Archive for April, 2013
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Sew What has been bustling full of activity as we get ready for the new carpet. The shelves against the wall will be getting a new coat of paint, and even our chairs are recieving a “makeover. ” To make all these changes feasible, Sew What will need to be closed on April 3 – 6, 2013, while the work is being completed.  While we are sorry for the inconvienence, we are really looking forward to the new look.  It will be like a breath of fresh air in the store. We hope you will like our changes as much as we will.
It’s Quilt Show season!  The Clarence Log Cabin Quilter’s show is April 19-21st, come visit us while we vend.  Clarence is one of my very favorite shows! See the information listed below for details.
We are excited to announce the information  for the WNY Shop Hop. This year we are celebrating out 10th year!! The WNY Shop Hop starts on Wednesday June 5, 2013 and continues through Saturday June 8, 2013. Wednesday and Thursday’s hours are 9am – 7pm and Friday and Saturday’s hours are 9am  – 5pm. This year’s grand prize is the Janome Memory Craft 6600P which is valued at $1999! Now that’s a grand prize. Twenty $50 gift certificates will be also be awarded.   In addition, each participating shop will have 20% all fabric on the bolt during the shop hop hours!!  Mark your calendars now, get your group of friends together and plan ahead for a great time.
We are very excited about the WNY Shop Hop’s theme this year: “Giving Back.” We are “Giving Back” by making scrap quilts for 5 local charities. The organizations are; WNY Heroes, Safe Journey, Project Linus, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Park Institute. To inspire you to participate, each shop will give you a 6”x WOF (width of fabric) strip.  After visitng each shop during the hop, you will have  received over a yard and a half of fabric (one 6” piece from each shop) and a simple quilt pattern that potentially could be used to create a quilt to be donated to one of these charities. To reward you for “Giving Back” ( by donating a finished and bound quilt), you will receive a ‘shopping pass’ that will give you a one time, 25% off discount to each of the participating shops.  You have from the day after the Shop Hop until the end of the summer to turn in your charity quilts, but the pass will expire on September 28, 2013, so the earlier you hand in your charity quilt, the more time you have to utilize your shopping pass.   To keep you updated, the shop hop has a facebook page. Check the facebook page regularly, and make sure you hit the ‘like ‘ tab, so you will be kept informed.
Fabulous fabrics arrive every day and we can’t wait for you to stop in and see them. Can’t you just see this collection in a beautiful quilt?

Upcoming Shows and Events

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: $5.00
For more information: 759-6683
Twin City Quilters Guild presents:
Kaleidoscope of Quilts
When: Saturday May 4, 2013 and Sunday May 5, 2013 –
Where: Wheatfield Community Center, 2800 Church Road, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120.
Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $5.00

 Give Back to the Community

With such wonderful support from the community, we are focusing on a charity each month to give back. The 10th Annual Shop Hop is giving back by helping out five charities, one of which is WNY Heroes. This 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization supports local members of the military, veterans, and their families with necessary services, monetary support, and resources so they are able to live their lives with dignity and respect.
Veterans are at a high risk for emotional, physical, and social hardships when they return from the service. Some of the outcomes for these soldiers can be homelessness, substance abuse, breakdowns within the family and many have difficulty holding down a job. WNY Heroes helps veterans and their families with all this and more; such as housing needs, food, school supplies, and holiday gifts. WNY Heroes was started by a local veteran, and all contributions help local veterans. Buffalo is known as the City of Good Neighbors, and this organization sets an excellent example. Support our troops by donating to WNY Heroes today. We would love it if you participated in our quilt donation through the WNY Shop Hop (see information listed above), but any help is needed. You can make contact them online at or you can contact them by phone at 1-888-400-3892.

Upcoming Classes

We still have spots in our spring class line up, which is really quite wonderful! Our class offerings this time are quite appealing. Check out the entire class list at the website, Be sure to sign up soon as they are filling up quickly.
Intersections with Christine Kryjeski is a great class for quilters who like to see a secondary pattern unfold. Jellyrolls would be ideal for this class because it is strip piecing and is much easier than it looks. Beginners and pros alike will enjoy the dynamic result. This class will be held on Monday April 15, 2013 from 10am – 3pm OR Saturday May 11, 2013 from 10am – 3 pm. The cost is $40.
Sonia’s Window with Linda Davis is a great way to use leftover strips and learn a very unique method of constructing blocks. While the quilt looks interesting and attractive, it is not that hard at all. All you need is basic cutting and sewing skills! We have another example of this quilt on display done in bright food-themed fabrics. It looks quite different from the one pictured here. Join Linda on Saturday April 13, 2013 from 10am – 3pm. Cost $40
 Rogue Wave
Ann is teaching this awesome new class. Rogue Wave is all about color and triangles – lots and lots of triangles! We will be talking about several different methods for making triangles to make this quilt, but eventually, it is up to the quilter to sew with her favorite technique. You have two choices to take this class, Wednesday May 8, 2013  OR  Friday May 24, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Cost $40.
 Mariner's Compass
Christine’s Mariners Compass is absolutely fabulous! One session of the class is behind us, and we know the students were VERY happy! Christine is ready for the second installment. The model is on the wall and Christine has made three blocks showing what the project may look like 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 will be held on Friday April 26, 2013 and Friday May 3, 2013 from 10am-1pm. Cost is $40.

Quilter of the Month

With the chaos of the rug change this month, we thought it best to use our own quilts for the walls this month, so Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt Shop, will be our quilter of the month for April.
Ann Shaw took beginner’s quilting from Alice Bachraty in the early 1980’s, after an unfortunate attempt to teach herself with a quilt that immediately fell apart. After a short stint as an elementary school teacher, Ann found a way to make her love of quilting and her career blend together. Sew What? Quilt Shop in Williamsville, New York opened in January of 1990.  Ann has found great satisfaction in teaching willing adults the irresistible art of quilting. An almost completed degree in fine arts began with a children’s television program in basic drawing techniques. The art background has definitely helped with the selection of fabrics for the thousands of quilts that Ann has helped plan. In 1999, Sew What? moved to a bigger, better location with better lighting and lots more room for fabric and classes. A long-arm machine was moved in, and a quilting finishing service added. A fun, friendly atmosphere where quilting can be loved and shared is Ann’s goal at Sew What?. Having taught hundreds of classes over the years, Ann considers teaching a highlight of her career.
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

It is so exciting to come home after a shop hop or on a shopping trip; all you want to do is start that new project. However, for those of you on team “pre-wash” (quilters who prefer to pre-wash their fabric before they use it) it’s a good idea to wash your fabric as soon as you get home. This way when you have that creative edge spinning and go to reach for that new fabric, it will already be washed – you won’t lose your artistic edge.
I found another great tip for quilters who are on the hunt for storage ideas – it’s also a “green” tip. If you buy milk by the gallon you may want to start saving them.  And here is why – they make great fabric storage containers! Here’s how it works; when you finish the milk, wash and dry the gallon jug thoroughly. Cut off the top and a bit of one side of the jug. Now you should have an open container with a handle. Use this container to put fabric in, such as fat quarters, remnants, and/or fabric sticks. You can color code them, then store them on your shelf. When you need a color group, you grab your jug and off you go!

 Girl’s Night Out

April 26, 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 April 26, 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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