Archive for June, 2013

IT’S HERE! The 10th Annual Western New York Shop Hop!  If you haven’t shop-hopped before, now is the time to play.  You must go to all 10 shops within the 4 allotted days, and get a ‘stamp’ on your ‘passport’. Hoppers that have all 10 stamps will be entered to win fabulous prizes.  Please join us for some fun, fabric, patterns and prizes!  The Shop Hop starts each day at 9 am (so you can get a bit of shopping in before work) and we stay open late until 7 pm so you can to stop in after work on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5th and 6th 2013. On Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th 2013we open at 9 am and close at 5 pm.  Some stores will wait for you if you are running late, so make sure you call ahead if you are trying to get into any store just before closing.


The shops participating in The 10th Annual Western New York Shop Hop are:


Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

-Open Wednesday until 8 pm  –

Country Treasures – 61 Main St., Brockport, NY, 14420 – (585) 637-5148

-Open Fridays until 8 pm –

Heartland Quilt Shop – 6817 Ridge Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 5 Railroad St., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 434-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd., York, NY 14592 (585) 243-0767

Open Wednesday until 8 pm. For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774

Sew What? – 6816 Main St., Amherst, NY, 14221 (716) 632-8801

We have an outstanding Grand Prize this year – a Janome Memory Craft 6600P which is valued at $1999! Wouldn’t you just love to have this workhorse in your quilting space? In addition to the Grand Prize we are giving away twenty – $50 gift certificates (each store is giving out two!) AND each participating shop is having a 20% off the bolt sale during shop hop hours!! It doesn’t get much better than this. Shop hops are lots of fun because you get to see all the best local shops.  The ones that are a little farther away than you normally go are extra special to see.  All the shops will be putting their best foot forward for you, so gather your quilting buddies, friends, mothers, sister, husbands and/or significant others and join us for another great shop hop.


Give Back to the Community


This year’s theme for the WNY Shop Hop’s is: “Giving Back.” The participating shops are are “Giving Back” by making scrap quilts for five local charities. This years charities include; Newborns in Need, Roswell Park Institute,WNY Heroes, Safe Journey,and Project Linus. To encourage you to participate in our “Giving Back” program and get you started,  participating shops will provide you with a total of a yard and a half of fabric (one 6” piece from each shop) and an easy-to-do quilt pattern. Our hope is that you will use this fabric and pattern to create a quilt which can be donated to one of these charities. Of course you are not limited to using these fabrics or patterns, these charities will accept any beautifully hand crafted quilt.

To thank you for your generous contribution to our “Giving Back” program (by donating a finished and bound quilt), you will receive a ‘shopping pass’ that gives you a one time, 25% off discount to each of the participating shops. That’s a 25% discount at all 10 participating quilt shops. Just think of the shopping you can do and the fabric you can buy! There is plenty of time to complete your charity quilt, which isn’t due until the end of the summer. However, the shopping pass will expire on September 28, 2013. The earlier you hand in your charity quilt, the more time you have to utilize your shopping pass.

The best way to stay updated is to check the  WNY Shop Hop facebook page. Go to the WNY Shop Hop page for updates, news and of course to “like” it;

One of the quilts Sew What? is donating can be seen in the photo below and on the WNY Shop Hop Facebook page.




With such wonderful support from the community, we are focusing on a charity each month to give back. Newborns in Need is one of the charities receiving quilts made by the shops participating in the 10th Annual Western New York Shop Hop. Newborns in Need (NIN) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization established on the premise of the Christian foundation of love and acceptance. Newborns in Need supplies baby care items to agencies and hospitals that provide care to newborns that are premature, sick, and/or poor. These supplies are free to babies in need.

Founded in 1992, NIN volunteers dispense a Newborn Immediate Need Kit that contains most of the basic things a newborn needs. Items are collected and distributed in this kit include diapers, wipes, sleepers, thermometers, baby wash, and other important items. Gifted NIN volunteers make afghans, blankets, and quilts to add to the final kit. This service is benefits local communities.

Unfortunately, there are newborns that are too ill and pass away. NIN provides bereavement attire to the grieving family for a memory photo if desired. Another unique option for volunteers is to donate their wedding gown, which provides 10 infants with their keepsake outfits.



The New York State Row by Row Shop Hop starts on July 1, 2013 and continues through September 2, 2013. This year’s theme is “Fairs and Festivals” and the planning stages are in full swing. This looks to be another fun statewide event. The Row by Row Shop Hop is designed for you to collect patterns throughout NYS this summer (while on vacation, maybe?) from the participating shops. Once you’ve gathered your patterns, combine at least eight of the 36” wide patterns and make a quilt. When your quilted and bounded quilt is finished, drop it off at local quilt shop. The first quilter to drop off their finished project will receive a collection of 25 fat quarters!


The 2013 New York State Row by Row Shop is a free, fun way to stockpile a lot of unique patterns with no passports to slow you down! The 2012 New York State Row by Row Shop had 62 participating shops last year, and this year looks to be bigger and better. To get informaton, updates and  photos, visit us at the NYS Row by Row Facebook page; . Don’t forget to “Like” us too.  Most shops have pictures of their Row by Row blocks on the facebook page (or if they don’t, they will soon).  Sew What is working our row, the festival we picked is Allentown Art Festival.  Pictures soon!


The shop is looking great and we have new inventory to share with you.

Check out this new planetary panel that will delight any little astronaut in your life.



These new gorgeous 2 ½” pre-cut strips from Northcott come 40 to a pack and would blend beautifully in any strip quilt.

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Back in stock are the popular Happy Hollow patterns, come in and pick up yours today!

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Upcoming Events and Shows

Hands All Around Erie Quilt Guild presents

Erie 2013 Quilt Celebration

When:   Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2013

Hours:   Saturday 9am – 4pm & Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Where:  Wayside Presbyterian Church – 1208 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16505

Cost:     Admission $4 (children under 12 free)

More information: 814-833-7137 or 814-833-0759


The North East Crazy Quilter’s presents

Vacation Destination

When:  Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2013

Hours:  Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Where:  North East Elementary Center – RT 89 and East Division St. North East,               PA 16428

Cost: Admission $4

Appraisals, theme challenge entries, demonstrations, Tea Room, vendors and more!

More information: 814-725-8510 or


Quilter of the Month

Linda Fike is June’s Quilter of the Month. Sew What? is privileged o call Linda one of our own Thursday Morning Girls. Linda is a prolific quilter, having learned from her mother at a very young age. “Quilts have always been a part of my life,” she says, “My mom did both piecing and quilting by hand.” In 1973, Linda pieced her first quilt, a nine patch, by hand. She happily quilted on by hand until 1984, when she took a Community Education class in the Ken-Ton district from Linda Hunter, and made a sampler quilt by machine. Now she is a dedicated machine quilter.


Linda retired in 2002 and quilts every day. She even brings a battery-operated sewing machine with her while on camping vacations with her husband! Linda is a well-respected local quilting teacher and participates in several quilt guilds and sewing groups. She regularly gives back to the community by donating finished quilts to charity groups, but she loves quilting for her four beautiful grandchildren the best!


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

Do we have a tip for you! Take a look at the color progression of the “Breezy” color absorber! I needed to wash my quilts that had been hanging on the wall during the carpet rennovation.  The one with a red fabric in it made me nervous.  I couldn’t remember if it ever had been washed before.  What if the red runs?   I tried the “Breezy”  color absorber, and this product truly works. The “dye trapping technology” actually draws and contains the colors towards the sheet in the wash, keeping your fabric (s) and/or quilts bright. Here you can see a photo of the quilt that was washed.

Star Flower


I washed it four times, each time with a new sheet.  The first sheet came out really really pink!  I was so glad I didn’t just wash without thinking!  Each subsequent wash showed a little less “bleed”.

By the fourth wash, my color absorber was nearly white, so I felt comfortable putting it in the dryer and declared it a success! Thank Goodness I used those sheets!  That was a averted disaster!





 Girl’s Night Out

June 28, 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 June 28, 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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