Archive for October, 2013

Shop News

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the 7th ANNUAL QUILTER’S QUEST SHOP HOP. We had almost 50 more finishers this year and everyone seemed to have a great time. The record for the fastest finisher was 15 minutes short of the 3 ½ hour mark. Maybe next year! Everyone seemed thrilled with their prizes; here’s the run down of the winners;

The Grand Prize winner was Donna Brain of Wadsworth, N.Y.

The First Prize winner was Karen Villa of Tonawanda, N.Y.

The $80 gas card winner was Delores McCarthy of Alliston, Ontario.


The gift certificate winners are as follows:

Auntie’s Attic:                    Cheryl Kagen from West Seneca, N.Y.

Heartland Quilt Shop:        Cindy Primosch of Lackawanna, N.Y.

Marie’s Sewing Center:      Janice O’Donnell of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Patchwork Garden:              Darleen Stewart of Cowlesville, N.Y.

Pine Grove Quilt Shop:        Donna Clark, of Lewiston, N.Y.

Quiltermaker and Friends:  Maria Zuccarelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Sew What?                          Carol Clothier of South Wales, N.Y.

Threads of Time:                Sue Feldmeyer of Hamburg, N.Y.


We are in the midst of SHOPTOBERFEST 2013! It started Tuesday October 1, 2013 and runs through Saturday October 5, 2013. Come join the fun and to get into the Halloween spirit with SHOPTOBER FEST 2013. The shop hop hours are 10 am – 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm – some shops have extended hours for your convenience. Each hopper will get a goody bag containing 4 – 10” squares of fabric- 2 darks, 2 mediums – autumn themed – a free pattern, and a piece of chocolate. This

shop hop is a bit different from the others as you don’t have to stop at each participating shop, but do have to go to at least 10 of them to be eligible to win the other prizes. HOWEVER, if you want a chance at winning the terrific Grand Prize, a $2500 Baby Lock sewing machine, you HAVE to stop at the MYSTERY SHOP. The thing is the MYSTERY SHOP won’t be selected until AFTER the hop it finished. We hope to lure you to all 12 shops!


The prizes for SHOPTOBER FEST 2013:

Grand prize, Baby Lock DX Jet Air Serger valued at $2499.99

12 First place prizes – $50 gift certificates from each shop.

12 Second place prizes – $25 gift certificates from each shop.

After you complete the Jumble on your passport you’ll be entered to win a $250 gas card! Remember in order to be eligible to win this prized you MUST go to all 12 shops.

This year’s participating SHOPTOBERFEST 2013 shops 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 Facebook page

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

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




We have been collecting unwanted household items, sewing supplies and gently used clothing and undergarments for the poor people in Nicaragua. A BIG thank you goes out to all the generous people who have already donated to The Nicaragua Mission. We will be collecting all year for next year’s drive, so feel free to drop off your unneeded items and help out those less fortunate!  It means more than you know!            


 Upcoming Shows and Events

Shoptoberfest 2013!
When: TuesdaySaturday; 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?


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

Kenmore Quilters Patch presents

“Galaxy of Quilts” A Quilt Show
When:     Friday and Saturday; October 4 & October 5, 2013
Hours:     Friday – 10/4/13 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10/5/13 9 am- 3 pm
Where:    St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church 2368 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda, NY

More information call (716) 873-2831


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


Corning Museum of Glass presents

Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead
Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role       throughout time.

Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014 (closed Thanksgiving day, December 24 & 24 and January 1.)


Fall Class Schedule

We have a full lineup of great classes this fall. Check them all out HERE

Fabric and Notions Notes

Many of us make and donate quilts, blankets, afghans and more for children in western New York who are sick or injured. We do so because we feel compelled to help, even  knowing we won’t be recognized for our efforts. Of course we don’t do these things to be thanked, but wouldn’t it be nice to hear from someone who benefited from our gifts? Amy Ludwig VanDerwater from Holland, N.Y. writes a beautiful essay on this topic. You can read more about how calming Amy’s donated handmade doll was to her while she was ill here:


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Quilt Girl is in the house – the amazing Quilt Girl fabric is here. She can stitch, she can bind, she can even hand quilt! Come in and get yours today!



The most charming medical professional fabric has just arrived! Can’t you just picture the next project for that special nurse or doctor in your life?


Quilter of the Month

Judi Stern began quilting in 2000 when her family moved to Charleston, West Virginia. Her schedule allowed for some free time and she soon connected with a new friend who got her into quilting. She bought a sewing machine and tried her hand at making a twin-sized quilt for her son; she loved everything about it and was hooked!

Quilting has elements that are both creative and practical, and Judi finds the process calming, even therapeutic because as we know, there are stressful times in everyone’s life. She finds it a wonderful platform to make new friends who share similar interests, thoughts, and ideas.

When the Stern family returned to Western New York, Judi was excited to take advantage of the many resources the quilting community has to offer quilters. She has completed a wide range of quilting classes from a variety of expert instructors. Once her daughter graduated from college her bedroom became Judi’s sewing room, which she reminds her of quite often! Recently, a quilt Judi designed won the Most Creative Quilt Award at the Clarence Log Cabin Quilt Guild Biannual Show. Judi has a Master’s Degree in social work, two successful children, and a loving husband. She is proud of the fact that she taught her daughter and niece how to quilt, each loving it and still making quilts today. Quilting has enriched her life and she reflects on this with every quilt she makes.

As quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and anyone who comes into the store 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 – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet 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

October 25, 2013 is Girl’s Night Out! The “evening” starts between 3pm and 6pm, or whatever works best for your schedule – it’s  a fun, stress free night of quilting and friendship – and we finish up around 9pm. Feel free to bring your UFO’s, orphans, and any other quilting projects you are working on and we will have a wonderful and productive night out! The cost is $8 and all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you on October 25, 2013.


Quilting Assistance

From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient 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! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!

If you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers, just let us know and we will be happy to include it in our newsletter. Give us a call, or email us the information.