Archive for December, 2011

Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

We will be closed on Christmas Eve and News Years Eve, this year.

Sew What? News and Notion…

If your house isn’t all decked out for the holidays yet and you are looking for that one special decoration to finish it off, why not stop into Sew What? and check out the Mini Spool Light set we have. This adorable light set is shaped like spools of thread, and would look great on any tree, mantle or just about anywhere you would normally put a string of regular Christmas lights.

Stop into Sew What? and pickup a stocking stuffer, or gift idea. Our pillowcase kits make quick gifts you can whip up for your friends and family members. Children and grandchildren especially love this gift, although adults love them too! The 2012 calendars, Frixion marking pens and lovely thermal travel mugs are also perfect gifts for the quilter you are close to. We have the full line of the Dr. Seuss fabric; “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” so you can make that fun Christmas quilt you’ve always wanted to make. A favorite gift to give are Quilt In A Day holiday placemats, they are quick to make and always appreciated!


To make it easier for those folks who are buying YOU gifts this year, why not download a free copy of “My Holiday Wish List” right HERE.  You can list any books or supplies you’d like to have, and then leave it prominently displayed for your loved one to ‘find’.

Quilter of the Month…

December’s Quilter of the Month is Lynne Nothum. She learned how to sew from her mother and grandmother and gathered more sewing skills in her high school home economics class.  When Lynne moved to the Buffalo area in 1977, she took a quilting class at Frontier high school in the adult education program where her love for quilting began to blossom. During Lynne’s early years as a quilter, Dot Steifler and the women at Colden Valley Quilts inspired her. As her excitement about quilting grew, she was able to share her passion with others by teaching quilt classes at the Lackawanna Public Library where she worked, and at the adult education program in the Lackawanna Public schools. She helped start National Quilting Day programs at the Audubon Library, and as a member and co-coordinator of Crosstown Quilters, Lynn was instrumental in getting National Quilting day celebrated at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca.

Because Lynne was so excited about quilting, she got her mom involved in the craft too.  Together they traveled to many quilt shows such as Paducah, NQA show at Fort Wayne and The Big Tree Quilt Conference at Geneseo where Lynne went to college. Traveling to these quilt shows has afforded Lynne the opportunity to meet new friends and find many new quilting ideas.

Lynne’s favorite part of quilting is designing and playing with color and patterns. Photos, books, scenery, and patterns are what motivate Lynne to create a new quilt. She enjoys hand piecing and designing quilts, but rarely does her own quilting; “after all, that’s what others do for a living,” Lynne recently said. One of her retirement goals is to use up her stash. But well into her seventh year of retirement, Lynne’s stash doesn’t seem to be shrinking. With over 20 years, worth of UFO’s and requests from family members, she will be busy quilting for quilt some time.

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…

Stop in Sew What? and pickup the Kwik Klip and a box of curved basting pins. These two useful tools will reduce the time it takes to baste your quilt, put an end to sore fingers and will help prevent you from breaking nails. Here’s what you do: Put the Kwik Klip brass tip on the fabric about 1/8” from where you want the pin point to emerge. Using a bit of pressure, hold down the fabric. As the pin emerges, allow the pin to travel on and past brass tip 1/8”. Then to close the pin, simply push the closure down and click the safety pin together.  No more sore fingers!


Girl’s Night Out…

December 30, 2011 is Girl’s Night Out!  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 December 30, 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