Archive for June, 2012

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
  • Aurora Sewing Center 8575 Main St. Clarence, NY 14221 * (716)204-8350
  • The Carriage Quilt Shoppe 593 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 * (716)655-4561

Open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays

Open Thursday until 8 p.m.


New Fabrics

Come into the shop and check out our new arrivals that are coming in daily!



Upcoming Events

Do you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers? We would love to help you promote your event, just let us know!

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, or email


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

$4.00 Admission


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: 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!

Quilter’s Tip

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