Archive for August, 2014

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I trust you are enjoying your summer and are saving time to quilt. Don’t forget we are air conditioned, so feel free to stop in any time to relax, cool off and pet the fabric (and the dog). We are collecting charity quilts this summer, for the ‘Western New York Shop Hop Post-Hop Charity Challenge’. Last year, we were successful with 82 quilts donated, so we decided to hold it again this year. Our goal is 100 quilts for charity this year. We are getting quilts in all the time, just look at the stack below! Your donated quilt will benefit Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, ECMC, and Roswell Park Cancer Center, all local charities. If you donate a completed quilt, you will receive a onetime shopping pass for 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. We ask that each quilt be at least 40” x 40” using any fabrics you choose. Consider using the fabric you purchased at our annual Fat Quarter Tuesday sale. Or maybe you can use 20% off the bolt fabric that was on sale during shop hop? How about using the 6” strips from the goody bag you received during the hop. We need to have your charity quilts by Saturday, September 27, 2014. You can bring to any one of the ten participating shops and we will distribute them to the appropriate causes.Making charity quilts is a great way to give back to the community and also take advantage of great savings by using your 25% off coupon – it’s a win-win for everyone.



Do you have travel plans this summer? If so, you may want to consider participating in the 2014 Row by Row Experience Shop Hop. This shop hop started in 2011 with 20 quilt shops in New York state participating. It has now grown to include over 1250 shops throughout the country. Shops in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine and lots of other states are taking part in what is now called the Row by Row Experience. This shop hop includes no fees or passports – just fun!!
The Row By Row Experience is designed for quilters to shop at quilt shops across New York State (and the rest of the country) to pick up a free, theme based pattern (called rows) from each shop. “Sew a Season” is this year’s theme. After you’ve collected at least 8 rows you can make a quilt! The first person to show off their completed (quilted and bound) at a participating shop 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 (home shop = the shop where you show your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize. Pam Overfield is Sew What?’s winner for 2014, making this creative quilt. She designed and added a few blocks of her own to give her quilt a more defined theme.


Pam collected rows from Chestnut Bay, Pine Grove, Jackie Lynn’s, Creekside, Simple Pleasures and Homespun Treasures, Ivy Thimble, Quilter’s Daughter and Sew What. This event started on July 1, 2014 continues through September 2, 2014 with 95 participating shops from New York this year. I’m sure you will be able to find a Row by Row quilt shop in your summer travels while you are traveling. Remember to find participating ‘Row By Row Experience’ shops if you are out of state for a wedding, a reunion or just fun. You can find shops in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio and many others. We are playing a side game, trying to see how many different areas we pull Hoppers from. So far, we have Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Canada and a few others. It’s entertaining to see where everyone is from.

Have fun with the 2014 Row-by-Row Shop Hop! We know we will. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website and please “like” their Facebook page;


Here is a photo of Sew What’s themed “row” for the hop:





Another upcoming event is the 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop. This shop hop is my favorite because you can easily complete it in one day! All the shops are in easy driving distance and can be circumnavigated in a matter of hours – it only includes shops from Niagara Falls, Lockport, Kenmore, Amherst, and Williamsville. You will receive a free pattern for a small easy project from each shop. Sew What is giving out one for a table runner, others are for baby quilts, placemats, bags and other small projects. The first place prizewinner will receive an $80 gas card. There are an additional 16 prizes to be awarded – eight $50 gift certificates and eight $25 gift certificates! With 17 prizes, you have a one in 10 chance of winning something! So gather up some friends and see if you can be winners! The best part? All eight shops will all have 25% off yardage off the bolt during the Hop hours. The 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest begins on Thursday September 4, 2014 and continues through Saturday September 6, 2014. The hours are Thursday, 9/4/14 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9/5/14 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9/6/14 – 9:30 are – 4:00 pm. Quilter’s Quest also has a Facebook page, so make sure you “like” us on Facebook! See a list of participating shops below in the Upcoming Events section.


Take a look at these wonderful labels that just came in – They are called ‘Tag-it-Ons’ and can be put into the binding of a quilt to give it the=at little ‘extra’ love. There is one for almost every occasion! Come into the shop and get yours before they are all gone. I’ve been adding the ‘somebody cares’ tag to all my charity quilts.

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Our fall class schedule is almost ready for you. It includes new and exciting offerings; a brand new purse class and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. Stay tuned for more information!



A big thank you goes out to all those who have already donated, your kindness will make a big impact on the lives of the Nicaraguan people. These people who are benefiting from our donations are desperately poor and really have nothing and they greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or are no longer using. Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent! The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for our next shipment. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new!) undergarments. (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. 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 the people who could really use our help. Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know. I know they are planning a delivery this fall, so as you clean out your closets getting ready for school. Please remember these desperately needy people who can really use your unwanted things.

Upcoming Events and Shows

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 and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at:


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


8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop

When: Thursday, September 4 – Saturday September 6, 2014

Hours:   Thursday 9:30 AM – 7 PM; Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Where: Auntie’s Attic, Heartland Quilt Shop, Marie’s Sewing Center, Patchwork Garden, Pine Grove Quilt Shop, Quiltmaker and Friends, Sew What? and Threads of Time.


Quilting around Chautauqua

This annual quilt show takes place on the picturesque campus of Chautauqua Institute. Quilting Around Chautauqua is an annual 4-day event featuring classes, 900 plus quilts on display, over 60 venders and lectures. Karen Kay Buckley, award-winning quilter, author and lecturer and Pat Sloan, fabric, and pattern designer, will be teaching classes. In addition, Ann will be one of the many venders. Join her at this wonderful event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information;


Shoptoberfest 2014

When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Where: Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636

The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241

Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420

Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148

Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226

Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188

Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767

Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088

The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926

Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802


Amherst Quilt Seminar

When: Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Cost:     varies depending on class.

Open to the public an evening lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm – “Adventures with Leaders and Enders” by Bonnie Hunter.

For more information


Morning Star Quilt Guild presents

A Harvest of Quilts – Eight

When:   Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.

Hours:   Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM

Cost:     $5.00


River Lea Quilters Guild presents

River Lea Inspirations

When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014

Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours:   10 AM – 5 PM

Cost:     $5.00

For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304


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;

Please like them on their Facebook page at

Quilter of the Month

The August “Quilter of the Month” is Grace Bonk, Nancy Harris Bonk’s former mother-in-law. ( Nancy has been a regular Thursday Morning attendee at Sew What? for several years) Grace passed away three years ago, but her quilting legacy continues. A lifelong homemaker, Grace also excelled in painting. She started to quilt when her oldest son Mark, was around 18 months-old. Mark’s quilt was very dear to him. He wrapped himself up in the quilt so often he wore down the fabric to tattered threads. To make Mark happy (or more likely to prevent toddler tantrums), Grace quickly made a replacement and her lifelong love of quilting was born. Her other children Michael, Daniel and Carolyn, all had quilts made for them when they were toddlers.

Grace learned to quilt some time ago, and initially hand-pieced and hand-quilted everything she created. She continued to hand quilt, making her own templates out of sand paper, cardboard and plastic. One of her favorite techniques was hand appliqué, which used in many of her quilts. She was especially proud of her Acorn Quilt, which won a blue ribbon at the Erie County Fair. As time passed, she realized using a machine was much faster, and eventually made many quilts this way. Four decades of quiltmaking led her to try lots of different techniques and patterns. As her children grew and had families of their own, she had more time for quilting and painting. All her children and grandchildren benefited from her creative obsessions.

One day, while looking through a quilt magazine, Grace noticed an ad for a quilting pen pal. She decided it might be fun to connect with a quilter from another part of the country and found Alice Wendelton. Alice and Grace traded patterns, recipes, and life experiences and rapidly became the best of friends. In fact, Grace took her first plane ride to visit Alice in Missouri. She belonged to the Lancaster Historical Society and quilted with Alice Bachraty, a very famous local quilt teacher. Isn’t it funny that both of Grace’s best quilting buds were named Alice? Grace and Alice taught, and took, lots of quilt classes together, and met lots of women who would remain friends for life. “Quilting friends are the best friends, everyone knows that!” Grace used to say.


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. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. 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