Archive for January, 2012

Sew What? News and Notions

Mark your calendars because Fat Quarter Tuesday is here! That’s right; on February 21, 2012 Sew What? will be having its annual Fat Quarter Tuesday sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. We open our doors extra early so you can get some shopping done before work and we are staying open a few hours longer so you can stop in after work. We want to make sure you, our valued customers, have every opportunity to take advantage of this excellent event. We will have close to 10,000 Fat Quarters on sale. Can you imagine? Every Fat Quarter in the shop will be on sale for $1.75. At prices like this, you don’t want to miss out!


Winter Class Schedule

We are eager for you to see our new 2012 winter class schedule at Please look at our website for color pictures and descriptions of all the classes. A few of the fabulous choices we have this semester:

  • Fit to Frame with Christine Kryjeski – Monday February 13, 2012. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost $ 35.00
  • QuiltSmart Primrose with Linda Fike – Wednesday March 7, 2012. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost $ 35.00
  • Beginners Quilting by Hand with Ann ShawTuesdays, starting March 6 – April 10, 2012. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost $ 60.00 – Please note this is a six week course!

Sewing machines are required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. Please make sure your machine is in good working order with all plugs, cords, feet, and needles necessary. Coming to class with pre-wound bobbins is always a good idea. A few of our classes have a needs list and there may be a bit of “pre-sewing” or cutting before class begins. Registration can be done one of several ways: online at; by phone – 632-8801; email; snail mail 6816 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221; or you can stop by in person, we’d love for you to see the class models on display.


Upcoming Events

Amherst Quilt Show 2012

Amherst Museum and the Amherst Museum Quilters Guild present:

“Quilts, Glorious Quilts”

Friday 4/27/12- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 4/28/12 – 10 a.m. – 5p.m.; Sunday 4/29/12 – 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Amherst Museum 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14228


Quilter of the Month

Chris Barsottelli is February’s Quilter of the Month. Chris eagerly taught herself how to quilt 1975. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to devote the time and energy she would have liked to quilting because she was busy raising her three sons. In 1995, after a 20-year hiatus, Chris was able to start quilting again in earnest. Her first project was an appliqué quilt. She was baffled how to finish it. She solved her problem when she attended the Kutztown Fair in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. One look at the stunning Amish quilts that were completed by hand, Chris knew exactly how to finish her quilt. However, she was so unhappy with the finished product (her very first quilt) she threw it out! Regretting the decision now, she has the pattern and hopes to remake it someday. As she picked up tricks and techniques from other quilters, she was developing her own appliqué method. After ten years or so, she now feels she has perfected her own combination of appliqué methods – without using needle turn – and it’s the only method for appliqué she uses and teaches. Chris enjoys all the various techniques of quilting, not really having a favorite (although she was on a 9 Patch kick for quite a while), and enjoys each technique when the “mood strikes” her. Some of Chris’s inspiration for new projects comes from books and magazines, and many of her quilts have been given to charity. Although she prefers to keep her most of her projects, she does give some as gifts to family members, as do many quilters. As a former president of the Southtowns Piecemakers Guild, Chris was instrumental in bringing nationally known teachers such as Kim Diehl, Jo Morton, and Kim Sloan into the area for seminars. For the last five years, Chris has been working on a difficult appliqué project, Grandmother’s Garden, and hopes to have it complete in 2014. It should be stunning – she is using all Batiks!

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

Something we all struggle with from time to time, is threading a sewing machine needle or any needle. Here is a tip that may be helpful for the sewing machine: place a small piece of white paper behind the needle with your left hand and thread the needle as you normally would with your right hand. When it comes to hand sewing, try using any white or light colored background paper behind the needle. This tip was handed down from a Grandmother in Arizona.


Girl’s Night Out

February 24, 2012 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 February 24, 2012.


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 one or two quilters; $10.00/ hour for three 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


Fit to Frame
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When:  Monday, February 13th
Time:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost:  $35.00


These cute framed quilts are a big hit.  A miniature quilt is put in a frame for a different look on the wall.  There are several patterns to choose from and we have several frames available here at the store.

They are a great project when time is limited, because it doesn’t take that long to make a tiny quilt!  We will be making these small quilts with as many time saving methods that we can think of!


Reserve your seat in this class now:

Beginners Quilting by Hand
Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When:  Tuesday’s, March 6- April 10
Time:   6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost:  $60.00  

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!
Reserve your seat in this class now:

Quiltsmart Primrose 
Teacher: Linda Fike

When:  Wednesday March 7
Time:   10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00


This innovative technique that starts with strip piecing will make successful appliqué pieces a breeze!  This dynamic quilt is visually appealing to even non-appliquers!

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Triangle magic
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When:  Saturday, March 10th
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00


Triangle Magic is a method class that will show you several ways to make half-square triangles with perfect points. Everyone has a favorite way, and some patterns work better with certain methods. Christine will help us take the mystery, uncertainty, and fear out of triangles. Triangular units make many spectacular quilt designs!

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Teacher:  Linda Davis
When:  Wednesday March 14th and 21st
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00


This beautiful design is an example of a string quilt, which is perfect to use all of your scrap fabric, strips both batiks and non-batik.  Careful arrangement of color and using templates for a high level of accuracy provide a combination in this quilt that delivers stunning results.  The pattern “Eldon” by Edyta Sitar is required for the class and the Acrylic template set designed for use with this pattern is highly recommended.  This is a class for the quilter with experience!  The two part class is designed so the experienced quilter can succeed with sewing bias seams, “Y” seam construction and working with smaller fabric pieces.  And, the finished quilt is worth all the attention to detail that is required.

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Back Basting  Applique
Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When:  Saturday March 31st
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost:  $45.00

This appliqué class has a specific method that is a little different.  You baste the fabric to the background, trim, needle turn and the pieces end up where they should be AND the correct shape!  Even someone who hates appliqué or is not very successful at it can do a great job using this method.

Please note: Kit included

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Sally’s Triangles
Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When: Friday, April 6th

Time:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00

This funky method is a lot of fun to do, and ends up with triangle/triangle or triangle/square units that can be placed in any setting that a Log Cabin can be set in.  It looks great in ‘Barn Raising’ and ‘Fields and Furrows’ settings as well as lots of the others.  The cutting and piecing have a funny little trick that lets you make two blocks at once.  It is a cool fun method, and I hope you join us for a fun day!

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Basic Machine Piecing
Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When:  Tuesday’s,  April 17th – May 22nd
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost:  $60.00


A close follow up to the beginner’s by hand class, this basic class covers

rotary equipment and techniques for strip piecing and time saving techniques, and includes paper piecing and machine appliqué.

Please note this is a 6 week course

Reserve your seat in this class now:

Tossed Greens
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When:  Wednesday, April 18th and 25th
Time:  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00


Spring is coming, and while we wait, we can pick out our favorite spring colors and have some fun making a lovely table runner or wall hanging that uses several different techniques, including yo-yos.  This class is fun and the project is easy to create.    It’s so rare to find a cute spring wall hanging; you’ll be tempted to make several of these!

Reserve your seat in this class now: