A big thank you goes out to all our customers for making the 10th Annual Western New York Shop Hop a success! The weather was a bit on the rainy side, but that didn’t keep fellow quilters away. Rain or shine quilters need fabric and patterns – and you were able to get both at this shop hop! It’s so much fun to see all the different shops, each one has it’s own flavor, and we had a smorgasbord!!
Congratulations to Don Jennings from Smithville Canada who won the grand prize, a beautiful Janome Memory Craft 6600P – valued at $1999.
- Aurora Sewing Center Loretta Boulhard, Rocherster, N.Y.; BarbaraTinch Brockport, N.Y. ; Mardelle Tanner, Sodus, N.Y.; Ruth Schmatz, Akron, N.Y.
- The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Lona Mahoney, Hamlin, N.Y.; Gloria Donovan, Lewiston, N.Y.
- Country Treasures – Gail Yanua, Rochester, N.Y.; Victoria Neitz, Lavonia, N.Y.
- Heartland Quilt Shop – Hazel Parker, Perry, N.Y.; Jane Riley, Geneva, N.Y.
- Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – Julie Bowen, Rocherster, N.Y.; Susan Mallach, Rochester, N.Y.
- Marie’s Sewing Center – Roger Blank, Depew, N.Y.; Darlene Hinz, Batavia, N.Y.
- Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Ann Davis, Dansville, N.Y.; Marsha Etter, Rochester, N.Y.
- Pine Grove Quilt Shop – Tammy Grider, Lewiston, N.Y.; Kristin Cox, Perry, N.Y.
- Sew What? – Gretchen Fatouros, Spencerport, N.Y.; Donna Brian, Wadsworth, N.Y.
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. Join our Post-Hop Challenge and donate a lap robe-size (or larger) quilt (finished and bound) to any of the participating 10 WNY Shop Hop Shops, and receive a shopping pass for and additional 25% off a one time fabric purchase to each of the 10 participating shops. You can use this pass at your leisure, because they are good until September 28th, 2013. You can take advantage of this special discount at one or all of the 10 shops just by donating one quilt. You can use the 6” strips and a pattern you received as a gift at the Hop, or make a completely different quilt. We all have unfinshed quilts in our stash, why not finish one up and get that pass? The charities win, you win, the stores win, it’s a good thing all around!
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; http://www.facebook.com/WNYShopHop. One of the quilts Sew What? is donating can be seen in the photo below and on the WNY Shop Hop Facebook page.
Are you ready to start collecting your patterns for the New York State Row by Row Shop Hop that starts on July 1, 2013 and continues through September 2, 2013. For the 2013 NYS Row by Row Shop Hop there will be 75 shops in New York and close to 50 shops in Pennsylvania participating this year.
“Fairs and Festivals” is the theme of for the NYS Row by Row Shop Hop which is designed for you to collect patterns from participating shops throughout NYS and now PA this summer. After you’ve gathered your patterns, combine at least eight of the 36” wide patterns and make a quilt. Then, when your quilted and bound quilt is finished, drop it off at local quilt shop. The first quilter to drop off their finished project at their local quilt shop will receive a collection of 25 fat quarters!
The 2013 New York State Row by Row Shop is a free, fun way to accumulate a lot of unique patterns – and no passports to slow you down! The 2012 New York State Row by Row Shop had 62 participating shops last year, we have even more this year. To get informaton, updates and photos, visit us at the NYS Row by Row Facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/NYSRowbyRow . Don’t forget to “Like” us too. Many shops have pictures of their Row by Row blocks on the facebook page and Sew What? is working our row, the Irish Festival.
Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop
The 7th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop is only a few months away. We are already planning great things for this hop and are very enthusiastic about it. The Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop is my favorite Hop especially because it can be completed easily in one day! In fact, the record for finishing the shop hop is just three hours! So get your schedules ready for the 7th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop, which starts on Thursday September 5, 2013 and continues through Saturday September 7, 2013. We open our doors early each morning at 9:30 am and stay open late on Thursday until 7pm; close at 5 pm on Friday and on Saturday the shop hop ends at 4 pm.
We will be giving away some awesome prizes and putting a different spin on the Grand Prize this year. The Grand Prize will consist of a $50 gift certificate from each of the participating shops – and means you will receive a total of $400 dollars in gift certificates from all the shops! Pretty fantastic, isn’t it? Then the lucky first prizewinner will receive an AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter valued at $139. This handy tool cuts tiny pieces of fabric in seconds, is 90% faster than scissors or a rotary cutter and much easier on your hands and wrists. What’s more, it can cut up to six layers of fabric at one time – that alone will help speed along your projects! It’s also the most accurate way to get your pieces the correct size. The second prizewinner will get a gas card valued at $80 and with gas prices always on the increase, who does not want one of these? There will also be eight additional $50 gift certificates (one from each store) given out to winners. With 10 prizes, your chance of winning something is one in 15! Great chances, so grab your best-buds, and plan a fun day out at your favorite shops!!
The shops included in the hop this year are: Auntie’s Attic, Heartland Quilt Shop, Marie’s Sewing Center, Patchwork Garden (new to the hop this year), Pine Grove Quilt Shop, Quiltmaker and Friends, Sew What? and Threads of Time. Come back to our website for more information www.sewwhatquiltshop.com
For our back room display this month, we thought we would do something a little different. Some of the regulars here have become addicted to an easy free pattern that they picked up at a competitor’s seminar a few years ago. It is called “Framed Rectangles” or I have seen it called “All Squared Up”. The directions are free online, just Google “framed rectangles quilt”. It calls for 5 one yard cuts to make a large lap robe sized quilt, and is a perfect size for a gift or a donation to a charity. (Consider giving one of these quilts to our post-shop-hop challenge!) Many of our girls are using their stash for this project (you know you have 5 one yard cuts in there!) and they are turning out really adorable. The fun part is how different they all look from each other. So this month, we are having a display of the framed rectangle quilts the girls have made. It’s a really fun thing to see! Make sure you stop in this month to see the how different these quilts can look!
There are so many wonderful patterns out there; so many choices! Some of the fabric companies put out free patterns that they hope will inspire you to use their fabrics, but many of these patterns would work in any fabrics! I have chosen a few reputable sites where I know you can get accurate patterns.You can check with the websites of almost any fabric company; most have free downloadable projects that you can use. Some of my favorite sites include:
Four samples of the Framed Rectangles quilt
July 26, 2013 is Girl’s Night Out! We start between 3pm and 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 July 26, 2013.
Even though we are not having any summer classes, we don’t want you to feel like we aren’t here to help! If there is a project that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or you have a ripple in your border and would like some help, please give us a call this summer and we can schedule time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! Come on in and join us!