Archive for August, 2009

Fall is the time many of us start to think about the project possibilities for holiday decorations and gifts.  If you are starting to toss ideas around, we can surely help.  We have so many Halloween and Christmas fabrics and patterns we are confident you’ll find just what you’re looking for.  New holiday panels and fabrics have been arriving all summer.  To make things even easier, many of our classes this fall are for projects that will help to get you moving in the right direction.  Many times all it takes to get started is the time to trace, cut, and sew, and press.  Once we start to see some progress, we get even more motivated.  In addition to our fall classes, we continue to have open sewing every Thursday during regular store hours and “Girls Night Out” the last Friday of every month.  (Details for September Girls Night are on page 3.)
Don’t forget the Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop is less than two weeks away.  All pertinent information is on page 4 of the newsletter.  With all the shops in Erie and Niagara counties, this hop is very easy to complete in the given time, and your chances of winning a prize is 1 in 20!!
Just a few hints that might make your shop hop more successful:

  • Map out your trip for each day you will be hopping.
  • Bring along any and all yardage requirements for projects for which you are planning to buy.
  • Bring your swatches with you if you plan on matching or adding fabrics to a “Work in Progress”
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time in each shop to look at all their samples, books, fabrics and patterns.  Every shop is different and it helps you to know what each shop carries.Bring your calendars in case you see a class you might like to take.
  • And last but not least……HAVE FUN!

If you have any questions, stop by, e-mail us, or give us a call.
Don’t forget September also means we are back to our regular hours.  The fall hours are at the top of this page.  We will be closed for Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September, 5th through Monday, September 7th.

New Fabric Arrivals

planets moon and stars

12 days of Christmas 12 Days of Christmas

Fall Quilt Class Schedule…

…is now available online.
Check out all the great quilting classes available by clicking here.

New Book Arrivals

Book - Deck The Halls Book - Quilt Challenge Book - Charmed I'm Sure

Labor Day Holiday

We will be closed for the Labor Day holiday from

Saturday, September 5th
through
Monday, September 7th

An industious group of students in class

students in quilt class

Jack in the Windows

Jack in the Windows We could not resist adding this cute pumpkin wall hanging class to our list.  The class will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  This is a simple fusible appliqué project that can be arranged either tall and narrow or short and wide.  With just a few fabrics, and a little imagination you could easily have this adorable project completed before this year’s ghost and goblins come around.

Life’s a Patchwork

Stitch a little bit of lovin’,
Add a lot of tender care;
Sew together with some kindness.
Let the sun shine everywhere.
Choose a pattern for your life’s work,
Add some fun along the way.
Life is like a valued patchwork.
Keep it precious day by day.

Girls Night

Friday September 25th, 2009
6:00 pm  to 10:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun evening of fellowship, food and maybe even get a little sewing done.

Shop Hop Time!

WNY Quilter's Shop Hop

WNY Quilter's Shop Hop

(Click the image above for printable flyer)

Title: Beginners Quilting by Hand
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Ann Shaw
Description: 6 quilting classes
Date: 09- 23, 30 / 10- 7, 14, 21, 28, 2009
Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm
Cost: $50.00

We’re the only store in the area that still teaches the basics by hand, and trust me, this class will make you a much better machine quilter.  Emphasizing accuracy and a well rounded basic knowledge of all aspects of the craft, we make a four block sampler from start to finish, including a hand quilting class.

Please note this is a 6 week course!

Title: Happy Hollow Stick Figures
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Christine Kryjeski
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 09-26,  2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

Try something a little different by making a round quilted stick scarecrow, image001witch, or Santa.  The small pieces can be made more accurate by using the gridded fusible web.  Join us as we take our squares and turn them into stick figures to display for the holidays.

Title: Octagon Log Cabin
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Christine Kryjeski
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-05-2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

Log Cabin quilts have long been a staple of the American Quilter.  In this class image004we add a little twist: octagons.  Have fun reshaping this classic.  If you have never tried paper piecing and would like to, this is a good class to start with.   If you have done paper piecing, then this is a good class to have fun in.  The pattern will be supplied in class.

Title: Times Remembered
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Mary Militello
Description: 2 quilting classes
Date: 10-6 and 13, 2009
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

As with so many quilts, this one looks much more complicated than it is.  In class, image002we will break the block into 3 segments that will come together easily.  Sashing strips are added to complete the chain.  To quote “The Quilt Maniac’s Playbook”, the definition of a quilt maniac is: “A person who loves quilting with the unbridled exuberance and zest”.  What quilter who does not fit that definition?  Join other “maniacs” for a couple evenings of fun.  The only drugs known to satisfy this craving: fabrics, patterns, and fellow quilters who enjoy the same love of quilting.

Framed Quilts

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Aug

Title: Framed Quilts
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Christine Kryjeski
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-10- 2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

What do 15 Fat Quarters and 2 techniques equal? image007

The answer: 6 or more finished quilt tops. Using “Fit to Frame” patterns and your imagination, you can have several tops (frame size) made in no time. With the methods we will show you, beginner and advanced quilters alike can bring home a finished project. The finished quilts can be mounted in available standard frame sizes that give your wall decoration a unique look.

Magic Melons

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Aug

Title: Magic Melons
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Joanne Witjes
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-17, 2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

This dimensional quilt is different and so much fun to make. When we offered this image008popular class last semester, everyone’s fabric choices looked great. Plaids, primitives, brights, pastels and florals all were successful choices. Try this fun ‘quilt as you go’ method, use up batting scraps, and end up with an original and excellent quilt.

Title: Twisted Log Cabin
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Diana Brock
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-20, 2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

This quilt is paper pieced, and is no where near as hard as it looks.  The model is image009made at  50% of normal size but don’t let that scare you.  There are full size blocks available for those not bitten by the “miniature” bug and you can certainly make the whole project in the larger size.   The wonderful thing about paper piecing is the accuracy, so even even complicated looking patterns like this one are easily attainable by all.

Title: Happy Hollow Table Runners
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Christine Kryjeski
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-24, 2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

Use fusible appliqué, buttonhole stitching and some embellishing to create these popular holiday themed table runners.  Choose snowmen, scarecrows, or santas to have a seasonal decoration others will envy.   Be ahead of the game and have a piece ready to place on your holiday table before summer flowers have even started to think about frost.

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Title: Venetian Tiles
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Diana Brock
Description: 1 quilting class
Date: 10-27, 2009
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: $30.00

Much simpler than it looks, this pattern is actually made from simple 9-patch Venetian Tilesblocks!   Cut the 9 patches with the X-Block ruler, and then sew them together into rows!  The cut-off pieces become the borders.  Try it with a scrappy look like the floral sample, or in a more controlled palette.  This is a great technique and you will be surprised at how simple it really is.