Archive for May, 2014

Shop News

Have you marked your calendar for the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop yet? It’s just around the corner and coming quick, so don’t forget to set aside these dates; Wednesday June 4, 2014 – Saturday June 7, 2014. All participating shops will open early (9am) every day. Wednesday and Thursday, we close at 7:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, we will close at 5:00 p.m.

One of the best features of the 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop is the Grand Prize: a Bernina 210 sewing machine valued at $1199! Now that’s a great Grand Prize! Each participating shop will also be awarding a $50 gift certificate, and a $25 gift certificate. New this year, each shop will give one lucky person the $25 “In shop” gift certificate. This means you will be eligible to win a gift certificate from each shop you visit BUT you do not need to go to all the shops to be entered to win this “in shop” gift certificate. Of course, we’d love to see you at every shop, and you must go to all the shops to be entered to win the grand prize and the other prizes.  But if you only get to 5 shops, at least you will be entered to win the in-shop Gift Certificate from those five shops you did make it to.

Another added incentive to join the fun during Shop Hop is each shop will have 20% off the bolted fabric! That’s right – each participating shop will have 20% off fabric on the bolt during the listed shop hop hours. This certainly makes the trip worthwhile AND this year’s goody bag contains a 6” strip of fabric and a free easy quilt pattern.

Because our Post-Hop Charity Challenge was so successful last year (82 quilts were donated) we decided to do it again this year. Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Cancer Center are the local charities that will be benefiting from this program. Each quilt you donate has to be at least 40” x 40”.  Use any fabrics you choose.  You can use the 20% off the bolt fabric you bought during shop hop, or fat quarters you bought at Fat Quarter Tuesday. Or you might want to use the 6” strips from your goody bag. You have until Saturday, September 27, 2014 to bring your quilt to one of the ten participating shops AND receive a onetime shopping pass giving you 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. It will make you feel good when you give back to the community! And the charities were so grateful for our donations last year, it made it very worthwhile to participate.

The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop participants include:


Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

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

Heartland Quilt Shop – 34 Main St., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188 (new location)

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 11 Framark Dr., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680  (new location)

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

For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774

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

Another fun event this summer is the 2014 NYS Row-by-Row Quilt Shop Hop. The theme this year is “Sew a Season”. The NYS Row by Row Shop Hop is an opportunity to ‘hop and shop’ at quilt shops throughout New York State during the summer. This year Row-by-Row has expanded to other states including; California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, and many more. It starts on July 1, 2014 and runs through September 2, 2014.  We hope to attract travelers from these other places, and if you are traveling, make sure you check out the Row-by-Row participants.

Each shop in this event will give out a free pattern – the “row”. Create a completed quilt (binding and all) using at least eight different “rows”. If you are the first person to bring the completed quilt to a participating shop you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric). If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt, (the shop at which you hand in your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website and please “like” their Facebook page;


Spring Class Schedule

There are still a few spots left in our classes, and we’d love to have you join us!

Pinwheel Stack and Whack
When:  Mondays June 16 and 23
Time:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00

This addictive, easy to make project will be fun for both beginners and advanced quilters alike. The key to this quilt is your choice of fabric. Focal fabric is a great choice, the more obnoxious and brash the better. The cutting can be a bit extensive but once you get in class things will become crystal clear. The kaleidoscope effect is irresistible!

Blooming Nine Patch
When: Friday, June 20 and 27, 2014.
Time:    10:00AM – 1:00 PM

This quilt gives you the impression of a color wash with very easy piecing – nothing but 9-patches and squares. The book, Traditions with a Twist pictures the quilt in floral fabrics but our model is done in black and white and is a stunner! Students have done this quilt using monochromatic, Christmas, and many other fabric groups that look fantastic.

Magic Melons
When: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $35

This favorite dimensional quilt is so fun to make. During last semesters class there was a multitude of fabrics ranging from primitives to pastels, and florals to plaids and they all looked great. This fun methods allows you to use batting scraps and your quilt will look fantastic.



A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference. A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new) undergarments for the people of Nicaragua who are desperately poor and could really use your help. These people will greatly appreciate anything you don’t want and/or need, please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all different shapes and sizes in every country and will make a difference. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for these people who have next to nothing and help those less fortunate than you it really means more than you know.

Ucoming Shows and Events

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 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The                                     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


The 11th Annual Quilting around Chautauqua

When:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

Cost:    $5.00.

800 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information;

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When:  Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours:  Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where:  Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00


Thumbstall Quilt Guild presents

Star Spangled Quilts 2014

When:     Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Hours:     Friday, July 11 and  Saturday July 12, 2014 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday, July 13, 2014 11 AM- 4 PM

Where:   Skaneateles High School 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles, N.Y.

Cost: $6.00 ($1 off with Passport Book)


Quilter of the Month

Gloria Crittenden and Cynda Watroba are May’s Quilter of the Month.


From the time she was a little girl, Gloria new quilting would be in her future. She comes from a long line of quilters that include her Grandmother and Great Aunt. Gloria began collecting fabric in the early 1970’s but didn’t really use much of her stash until after she joined the Batavia Quilt Guild.  In 2003, she entered the Museum Quilt Guild annual Quilt challenge. Usually, there is a theme or topic, and the members try to make an original design of a wallhanging that fits within the theme.  It is always an artistic challenge, but Gloria has enjoyed entering each year. “It has expanded my skills and my imagination,” she says. Gloria prefers a lighthearted, whimsy approach to quilting to make up for what she calls her “novice” skills. She loves playing with color and the textures found in fabric. Like meditation, Gloria finds quilting helps clear her mind, and helps her to relax.


Cynda Watroba considers herself a textile artist/art quilter. She has always loved anything related to art. As a young woman in the 1970’s, Cynda designed her own clothes. She developed a one-of-a-kind look using hand-me-downs and fabric samples, often mixing patterns and textures to create her own style. Her art has a way of saying, “I love to create”. She took art classes in high school and college, including color theory, perspective, value, and general design principles. Her long list of talents includes crochet, embroidery, and cross-stitch along with drawing, painting, and sculpture. Cynda began her quilting journey in the mid-eighties, creating over 40 quilted items; from purses and clothes to king size quilts.

Cynda and Gloria are both looking forward to their quilt exhibit.

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

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. Anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders and/or a binding issue. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or