Archive for March, 2013

News and Notions

Ann Shaw

Thanks to our wonderful customers, we had another successful Fat Quarter Tuesday!  We always have so much fun on that day!  It’s so good to see all of you, and have an opportunity to share some terrific deals!  Now that FQT is over, we are looking forward to what’s next: the spring schedule.  We are very excited about our lineup of classes and have lots of wonderful patterns for you to try.  I love the “Waiting for Spring” wall hanging, it’s hard to find a fast, easy, spring-related project. Take a look at our full class list at .


We have been getting a ton of new fabrics in.  I jokingly told Mr. UPS to STOP bringing us stuff because we were getting so overwhelmed with new fabrics. There is an excellent new black and gold collection that is so elegant, I think it would make a great purse, or I was thinking of making a table runner and placemats out of it. We have also gotten in lots and lots of new batiks and some really beautiful florals too.  Come in and check them out!


Sew What has some exciting news!  We are going to get a new rug!  We’re looking forward to updating our look, but you can imagine the logistics of such a renovation so unfortunately, Sew What will have to be closed on April 4 – 6.  The good news for you  is this:  We just got all that new fabric in that I was telling you about above, and …ummm…we really don’t want to move it all around to get the rug torn up.  So, as a result, ALL the bolted fabric will be ON SALE  for 20% OFF  from March 18-30.  It will help us lighten our load and it will help you all save some money on some really wonderful NEW fabrics. A win-win situation!!!


We are gearing up for show season and Shop Hop season too.  The WNY Shop Hop now has a facebook page, so make sure you ‘like’ us to get updates on what we have planned.  This year, our theme is “Giving Back” and we are doing a charity quilt drive to benefit 5 local charities.  We are very excited about it.  More information is to follow, as the time gets nearer, and make sure you ‘like’ us on Facebook!  Our first quilt show is Clarence, in April  see details below.  We hope to see you at some of the upcoming events!!!

Upcoming Events and Shows

Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo presents

Her Story…Charlotte Mulligan and the Women Who Made Buffalo History

An outstanding panel, moderated by NPR award winning journalist Eileen Buckley, will consist of Forest Lawn Cemetery Interpretive Program   Director Sandy Starks, TCC historian Judy Johannsen, former Erie County Legislator Joan Bozer. They will share insights and history of Charlotte Mulligan and the important role women played in the history of Buffalo.

WHEN:        Wednesday March 6, 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm

WHERE:    The Buffalo History Museum in conjunction with the current Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo Community Room Exhibit and                              Women’s History Month in the lecture hall of The Buffalo History Museum.

COST:          Free for Buffalo History Museum and Twentieth Century Club members and $8 for non-members


 Impact Artists Gallery presents

FibreArts Initiative IV

WHEN:      March 6 – 30, 2013

WHERE:    Tri-Main Bldg. Suite 545 – 2495 Main St., Buffalo NY 14214


Opening Reception: Thursday March 14, 2012 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Gallery exhibition hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shibori Dyeing Workshop (on wine bottle or PVC pipe)

WHEN:   Sunday March 17, 2013 – 12:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Main Bldg. Suite 545 – 2495 Main St., Buffalo NY 14214

COST:    $36 plus $8 cash for 6 dye buckets. Participants will get supply list.




Great Lakes Seaway Trail presents

Beauty of the Byways” Quilt Show

WHEN:   Saturday and Sunday March 16 & 17, 2013 and Saturday and Sunday March 23 & 24, 2013.

WHERE: Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center, 401 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY  13685

MORE INFORMATION: 315-646-1000 x203 or email:


The Clarence Log Cabin Quilters presents

Cabin Fever 10” Quilt Show

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.

Cost: $5

For more information: 759-6683


Give Back to the Community

Project Linus


Do you know about Project Linus? Project Linus is a national organization whose mission is to give new handmade quilts, blankets, gifts, and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of love, comfort and/or, warmth and a sense of security. The second portion of their mission is to provide a rewarding a fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.  The Erie/Niagara chapter’s contact is Christine and she can be reached at 716-627-3883 or log onto Project Linus for more information;


St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one day when everyone is Irish! We just got in some cute fabrics to celebrate the day – they are ideal for making last minute projects to celebrate the Irish in you! We don’t usually get St. Patrick’s Day fabric in but this was just too cute to resist!!

Upcoming Classes

We have a really wonderful line up for the Winter/Spring Classes! Many of the classes are brand new and are very appealing. Check out the entire class list at the website,  Be sure to sign up soon as they are filling up quickly.

Mariner's Compass


Christine’s Mariners Compass is absolutely fabulous! The model is on the wall and Christine has made three blocks using different fabrics. This way you are able to see how it may look using diverse fabrics. This class is suggested for intermediate quilters with some paper piecing experience. This two session class is being offered two different times for your convenience : Wednesdays March 6 & 20, 2013 from 6pm-9pm OR Fridays April 26 and May 3, 2013 from 10am-1pm. Cost is $40Click here for more info and to register.

Ribbon Weave

Ribbon Weave is a new class taught by Linda Davis. It’s from a Bethany Reynolds book and very beginners friendly. Bethany says “the traditional Rail Fence block gets a new look with the Stack-n-Whack technique.” Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Linda’s class in on Friday March 15, 2013 from 10am-3pm and costs $40.  Click here for more information and to register.

One Block Wonder


Linda Davis is also teaching an old favorite! One Block Wonder on Saturday March 23, 2013 from 10am – 3pm. This quilt is basically a traditional “Stack and Whack”, but you only use one fabric and one shape to create the artistic quilt of your dreams. Cost $40. Click here for more information and to register.

Machine Quilting for Beginners


Have you been eager to learn how to quilt on your home sewing machine? Then this is the class for you. Ann walks you through the “how’s” of machine quilting, you’ll get some important tips and time to practice. Machine Quilting for Beginners is on Saturday May 4, 2013 from 10am- 4pm. Kit and class cost $65. Click here for more information and to register. 


Quilter of the Month

Terry Fornes is our Quilter of the Month for March. Terry started quilting in 1999 when she took Ann’s “Hand Quilting for Beginners” class at Sew What? She has made some truly remarkable quilts, loving the companionship, camaraderie and the act of quilting. Sadly, a shoulder problem has limited her ability to continue quilting, which she misses dearly.  Some of the quilts she has made were gifts to family members or friends, but many of them she just made for the fun of making them.


Terry enjoyed every aspect of the art of quilting: machine piecing, cutting the fabric, and appliqué. The patterns and colors she chose were inspired by what was happening in her life and her “current artist phase”. The only part of quilting she didn’t enjoy was selecting the fabrics, “That is the hardest part!” she says. Terry doesn’t have one favorite quilt, because each of her quilts are special to her. In fact, “Hugs and Kisses” is a quilt she made for her parents that has a special story. A few years after her parents passed away, Terry’s uncle died and her aunt was having a difficult time. Terry sent the quilt to her in hopes it would help her thought a very dark period. Her aunt found comfort in it, and passed it along to a cousin who had breast cancer. It has since become a tradition in her family to send the quilt to family members (it must stay in the family) who are having a rough time so they can be wrapped in “Hugs and Kisses.” So far, eight family members have been able to be snuggled by this quilt.


Terry is now focusing on FibreArts. She is very creative and needs an outlet for her artistic vision.  In the past she has made beautiful jewelry in glass, so I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next.


As Quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and anyone who comes into the store and will have the 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

I don’t know about you, but loose threads tend to be a problem when I quilt. I tend to toss them around and say to myself “I’ll pick them up later.” Unfortunately, later never seems to arrive! I’ve come across a few simple tips that should help me take care of this problem, and I’d like to share them with you.

Get a damp washcloth or rag and put in on a plate. You can place the plate on your sewing table, the floor, or anywhere your loose threads seem to end up. When you trim the threads, touch the plate, and the threads will stick to the cloth! It makes it easy to remove the threads later; they are stuck to the rag, rather than stuck to you, the dog, or the carpet! Or how about this – use a small piece of batting placed on the floor (or anywhere your threads end up) and they will stick to it. I have even pinned a small piece of batting to my shirt, and used it as a ‘catcher’ there. You know how much thread loves to stick on batting. Good luck with these tips and Happy Quilting!


Girl’s Night Out

March 29, 2013 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. 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 March 29, 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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