Archive for March, 2014

Shop News

We are very excited and all ready for our big annual event on Tuesday March 4, 2014 – FAT QUARTER TUESDAY! Hundreds of fabrics have been cut, folded, and stacked. These FAT image003QUARTERS will be sold the unbelievably low price of $1.75 on FAT QUARTER TUESDAY – March 4, 2014!! This will be the last year you can take advantage of this low, low price, so you will want to take this opportunity stock up on some new goodies! We are open extended hours on this day, from 9am until 7pm so that you can get in here and browse through the huge selection!


Be sure to check out the SPRING CLASS LIST on our website;


I had asked for feedback on the class schedule, and I appreciate those of you who took a few minutes to answer my plea.  One thing I found from you is that you often just need the time to devote toward working on your project, so I developed a 4 week class that gives you some uninterrupted time at your sewing machine.  Most of the classes also have more meeting hours, therefore more time to work on your sewing.  There are a few brand new classes this time too, so make sure you read the whole list. I also have adjusted the class fee to be a little more student-friendly.  You can sign up for the classes by stopping in (that way you can check out the samples), by snail mail, email or phone, as well as paypal.  Remember if you sign up on paypal, you still need to call so we can get you the needs list ahead of time.




Do you have so many FAT QUARTERS you’re stuck in a rut and aren’t sure what to do with them? Well, in last month’s newsletter, I listed 25 creative ways to use FAT QUARTERS. It was so much fun, I found a few more creative way use FAT QUARTERS:




Once FAT QUARTER TUESDAY is over, we will be working on the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop. Every June, a group of local quilt shops  get together and host this shop hop. It’s hard to believe we


have been doing this for 11 years! You will want to get your calendars out now to save the dates, which are  Wednesday through Saturday June 4 – June 7, 2014.  Wednesday and Thursday hours are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Last year our charity efforts were a huge success, so we’ll be donating quilts again this year to another local charity. The WNY Charity Quilt Drive donated an astounding 82 quilts to one of 5 local charities.  The response was so good we are planning on doing it again, so plan ahead.  Maybe you can use some of the fat quarters you got on FAT QUARTER TUESDAY to make a charity quilt.  Or maybe you can use some of the fabric that will be 20% off the bolt at each shop to make one of these charity quilts.  We are all about giving back to the community! You can count on terrific prizes again this year too, this year the grand prize will be a Bernina Sewing Machine! More information on the prizes and shops involved will be in next month’s newsletter.


Look at the wonderful placemat Phyllis just completed. We have a panel and many lovely image005fabrics to accentuate it. There is also a matching wine apron panel.  Either one would go great with  any decor or be a nice hostess gift. How about the wine connoisseur in your life – wouldn’t they love to have this in their collection?


We are still collecting unwanted household items, sewing supplies and gently used clothing and undergarments for less fortunate people in Nicaragua throughout the year. Thank you so much for those who have already donated, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop off your unneeded items and help out those less fortunate! It means more than you know!   The mission sends things there about 3 times per year, so you can continue to drop off your donations here at any time, and I will make sure they get where they are going. The Nicaraguans this charity helps are desperately poor, and anything you have that you don’t want or need will be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events and Shows

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


2014 Spring Luncheon and Quilt Auction

To Benefit Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center Scholarship Fund

When:    Saturday – May 3, 2014 * Doors open at 10:30 a.m. * Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Auction at 12:30 p.m.

Where:   Salem Lutheran Church * 10 McClellan Circle, Buffalo 14220

Cost:      $12 tickets for lunch must be purchased in advance; admittance to the auction is FREE!!

Contact:  549-1420 to reserve tickets for the lunch.

To donate a quilt for this auction contact 549-1420.


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.


Quilts Inc.

Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     general public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit;

Or like their Facebook page at


Help and Hints

How much do you really know about the sewing machine needles that you use? The sewing machine needle is the most crucial element in the stitch forming process. Be sure to change your needle at the beginning of each project. A fresh sharp needle makes a huge difference.  Home sewing needles use a dual designation to represent their size.  The first number is the measurement of the diameter of the sewing needle (multiplied by 100 to get rid of the decimal) and the second number is the singer sewing machine needle size. So, a needle that measures .80 mm corresponds to a size 12 singer needle, so the package will read 80/12. As a general rule, always select the needle size to accommodate the thickness of the thread being used and the needle point style to accommodate the type of fabric being sewn. There are a variety of needles for various fabrics and jobs. A universal needle has a slightly rounded point and can be used on numerous fabrics like woven and knits. The embroidery needle has a light ball point, enlarged eye and the groove protects fragile threads. The embroidery needle also guards against excess friction so your embroidery and decorative stitching will be carefree. A topstitch needle has a very long eye that makes this needle your choice for decorative sewing when using a heavier thread.  The Jeans needle has a modified medium ball point and reinforced blade that makes it good for penetrating extra thick woven fabrics with minimal deflection, and reduced risk of skipped stitches.  The elongated eye and enlarged groove of a Metallic needle make working with fragile metallic threads much easier.  The slim acute point and tapered tip makes a Quilting Needle perfect for piercing tightly woven quilting fabrics without damage.  Schmetz, a leader in quality sewing machine needles, has come out with a new color-coded chart to help choose the correct needle.  Check them out at

Quilter of the Month

The Quilter of the Month for March is Jamie Wagner.  Jamie  learned to quilt in the year 1979, BRC (Before Rotary Cutters).  Her dear friend Bonnie Patterson offered to teach her out of her home, and that was all it took. Bonnie’s sister, Judy Farnham owned a quilt shop in Lockport, the original Pine Grove Workshop, and it didn’t take Jamie long to get her dream job working there. Jamie started teaching classes through Pine Grove in 1981.  She loved the excitement of sharing something new with other quilters.  “I am the Sybil of quilting,” she says, ”I love it all and have no distinct favorite patterns or methods.” Jamie’s eclectic style has served her well, and now she works part time and teaches at Heartland Quilt Shop in Lockport, helping customers find their own excitement in patterns and fabrics and colors.  “I’m still in love with quilting, even after all this time, and the lifelong friendships it has brought to me is my favorite part.”

Jamie also has another creative outlet.   She has worked at Creekside Floral in Medina for 7 years, and loves playing with color and texture with the plants too. She has two children, two dogs, and two grandchildren.  She’s been married to her loving husband, Jeffrey, for 35 years, and he still smiles when pulling pins out of his feet.

 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.

 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.