Archive for May, 2015

The Spring Class schedule is ready!! We have some wonderful quilts to share with you, including 3D Tumbling Blocks class, and the Upsey Daisy Quilt, one of my personal favorites! Our Basics by Machine class is a 7 week tutorial on all sorts of skills to make you a well rounded quillter, including paper piecing and machine applique. We will also be running our machine quilting class this month, everyone can pick up a few hint in that class. Check out our class list here!


We are planning a fun Christmas in July event cooperatively with another quilt shop for July 16-18. There will be a big sale on Christmas fabric, demos with lots of kits available, and a progressive class (start at one shop, finish at the other). Sounds like something different and fun! More information to follow in next month’s newsletter.


I went to MQX in New Hampshire! What a good time. I had never been to MQX before, it was quite eye opening. MQX focuses on the machine quilting aspect of the project. There were lots of classes and there was a really nice quilt show that accompanied those classes. I took a bunch of classes on how to work my upgraded longarm, and boy, did I learn a lot! My teacher is a Beta Tester for Gammill, so she really knew her stuff! I can’t wait to have a chance to play and test out what I learned. Some very well known teachers were there, including Karen McTavish and Leah Day. You should consider attending next year! Manchester New Hampshire is a wonderful little college town. There is another MQX in Springfield, Illinois in September. Check out the website at








The Row by Row Shop Hop has been expanded and improved. This summer long, cooperative event has been very successful and lots of fun in the past. This year, the dates are from June 21st through September 8th. The extended dates are to accommodate graduation traveling as well as labor day traveling. All 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces are participating this year! The theme is water/H20. Our row has been designed and made, and I have to say, I like it a lot! Our row is 8” high and all the rows are 36” long. The idea is to collect rows from the quilt shops in your area, as well as encouraging people to visit quilt shops while on their summer travels. ALL PATTERNS SHOULD BE GIVEN AWAY FOR FREE. Some shops will have made up kits to accompany their free patterns, but the patterns themselves are free. The patterns are fun to collect and often have a local theme to them. You, as a participant, make a lap quilt that includes at least 8 different rows. If you are the first person to show up with a finished, quilted and bound quilt at a participating quilt shop, that shop will give you a prize of 25 Fat Quarters. If you use the row from the shop where you show your quilt, then you get a BONUS PRIZE! The shops may ask to ‘borrow’ your quilt for a bit, to show it off, but it will be returned to you. If you choose not to do that, it is not a requirement, it would not prevent you from winning. Each shop participating will have only one winner, so first come, first served. I do believe some shops from last year never got any winners.
I have received a notice from Know How Tours that they are offering bus tours to several of the upcoming quilting events: A Day in St. Jacob’s, St Jacob’s Ontario, Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, Friday May 29. Quilt related activities include several galleries, a merchant mall, several wonderful specialty shops and restaurants. Genesee Valley Quilt Fest in Rochester, Saturday June 6, the largest quilt show in NYS. AQS Quilt Show in Syracuse on July 30, and Quilting on the Bayfront in Erie PA on Saturday September 12. Several of these tours include a meal, and all the prices are very reasonable. Book online at or by phone at 716-649-9694. Pick up places are conveniently located at the Eastern Hills Mall or at Tops in West Seneca. Why not get a couple of friends together, make a day of it and have someone else do the driving!


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.

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.

 Upcoming Events

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quilt Fest 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 or
Display of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

Erie 2015 Quilt Celebration
Hands All Around Erie Quilt Guild
Saturday June 13-Sunday June 14, 2015
Villa Maria Campus
2551 W 8th Street
Erie PA
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
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