Archive for August, 2013
I hope you’re all staying cool and able to keep up with your projects. If you need a place to cool off and do a bit of quilting, feel free to stop and and see us!
We are in the midst of summer and it’s been a hot one! Have you been traveling around the state and able to collect those patterns in the 2013 New York State Row by Row Shop Hop? That’s right the 2013 New York State Row by Row Shop Hop, started July 1, 2013 and continues through September 2, 2013. This year’s hop has grown in leaps and bounds and includes 75 participating shop in NYS and Pennsylvania is now participating with 50 shops.  The theme is year 2013 NYS Row by Row Shop Hop is “Fairs and Festivals.” The pupose of this shop hop is to bring quilts into your summer vacaton plans when possible and make a quilt from your travels. While you vaationing around New York and Pennsylvannia this summer, stop into the participating shops and collect your pattern.  Once 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 show up with their finished project at their local quilt shop will receive a collection of 25 fat quarters!
 Deb Kreifel was the first person to complete her quilt and hand it in to The Joyful Quilter in Glenville, N.Y.  Deb was able to pick 25 Fat Quarters as a reward. Isn’t is great! At least three people have already turned in their quilts and I’m sure by the time you read this many more will have finished theirs too!

The 2013 New York State Row by Row Shop is a free, fun way to accumulate a lot of unique patterns with no passports to slow you down! To get informaton, updates and  photos, visit us at the NYS Row by Row Facebook page; . Don’t forget to “Like” us too.  Many shops have pictures of their Row by Row blocks on the facebook page.  Sew What? has our row on display, celebrating the Irish Festival.



The 7th ANNUAL QUILTER’S QUEST SHOP HOP is now a month away. Get your calendars out to mark the shop hop date; Thursday September 5, 2013 and 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.  This is one of our favorite chop hops, because it is very small and localized.  This shop hop can EASILY be completed in one day.  As a matter of fact, the record for completing this hop is 3 ½ hours!  All of you favorite shops are playing, so  come join us for this easy-to-complete Hop!!

Just as in past years, there will be fantastic prizes given out, but this year we are putting different twist on the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will consist of a $50 gift certificate from each of the participating shops – that means you will receive a total of $400 dollars in gift certificates from all the shops! You can do some serious shopping with those gift certificates. The lucky first prizewinner will receive an AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and 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. Even better, it cuts up to six layers of fabric at one time – that alone will help speed along your projects – and it’s the most accurate way to get your pieces the correct size. The second prizewinner receives a gas card valued at $80 and with gas prices always on the rise, who doesn’t want free gas? Eight additional $50 gift certificates (one from each store) will be given out to winners. Your chances of winning with 10 prizes, is close one in 15! Pretty good odds, I’d say, so gather your quilt buddies and plan a day of fun at the 7th ANNUAL QUILTER’S QUEST SHOP HOP.

Shops included 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


October brings us to another of our exciting fall events, SHOPTOBERFEST 2013! We kick it off on Tuesday October 1, 2013 and finish on Saturday October 5, 2013. The hours of the hop are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., although some shops have extended hours for this event. This is the only shop hop in the area that does not require you to go to every participating shop.  You get a break and only have to go to 10 to be entered to win any of the prizes.  To be entered to win the grand prize, (the $2500 Baby Lock Sewing Machine)  you must have gone to the MYSTERY SHOP.  The mystery shop’s identity will be picked after the hop is completed.  This is the tricky-shop-owners way to encourage you to go to all 12 shops!


Just look at all the great prizes this year:

Grand Prize which is a Baby Lock DX Jet Air Serger valued at $2499.99.

12 First place prizes- $50.00 gift certificate from each shop

12 second place prizes – $25.00 gift certificates from each shop

Gas Card – $250.00 – If you complete the Jumble on your passport you will be entered to win this  fantastic prize. (you must go to all 12 shops to be entered for the gas card)

A goody bag from each shop will contain 2 dark, and 2 medium Autumn themed, 10” squares, a free pattern, and a piece of chocolate! How can you go wrong!


Shops participating in SHOPTOBERFEST 2013 are:

Aunties Attic * 2043 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304 * (716) 297-3636

The Barefoot Quilter * 9005 Main St. Rushford, NY 14777 * (585) 437-2241

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

-Open Fridays until 8 pm –

Chestnut Bay Quilting * 262 North St. Caledonia, NY 14423 * (585) 538-4420 Open Thurs. and Fri. until 8p.m.

Creekside Fabrics * 237 Main St. Arcade, NY 14009 * (585) 492-4226

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

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

Patchwork  Garden * 6281 Transit Rd., East Amherst. NY 14051 * (716) 810-9088 Open Wed. until 8 p.m.

The Quilter’s Daughter * 2817 Perry Center Rd., (S.R.246) Perry Center, NY *

14530 * (585) 770-4926

The Scarlet Thread * 85 Donovan St. Webster, NY  14580 (585) 265-4910 *

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

 Post Shop Hop Challenge

We have been collecting quilts for charity in our Post Shop Hop Challenge from the WNY Shop Hop we had in June.   The participating shops from the WNY Shop Hop are  “Giving Back” by collecting quilts for five local charities. The charities include; Newborns in Need, Roswell Park Institute,WNY Heroes, Safe Journey,and Project Linus.  Consider joining us in this 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!

As the community continues to support our charity effort, Roswell Park Cancer Institute will be another recipient of our quilts. Roswell Park is America’s first cancer center, founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park. His vision for an innovative “multidisciplinary approach” to cancer care and research includes scientists and doctors working together which in fact has become the standard at today’s comprehensive cancer centers.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute continues to make enormous contributions in decreasing the cancer burden and has had a leading role in setting standards for cancer care, education, and research. In addition to creating new employment opportunities for the entire region, Roswell Cancer Institute has dedicated itself to Phase 1 cancer research studies. Roswell is a leader in surgical robotics, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy, and is on the cutting edge of new agents and groundbreaking new technologies. Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s campus in downtown Buffalo covers over 25 acres including 15 buildings, a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center as well as a new medical research complex.


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.



Upcoming Events & Shows

Rediscovered Treasures: World War II Quilts

40 Vintage Quilts (1941-1945) from the collection of Sue Reich
When:    Friday August 16, 2013 & Saturday August 17, 2013.
Where:  Conneaut High School 381 Mill St. Conneaut, Ohio 44030
Hours:   Friday 8/16 & 17/13 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost:     $5
More information:


7th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop

When:  Thursday – Saturday; September 5, 2013 – September 7, 2013
Hours:  Thursday – 9:30am – 7: 00pm; Friday – 9:30am – 5:00pm; Saturday-9:30am – 4:00pm.

Shops participating this year include: Auntie’s Attic; Heartland Quilt Shop; Marie’s Sewing Center; Patchwork Garden; Pine Grove Quilt Shop; Quiltmaker and Friends; Sew What? and Threads of Time.


Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival
When:  Saturday – Sunday; September 21, 2013 September 22, 2013.
Hours:  Saturday 9/21/13 – 10am – 5 pm & Sunday 9/22/13 – 10 am – 4 pm
Where:  Hemlock Fairgrounds Hemlock N.Y.
For more information contact:


Southtowns Piecemakers Quilting Guild presents

Quilting Treasures” A Quilt Show
When:   Friday & Saturday; October 4 & October 5, 2013
Hours:   Friday – 10/4/13 10am – 7 pm and Saturday 10/5/13   10am – 4 pm
Where:  Crossroads Christian Church 1050 Girdle Rd., Elam N.Y.
Cost:    $5

Shoptoberfest 2013!
When: Tuesday – Saturday; October 1 – 5- 2013
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10/1/13 – 10/4/13 10am – 7pm Saturday, 10/5/13 10am – 5pm.

Shops participating in this shop hop are; Auntie’s Attic; The Barefoot Quilter; Chestnut Bay Quilting; Country Treasures; Creekside Fabrics; Heartland Quilt Shop; Marie’s Sewing Center; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company; Patchwork Garden; The Quilter’s Daughter; The Scarlet Thread and Sew What?


Heart in Hand Quilt Guild of the Finger Lakes presents the show and sale

“Fall in Love with Quilts 2013”
When:   Friday October 18, 2013 & Saturday October 19, 2013.
Hours:   Friday, 10/18/13 4 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 10/19/13 9 am – 4 pm.
Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 320 South Pearl Street Canandaigua, NY 14424
Cost:    $4


Kenan Quilters Guild presents

For the Love of Quilts
When:     Friday November 1 – 3, 2013
Hours:     10 am – 5 pm
Where:   Kenan Arena 433 Locust St., Lockport, NY 14094
Cost:       $5
More information: (716) 433-2617



Fall Class Schedule

 We are prepping our fall class schedule and can’t wait to show you all the new classes we have to offer. I can give you a sneak preview of a class that will be taught be by one of our favorite teachers, Linda Fike; it’s called Japanese Fan and you can look at it here:



Ann is teaching a wonderful class for beginners called Jewel Box. Any beginner will enjoy a fast, fun project.



Fabric & Notions Notes

I wanted to share something with you I encountered that not only applies to quilting, but other areas of life as well. About a year ago, a fabric sales representative came into the shop presenting me with his vast array of fabric swatches. We got down to business and I selected what I thought you, my valued customer needed. Of course, I picked out a few pieces that I fell in love but saw a line of fabric that was really, really cute. I was already at my limit (you really DO have to have to set one when the fabric man comes!) but this fabric line was pulling at my heartstrings. I kept thinking about my grand niece, Riley, and how much she would love a quilt made out of it. But my conscious prevailed and I passed on the fabric thinking I could always order it a little later. It was a Christmas print, and it was February, and I just didn’t have the money to buy it just then.  I was thinking I’ve re-ordered fabric before, so I thought if I changed my mind and really wanted it I would always be able to order it. It was a brand new fabric, right?


I couldn’t have been more wrong! When I saw this fabric advertised in a magazine, I remembered I had to have it. So I confidently contacted the company to purchase it. And to my utter disappointment, it was no longer being manufactured! It had been available only once, and now it was too late! They would reprint only one fabric from the line, and I had missed my opportunity. Some fabrics are considered ‘basics’ and stay in production for several printings, but more often, a fabric is produced ONCE. That means, if you see it in the store and pass it up, you may not get the chance to get it again, it cannot be reordered. There is a lesson in this for all of us. When you see a fabric you love, GET IT NOW! Procrastinating can lead to disappointment. We need to learn to listen to that little voice inside our head that says, “do it”. You may never have the opportunity to do so again. For the same reason, please make sure, when you are buying fabric that you buy a bit extra. Sometimes it is a year or more before we actually get to that project and start cutting the pieces. If you make a mistake, or change your mind about the border size or something, you may be out of luck. If you run short, you may not be able to get the fabric anymore.  This mantra appeals to other areas of our lives as well. If you see a shirt that fits perfectly and is on sale, GET IT. If you run across a deal and you are unsure whether you should take advantage of it, LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE! Often our inner voice knows more than we give it credit for!

Quilter of the Month

Barbara Krombein is our Quilter of the Month for August. Barbara started sewing when she was a teenager but didn’t start quilting until later in life. After she graduated from college and got married she found she could earn extra money for her family by sewing slipcovers and upholstery.
In the 1960’s, Barbara expanded her sewing skills and clientele  by sewing double knits and T-shirts. While she continued to grow in this venue, four-way stretch fabric was developed and again she again, was able to augment her client base. Barbara then began making riding pants for Houghton College and other local equestrian clients.

After her divorce in the early 1980’s quilting slowing started “creeping” into her sewing room and life. She has her loyal customers for whom  she has sewed for years,  but really enjoys quilting so much more. Quilting allows her a certain freedom client based sewing doesn’t. Barbara loves being able to choose the colors and design of her quilts and finds this very gratifying.


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.

Girl’s Night Out

August 30, 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 will have a great night out! All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on August 30, 2013.


Quilting Assistance

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!


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