Archive for July, 2011

Sew What? News and Notions…

The 5th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop is just around the corner! The seven shops participating are all located in Erie and Niagara counties and each will display their own unique selection, and style of fabric, notions, novelties and more. Visit all the shops, get your passport stamped and you’ll be entered to win some great prizes.   This is a great Shop Hop because it can easily be done in one day.

The official Shop Hop hours: Thursday September 8th and 9th 2011 – 9:30am -7:00pm; Saturday September 10th, 2011 – 9:30am-5:00pm

  • Once again we are able to offer a fabulous Grand Prize to a quilter’s retreat weekend for four (valued at $900.00) from the Brickhouse Quilting and Gifts in Lockport.
  • First prize is a $350 gift certificates ($50 gift certificate from each shop)
  • Seven lucky winners will receive one of the $50 gift baskets from each shop
  • Each finishing participant will receive enough charm squares to make an entire quilt!  This year’s theme is  Christmas, and the quilt was designed by Sue Dray of Pine Grove Quilt Shop
  • When you visit the Brickhouse, you can enter to will an additional prize for a $140 gas card.

The shops to visit this year include:

Auntie’s Attic 2043 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304
716-297-3636 www.auntiesatticquiltshop.com

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

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

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

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

Sew What? Quilt Shop 6816 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
716-632-8801 www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

Threads of Time 3125 Sheridan Dr. Amherst, NY 14226
716-837-1372 www.totsewing.com

Brickhouse Quilting and Gifts 8201 Tonawanda Creek Rd, NY 14094
716-870-4895 www.brickhousequilting.com

Fall Class Schedule…

Our fall class list is almost complete and we very excited to share it with you. We have new classes to entice you with and some old standards too.

  • Linda Fike will be teaching Primrose by Quiltsmart in two classes
  • Linda Davis will be teaching a few different classes you won’t want to miss such as One Block Wonder and a beautiful hand appliqué class
  • Christine Kryjeski is teaching a fun, new pillowcase, and Fall Wheelbarrow Wallhanging, Log Cabin and Quiltsmart  Lone Star classes.
  • Ann Shaw will be teaching her Beginners by Hand (a must for any quilter) and Machine Basics.

To see our complete class list check: www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

Upcoming Shows and Events…

Amherst Museum Quilters Guild presents Karla Alexander lecture:
“Lift Quilts Out of Your Stash”
Wednesday September 14, 2011 – 7:00pm
Amherst Museum
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14228
716-689-1440
www.amqg.org
Open to public – $8
AMQG members – free
Museum members – $4

Southtowns Piecemakers Quilting Guild
“Through a Quilter’s Eye” Quilt Show
Friday – September 30, 2011 – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – October 1, 2011 – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Crossroads Christian Church
1050 Girdle Road
Elma, New York
Admission $5.00 to benefit FISH of East Aurora and Trinity Food Basket

Kenan Quilters’ Guild
“Collections of Color”

Friday – Sunday November 4 – 6,  2011
Kenan Arena
433 Locust St.
Lockport, NY 14094
716-434-0273
www.kenancenter.org

Quilter of the Month…

Patty Kuriscak, a retired teacher, will be our Quilter of the month for August.  Patty always wanted to learn the art of quilting, but with her busy teaching schedule and being a mom, she just never found the time.  In 2001 Patty retired and was excited at the prospect of learning how to quilt. She signed up for a basic quilting class and was well on her way.  But in 2003 Patty was sidelined with breast cancer but wouldn’t let this deter her from her mission to quilt! She had “fabulous fabric to make into quilts” and made so many new friends by joining the Twin City Quilters she wasn’t going to let cancer stop her. “I am still here and living life to the fullest”! Patty loves trying new techniques and enjoys making a variety of quilted projects. She does admit smaller projects appeal to her because they can be completed and given away quicker.  Speaking of small things, Patty recently became a grandmother for the first time to twin girls – Morgan and Marianna! She will be very busy for quite some time making quilts and other fun projects for the new beauties in her life.

As quilter of the month everyone who comes into the store, and the entire quilting community, has an opportunity to view the quilter’s talent and see the vast array of local quilting styles, colors and techniques. While quilts are on display, photos will be taken and a CD created so you can maintain a record of your exhibition. During the month you are displaying your quilts, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. We welcome all levels to participate in this exciting opportunity! Call the store to sign up for an upcoming month. We look forward to hearing from you.

Quilting Tip of the Month…

There are all kinds of opinions whether or not to washing fabric before we start our next quilting project is the right thing to do.  P&B Textiles, where lots of our fabric comes from, has some basic guidelines we’d like to share with you:

  • For an art or wall quilt there is no need to pre-wash your fabric.
  • If your project calls for light and dark fabrics, you may want to pre-wash the dark fabrics to prevent potential bleeding. To do this, use cold water and afterwards test a light colored or white fabric and add it to the dark wash to see if any color bleeds onto your fabric. If there is color bleeding, repeat the cold pre-washing step and do so until there is no color bleeding to be found.
  • Do not pre-wash fabric in hot water or use a hot dryer
  • When washing finished quilts use only cold water and a cool dryer or better yet,  dry flat. And only if fabric was pre-shrunk before quilt was made.
  • Only use gentle detergent, like Orvis, to wash quilts because detergents can fade fabrics. No detergent is recommended for pre-shrinking

If you follow these steps when caring for your fabric you quilts shouldn’t shrink more than 5% selvage to selvage or have any bleeding or fading issues at all. Here to happy quilting.

Girl’s Night Out!

Girl’s Night Out will be on Friday, August 26. We’ll start around 6:00 pm and go until 9:30 pm. The cost is $8.00. Don’t forget to bring your UFO’s, orphans and any other quilting projects you are working on and we’ll have a great night out! We usually order take-out, but you certainly can bring your own dinner. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you in August.

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Sew What? News and Notions

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 8th Annual Western New York Shop Hop last month. With 271 finishers that means you had a one in eleven chance of winning a prize! We had a great time seeing everyone and are eager to see what projects you put together with our strips!

Our Grand prize winner of the Bernina 210 was Kathy Blake of Buffalo, New York

Winners of the Gift Certificates from each store were:

  • Aurora Sewing (Williamsville) – Marie Schu of Lancaster, NY
  • Aurora Sewing (E.Aurora) – Joan Stratton of Webster, NY
  • Betty’s – Jean Marie Long of Buffalo, NY
  • Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Sue Barnes of Bliss, NY
  • Chestnut Bay – Sue Eulrich of E. Amherst, NY
  • Country Treasures – Eileen S. of Albion, NY
  • Heartland Quilt Shop – Kathy Miskey of Elma, NY
  • Ivy Thimble – Beverly Klin of Elma, NY
  • Marie’s Sewing Center – Charlene Roberts of Fairport, NY
  • Mt. Pleasant – Martha Porschet of Sodus, NY
  • Sew What? – Richard Dornster of Kenmore, NY
  • The Whole 9 Yards – Darlene Rogers of Warsaw, NY

Winners of the Gift Baskets from each store were:

  • Aurora Sewing (Williamsville) – Debbie Zimmerman of Lancaster, NY
  • Aurora Sewing (E. Aurora) – Shirley Newbold of Holly, NY
  • Betty’s – Marty Held of N. Tonawanda, NY
  • Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Joann VanHise of Belfast, NY
  • Chestnut Bay –Debbie Bruiton of Bergen, NY
  • Country Treasures – Chris Vollmar of Victor, NY
  • Heartland Quilt Shop – Joan Malaney of Niagara Falls, NY
  • Ivy Thimble – Marie Pitt of E. Aurora, NY
  • Marie’s Sewing Center – Licia Warren of Clarence, NY
  • Mt. Pleasant – Felicia Ross of Pittsford, NY
  • Sew What? – Edith Mascia of Tonawanda, NY
  • The Whole 9 Yards – Denise Conway of Fairport, NY

Summer  Class List

Our summer class list is all set and for an added treat this summer, Ann is teaching Beginners by Hand Quilting (a six week course) which she NEVER does during the summer!!

Beginning Quilting by Hand Wednesdays 10 – 1pm; classes start on 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3/11. $50 Teacher – Ann Shaw

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.

Purse Class – Saturday, July 16, 2011; 10-3pm; $30 Teacher – Christine Kryjeski. This purse is nice and easy to make using 2 ½” wide strips. It has eight inside pockets, a spot for your cell phone and MP3 player too.  You can use seasonal fabrics or pick your favorite colors and go from there. The end product will be 11 1/4″ tall x 13 3/4″ wide x 4″ deep.

Pinwheel Stack and Whack – Tuesday July 19, 2011. 10-3pm $30 Teacher – Ann Shaw

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 through the tough part.   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??

Fireworks (Beginners Paper Piecing) – Friday July 29, 2011. 10 am – 3 pm. $30 Teacher – Ann Shaw

Many of you have been asking for a paper piecing class, and this dynamic quilt is a great one which to learn paper piecing. The angles look complicate

d, but using a paper foundation is the key to success! Paper piecing produces a fantastic finished piece where all the angles are PERFECT. Some pre cutting is preferred, so we can jump right in and get started with creating our blocks.

To see our complete class list check: www.sewwhatquiltshop.com

Quilting Tip of the Month

One of the best ways to store quilts is to roll them! Simply take cardboard tubes and cover them with acid free paper. Then roll your quilt around the tube, and cover the quilt with acid free paper when it is completely rolled. Empty tube from leftover Christmas wrapping paper will do for small wall quilts.  If you store quilts on wooden shelves, make sure you keep them away from direct contact with wood. Over time the oils with stain the fabric and acid will damage the fibers.

Upcoming Events and Shows

Quilting by the Lake – July 17 – 29, 2011
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021
p: 315-255-1553, f: 315-255-0871
e: qbl@schweinfurthartcenter.org
www.myartcenter.org • www.quiltingbythelake.com

5th Annual Quilt Show

“Quilts from the Home Front: Soldier’s Quilts from Civil War to Present”

August 27 – October 22, 2011
Tioga County Museum
110 Front Street
Owego, NY
www.tiogahistory.org

Quilts=Art=Quilts October 30, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Schweinfurth Art Center
315-255-1553
Auburn, New York UNITED STATES

The 31st art quilt exhibition juried by Friends Terry Jarrard-Dimond and Cynthia Schira.  Since 1981 this venue has recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium by hosting this series of shows. The deadline for entries is August 19, 2011

A Common Thread, The Ties That Bind Us – November 1 – December 7, 2011
433 Locust St.
Lockport, NY 14094
show by quilt artist, Phyllis Stephens,
sponsored by House of Art
Pieces & Petals: A Quilter’s Garden – November 6 – 8, 2011
Kenan Arena
433 Locust St. 14094
Lockport, NY

Quilter of the Month

Alice Donaldson will be our Quilter of the Month for July. Alice has been sewing and doing different types of crafts since elementary school. When her younger son went off to college Alice began to quilt, something she always wanted to do, but never had the time. She began taking quilting classes from Kerry Hart and other area teachers. After her retirement from the Lockport City School District as a kindergarten teacher she started teaching quilting classes at local quilt shops and also taught classes at the Amherst Quilt seminar and other seminars as well.

Alice enjoys trying new patterns, techniques and teaching classes. Quilted jackets, table runners, quilts, purses and just about anything that can be sewn. She loves quilting with her “buddies,” traveling to quilt shops around the country and taking classes from some national teachers.

As quilter of the month everyone who comes into the store, and the entire quilting community, has an opportunity to view the quilter’s talent and see the vast array of local quilting styles, colors and techniques. While quilts are on display, photos will be taken and a CD created so you can maintain a record of your exhibition. During the month you are displaying your quilts, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. We welcome all levels to participate in this exciting opportunity! Call the store to sign up for an upcoming month. We look forward to hearing from you.

Girl’s Night Out…

Girl’s Night Out will be on Friday July 29, 2011. We’ll start around 6:00 pm and go until 9:30 pm. The cost is $8.00. Don’t forget to bring your UFO’s, orphans, or any other quilting projects you are working on and we’ll have a great night out! We usually order take-out, but you certainly may bring your own dinner. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you in June.

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