This year’s 7th Annual Western New York Shop Hop was the biggest ever with over 500 quilters hopping. That means there were 24,000 2 ½’ jelly roll strips ready when you each walked through our shop door and collectively we gave away over 1500 yards of fabric!! We were thrilled A Whole Nine Yards, Chestnut Bay Quilting, and Heartland Quilt Shop joined the shop hop for the first time this year, which added extra flavor to the event. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and can’t wait for next year’s event.
As you can see from the list below, the winners were from many different towns. We had lots and lots of excellent prizes; so many that each of you had a one in fourteen chance of winning. We hope that you or one of your friends got a call!

Patricia Cuzzacrea from Lockport is the Grand Prize winner of the Janome sewing machine.

The $50 gift certificate winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center – Sandra Ellis, Blasdell; Carriage Quilt Shop – Pat Sitek, Kenmore; The Whole 9 Yards – Vickie Williams, Kent; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Nancy Dutka, Depew; Sew What? – Edie Fedele, Spencerport; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betsy Speer, Hilton; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Lillian Lunetta, Lockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Judy Depferd, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center ( W’ville) – Dolly Schmitt, Darien Center; Ivy Thimble- Karen Jordon, Barker; Country Treasures – Beth Hatch, Henrietta; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Marion Nappo, Varysburg.

The Gift Basket winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center- Nancy Flynn, Bliss; Carriage Quilt Shop- MaryEllen Cowell, North Tonawanda; The Whole 9 Yards – Carolyn Squires, Albion; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Bev O’Connor, North Tonawanda; Sew What?- Nola Goss, Wyoming, NY; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betty Carmen, Spencerport; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Kathy Bruno, Cheektowaga; Aurora Sewing Center -Chris Frawley, Hamburg; Aurora  Sewing Center (W’ville)- JoAnn Marshall, Williamsville; Ivy Thimble- Jeanna Reed, Arcade; Country Treasures – Kathy Pirro, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Lois Marvin, Spencerport.

Gift bag winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center –Jan Caito, Depew; Carriage Quilt Shop – Dana Brush, Hilton; The Whole 9 Yards – Terry Bloom, Amherst; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- Pamela Vrana, West Seneca; Sew What? – Kathy Patterson, Hilton; Heartland Quilt Shop- Pam Eley, Silver Spring; Betty’s Quilting Etc. – Kate Verrland, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Celeste Lewis, East Amherst; Aurora Sewing Center (W’ville)  – Linda Blades, Sodus; Ivy Thimble – Pat Freeman, Lancaster; Country Treasures- Karen Tomasik, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting -Gale Hirbar,  Canandaigua.

Summer Class Schedule

Our summer classes are in full swing and we are having a ball.

Classes with spots still open include:

Mary Margaret Symanski is teaching the Computer/Tote bag on two Saturday’s in August 21st   and 28th from 10:00am – 3:00pm  For  more advanced quilters

MerriJann Miller is teaching a new and different class and technique – what to do with all those selvage edges!! Come learn a unique way to use up your selvages in our Selvage Quilt class from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday July 24th.

A unique “unstoppable” Rose Corsage that looks beautiful coming right out of a suitcase! Come and sign up for this with Diana Brock on from 10:00am – 1:00pm Friday July 9th.

Project Linus

Project Linus provides quilts, flannel blankets, Afghans, crocheted or knitted blankets to children whom are suffering from a serious illness, family or personal tragedy,  and or homelessness. You can help by making a quilt or blanket, donating 100% cotton fabrics in bright colors, donate yarn or low loft batting, donating a gift card to your favorite quilt shop or yarn store and so much more. For more information on Project Linus of Erie & Niagara County New York you can contact Christine Lewandowski at 716-627-3883, or email her at or go to their website at


Girls Night Out!

Friday July 30th

6:00 p.m. – ??

Enjoy an evening out with other quilters. Order take-out or bring your own dinner. The cost is only $8.00. Don’t Forget!

Girls Night Out is a monthly event at Sew What? & is always held on the last Friday of the month!

See you there!

Individual & Group Lessons Available!

Need guidance with a quilting project? Stuck in a rut and can’t move forward? Call or stop by to make an appointment!$15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters. $10.00/ hour for 3 or more, per quilter.

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Upcoming Events

Impact Artist Gallery
Tri Main Building – Suite 545
2475 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Wednesday’s – Friday’s 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday’s – 1 pm to 4 pm
July 14 – August 14, 2010

Impact Artist Gallery will be displaying and selling works of 30 fiber artists from Western New York.  Cheryl Kagen, one of our very own quilters, will be participating in this show. Stop in and support Cheryl.

QBL 2010 – Quilting by the Lake
July 18 – 30, 2010
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY

Burchfield Penney Art Center
St. Philip’s Quilters Community Gallery Exhibition
Colorful Quilts That Bind Us Together
June 25 – August 29, 2010
Quilting session and Meet and Greet
Saturday July 24, 2010 12:00 – 2:00

Sew What? Challenge…

Time to Collect Your Challenge Quilts!

That’s right! Now is the time for us to begin collecting those finished challenge quilts!! In fact, we have already received a few and are excited to start hanging them in August. They will hang through November. We can hardly wait to see what you’ve come up with. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, 20 fat quarters and the honor of Viewer’s Choice Award; voted on by customers.  There will also be three additional people’s choice winners and they will be awarded 20 fat quarters of their choice.

Quilter’s Tip…

Did you know that spools of thread are wound differently?  Sometimes thread can give you trouble when feeding it through your machine, if so, it may be due to how the spool is wound.  If your thread is wound crosswise, it crosses over itself diagonally.  Other spools are stacked. The difference is this: crosswise thread flows evenly off the top of your spool, while stack thread comes off evenly on the side of the spool.  Happy Quilting.

Come see our line of Candy Land fabric and the adorable wall hanging Christine made from the panels!


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