Archive for November, 2014

Hi everybody!

I hope you all made it through the big snowstorm unscathed. I usually love Buffalo weather, it’s fun and exciting, but you poor people who got hit with 70” must be kinda sick of snow, and we are just hitting December! There’s a long way to go before winter is over. I got stuck at home, which is better than getting stuck away from home, but I couldn’t get into work, as every north/south road was closed. So the store was closed for a couple days, I hope we didn’t inconvenience too many of you.

I trust everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. At this time of year I like to reflect on the things for which I should be grateful. I am grateful for many, many things, one of which is this store. I have met some wonderful people over the years and I don’t know what I would do without you all. It so much fun to help people pick out fabrics for a new quilt. I love teaching new classes and sharing new techniques with people. The multitudes of creative projects I have seen over the years is inspiring. It sparks my own creativity and gets me excited to play with my own stash. I am currently playing with a scrappy green nickel quilt to give to my nephew for his high school graduation. I’ve been making great progress on it but wish I were further so I can start the next one! Don’t you feel the same way?

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We usually take inventory at the end of December, the week between Christmas and New Year. In anticipation of that, I would like to offer you a PRE-INVENTORY SALE to be held December 8-19. All books are 25% off, all notions and thread will be 20% off. We have stocked our remnant bins and have a few bolts of fabric on clearance for 50% off. Our skinny bolts have been restocked too. A skinny bolt is one that has 2-3 yards left on it (or less) and will be 25% off if you finish the bolt. The more you clear out of here, the less we have to count!!! Do your part and come help us take inventory!!

Also, Sew What will be having a big anniversary in January. We will be turning 25 years old! Be prepared to come in and help us celebrate! Next month’s newsletter will have the announcement of our Anniversary Sale. It’s a big anniversary, so it should be a big sale, don’t you agree?

Mark your calendars!! Fat Quarter Tuesday is February 17, 2015. All Fat quarters are $1.75 on that day. We will have extended hours, open from 9-7pm and there will be specials and drawings all day long.

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We are starting to look at the Spring Class schedule and are looking for teachers and ideas. Is there a quilt you have been wanting to make but don’t know how? Ask us to give a class on it, and we will try to meet your needs. Or maybe you have something you have made that was a lot of fun to create. You could share it with a few others who share your passion for quilting, while making a little money on the side. Consider it!
We are desperately looking for ‘Quilter’s of the Month’ for January and March, as well as a few months later in the spring. If you’re interested in becoming a Quilter of the Month, please call the store. There are perks! You get to enjoy 20% off anything you buy, all month long, while your quilts are on the wall. You get a CD with photos of the quilts. You’d be surprised at how wonderful your work looks when on display! You probably are thinking, “I don’t have enough projects to fill that space”, but after you look around your house and borrow some back that you have given as gifts, you would be able to give a nice display. If not, consider pairing up with a friend and putting both your quilts on the walls. You will both get the discount, and both get a CD! We really appreciate the diversity that each individual has among her own projects, and the diversity of projects from month to month with different people on the walls is even more amazing.

We made up more kits for the 3D tumbling blocks quilt after selling out at Chautauqua. That class is on Mondays December 8 and 15. It’s way easier than it looks! We’d love to have you join us.

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Upcoming Shows & Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would 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: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com
FAT QUARTER TUESDAY
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Sew What Quilt Shop
6816 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 632-8801
All fat quarters $1.75 and lots of specials and fun all day
Extended hours 9-7
Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!
Quilting At The Bayfront
September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507

 

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 have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, 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 a 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 sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Shop News

We had a fun SHOPTOBERFEST, with lots of winners and a good time was had by all. We so enjoy this opportunity to work cooperatively with like minded shops. The idea behind shop hops is to get our own customers to see the other shops, and their customers to see us. That way, quilters can gather inspiration from ALL the cool shops in our area. Do you know how lucky we are in this area to have so very many wonderful shops so close to one another? Some areas only have one shop in a 100 mile radius. All the shop owners around here like to promote women in business, and build each other up. We all work together for the benefit of us all. The best part about having such a wealth of stores in WNY is this: each shop has its own unique flavor, its own unique ‘feel’. We here at Sew What? like to share the friendly, fun, atmosphere of creativity. We believe in helping people and trying to stay positive, even when the going gets tough. Some shops in the area have been having a rough time, some have had to close, some are having personal difficulties, some are having trouble between the partners, some are experiencing health problems. But all the shop owners are wonderful open minded people determined to build each other up and keep things positive. It’s really wonderful to see.

Deb Marshall from Tonawanda won the Janome sewing machine, congrats Deb!!   $50 Gift certificate winners from Shoptoberfest were: Marcy Colbert from Fillmore, Cindy Parker from Perry, Grace and her husband Don Jennings from Smithville Ontario both won. More winners are Lisa Kazmark from Centerville, Sharon Steiner from Perry, Nancy Cymerman from Eden, Gail Yanus from Rochester, Kaye West from Amherst, Donna Sorensen from Williamsville and Kathy Szweda from Fairport. $25 Gift Certificate winners are: Roz Giardina from Buffalo, Laurie Baldwin from Middleport, Pat Cose from Toronto, Francis Kisicki from Buffalo, Marty Held from North Tonawanda, Linda Fike from Clarence, Susan Laubacker from Newfane, Karen Hockwater from Cheektowaga, Joanne Cockle from Fillmore, Ann Marie Watson form Niagara Falls, and Bonny Bartel from West Seneca. Judy Freeman from Albion won the fat quarter assembly for filling out the survey.

Next year, the dates for Shoptoberfest will be October 20-24, mark your calendars!! Other events for next year’s calendar include Quilting at the Bayfront (formerly Quilting around Chautauqua): new location: Bayfront Convention Center in Erie PA, new date: September 10-13, 2015. Because this event conflicts with QQSH, there is a new date for Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop too: September 23-26, 2015.

 

I wasn’t really on my game with all the events and exciting things going on here at the store,. and I didn’t find a quilter of the month for November. (I’m still looking for December, January and February too…if you’re interested in becoming a Quilter of the Month, please call the store. There are perks!) So, in lieu of a Quilter of the Month, we are going to show some really good holiday decorations, which will hopefully inspire you to get out those holiday projects of your own and get them finished. Dig out those half made and almost ready to give away items and let’s get some things finished! Christmas is only 55 days away as of November 1st!!!

 

 

Consider joining us in the project class: Tuesday mornings during November. You can join the project class for only $10/week. You will get motivation and advice on how to finish (or start) that project that you are wanting to do. The project class has helped several of the ladies get an awful lot accomplished! One girl has finished 14 projects since April!!! Please call ahead and let me know if you are joining us.

 

Are your friends with us on Facebook? I hope so! If you aren’t you are missing out on some cool stuff. Recently. Timeless Treasures fabric was kind enough to post some really cool short videos about how fabric is printed. There’s not much explanation, but you can see how the dyes are added. Screen printing is the process of swiping a fabric with one color after another, until the design motif is completed. They completed roll of fabric can be several hundred yards long, which is then “doubled and rolled” and cut into the manageable bolts of 15-20 yards each. The videos are both short, and interesting.   Please watch! See the videos here:


See Darryl in our warehouse rolling a bolt of fun Cops n’ Robbers fabric Here:
Rolling a Bolt of Fabric

 

We made up more kits for the 3D tumbling blocks quilt after running out at Chautauqua. That class is on Mondays at the beginning of December. It’s way easier than it looks! We’d love to have you join us.

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NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

Ann Marie Zon from Swormville NY began working with Father Alfonso in Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. Since then, the people of Western New York have been extremely generous in supporting her work with the poor in the rural parts of the country. Your donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, candles, sewing goods (such as fabrics, notions, and tools), bedding, hygiene products, carpentry tools, and so much more are distributed throughout the mid-eastern sectors of Nicaragua. Your generosity supports people of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. Ann Marie sends 42 18-wheel containers per year. Recently, I was dropping off some stuff and the place was packed with donated items. A week later I stopped by and all the tables and garages were empty, another shipment had been sent! Your items are being put to good use. Please feel free to drop your donations here, and I will get them where they need to go, or you can drop the items off yourself, the address is: 10100 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.

 

Upcoming Events

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: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

 

Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

 

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 have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, 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 a 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 sewwhat@sewwhat.com.