Archive for February, 2014

Teacher:  Ann Shaw
When:  Wednesdays, June 11 – July 23
Time:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost $65.00


This basic class covers the rotary equipment, strip piecing, and time saving techniques.  Each Basic Machine Piecingweek of this 7 week class covers a different essential technique.  We cover rotary cutting safety and accuracy, half square triangles, flying geese, paper piecing and much more.



Please note this is a 7 week course!

Shop News

I hope you have set aside the date Tuesday March 4, 2014 for FAT QUARTER TUESDAY! I am looking forward to another successful year that is made possible by YOU, my customers!  This image005year FAT QUARTERS will be $1.75. We have decided to give you one more year at this fabulous deal, next year the price probably will be $2 on FQT.   We cut thousands of fat quarters to prepare for the big day, so your selection is second-to-none!!  It is a wonderful way to build your fat quarter stash. If you’ve never been to FAT QUARTER TUESDAY, gather a group of your quilting friends and make a day of it. You don’t want to miss the bargain price of $1.75.  We will be open extended hours, from 9am to 7pm for your convenience on that day.

Fat Quarters

Are you having a problem thinking of things to do with your FAT QUARTERS? Here are 25 different ideas you can create with them. For more information and instructions see;

  1. Make a children’s apron with 3 FQ’s;
  2. Make a notebook folder out of 2 FQ’s;
  3. An adorable checkbook cover;
  4. Baby bibs;
  5. Reversible messenger bag;
  6. Wall art;
  7. A layered baby girl dress;
  8. Matching shoes to go with the baby girl dress;
  9. Kids wallets; or adult wallets, for that matter;
  10. A diaper and wipes carrier;
  11. Children’s ties;
  12. Headbands;
  13. A fabric covered notebook;
  14. Burp cloth;
  15. An cute stuffed owl;
  16. Mouse pad;
  17. Fabric covered bulletin board;
  18. A cute camera strap;
  19. Reusable snack bags;
  20. Baby shoe for boys;
  21. Sunglass case;
  22. An iphone case;
  23. Business card holder;
  24. A peasant dress ensemble for a baby girl;
  25. And a cosmetic bag.

In addition, many manufacturers’ have free patterns online. Sometimes, the pattern is designed for a specific group of fabrics, which may or may not still be available, but if you use your imagination, you can use the pattern for groups of fabric you already have, or ‘scrappy it up’ and use your fat quarter collection. Look at the name of the fabric on the selvage edge, and go to the company’s website. Many of them have excellent free patterns that can be used over and over.                                                            


At Sew What we have a large selection of novelty fabrics, notions and blenders that include primary colors, pastels and more!! Pastels are really in style right now, and we just got in two different lines of pastel blenders. They look good when blended with other fabrics with more dominant motifs, or even all by themselves!

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Upcoming Shows and Events

Amherst Quilt Guild presents

Blooming Quilts” Biennial Quilt show and Auction

When: Friday – Sunday; April 11 – 13, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village * 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd * Amherst, N.Y. 14228

Hours:  Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost: General admission $6, members $5 and children $1.50


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.


Hints and Helps

I think many of us can agree that mitering corners can be a challenge. Look below for an easy to understand instructions with photos to help you complete this task.


Quilter of the Month

February’s Quilter of the Month brings us another set of friends: Mary Koszelak and Barbara Honeck.   Mary started sewing and knitting at a very young age and often made clothes for her family. When she began to work full time her hobbies took a back seat.

A friend and member of the Daughters of the America asked her if she could quilt seeing as they were making charity quilts. Up until this point, Mary didn’t know a thing about quilting and had never heard of a fat quarter. Since then Mary has knitted over 60 chemotherapy hats for Roswell and made over 30 quilts for Roswell, Veterans and Women and Children’s Hospital. She starting to take quilting classes five years ago, and became hooked! Mary enjoys classes that offer new techniques and loves every aspect of quilting. Many of the quilts she makes are given to family members for special occasions.

Mary and her friends try to quilt each week in a group they call The Vitamin F Group. The letter F stands for Friends and they have set a monthly goal that each member has to complete an unfinished object or UFO. Mary reports this is working very nicely and her UFO pile is getting smaller by the month.

Barbara Honeck starting sewing when she was about 12 years-old when she received a sewing machine for Christmas. As she grew up most of the sewing she did centered on garment making. An outfit she fondly remembers is an olive green sheath dress with matching boucle orange and olive coat.   She made this outfit to wear on Easter and  it made her look great and feel very accomplished at the same time.

Barbara never thought about quilting until after she became a wife and mother of four. The family’s church has an annual lawn fete and so one year Barbara pulled out her serger. She found Kaye Wood’s 6-hour quilting pattern and made several to donate to the fete. After this project, her quilting truly blossomed. She continued with a small star quilt for her nephew that prompted her to make a quilt for each new baby that arrives in the family. Barbara’s home is beautifully decorated with table runners and wall hangings for each holiday. Each one is different, because she doesn’t like to repeat patterns and instead prefers to try new techniques.

Considering herself a novice quilter and learning all the time, Barbara has picked up long quilting but feels her technique has a long way to go. Being retired has enabled her attend shop hops which she says is one of the best things about being a quilter. The numerous quilts, new ideas, and techniques displayed during each shop hop truly inspire her. Each shop has it’s own unique taste, which makes it so much fun!  After a shop hop, Barbara can’t wait to get home and start quilting.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see.   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

February 28, 2014 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 February 28, 2014.

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!

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