Archive for July, 2010

Sew What’s News?

 

The Sew What Challenge’s have been collected and I can’t wait for you to see the final collection of projects!  We will be starting the viewer’s choice voting on August 1st, and continuing until September 30th.  If you have a project that you didn’t quite finish, hurry and finish it and we will put it up.  You may miss some of the first few days of voting, but yours will be so fabulous that a couple days won’t matter! 

Also, check out the full list of classes listed on the website, which has descriptions as well as color photos of the projects.  Or better, you can come see the real things on display at the store.

Don’t forget we are air conditioned!  As hot as it has been this last month, it has been very comfortable to just wander around and check out all the new fabrics.  We have some great new novelties in, including ballet, pizza, green beans, wizards, frogs and lots more.  Why not pick up some fabric along with a pillowcase pattern for that quick gift birthday or hostess gift you’ve been looking for. Make the “birthday biker” happy or that sophisticated hostess feel extra special today!

 

 

 

 

Summer Classes

Computer/Tote Class – Calling all confident quilters!! We still have room in our Learn to quilt a computer tote bagComputer/Tote class. This tote has spacious compartments, zippered pockets and is ideal for quilt seminars, school or even that laptop you never know how to carry.  Join Mary Margaret Symanski on Saturday August 21 AND 28 2010, from 10:00 to 3:00. The cost of this class is $30.00 and it is designed for intermediate quilters. 
Click here to reserve your seat online!

One Block Wonder – Using one fabric and one shape you create your own artistic quilt. It is amazing how the fabric does the work for you, especially if you enjoy making stack and whack quilts. It is a fluid design, so there is no pre-determined size of your finished quilt. We still have spots open on Saturday August 14, 2010 from 10:00 – 3:00 with Linda Davis. Cost $30.00
Click here to reserve your seat online!

 

 

Quilter’s Tip

If you make your binding and last border at the same time, here is a great idea that keeps your binding wrinkle-free, neat and where you can see it.  Use a Christmas light “ladder” to gently wrap your binding around it. If your husband is handy, you might ask him to make one for you. A single ladder can hold several bindings for all size quilts. If you aren’t able to put the binding on right away, put it in a labeled plastic bag and store it. Then you can attach the binding whenever it is convenient for you.

Upcoming Events

Impact Artist Gallery
Tri Main Building – Suite 545
2475 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Wednesday’s – Friday’s 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday’s – 1 pm to 4 pm
July 14 – August 14, 2010
Impact Artist Gallery will be displaying and selling works of 30 fiber artists from Western New York.  Cheryl Kagen, one of our very own quilters, as well as Linda Reinagle and lots of others are showing (and better…selling) some of their pieces.  Grab this opportunity to get something hand made for a gift or for yourself.  There is a wide variety of styles to choose from, so make an afternoon of it!

4th Annual quilters quest
Thursday, September 9, 2010 – 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Friday, September 10, 2010 – 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, September 11, 2010 – 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Grand Prize is a Weekend Quilting Retreat for four at
The Brickhouse ($900 value),
First Prize is $350 in Shop Gift Certificates,
Additional Prizes – one of the seven give baskets valued at $50 each

 Visit all 7 shops, have your passport stamped and be entered to win!

 Auntie’s Attic
2043 Military Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
www.auntiesatticquiltshop.com

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

Quilt Maker and Friends
4716 Military Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
716-297-4067

 Heartland Quilt Shop
7121 Ridge Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
716-433-3188
www.heartlandquiltshoponline.com

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

Sew What?
6816 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221
www.sewwhatquiltshop.com
Threads of  Time
3125 Sheridan Dr.
Amherst, NY 14226
716-837-1372
www.totsewing.com

 If Quilts Could Talk Quilt Show

St. Bartholomews Ang. Church
1368 Eggert Road
Town of Tonawanda, NY 14150

October 1 & 2, 2010
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Donation: $5.00

UMC of North Chili

Annual Quilt Show
United Methodist Church
2200 Westside Dr.
at Buffalo road
North Chili, NY
September 17, 9 AM to 6 PM
September 18, 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost: $4.00
$3.00 with food donation

Girls Night Out!

August 27, 2010
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Enjoy an evening out with other quilters. Order take-out or bring your own dinner. The cost is only $8.00. Don’t Forget!

Girls Night Out is a monthly event at Sew What? & is always held on the last Friday of the month!

See you there!

Individual & Group Lessons Available!

Need guidance with a quilting project? Stuck in a rut and can’t move forward? Call or stop by to make an appointment!$15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters. $10.00/ hour for 3 or more, per quilter.

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This year’s 7th Annual Western New York Shop Hop was the biggest ever with over 500 quilters hopping. That means there were 24,000 2 ½’ jelly roll strips ready when you each walked through our shop door and collectively we gave away over 1500 yards of fabric!! We were thrilled A Whole Nine Yards, Chestnut Bay Quilting, and Heartland Quilt Shop joined the shop hop for the first time this year, which added extra flavor to the event. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and can’t wait for next year’s event.
As you can see from the list below, the winners were from many different towns. We had lots and lots of excellent prizes; so many that each of you had a one in fourteen chance of winning. We hope that you or one of your friends got a call!

Patricia Cuzzacrea from Lockport is the Grand Prize winner of the Janome sewing machine.

The $50 gift certificate winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center – Sandra Ellis, Blasdell; Carriage Quilt Shop – Pat Sitek, Kenmore; The Whole 9 Yards – Vickie Williams, Kent; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Nancy Dutka, Depew; Sew What? – Edie Fedele, Spencerport; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betsy Speer, Hilton; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Lillian Lunetta, Lockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Judy Depferd, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center ( W’ville) – Dolly Schmitt, Darien Center; Ivy Thimble- Karen Jordon, Barker; Country Treasures – Beth Hatch, Henrietta; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Marion Nappo, Varysburg.

The Gift Basket winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center- Nancy Flynn, Bliss; Carriage Quilt Shop- MaryEllen Cowell, North Tonawanda; The Whole 9 Yards – Carolyn Squires, Albion; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Bev O’Connor, North Tonawanda; Sew What?- Nola Goss, Wyoming, NY; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betty Carmen, Spencerport; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Kathy Bruno, Cheektowaga; Aurora Sewing Center -Chris Frawley, Hamburg; Aurora  Sewing Center (W’ville)- JoAnn Marshall, Williamsville; Ivy Thimble- Jeanna Reed, Arcade; Country Treasures – Kathy Pirro, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Lois Marvin, Spencerport.

Gift bag winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center –Jan Caito, Depew; Carriage Quilt Shop – Dana Brush, Hilton; The Whole 9 Yards – Terry Bloom, Amherst; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- Pamela Vrana, West Seneca; Sew What? – Kathy Patterson, Hilton; Heartland Quilt Shop- Pam Eley, Silver Spring; Betty’s Quilting Etc. – Kate Verrland, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Celeste Lewis, East Amherst; Aurora Sewing Center (W’ville)  – Linda Blades, Sodus; Ivy Thimble – Pat Freeman, Lancaster; Country Treasures- Karen Tomasik, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting -Gale Hirbar,  Canandaigua.

Summer Class Schedule

Our summer classes are in full swing and we are having a ball.

Classes with spots still open include:

Mary Margaret Symanski is teaching the Computer/Tote bag on two Saturday’s in August 21st   and 28th from 10:00am – 3:00pm  For  more advanced quilters

MerriJann Miller is teaching a new and different class and technique – what to do with all those selvage edges!! Come learn a unique way to use up your selvages in our Selvage Quilt class from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday July 24th.

A unique “unstoppable” Rose Corsage that looks beautiful coming right out of a suitcase! Come and sign up for this with Diana Brock on from 10:00am – 1:00pm Friday July 9th.

Project Linus

Project Linus provides quilts, flannel blankets, Afghans, crocheted or knitted blankets to children whom are suffering from a serious illness, family or personal tragedy,  and or homelessness. You can help by making a quilt or blanket, donating 100% cotton fabrics in bright colors, donate yarn or low loft batting, donating a gift card to your favorite quilt shop or yarn store and so much more. For more information on Project Linus of Erie & Niagara County New York you can contact Christine Lewandowski at 716-627-3883, or email her at Buffalo.NY@projectlinus.org or go to their website at www.projectlinus.org.

 

Girls Night Out!

Friday July 30th

6:00 p.m. – ??

Enjoy an evening out with other quilters. Order take-out or bring your own dinner. The cost is only $8.00. Don’t Forget!

Girls Night Out is a monthly event at Sew What? & is always held on the last Friday of the month!

See you there!

Individual & Group Lessons Available!

Need guidance with a quilting project? Stuck in a rut and can’t move forward? Call or stop by to make an appointment!$15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters. $10.00/ hour for 3 or more, per quilter.

Become one of our many fans on Facebook:

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Upcoming Events

Impact Artist Gallery
Tri Main Building – Suite 545
2475 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Wednesday’s – Friday’s 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday’s – 1 pm to 4 pm
July 14 – August 14, 2010

Impact Artist Gallery will be displaying and selling works of 30 fiber artists from Western New York.  Cheryl Kagen, one of our very own quilters, will be participating in this show. Stop in and support Cheryl.

QBL 2010 – Quilting by the Lake
July 18 – 30, 2010
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY
www.quiltingbythelake.com

Burchfield Penney Art Center
St. Philip’s Quilters Community Gallery Exhibition
Colorful Quilts That Bind Us Together
June 25 – August 29, 2010
Quilting session and Meet and Greet
Saturday July 24, 2010 12:00 – 2:00
www.BurchfieldPenney.org

Sew What? Challenge…

Time to Collect Your Challenge Quilts!

That’s right! Now is the time for us to begin collecting those finished challenge quilts!! In fact, we have already received a few and are excited to start hanging them in August. They will hang through November. We can hardly wait to see what you’ve come up with. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, 20 fat quarters and the honor of Viewer’s Choice Award; voted on by customers.  There will also be three additional people’s choice winners and they will be awarded 20 fat quarters of their choice.

Quilter’s Tip…

Did you know that spools of thread are wound differently?  Sometimes thread can give you trouble when feeding it through your machine, if so, it may be due to how the spool is wound.  If your thread is wound crosswise, it crosses over itself diagonally.  Other spools are stacked. The difference is this: crosswise thread flows evenly off the top of your spool, while stack thread comes off evenly on the side of the spool.  Happy Quilting.

Come see our line of Candy Land fabric and the adorable wall hanging Christine made from the panels!

     

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Instructor: Diana Brock
When: Friday July 9, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

A beautiful 3-dimensional rose made the Petal Play way can be worn or used as anembellishment. It is washable, will not fade and is non crushable. This is a great project for all skill levels – even the non sewer.

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Instructor: Ann Shaw
When: Tuesday July 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

Beginner and advanced quilters will find this quilt addictive! Easy to make, the result is dramatic. The trick is in the choice of fabric. The focal fabric works best when it is loud and obnoxious. The cutting can be nerve-racking, so join us for this class and we will hold your hand. Layer the repeats, cut triangle shaped pieces from the same part of the repeat, and create a kaleidoscope effect that is irresistible! Think ‘out of the box’ and challenge yourself to buy the most obnoxious fabric available…who can resist a challenge like that??

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Instructor: Mary Margaret Symanski
When: Wednesday July 21, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

This unique bag is made from stuffed fabric strips. Using cotton batting or cotton flannel for the stuffing gives you a product that is both sturdy and soft. You will be amazed at this alternative method.

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Title: Selvage Quilts
Location: Sew What? Quilt Shop
Description: 1 Quilting Class
Instructor: MerrieJann Miller
When: Saturday July 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

Why make a selvage quilt? These quilts are fun, creative and you can enjoy your stashwithout using it up! Even if you’ve been quilting for a short time you’ve probably have a nice stash started and that means you have selvages too. This is for beginners and experts alike. It’s so much fun to remember different lines and eras of fabrics.

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Location: Sew What? Quilt Shop
Description: 1 Quilting Class
Date: Friday July 30, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Diana Brock
Cost: $30.00

This quilt is paper pieced, and is nowhere near as hard as it looks. The model is made 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 complicated looking patterns like this one are easily attainable by all.

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