Archive for February, 2013

Sew What? News and Notions

It’s time once again for Sew What’s FAT QUARTER TUESDAY SALE! This year the big event is on February 12, 2013. New fabrics (that are absolutely stunning) come into the shop on a daily basis, then are then expertly cut and folded in preparation for the big day. They are sorted and stacked just waiting for you to bring them home. FAT QUARTER TUESDAY, starts at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday February 12, 2013. The doors open an hour earlier and we were open a few hours later, until 7:00 p.m., so you’ll be able make your schedule that day center around the FAT QUARTER SALE. This year the price of FAT QUARTERS which are regularly priced at $3.00, will be $1.75, that’s right almost half off! This is the last year at that fabulous price, so make sure you take advantage of this huge savings! Grab your calendar now and arrange your day around FAT QUARTER TUESDAY so you can come in and join the fun!!


It seems every time I turn around the UPS driver is pulling up with another box of fabrics! We opened up one box and found the cutest monkey growth chart and accompanying fabrics I just have to share with you! I mean really, how cute are they?



Upcoming Show and Events


Cabin Fever 10” presented by the Clarence Log Cabin Quilters

When:   Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 19, 20, & 21, 2013.
Where: Clarence Town Park Clubhouse – 10405 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031
Hours:   Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Give Back to the Community is still participating in the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The destruction it left is almost incomprehensible. The stories that continue to develop are just heartbreaking and the victims need all the help and support they can get. eQuilter is working with Mission of Love and Timeless Treasures to make 5000 quilts for a relief effort for those that have been hardest hit. For all the information and exact instructions, go to


Winter Classes


Waiting for Spring
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When:  Saturday February 16th
Time:      10:00 AM  – 3:00 PM

Usually, by about February or March, we need a lift from our winter doldrums.  I’ve Waiting-for-Springsearched high and low to find a happy spring project that will reflect that need. This table runner fits the bill with a wonderful view of a tree just beginning to show its springtime leaves, and a bird building a nest.  This 13″x37″ project it easily accomplished with fusible appliqué and pretty pastel colored fabrics.  Beginner’s welcome!



Basic Machine Piecing 
Teacher:  Ann Shaw 

When:  Tuesdays, February 26 – April 9
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost:  $65.00

This basic class covers the rotary equipment, strip piecing, and time saving techniques.  Basic-Machine-PiecingEach week of this 6 week class covers a different essential technique.  We cover rotary cutting safety and accuracy, half square triangles, flying geese, paper piecing and much more.





Quilter of the Month

Diana Brock and Paula Foeder are our Quilters of the Month for February. They became “quilting friends” during the construction of their patio homes, which happen to be right next door to each other. As they continued to chat about quilting, and the various projects they made, they discovered they had made the same wall hanging, using the SAME fabric. But here’s the catch- Paula lived in New Jersey and Diana was in Buffalo! That seemed to seal their friendship and they’ve been quilting together ever since. They “consult” each other on projects, even though their styles are very different and frequently “shop” in each other’s stash. Lynn, Diana’s husband, has often said there is so much going back and forth they need a tunnel built between the two houses, especially in the winter. They just collaborated on a baby quilt for a neighbor and had a ball doing it. They each contributed fabric, pieced half of the quilt, and did part of the quilting, which involved many trips through the back yard.


Quilting for over 35 years, Diana learned how to quilt in high school with her mother’s help. She didn’t get serious about it until the mid ‘70’s, when she was able to put a few stitches on the Amherst Guild’s Bicentennial Quilt in 1976. Diana took a class from Alice Bachraty, who set her on the straight and narrow of quilting.


Diana is always on the lookout to try something new, and is inspired by new techniques and gorgeous fabrics. An avid fan of paper piecing, she does so whenever possible and as far as hand quilting goes – and I quote “not even at gun point.”
A valued member of the staff at Sew What? from 2001-2010 and much sought after teacher, Diana retired in 2010 to spend more time with her husband Lynn, grandchildren and quilt. She is a member of the Amherst Quilt Guild and learns something new from each project, which never gets boring. Although Diana doesn’t make large bed quilts anymore, she continues to make miniatures (that are fabulous) and wall hangings. Her current projects include quilts for one grandchild and seven great-grandchildren, all started in advance seeing as they range in age from 7-years-old to 16-years-old. With two sets of twins, that’s a lot of work – number five out of eight was just completed.


Paula Foeder made her first photo quilt in 2000. She completed it on her own not having a clue about quilting – and it came out okay – she still has it today. After that, Paula decided she should learn proper quilting techniques and took a hand piecing and hand quilting class in New Jersey where she lived at the time. She is not a fan of hand quilting, preferring machine piecing and machine quilting and her favorite technique is the one she is working on in her current project! Paula leans toward contemporary quilting now, though she started with traditional quilting. As a member of the Amherst Quilt Guild, Paula finds inspiration in the “Show and Share” portion of the guild meetings, as well as color, magazines and quilt shows.


Quilter’s Tip

We’ve found a great new use the Glad Wrap Press ‘n Seal product. When you want to machine quilt a specific design or pattern on your quilt top, use the new Glad Wrap Press ‘n Seal and trace your design on it, then quilt right through it.  After quilting, the wrap is removed at the stitch lines. Just gently tear it away!  Using the Press ‘n Seal also saves you time because the wrap is clear, so you’re able to see exactly where you want your design to be placed and you don’t have to pin it to the quilt.  The wrap sticks wonderfully to fabric and, more importantly, lifts without any residue.  You can also use this product to ‘preview’ designs you aren’t sure about.  Draw the quilting design on the Press ‘n Seal, lay it on the spot in question, and it will allow you to see what the quilting will look like in that spot.  If you don’t like it, you can abandon it or adjust it accordingly.


Girl’s Night Out

February 22, 2013 is Girl’s Night Out! For the first December in years, we aren’t running into a holiday this year!  We start around 5pm or 6pm (however, it works into your schedule, its casual) and go until around 9pm. The cost is $8. 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 February 22, 2013.


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

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