Archive for July, 2012

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2012 New York State Row by Row Shop Hop

NYS Quilting

Sew What? is very excited to announce our participation in the 2012 New York State Row by Row Shop Hop. Last year twenty shops took part in this event and it was such a huge success, Janet Lutz from Calico Gals in Syracuse decided to host it again. This year there are 62 spectacular shops involved in it all across New York State. Photos and information can be seen on Facebook,

Here is how it works:

The premise of this shop hop is to encourage anyone traveling across New York State during July and August to stop into different quilt shops. The theme this year is “I love stitching in New York.” During your statewide tour, you will collect many rows that reflect the beauty and history of New York State. Each shop will design a pattern for one row that can be used to create a row quilt. Some shops will have ideas for other things to do with the rows. Sew What’s model maker and quilter extraordinaire, Christine Kryjeski, has designed a wonderful, fun pattern for our row, called Fun, Sun, and Quilts which has been posted on the Row by Row Facebook page – see link above. The challenge for you, our loyal customers, is to make a quilt using at least eight different rows from any of the participating 62 shops. The first person to bring a quilted, bound, and labeled quilt to any participating shop will receive 25 fat quarters from that shop. When you finish your quilt, bring it to your favorite quilt shop to see if you are their first finisher, and therefore their winner. If that quilt shop already has a winner, you can try any of the other 61 shops who might not have a winner yet. Good luck! You have until December 31, 2012 to complete your quilt.

Be creative, have fun and happy quilting!


and the Winners Are…

The 9th Annual Western Shop Hop was another success thanks to you, our faithful customers. There were 249 completers for the four day event and it was great to people we haven’t seen in a while. The Baby Lock Sofia sewing machine grand prizewinner was Gloria Christie from Newfane, N.Y.  We hope to see your completed table runners from the fabric you collected during the shop hop!


The Basket Prize winners were:

  • Chris Vollmar – Victor, NY – Marie’s
  • David Quarterly – Churchville, NY – Ivy Thimble
  • Deb Kelly – Varysburgh, NY  – Sew What Quilt Shop?
  • Heidi Tasker – Cheektowaga, NY – Carriage House
  • Jessie Weaver – Lancaster, NY – Aurora Sewing Center – East Aurora
  • Joan Suttori – Orchard Park, NY – Aurora Sewing Center -Williamsville
  • Judy Webster – Kendall, NY – Chestnut Grove
  • Pam Overfield – Akron, NY – Mt. Pleasant
  • Phyllis Hall – Grand Island, NY –  Country Treasures
  • Tammy Baker – East Aurora, NY – Heartland
  • Tracy Sawyer – Kendall, NY – Pine Grove


The gift certificate winners from each store were:


  • Customer X – Sew What?
  • Darcy Gouldman – Geneseo, NY  – Marie’s
  • Grace Krajewski – Depew, NY – Heartland
  • Janet Smith – North Tonawanda, NY – Pine Grove
  • Karen Prohowski – Hamburg, NY – Chestnut Grove
  • Licia Warren – Clarence, NY  – Carriage House
  • Meg Kinnaley – Rushford, NY – Aurora Sewing Center East Aurora
  • Pamela Shannon- Arcade, NY – Ivy Thimble
  • Sara Ann Adams – Pittsford, NY – Aurora Sewing Center – Williamsville
  • Shawn Marie Hendrickson – Holley, NY – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tessa Fox – Rochester, NY – Country Treasures

Summer Classes

Basic Machine Piecing
Teacher:  Ann Shaw 
When:  Tuesday’s,  July 9th – August 14nd
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost:  $60.00





Comfort Garden
Teacher: Christine Kryjeski
When: Monday, July 9th
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: $35.00




Back Basting  Applique
Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When:  Friday, July 13st
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost:  $45.00




Triangle magic
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When: Wednesday, July 18th & 25th
Time:  6:00 PM– 9:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00



New Notions for Summer

We have fun, new summer party quilt-ware for you to use at your next event – indoors or out!

quilting supplies

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

April 4 – 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 Morningstar Quilt Guild Show

Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6, 2012

Hours to be announced

St. Matthias Church

East Aurora, NY 14052

The Thread Connection Quilt Show

Thumbstall Quilt Guild

July 13-15, 2010

49 East Elizabeth Street Skaneateles, N.Y.

Skaneateles High School

Quilter of the Month

We will be having a sampling from the Friday Night Girls group for the month of July! About 15 members of this group will be showing a few quilts each this month, each with different levels of experience. One member pieces EVERYTHING by HAND! The group meets on the last Friday of each month at the shop for fun and sewing and has been going strong for about 11 years. Why not think about joining them for a fun Friday night out – come join the fun!


As Quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and everyone who comes into the store and 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

Local quilter Pat O’Kane from Niagara Falls, NY has a great sewing room tip for us! Stick a half piece of stick-on Velco on your sewing machine and the other half on your seam ripper. Now your seam ripper will always be right where you need it!


Girl’s Night Out

July 27, 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 July 27, 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