompany.com

For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774
www.pinegrovequiltshop.net

Sew What? – 6816 Main St., Amherst, NY, 14221 (716) 632-8801
www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

A wonderful feature of The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop is the Grand Prize: a Bernina 210 sewing machine worth $1199! What a great prize!  Wouldn’t it be fun to win that? Each shop will also be giving out a $50 gift certificate; and a $25 gift certificate and new this year, each shop will give out a $25 “In shop drawing”  gift certificate.  This means you will be eligible to win a gift certificate from each shop you go to;  you don’t need to go to every shop to be entered for this “in shop” gift certificate.  And don’t forget about the goody bag and free pattern.  You will get a 6” strip of fabric and an easy pattern from each shop.  Another terrific added feature of this Shop Hop: 20% off the bolted fabric from all the stores during the listed hours of the hop!  Makes the trip worthwhile!   We hope you will once again join us for the post-hop Charity Challenge. Last year 82 quilts were donated to one of these five local charities; Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Cancer Center. You can make a quilt in any size using any fabrics you like – maybe you can use some of the fat quarters from Fat Quarter Tuesday. On the other hand, you could use fabric that is 20% off the bolt during the shop hop to make a charity quilt, or use the free 6” strips you get as your goodie bag.   Drop your charity quilt off to one of the ten participating shops by Saturday, September 27, 2014 and receive a onetime shopping pass giving you 25% off your entire fabric purchase at all the participating shops through 9/27/14. This is a great cause – it’s all about giving back to the community!

The 2014 NYS Row by Row Quilt Shop Hop is getting ready for an exciting summer. This year’s theme is “Sew a Season”. If you’re not familiar with the NYS Row by Row Shop Hop it’s a chance to hop and shop at quilt shops throughout New York State during the summer. Row by Row has expanded and includes other states such as; California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, and many more. It starts on July 1, 2014 and runs through September 2, 2014.

The idea is to create a quilt using at least eight different rows (a row is a pattern from a shop you visit). Be the first person to bring the completed quilt to a participating shop, and you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric). If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt, (the shop at which you hand your quilt in) you will receive a bonus prize. For more information visit the 2014 Row by Row website http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/ and like their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow.

Spring Classes

Project Class with Ann Shaw.

After asking for feedback, I noticed the one thing people seemed to need most for classes is TIME. I developed a class that will meet once a week for four consecutive weeks. I am offering Project Classfour sessions of the class and during this time, you will be able to work on any project you like. Maybe you would like to start a new project, or are stuck on something and need a bit of help getting it done. Are one of our classes offered at a time you are not available, we can make that work in this class! Do you need structured time set aside for a sew-a-thon or maybe want to work on your project with like-minded, creative people. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want.

When: Session 2: Tuesdays April 8 – April 29, 2014

Session 3: Tuesdays May 6 – May 27, 2014

Session 4: Tuesdays June 3 – June 24, 2014

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost:  $40/session (which breaks down to only $10/week!  Very affordable!)

 

Easy Diamonds with Ann Shaw.

This quilt-as-you-go technique allows you to complete the quilting as you assemble each block. Easy DiamondsThe backing fabric becomes the sashing on the top and no binding is necessary – how fun is that! Sign up now for your spot in class.

When:  Monday May 12 AND May 19, 2014.

Time:    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:    $35

 

 

Machine Quilting for Beginners with Ann Shaw.

This method class will teach you how to quilt on your home machine. A reliable machine with a walking foot and darning foot made for it is mandatory, as the generic ones don’t work well. Machine Quilting for BeginnersThere will be a LOT of talking about the “hows” and then we put into practice our morning discussion. This ‘must’ class will give you lots of worthwhile tips that will make machine quilting at home easier.

When: Friday April 25 OR Tuesday July 1, 2014.

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:   $40

NOTE: Kit fee: $15

 

Seaside Escape with Ann Shaw.

This beautiful lighthouse panel by Wilmington Prints is a summer favorite. There is a small trick to the triangles, but the quilt itself is easy to assemble. There is no charge for the pattern Seaside Escapeand we have kits available for easy piecing or feel free to use your own fabrics.

When:  Mondays April 28 AND May 5, 2014

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:   $35

 

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

We are still collecting unwanted household items, sewing supplies,  gently used clothing, old sneakers and even gently used (or new) undergarments for less fortunate people in Nicaragua. Thank you so much for those who have already donated, your generosity is greatly appreciated. The mission sends things there about 3 times per year, so you can continue to drop off your donations here at any time, and I will make sure they get where they are going. The Nicaraguans this charity helps are desperately poor, and anything you have that you don’t want or need will be greatly appreciated.  Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be appreciated because you are a different size than you think they are. One lady said recently; “Aren’t they all thin?  My clothes will be too big for them”.  When written out like that, we can all see how silly this statement is.  Trust me, people of all nations come in all sizes.  Anything you have that you don’t need will be happily received by these poor people, who have next to nothing.     Please feel free to drop off your unneeded items and help those less fortunate! It means more than you know!  

Events and Shows

Amherst Quilt Guild presents

Blooming Quilts” Biennial Quilt show and Auction

When: Friday – Sunday; April 11 – 13, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village * 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd * Amherst, N.Y. 14228

Hours:  Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost: General admission $6, members $5 and children $1.50

 

Town of Sweden Bicentennial Event

Celebrating 200 Years of Quilt Making

When:    Friday – Sunday; April 11 – 13, 2014

Where:  Sweden Senior Center * 133 State St. * Brockport, N.Y. 14420

Hours:   Friday – 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Marie at 585-637-5148 or www.townofSweden.org

 

 

2014 Spring Luncheon and Quilt Auction

To Benefit Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center Scholarship Fund

When:    Saturday – May 3, 2014 * Doors open at 10:30 a.m. * Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Auction at 12:30 p.m.

Where:   Salem Lutheran Church * 10 McClellan Circle, Buffalo 14220

Cost:      $12 tickets for lunch must be purchased in advance; admittance to the auction is FREE!!

Contact:  549-1420 to reserve tickets for the lunch.

To donate a quilt for this auction contact 549-1420.

 

Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead

Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role

throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014.

 

 Quilts Inc.

Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     general public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Or like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

 

 Quilter of the Month

The Quilter of the Month for May is Jamie Wagner. Jamie learned to quilt in the year 1979, BRC (Before Rotary Cutters). Her dear friend Bonnie Patterson offered to teach her out of her home, and that was all it took. Bonnie’s sister, Judy Farnham owned a quilt shop in Lockport, the original Pine Grove Workshop, and it didn’t take Jamie long to get her dream job working there. Jamie started teaching classes through Pine Grove in 1981. She loved the excitement of sharing something new with other quilters. “I am the Sybil of quilting,” she says,”I love it all and have no distinct favorite patterns or methods.” Jamie’s eclectic style has served her well, and now she works part time and teaches at Heartland Quilt Shop in Lockport, helping customers find their own excitement in patterns and fabrics and colors. “I’m still in love with quilting, even after all this time, and the lifelong friendships it has brought to me is my favorite part.”

Jamie also has another creative outlet. She has worked at Creekside Floral in Medina for 7 years, and loves playing with color and texture with the plants too. She has two children, two dogs, and two grandchildren. She’s been married to her loving husband, Jeffrey, for 35 years, and he still smiles when pulling pins out of his feet.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

Quilting Assistance

From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!

If you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers, just let us know and we will be happy to include it in our newsletter. Give us a call, or email us the information.

Shop News

We are very excited and all ready for our big annual event on Tuesday March 4, 2014 – FAT QUARTER TUESDAY! Hundreds of fabrics have been cut, folded, and stacked. These FAT image003QUARTERS will be sold the unbelievably low price of $1.75 on FAT QUARTER TUESDAY – March 4, 2014!! This will be the last year you can take advantage of this low, low price, so you will want to take this opportunity stock up on some new goodies! We are open extended hours on this day, from 9am until 7pm so that you can get in here and browse through the huge selection!

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Be sure to check out the SPRING CLASS LIST on our website; http://sewwhatquiltshop.com

 

I had asked for feedback on the class schedule, and I appreciate those of you who took a few minutes to answer my plea.  One thing I found from you is that you often just need the time to devote toward working on your project, so I developed a 4 week class that gives you some uninterrupted time at your sewing machine.  Most of the classes also have more meeting hours, therefore more time to work on your sewing.  There are a few brand new classes this time too, so make sure you read the whole list. I also have adjusted the class fee to be a little more student-friendly.  You can sign up for the classes by stopping in (that way you can check out the samples), by snail mail, email or phone, as well as paypal.  Remember if you sign up on paypal, you still need to call so we can get you the needs list ahead of time.

 

 

 

Do you have so many FAT QUARTERS you’re stuck in a rut and aren’t sure what to do with them? Well, in last month’s newsletter http://sewwhatquiltshop.com/?p=2910, I listed 25 creative ways to use FAT QUARTERS. It was so much fun, I found a few more creative way use FAT QUARTERS:

 

 

 

Once FAT QUARTER TUESDAY is over, we will be working on the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop. Every June, a group of local quilt shops  get together and host this shop hop. It’s hard to believe we

 

have been doing this for 11 years! You will want to get your calendars out now to save the dates, which are  Wednesday through Saturday June 4 – June 7, 2014.  Wednesday and Thursday hours are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Last year our charity efforts were a huge success, so we’ll be donating quilts again this year to another local charity. The WNY Charity Quilt Drive donated an astounding 82 quilts to one of 5 local charities.  The response was so good we are planning on doing it again, so plan ahead.  Maybe you can use some of the fat quarters you got on FAT QUARTER TUESDAY to make a charity quilt.  Or maybe you can use some of the fabric that will be 20% off the bolt at each shop to make one of these charity quilts.  We are all about giving back to the community! You can count on terrific prizes again this year too, this year the grand prize will be a Bernina Sewing Machine! More information on the prizes and shops involved will be in next month’s newsletter.

 

Look at the wonderful placemat Phyllis just completed. We have a panel and many lovely image005fabrics to accentuate it. There is also a matching wine apron panel.  Either one would go great with  any decor or be a nice hostess gift. How about the wine connoisseur in your life – wouldn’t they love to have this in their collection?

NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

We are still collecting unwanted household items, sewing supplies and gently used clothing and undergarments for less fortunate people in Nicaragua throughout the year. Thank you so much for those who have already donated, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop off your unneeded items and help out those less fortunate! It means more than you know!   The mission sends things there about 3 times per year, so you can continue to drop off your donations here at any time, and I will make sure they get where they are going. The Nicaraguans this charity helps are desperately poor, and anything you have that you don’t want or need will be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events and Shows

Amherst Quilt Guild presents

Blooming Quilts” Biennial Quilt show and Auction

When: Friday – Sunday; April 11 – 13, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village * 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd * Amherst, N.Y. 14228

Hours:  Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost: General admission $6, members $5 and children $1.50

 

2014 Spring Luncheon and Quilt Auction

To Benefit Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center Scholarship Fund

When:    Saturday – May 3, 2014 * Doors open at 10:30 a.m. * Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Auction at 12:30 p.m.

Where:   Salem Lutheran Church * 10 McClellan Circle, Buffalo 14220

Cost:      $12 tickets for lunch must be purchased in advance; admittance to the auction is FREE!!

Contact:  549-1420 to reserve tickets for the lunch.

To donate a quilt for this auction contact 549-1420.

 

Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead

Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role

throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014.

 

Quilts Inc.

Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     general public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit; http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival

Or like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival

 

Help and Hints

How much do you really know about the sewing machine needles that you use? The sewing machine needle is the most crucial element in the stitch forming process. Be sure to change your needle at the beginning of each project. A fresh sharp needle makes a huge difference.  Home sewing needles use a dual designation to represent their size.  The first number is the measurement of the diameter of the sewing needle (multiplied by 100 to get rid of the decimal) and the second number is the singer sewing machine needle size. So, a needle that measures .80 mm corresponds to a size 12 singer needle, so the package will read 80/12. As a general rule, always select the needle size to accommodate the thickness of the thread being used and the needle point style to accommodate the type of fabric being sewn. There are a variety of needles for various fabrics and jobs. A universal needle has a slightly rounded point and can be used on numerous fabrics like woven and knits. The embroidery needle has a light ball point, enlarged eye and the groove protects fragile threads. The embroidery needle also guards against excess friction so your embroidery and decorative stitching will be carefree. A topstitch needle has a very long eye that makes this needle your choice for decorative sewing when using a heavier thread.  The Jeans needle has a modified medium ball point and reinforced blade that makes it good for penetrating extra thick woven fabrics with minimal deflection, and reduced risk of skipped stitches.  The elongated eye and enlarged groove of a Metallic needle make working with fragile metallic threads much easier.  The slim acute point and tapered tip makes a Quilting Needle perfect for piercing tightly woven quilting fabrics without damage.  Schmetz, a leader in quality sewing machine needles, has come out with a new color-coded chart to help choose the correct needle.  Check them out at  http://www.schmetzneedles.com/.

Quilter of the Month

The Quilter of the Month for March is Jamie Wagner.  Jamie  learned to quilt in the year 1979, BRC (Before Rotary Cutters).  Her dear friend Bonnie Patterson offered to teach her out of her home, and that was all it took. Bonnie’s sister, Judy Farnham owned a quilt shop in Lockport, the original Pine Grove Workshop, and it didn’t take Jamie long to get her dream job working there. Jamie started teaching classes through Pine Grove in 1981.  She loved the excitement of sharing something new with other quilters.  “I am the Sybil of quilting,” she says, ”I love it all and have no distinct favorite patterns or methods.” Jamie’s eclectic style has served her well, and now she works part time and teaches at Heartland Quilt Shop in Lockport, helping customers find their own excitement in patterns and fabrics and colors.  “I’m still in love with quilting, even after all this time, and the lifelong friendships it has brought to me is my favorite part.”

Jamie also has another creative outlet.   She has worked at Creekside Floral in Medina for 7 years, and loves playing with color and texture with the plants too. She has two children, two dogs, and two grandchildren.  She’s been married to her loving husband, Jeffrey, for 35 years, and he still smiles when pulling pins out of his feet.

 As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see.   While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 Quilting Assistance

From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!

If you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers, just let us know and we will be happy to include it in our newsletter. Give us a call, or email us the information.

 

Shop News

I hope you have set aside the date Tuesday March 4, 2014 for FAT QUARTER TUESDAY! I am looking forward to another successful year that is made possible by YOU, my customers!  This image005year FAT QUARTERS will be $1.75. We have decided to give you one more year at this fabulous deal, next year the price probably will be $2 on FQT.   We cut thousands of fat quarters to prepare for the big day, so your selection is second-to-none!!  It is a wonderful way to build your fat quarter stash. If you’ve never been to FAT QUARTER TUESDAY, gather a group of your quilting friends and make a day of it. You don’t want to miss the bargain price of $1.75.  We will be open extended hours, from 9am to 7pm for your convenience on that day.

Fat Quarters

Are you having a problem thinking of things to do with your FAT QUARTERS? Here are 25 different ideas you can create with them. For more information and instructions see; http://crazylittleprojects.com/2012/10/25-things-to-do-with-fat-quarters.html

  1. Make a children’s apron with 3 FQ’s;
  2. Make a notebook folder out of 2 FQ’s;
  3. An adorable checkbook cover;
  4. Baby bibs;
  5. Reversible messenger bag;
  6. Wall art;
  7. A layered baby girl dress;
  8. Matching shoes to go with the baby girl dress;
  9. Kids wallets; or adult wallets, for that matter;
  10. A diaper and wipes carrier;
  11. Children’s ties;
  12. Headbands;
  13. A fabric covered notebook;
  14. Burp cloth;
  15. An cute stuffed owl;
  16. Mouse pad;
  17. Fabric covered bulletin board;
  18. A cute camera strap;
  19. Reusable snack bags;
  20. Baby shoe for boys;
  21. Sunglass case;
  22. An iphone case;
  23. Business card holder;
  24. A peasant dress ensemble for a baby girl;
  25. And a cosmetic bag.

In addition, many manufacturers’ have free patterns online. Sometimes, the pattern is designed for a specific group of fabrics, which may or may not still be available, but if you use your imagination, you can use the pattern for groups of fabric you already have, or ‘scrappy it up’ and use your fat quarter collection. Look at the name of the fabric on the selvage edge, and go to the company’s website. Many of them have excellent free patterns that can be used over and over.                                                            

 

At Sew What we have a large selection of novelty fabrics, notions and blenders that include primary colors, pastels and more!! Pastels are really in style right now, and we just got in two different lines of pastel blenders. They look good when blended with other fabrics with more dominant motifs, or even all by themselves!

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Upcoming Shows and Events

Amherst Quilt Guild presents

Blooming Quilts” Biennial Quilt show and Auction

When: Friday – Sunday; April 11 – 13, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village * 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd * Amherst, N.Y. 14228

Hours:  Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost: General admission $6, members $5 and children $1.50

 

Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead
Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role
throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014.

 

Hints and Helps

I think many of us can agree that mitering corners can be a challenge. Look below for an easy to understand instructions with photos to help you complete this task.

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Quilter of the Month

February’s Quilter of the Month brings us another set of friends: Mary Koszelak and Barbara Honeck.   Mary started sewing and knitting at a very young age and often made clothes for her family. When she began to work full time her hobbies took a back seat.

A friend and member of the Daughters of the America asked her if she could quilt seeing as they were making charity quilts. Up until this point, Mary didn’t know a thing about quilting and had never heard of a fat quarter. Since then Mary has knitted over 60 chemotherapy hats for Roswell and made over 30 quilts for Roswell, Veterans and Women and Children’s Hospital. She starting to take quilting classes five years ago, and became hooked! Mary enjoys classes that offer new techniques and loves every aspect of quilting. Many of the quilts she makes are given to family members for special occasions.

Mary and her friends try to quilt each week in a group they call The Vitamin F Group. The letter F stands for Friends and they have set a monthly goal that each member has to complete an unfinished object or UFO. Mary reports this is working very nicely and her UFO pile is getting smaller by the month.

Barbara Honeck starting sewing when she was about 12 years-old when she received a sewing machine for Christmas. As she grew up most of the sewing she did centered on garment making. An outfit she fondly remembers is an olive green sheath dress with matching boucle orange and olive coat.   She made this outfit to wear on Easter and  it made her look great and feel very accomplished at the same time.

Barbara never thought about quilting until after she became a wife and mother of four. The family’s church has an annual lawn fete and so one year Barbara pulled out her serger. She found Kaye Wood’s 6-hour quilting pattern and made several to donate to the fete. After this project, her quilting truly blossomed. She continued with a small star quilt for her nephew that prompted her to make a quilt for each new baby that arrives in the family. Barbara’s home is beautifully decorated with table runners and wall hangings for each holiday. Each one is different, because she doesn’t like to repeat patterns and instead prefers to try new techniques.

Considering herself a novice quilter and learning all the time, Barbara has picked up long quilting but feels her technique has a long way to go. Being retired has enabled her attend shop hops which she says is one of the best things about being a quilter. The numerous quilts, new ideas, and techniques displayed during each shop hop truly inspire her. Each shop has it’s own unique taste, which makes it so much fun!  After a shop hop, Barbara can’t wait to get home and start quilting.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see.   While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 Girl’s Night Out

February 28, 2014 is Girl’s Night Out! The “evening” starts between 3pm and 6pm, or whatever works best for your schedule – it’s  a fun, stress free night of quilting and friendship – and we finish up around 9pm. Feel free to bring your UFO’s, orphans, and any other quilting projects you are working on and we will have a wonderful and productive night out! The cost is $8 and all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you on February 28, 2014.

Quilting Assistance

From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!

If you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers, just let us know and we will be happy to include it in our newsletter. Give us a call, or email us the information.

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Shop News

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a peaceful, happy holiday season. I sure did. I’m quite spoiled, and had a lot of fun giving as well as receiving! I finished up all my projects on time, and their recipients all loved them.  I wrapped up all the end of the year work too, (well, MOST of it) which includes taking inventory and all the boring accountant stuff.  Taking inventory around here is always a job and a half, but it does give us time to pet and fondle the fabric.  We sort out some stock for clearance during this process, which means:

 

The post-inventory clearance sale is in progress right now!  Selected fabrics are 30% off until January 15. There are even a few bolts at 50% off, and we have a new selection of 6 yard pieces prices at the screaming deal of $40!   The remnant bin is overflowing and all the books are on sale for 25% off. Hurry in to grab these fabulous deals before they are gone!!

 

As winter progresses we are all starting to look forward to spring, and of all the things that Spring brings, I like FAT QUARTER TUESDAY the best!!!!   This year, FAT QUARTER TUESDAY is March 4, 2014. This year, I will be keeping the low price of $1.75 per FQ.  I had threatened to raise the price to $2 for this year’s sale, but I have reconsidered and decided to give you all one more year at this fabulous savings.   Here’s a photo to grab your attention if you’ve never been to FAT QUARTER TUESDAY. Just look at all those FAT QUARTERS!  Such a deal!

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Another thing about Spring that I love is creating the spring/summer Class List.   I’m really depending on you, my loyal customers, for feedback. Attendance at classes has been pretty spotty lately I’m not really sure what to make of this trend. I know there are a lot of classes being offered by other shops and guilds in the area, and sometimes I feel that there are just too many classes out there, and ours are just passé.  I would like to continue to offer classes, but we all must come to the realization that they are a lot of work and expense to prepare the schedule, print the advertising,  hire the teachers, prepare materials, make a quilt, and hope that more than one of you will sign up for the class.  Sometimes it seems to be way more work than it’s worth, when most of the classes only get one or two people in them.  It could be the types of classes we are offering.  If there is a specific class you would like to see on our schedule, you need to let me know, so that we can meet your needs.  I have been considering the idea of offering only one-on-one classes and not making a formal class schedule, but before I make that kind of commitment, I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK.  To encourage you, my loyal customers and friends, to respond to my plea, I will give a $10 gift certificate to ANYONE who e-mails me with feedback on this matter. (how’s that for bribery!)  Please include your name (so I know who deserves the gift certificate), the kinds of classes you like/dislike, why you take/don’t take classes, timing preferences, ideas for new classes, and anything else you can think of that would help me figure out why you are not signing up for classes.  Let’s see how many of you I can get to respond! Email me at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com.  This offer expires on January 14, so send in your e-mails now.  On the 14th, I will put the gift certificates in a file and you can spend them at your leisure.  However, the gift certificates must be spent by May 30th.

Speaking of classes, here is a “sneak peak” of a brand new class that will be on the spring schedule here at Sew What?
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This wonderful quilt by Phyllis Frisicaro is easy to put together and the final product is stunning. To make it even easier for you we have kits ready and waiting for you!
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Hints and Helps

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Upcoming Events and Shows

Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead

Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014 (closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24 & 24 and January 1.)

 Quilter of the Month

We are excited to have two quilters to display this month; Pat Fowler and Carol Hamp. These women are very good friends and have been quilting for some time. Pat Fowler has always done something to keep busy whether it is sewing, painting, ceramics or stain glass. She entered the world of quilting about 10 years ago; deciding hand piecing and hand quilting would work for her because the projects were small and would travel well.

You’ll notice Pat’s quilts are ‘well loved’ and may be stained and faded,  as they were used as intended. Pat has made quilts for her friends, as wedding and baby gifts. Pat’s home is blessed to have her husband’s grandmother’s large crazy quilt on the back of their couch. Grandma Isabella made the crazy quilt when she was 98 and lived until she was 103. Each wall in Pat’s home has a quilt displayed on it. “As long as I can hold a needle I will keep making them, one square at a time.” She says.

 

Carol Hamp stems from a sewing family. Her parents were heavily into the world of sewing. Her father was a tailoring professor and her mother was a tailor. Carol’s quilting career started in her twenties  when she took a hand quilting class through a local community education center. Her next class was the ever-popular “Log Cabin in a Day.” She distinctly remembers using a bed sheet for the backing of that particular quilt.  After her two children were born, any sewing she did revolved around making clothes for them and there wasn’t much time for quilting. After they grew up, Carol returned to quilting and also became an avid painter. She frequently takes classes in both qui9lting and painting. She loves to learn new techniques.  Carol has taken many classes over the years.  “I’m a better starter than finisher!” she says.  Carol works part time at Sew What, and may have even helped you pick out fabric for your own quilts.

 

 

As quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and anyone who comes into the store will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques there are in our area. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

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Girls Night Out

January 31, 2014 is Girl’s Night Out! The “evening” starts between 3pm and 6pm, or whatever works best for your schedule – it’s  a fun, stress free night of quilting and friendship – and we finish up around 9pm. Feel free to bring your UFO’s, orphans, and any other quilting projects you are working on and we will have a wonderful and productive night out! The cost is $8 and all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you on January 31, 2014.

Quilting Assistance

From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!

If you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers, just let us know and we will be happy to include it in our newsletter. Give us a call, or email us the information.