Archive for November, 2011

Sew What? News and Notions…

Are you ready for those holidays that are right around the corner? They will be here before you know it, and you’ll be asking yourself – “where did the time go?” To get a head start on those holiday projects, why not stop into Sew What? and see our wonderful variety of novelty fabrics – it’s been said we have the best selection around! We have a beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt panel available, as well as some other great projects.  While you’re here, you can pick up a few gifts for the quilter on your list. We have calendars, books, mugs, and pins in cute boxes, sweet stork scissors and many other great gift giving ideas for all your holiday needs.

This year make it easier for your family and friends to buy YOU what you really want for the holidays. “My Holiday Wish List” is a great tool you can use to make a list of all your holiday wishes!  Download your free copy of “My Holiday Wish List” right HERE.

The American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is going strong; 307,760 pillowcases have been donated so far. The challenge will continue throughout 2011, possibly into 2012. A heartfelt thank you for the lovely pillowcases you’ve donated so far, but more are always needed. Make one today so community members who need them can benefit from your talents.

Upcoming Shows and Events…

Kenan Quilters Guild Presents

Collection of Color

Friday – 11/4/11 – 11/6/11 – 10am – 5pm Cost $5

Kenan Arena 433 Locust St. Lockport, N.Y. 14094 716-433-2671

Holiday Craft and Quilt Show/Sale

Open House to Benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Saturday – 11/12/11 – 10am – 3pm

46 Leroy Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14215

Hosted by: Norma Stading – 716-833-4673

Fall Class List…


Linda Davis still has a few spots open in her ‘Bargello Color Wheel’ class. Using rotary cutting and straight sewing you will be amazed at your final project. The only tough part is picking out your fabric colors, although we have several kits made up for your convenience. The kits are made up in rainbow colors, like the sample, or in a blue/teal/purple color scheme.  The required pattern includes a wedge ruler.

Wednesdays November 9th and 16th from 6pm – 9pm. Cost $35.


This visually pleasing quilt uses two and a half inch strips to create a dynamic color play of light and dark.  Linda is also teaching this wonderful tonal quilt.

‘Light and Shadow’ on Wednesday November 30th from 6pm – 9pm. Cost $35


Ann Shaw teaches her famous method class, Machine Quilting for Beginners. Bring your reliable sewing machine, a walking foot and the darning foot that goes with your machine, and Ann will show you the “ins” and “outs” of machine quilting. Friday November 18th 2011 10 am – 3 pm. This class is a MUST for all quilters. Cost $45


Quilter of the Month…

November’s Quilter of the month is Isabelle Banas, one of our all-time favorite customers! Isabelle’s love of quilting started with a quilting class taught by Linda Hunter in the mid ‘70’s. Isabelle and a friend took an evening quilting class at Kenmore East High School and she was immediately intrigued with the variety of patterns, fabric choices and selection of colors quilting had to offer. In the mid 1990’s Isabelle took a log cabin class here at Sew What? with Ann and was hooked absolutely loved the pattern! She made log cabin quilts over the next ten years using the paper piecing method, giving them to family and friends. Everyone loves getting one of Isabelle’s “tied” log cabin quilts. Isabelle’s quilts continue to be cherished by all those who received them. As much as Isabelle loves quilting, she has never “coaxed anyone to pursue” it.  Fortunately, Isabelle is able to share her passion for quilting with her daughter Peggy and granddaughters Danielle and Renee.

As Quilter of the Month everyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have an opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of styles, colors and techniques we have 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. We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not quilted!  In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to to sign up for a future month.


Quilter’s Tip…

With the beautiful fall weather, why not take a moment to air out your quilts? If they need to be washed before you do so, not to worry, we have some great products in the shop to get your quilts looking and smelling beautiful.  ‘Orvus Quilt Soap’ is a non phosphorus product that won’t harm any fragile fabrics that may be in our quilts; it’s biodegradable and easy to use.  ‘Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover’ is an earth friendly, environmentally safe product that removes stains in a jiffy. It works so beautifully, one of our girls is buying a bottle for all her friends for Christmas!  Stop into the shop and pick them up so your quilts will look brand new!

Girl’s Night Out…

November 25, 2011 is Girl’s Night Out.  This is our tenth Anniversary of this fun monthly event!  We start around 5pm or 6pm (however it works into your schedule, its casual) and go until around 9pm. The cost is $8. 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!  All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on November 25, 2011.

Individual and 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!

It costs $15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters; $10.00/ hour for 3 or more quilters.

Thursday Morning Free Sew!

Did you know we offer a free sew every Thursday morning?

Bring in your projects and hang out with us for a bit!

Free advice, sewing tips and great companionship!

10-2pm every Thursday