Archive for September, 2012

Sew What? News and Notions

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 6th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop! Everyone seemed to have a good time and the famed Grand Prize, a fabulous weekend quilting retreat for four at The Brick House (valued at $900.00) went to Judy Niemera of East Amherst, who is a new quilter and is hoping to bring her beginner’s class with her. Our own Ellie Parisi won the 24 yards of fabric!! Congratulations to all who participated.


The $ 50.00 gift certificate winners from each shop were:


  • Aunties Attic  –              Carolyn Nazzarett of West Seneca
  • Heartland Quilt Shop  –  Karen McNight of Blasdell
  • Marie’s Sewing Center – Kathy Recchione of Niagara Falls
  • Pine Grove Quilt Shop – Sharon Sacco of Niagara Falls
  • Quiltmaker and Friends  – Sharie Romesburg of Blasdell
  • Sew What? Quilt Shop –  Carol Groh of Cheektowaga
  • Threads of Time –       Elaine Bruckman of Buffalo                                 



ShoptoberFest 2012 is in just a few short days and promises to be loads of fun. It’s a “new twist on an old favorite” and starts on Wednesday October 10, 2012 and runs through Saturday October 13, 2012. The hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are         10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a bit different so here’s how it works: You only need to go to 9 of the 11 shops to be entered to win any awards –the first place is a $50.00 gift certificate from each shop and second place prize of a $25.00 quilt kit from each of the 11 shops. (That’s 22 prizes right there!) However, you must go to the”Mystery Shop” (to be announced at the wrap up meeting) in order to be entered to win the fabulous Grand Prize of a Janome 6600p valued at $2500.00! In addition, if you go to all 11 shops, you can participate in the “Word Jumble”, and can be eligible to win a $250.00 gas card and at $4.00 a gallon who wouldn’t want that! The shops participating are:


Fabric and Notions

For an easy, fun, and quick project why not stop into Sew What? And pick up one of our new holiday panels? We have Halloween, Thanksgiving and yes, Christmas panels that are simply gorgeous and will make your holiday home look beautiful.


Fall Classes

Ann will be teaching the seven-week course, Basics by Machine class during the day this semester starting on Tuesday October 2, 2012 and going through Tuesday November 13, 2012.  click for more info


Machine Quilting taught by Ann will be held on Friday October 19, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  click for more info


English Paper Piecing with Christine will be help on two consecutive Mondays, October 22 & 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. click for more info

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!


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.
374 Main Street
St. Matthias Church
East Aurora, NY 14052


Presented by River Lea Quilters’ Guild

Quilts by the River 2012 Quilt Show

Saturday and Sunday October 13 & 14, 2012 *    Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn in Grand Island
100 Whitehaven Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072
Admission $5.00
Proceeds from the show will be donated to Mended Hearts and The Matthew Foster Foundation
For more information, contact Susan Miles at 716-773-4304



The Irondequoit Quilt Club presents

Gems of Fall

Friday October 19, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday October 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
3736 St. Paul Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14617 (corner of Cooper Rd, off Titus)
Donation will be $5.00


The Museum Quilt Guild of Batavia presents 

Stitches in Time Quilt Show 2012

Friday October 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday October 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The new location is:
Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall
10708 Alexander Rd (Rte. 98)
Alexander, NY 14005
For more information, contact Mary Lu at 585-343-9084


Crittenden Quilters Presents

Hand Made in America Quilt Show and Chinese Auction

Friday and Saturday October 26 & 27, 2012
*    Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Crittenden Presbyterian Church
3320 Crittenden Road
Crittenden, NY 14038
Admission $4.00
For more information, contact Judy Geyer 716-542-1861

Quilter of the Month

Tara Heitzenrater is the Quilter of the Month for October. Tara, president and owner of Heartland Quilt Shop began quilting 16 years ago. Her friend Linda Fitch taught her how to quilt and her first project was a quilt for her daughter’s first birthday. She quilted happily for many years at home, and then started working at the old Pine Grove Quilt Shop with Judy in Lockport. When Judy retired, Tara opened her own small shop. After a few years, she realized her business needed more room. Luckily, her carpenter husband built her a bigger, brand new space last year and the new Heartland Quilt Shop is fabulous! You have to go see it if you haven’t already. Tara loves being a shop owner, because through quilting, she meets wonderful people that become dear friends. She is proud and excited that she is celebrating her 5th anniversary of being open.


Quilting is “therapy” for many of us and shop owners are no exception. Tara finds quilting an excellent way to work out problems and relieve stress, while creating something beautiful and artistically fulfilling. Tara’s favorite technique is hand appliqué, but she doesn’t get as much time as she would like to do hand work. She also loves to hand quilt, but again does not have enough time in her schedule to do it. (Two teenagers, full time job…geez, Tara! Why not?)

Some of her favorite quilts are appliqué quilts and she is very fond of the basket block. Tara is a strong believer in “if it doesn’t make me happy I don’t want to do it,” so she stays away from anything too difficult, and doesn’t let the need to achieve ‘perfection’ get in the way of creation and fun. “Perfection is overrated!” she says, and I agree!

Tara tends to keep most of the quilts she makes, but does give some away to the “cherished” people in her life. This is a picture of a quilt Tara made recently to be donated for a dear friend’s benefit to help pay for expensive medical treatments. (Get well Jackie! Hang in there, we love you!)

The best rewards come from Tara’s children when they compliment her quilts – “hey, that is a cool quilt” or “that one is really beautiful, Mom.” Please visit Heartland, (She’s participating in Shoptoberfest!) and see in person what a wonderful shop it is!


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

Don’t you hate it when you start a new project and your machine starts to give you trouble? When was the last time you cleaned the dust behind the bobbin case? Here’s a tip; each time you change a bobbin, use the cleaning brush to wipe out the dust that accumulates. If you can’t reach all of it, use compressed air (make sure you blow OUT of the machine, not IN), or a artist’s paintbrush to gather the debris. Drop a tiny bit of machine oil on a Q-Tip, and clean the bits of lint out.  The oil helps draw the lint to the cotton and you would be surprised at how much better your machine will work! Also, don’t forget you need to change your needle WAY more than you think you should have to.  Start each project with a new needle.  Remember that not all the needles are made the same, and sometimes there is a ‘bad’ one in the pack; you may even need to change the needle in the middle of a project too, especially if it’s paper piecing. Happy Quilting!

Girl’s Night Out

October 26, 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 October 26, 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