Sew What? News and Notions
Are your feet are ready to start hopping? Because in six days the 9th Annual Western New York Shop Hop begins. We start hopping on Wednesday June 6, 2012 and go through Saturday June 9, 2012. The Shop Hop hours are 9:00 a.m. – 7: p.m. Wednesday – Friday; Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There are 11 fabulous quilt shops participating; we are pleased that Pine Grove Quilt Shop is joining us this year. Once again, we are offering wonderful prizes. The Grand Prize is the Baby Lock Sofia sewing machine, which values at $999! You’ll have 11 chances to win a gift basket (worth $100) and 11 chances to win a gift certificate (one from each store). What is really special this year is in addition to all the prizes available, when you finish the hop, you will have collected 33 free strips of fabric and 11 different patterns – a total of over 2 ¼ yards of free fabric. You can use this free fabric to make quilts for charity, or even use them to make gifts or projects for yourself! Shops who are participating this year include:
- Aurora Sewing Center 659 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 * (716)652-2811 www.aurorasewingcenter.com
- Aurora Sewing Center 8575 Main St. Clarence, NY 14221 * (716)204-8350 www.aurorasewingcenter.com
- The Carriage Quilt Shoppe 593 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 * (716)655-4561 www.carriagequiltshoppe.com
Open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays
- Chestnut Bay Quilting 262 North St. Caledonia, NY 14423 * (585)538-4420 www.chestnutbayquilting.com
- Country Treasures 61 Main St. Brockport, NY 14420 * (585)637-5148 www.countrytreasuresquiltshop.com
- Heartland Quilt Shop 6817 Ridge Rd. Lockport, NY 14094 * (716)433-3188 www.heartlandquiltshop.com
- Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop 5 Railroad St. Victor, NY 14564 * (585)742-2680 www.ivythimble.com
- Marie’s Sewing Center 6310 Robinson Rd. Lockport 14094 * (716)-434-2583 www.mariessewingcenter.com
Open Thursday until 8 p.m.
- Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd. York, NY 14592 * (585)-243-0767 www.mtpleasantquiltingcompany.com Open Wednesdays until 8 p.m If using your GPS for Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company, use “Town of Piffard.”
- Pine Grove Quilt Shop 2962 Delaware Ave. Kenmore, NY 14217 * (716)-873-0774 www.pinegrovequiltshop.net
- Sew What? 6816 Main St. Amherst, NY 14221 * (716)-632-8801 www.sewwhatquiltshop.com
Come into the shop and check out our new arrivals that are coming in daily!
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FibreArts Initiative III
Wednesday, April 4 – Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Impact Artists Gallery
2495 Main St Tri-Main Bldg Suite 545
Buffalo, NY 14212
For more information on these events, you can go to FibreArts Initiative on Facebook, www.impactartists.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westfield Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show
Friday & Saturday, June 1-3, 2012
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12-4pm
21 Brix Winery
6654 West Main Road (Rt.20) Between Westfield and Brocton
Portland, NY 14769
The Morningstar Quilt Guild Show
“Harvest of Quilts 7”
Friday, October 5, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Matthias Church 374 Main Street, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052
Quilts of Valor
“Quilts of Valor” is a 73-minute documentary starring national quilters Eleanor Burns, Alex Anderson, and Mark Lipinski and hosted by Marianne Fons, that has just been made available to all public television stations nationwide by its producer, Iowa Public Television. To make sure this unique and compelling program is aired on your local station, contact your station’ programming department and ask it to schedule the show.
For help finding your local station, go to: http://www.pbs.org. Contact your station via email, phone message, or personal note to let them know you want to watch “Quilts of Valor.”
Quilter of the Month
Jean Butzer is our Quilter of the Month for June. Jean’s interest in quilting began in the mid-1970’s at the time of the Nation’s bicentennial although she began sewing as a 10 year-old 4-H member. Her education includes a BS from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a MA degree in Textiles and Clothing from Michigan State University.
Serving as a Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent in Genesee County for 15 years left her little time to sew or quilt. Then for 10 years, Jean owned and operated Fabrics ‘N Things in Batavia, a fabric shop specializing in quilting. She has taught literally hundreds of people to quilt between classes, workshops, and programs at both the shop and local guilds. She is an active member of both the Clarence Log Cabin Quilters and Batavia’s Museum Quilt Guild.
Her favorite quilting projects are the ones combining piecing and appliqué, and those providing the opportunity to learn and practice new techniques. She also enjoys scaling down projects to make miniatures and small versions of quilts and wall hangings. She notes scrappy quilts lend themselves to using her extensive collection of fabrics and allow her to play with color and textures. She has won numerous awards at local shows for her quilting.
A customer once told her – quilting is addicting, but if you are going to have an addiction, it’s a good one!
You know how frustrating it is when you are hand quilting and the tools you need are never right where you need them. The next time you hand quilt if you are using a hoop, try this: when you load the quilt into the hoop, load it upside down! Place the larger hoop against the lining and the smaller hoop against the top. This will create a tine ledge so your needles, beeswax and stork scissors won’t fall off!
Girl’s Night Out
June 29, 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 June 29, 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