Sew What? News and Notions

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 8th Annual Western New York Shop Hop last month. With 271 finishers that means you had a one in eleven chance of winning a prize! We had a great time seeing everyone and are eager to see what projects you put together with our strips!

Our Grand prize winner of the Bernina 210 was Kathy Blake of Buffalo, New York

Winners of the Gift Certificates from each store were:

  • Aurora Sewing (Williamsville) – Marie Schu of Lancaster, NY
  • Aurora Sewing (E.Aurora) – Joan Stratton of Webster, NY
  • Betty’s – Jean Marie Long of Buffalo, NY
  • Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Sue Barnes of Bliss, NY
  • Chestnut Bay – Sue Eulrich of E. Amherst, NY
  • Country Treasures – Eileen S. of Albion, NY
  • Heartland Quilt Shop – Kathy Miskey of Elma, NY
  • Ivy Thimble – Beverly Klin of Elma, NY
  • Marie’s Sewing Center – Charlene Roberts of Fairport, NY
  • Mt. Pleasant – Martha Porschet of Sodus, NY
  • Sew What? – Richard Dornster of Kenmore, NY
  • The Whole 9 Yards – Darlene Rogers of Warsaw, NY

Winners of the Gift Baskets from each store were:

  • Aurora Sewing (Williamsville) – Debbie Zimmerman of Lancaster, NY
  • Aurora Sewing (E. Aurora) – Shirley Newbold of Holly, NY
  • Betty’s – Marty Held of N. Tonawanda, NY
  • Carriage Quilt Shoppe – Joann VanHise of Belfast, NY
  • Chestnut Bay –Debbie Bruiton of Bergen, NY
  • Country Treasures – Chris Vollmar of Victor, NY
  • Heartland Quilt Shop – Joan Malaney of Niagara Falls, NY
  • Ivy Thimble – Marie Pitt of E. Aurora, NY
  • Marie’s Sewing Center – Licia Warren of Clarence, NY
  • Mt. Pleasant – Felicia Ross of Pittsford, NY
  • Sew What? – Edith Mascia of Tonawanda, NY
  • The Whole 9 Yards – Denise Conway of Fairport, NY

Summer  Class List

Our summer class list is all set and for an added treat this summer, Ann is teaching Beginners by Hand Quilting (a six week course) which she NEVER does during the summer!!

Beginning Quilting by Hand Wednesdays 10 – 1pm; classes start on 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3/11. $50 Teacher – Ann Shaw

We’re the only store in the area that still teaches the basics by hand, and trust me; this class will make you a much better machine quilter.  Emphasizing accuracy and a well rounded basic knowledge of all aspects of the craft, we make a four block sampler from start to finish, including a hand quilting class.

Purse Class – Saturday, July 16, 2011; 10-3pm; $30 Teacher – Christine Kryjeski. This purse is nice and easy to make using 2 ½” wide strips. It has eight inside pockets, a spot for your cell phone and MP3 player too.  You can use seasonal fabrics or pick your favorite colors and go from there. The end product will be 11 1/4″ tall x 13 3/4″ wide x 4″ deep.

Pinwheel Stack and Whack – Tuesday July 19, 2011. 10-3pm $30 Teacher – Ann Shaw

Beginner and advanced quilters will find this quilt addictive! Easy to make, the result is dramatic. The trick is in the choice of fabric. The focal fabric works

best when it is loud and obnoxious. The cutting can be nerve-racking, so join us for this class and we will hold your hand through the tough part.   Layer the repeats, cut triangle shaped pieces from the same part of the repeat, and create a kaleidoscope effect that is irresistible! Think ‘out of the box’ and challenge yourself to buy the most obnoxious fabric available…who can resist a challenge like that??

Fireworks (Beginners Paper Piecing) – Friday July 29, 2011. 10 am – 3 pm. $30 Teacher – Ann Shaw

Many of you have been asking for a paper piecing class, and this dynamic quilt is a great one which to learn paper piecing. The angles look complicate

d, but using a paper foundation is the key to success! Paper piecing produces a fantastic finished piece where all the angles are PERFECT. Some pre cutting is preferred, so we can jump right in and get started with creating our blocks.

To see our complete class list check:

Quilting Tip of the Month

One of the best ways to store quilts is to roll them! Simply take cardboard tubes and cover them with acid free paper. Then roll your quilt around the tube, and cover the quilt with acid free paper when it is completely rolled. Empty tube from leftover Christmas wrapping paper will do for small wall quilts.  If you store quilts on wooden shelves, make sure you keep them away from direct contact with wood. Over time the oils with stain the fabric and acid will damage the fibers.

Upcoming Events and Shows

Quilting by the Lake – July 17 – 29, 2011
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021
p: 315-255-1553, f: 315-255-0871
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5th Annual Quilt Show

“Quilts from the Home Front: Soldier’s Quilts from Civil War to Present”

August 27 – October 22, 2011
Tioga County Museum
110 Front Street
Owego, NY

Quilts=Art=Quilts October 30, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York UNITED STATES

The 31st art quilt exhibition juried by Friends Terry Jarrard-Dimond and Cynthia Schira.  Since 1981 this venue has recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium by hosting this series of shows. The deadline for entries is August 19, 2011

A Common Thread, The Ties That Bind Us – November 1 – December 7, 2011
433 Locust St.
Lockport, NY 14094
show by quilt artist, Phyllis Stephens,
sponsored by House of Art
Pieces & Petals: A Quilter’s Garden – November 6 – 8, 2011
Kenan Arena
433 Locust St. 14094
Lockport, NY

Quilter of the Month

Alice Donaldson will be our Quilter of the Month for July. Alice has been sewing and doing different types of crafts since elementary school. When her younger son went off to college Alice began to quilt, something she always wanted to do, but never had the time. She began taking quilting classes from Kerry Hart and other area teachers. After her retirement from the Lockport City School District as a kindergarten teacher she started teaching quilting classes at local quilt shops and also taught classes at the Amherst Quilt seminar and other seminars as well.

Alice enjoys trying new patterns, techniques and teaching classes. Quilted jackets, table runners, quilts, purses and just about anything that can be sewn. She loves quilting with her “buddies,” traveling to quilt shops around the country and taking classes from some national teachers.

As quilter of the month everyone who comes into the store, and the entire quilting community, has an opportunity to view the quilter’s talent and see the vast array of local quilting styles, colors and techniques. While quilts are on display, photos will be taken and a CD created so you can maintain a record of your exhibition. During the month you are displaying your quilts, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. We welcome all levels to participate in this exciting opportunity! Call the store to sign up for an upcoming month. We look forward to hearing from you.

Girl’s Night Out…

Girl’s Night Out will be on Friday July 29, 2011. We’ll start around 6:00 pm and go until 9:30 pm. The cost is $8.00. Don’t forget to bring your UFO’s, orphans, or any other quilting projects you are working on and we’ll have a great night out! We usually order take-out, but you certainly may bring your own dinner. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you in June.

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