We just finished up SHOPTOBERFEST 2013 which was a huge sucuess with 95 finishers! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the very first passport was turned in by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. For those of you who visited each shop, your total driving distance was 242 miles – round trip! It was a great autumn experience and the trees were spectacular for your ride. We’d like to send out a warm congratulations to all our winners! Sheila from Newfane won the Grand Prize – a Baby Lock DX Jet Air Serger and Jenean from Groveland won the gas card. There were 26 total prizes, so everyone had a 1 in 4 chance of winning a prize during the shop hop. The lucky winners of the $50 gift certificates were: Sharon from Angelica; Bobbie from Ontario, N.Y.; Ruth from Amherst; Kelley from Franklinville; Mary from Hamburg; Sheryl from Caledonia; Wanda from Rochester; Cookie from Kent; Kathleen from Rochester; Wilma from Friendship; Kathy from Arcade and Karla from Erie P.A.
The $25 gift certificate winners were; Linda from Clarence; Marian from Clarence Center; Marlee from Angelica; Kristin from Erie, P.A.; Meredith from Grand Island; Grace from Depew; Edda from Rochester; Beth from Geneseo; Gail from Caledonia and Ellie from Buffalo. We are already looking forward to next year’s SHOPTOBERFEST 2014 –September 30 – October 4, 2014.
Charity – Giving Back
Our Post Shop Hop Challenge from June’s Western NY Shop Hop is now complete and was so successful we’ve decided to do it again next year. The theme of the shop hop was “Giving Back” and the participating shops decided to “give back” to the community by encouraging participants of the shop hop to donoate a completed quilt to charity. We are thrilled to report that 82 quilts were donated and distruted to our selected charities. The charities were The Linus Project; WNY Heroes; Safe Journey; Newborns in Need and Roswell. We hope to include the same ones next year.
Sew What? is continuing to collect items for The Nicaragua Mission and will contribute throughout the year. Thank you to all who have contributed so far and if you have any household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing and undergarments, please bring them into Sew What? so they will be donated to this worthy cause.
Look what Ann just finished for her nephew’s wedding next year! Isn’t this fabulous? The couple asked for purple and green and it couldn’t be more perfect.
Upcoming Shows and Events
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
More information: (716) 433-2617 www.kenancenter.org
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.)
Quilter of the Month
Kathy Sweet is the Quilter of the month for November
I have lived in the Lancaster-Clarence area all of my life. I began sewing at an early age with my mother. She taught my sisters and I how to make clothing following patterns and directions. “Pin, pin, pin” was her mantra. I made clothing for my daughters and curtains for the house, but that was the extent of my sewing experience.
About 30 years later, when I retired (2 yrs. ago), I began the quilting process. I started out with the basics and then enrolled in as many quilting classes as I was able. I furthered my classes with machine embroidery, applique, and free motion. I have become a quilt addict: I purchase more fabric than I will ever use, attend seminars and retreats, and do the “shop hops” and joined a quilt club. I love bright colors and combining them to make something beautiful!! Purses, table runners, small throws, large quilts, golf cart seat covers, hats and even slippers are some of my projects.
I have met many wonderful women quilters in the short time that I have been sewing. In fact, that was one of the main reasons for learning to quilt. I worked for 30+ years with all men and had very few female friends. All of the women I have met have been extremely helpful and fun to be around.
I now travel extensively with my husband. Rather than spend my days in malls or sight-seeing, I enjoy finding quilt shops and meeting other women who are as quilt-crazy as I am.
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 www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.
Girl’s Night Out
November 29, 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 November 29, 2013.
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!
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