Archive for March, 2012

Sew What? News and Notions

Once again, our annual Fat Quarter Tuesday event was a huge success! Thank you to all our wonderful customers who joined us for all the fun we had. Did you see how many fat quarters we had cut and folded for you to peruse? There were over ten thousand of them!

Our shop is loaded with new fabrics; our spring and summer themed fabric shelves are overflowing. We’ve gotten in some new children’s books, including the Golden Books classic, The Pokey Little Puppy and Beatrix Potter’s Flopsy Bunnies.  We have got a new Thomas the Train, and ‘NiteyNite Owls’ is very, very cute. We are anxiously awaiting a big order of Hoffman California Batiks; we should be getting in 35 bolts almost any day!



Winter Class Schedule

Our classes are open and running at full speed, but some of them are filling up very quickly. For a complete schedule, go to You can sign up for classes there; call us at 716-632-8801; email  or stop into the shop and register in person.

Beginners Quilting by Hand with Ann Shaw. This six week course that meets on Tuesdays,  March 6 – April 10, 2012 from 6pm-9pm. Cost: $60  Learning by hand will make you a much better machine sewer in the long run.

Basic Machine Piecing with Ann Shaw. This is another six-week course meeting on Tuesdays, April 17 – May 22, 2012. 6pm – 9pm. Cost: $60 This class teaches rotary cutting and basic machine skills that all quilters will find necessary.

Triangle Magic taught by Christine Kryjeski (our March “Quilter of the Month”) is a one-day class that goes over several different ways to make half-square triangles with perfect points! Saturday March 10, 2012   10am – 3pm Cost: $35

Eldon with Linda Davis is a two part class for the experienced quilter.  Using strips of scrap fabric, both batik and non-batik will lend to a gorgeous arrangement of color. Wednesday March 14 and 21, 2012. 6pm – 9pm. Cost: $35

Primrose with Linda Fike uses a really fun interfacing method that is almost impossible to screw up!  The appliqué pieces actually start with strip piecing! Wednesday March 7, 10am-3pm Cost: $35

Upcoming Events

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The Amherst Museum and the Amherst Museum Quilters Guild presents:

Quilts, Glorious Quilts

Friday 4/27/12 – 10am–5pm; Saturday 4/28/12 – 10am-5pm; Sunday 4/29/12- 12pm-4:30pm
Amherst Museum 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14228

The Westfield Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show

Friday & Saturday, 6/1 -2/12 – 10am -5pm; Sunday 6/3/12 12pm-4pm
21 Brix Winery
6654 West Main Road (Rt.20)
Portland, NY 14769

The Morningstar Quilt Guild Show

Friday and Saturday, 10/5-6/12; Hours to be announced
St. Matthias Church
East Aurora, NY

Quilter of the Month

For March, our Quilter of the Month is Christine Kryjeski. Christine’s grandmother taught her basic sewing skills and by the time, she turned eight she was making clothes and creating home decor. She turned to quilting in October 1986, one month before her stepson was getting married. Christine wanted to make the bride and groom a quilt, and choose, ambitiously, a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt as her first project! Her stepson was married in November 1986, and she was able to finish the quilt in time for the wedding. After that, she was “hooked.”

Christine loves spending time at her sewing machine. She enjoys sewing this triangle to that one, and although she doesn’t really enjoy it that much, she finds herself doing quite a bit of paper piecing.  Hand quilting is her favorite part of quilting, but she admits machine quilting is much faster, stating, “there are so many quilts I want to do, I couldn’t possibly hand quilt them all.” Christine is motivated by almost anything visual, but what seems to inspire her the most is creating her own quilts. She loves to come up with new quilt designs, often combining techniques and fabrics for a fabulous product. Sometimes, she says, it can be frustrating, but the process is lots of fun. Christine often just plays with design on her computer program, EQ6.

Christine is one of the regular employees here at Sew What, and takes great pride in being able to share her passion with others.  She teaches a variety of classes, and this winter she’s offering a triangle method class, a spring tablerunner class called Tossed Greens, and Buggy Wheel. Christine really enjoyed making the Buggy Wheel quilt for a few reasons: it came out exactly as she imagined it and the colors, she feels, are just perfect. Christine is also a member of the Clarence Log Cabin Quilters Guild.

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 different styles, colors, and techniques there are 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

Here an interesting idea for storing thread and bobbins; use old prescription bottles to prevent the thread from tangling. You can make (burn) a little hole in the lid with a hot nail so the thread will be easier to control on its way out. Bobbins can be stored like this and old needles and bent pins too  – that way they won’t get lost in the carpet! 

Girl’s Night Out

March 30, 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 March 30, 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