Sew What? News and Notions…

The 5th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop is just around the corner! The seven shops participating are all located in Erie and Niagara counties and each will display their own unique selection, and style of fabric, notions, novelties and more. Visit all the shops, get your passport stamped and you’ll be entered to win some great prizes.   This is a great Shop Hop because it can easily be done in one day.

The official Shop Hop hours: Thursday September 8th and 9th 2011 – 9:30am -7:00pm; Saturday September 10th, 2011 – 9:30am-5:00pm

  • Once again we are able to offer a fabulous Grand Prize to a quilter’s retreat weekend for four (valued at $900.00) from the Brickhouse Quilting and Gifts in Lockport.
  • First prize is a $350 gift certificates ($50 gift certificate from each shop)
  • Seven lucky winners will receive one of the $50 gift baskets from each shop
  • Each finishing participant will receive enough charm squares to make an entire quilt!  This year’s theme is  Christmas, and the quilt was designed by Sue Dray of Pine Grove Quilt Shop
  • When you visit the Brickhouse, you can enter to will an additional prize for a $140 gas card.

The shops to visit this year include:

Auntie’s Attic 2043 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Heartland Quilt Shop 7121 Ridge Rd. Lockport, NY 14094

Marie’s Sewing Center 6310 Robinson Rd. Lockport, NY 14094

Pine Grove Quilt Shop 2962 Delaware Ave. Kenmore, NY 14217

Quiltmaker and Friends 4716 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Sew What? Quilt Shop 6816 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Threads of Time 3125 Sheridan Dr. Amherst, NY 14226

Brickhouse Quilting and Gifts 8201 Tonawanda Creek Rd, NY 14094

Fall Class Schedule…

Our fall class list is almost complete and we very excited to share it with you. We have new classes to entice you with and some old standards too.

  • Linda Fike will be teaching Primrose by Quiltsmart in two classes
  • Linda Davis will be teaching a few different classes you won’t want to miss such as One Block Wonder and a beautiful hand appliqué class
  • Christine Kryjeski is teaching a fun, new pillowcase, and Fall Wheelbarrow Wallhanging, Log Cabin and Quiltsmart  Lone Star classes.
  • Ann Shaw will be teaching her Beginners by Hand (a must for any quilter) and Machine Basics.

To see our complete class list check:

Upcoming Shows and Events…

Amherst Museum Quilters Guild presents Karla Alexander lecture:
“Lift Quilts Out of Your Stash”
Wednesday September 14, 2011 – 7:00pm
Amherst Museum
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14228
Open to public – $8
AMQG members – free
Museum members – $4

Southtowns Piecemakers Quilting Guild
“Through a Quilter’s Eye” Quilt Show
Friday – September 30, 2011 – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – October 1, 2011 – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Crossroads Christian Church
1050 Girdle Road
Elma, New York
Admission $5.00 to benefit FISH of East Aurora and Trinity Food Basket

Kenan Quilters’ Guild
“Collections of Color”

Friday – Sunday November 4 – 6,  2011
Kenan Arena
433 Locust St.
Lockport, NY 14094

Quilter of the Month…

Patty Kuriscak, a retired teacher, will be our Quilter of the month for August.  Patty always wanted to learn the art of quilting, but with her busy teaching schedule and being a mom, she just never found the time.  In 2001 Patty retired and was excited at the prospect of learning how to quilt. She signed up for a basic quilting class and was well on her way.  But in 2003 Patty was sidelined with breast cancer but wouldn’t let this deter her from her mission to quilt! She had “fabulous fabric to make into quilts” and made so many new friends by joining the Twin City Quilters she wasn’t going to let cancer stop her. “I am still here and living life to the fullest”! Patty loves trying new techniques and enjoys making a variety of quilted projects. She does admit smaller projects appeal to her because they can be completed and given away quicker.  Speaking of small things, Patty recently became a grandmother for the first time to twin girls – Morgan and Marianna! She will be very busy for quite some time making quilts and other fun projects for the new beauties in her life.

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.

Quilting Tip of the Month…

There are all kinds of opinions whether or not to washing fabric before we start our next quilting project is the right thing to do.  P&B Textiles, where lots of our fabric comes from, has some basic guidelines we’d like to share with you:

  • For an art or wall quilt there is no need to pre-wash your fabric.
  • If your project calls for light and dark fabrics, you may want to pre-wash the dark fabrics to prevent potential bleeding. To do this, use cold water and afterwards test a light colored or white fabric and add it to the dark wash to see if any color bleeds onto your fabric. If there is color bleeding, repeat the cold pre-washing step and do so until there is no color bleeding to be found.
  • Do not pre-wash fabric in hot water or use a hot dryer
  • When washing finished quilts use only cold water and a cool dryer or better yet,  dry flat. And only if fabric was pre-shrunk before quilt was made.
  • Only use gentle detergent, like Orvis, to wash quilts because detergents can fade fabrics. No detergent is recommended for pre-shrinking

If you follow these steps when caring for your fabric you quilts shouldn’t shrink more than 5% selvage to selvage or have any bleeding or fading issues at all. Here to happy quilting.

Girl’s Night Out!

Girl’s Night Out will be on Friday, August 26. 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 and any other quilting projects you are working on and we’ll have a great night out! We usually order take-out, but you certainly can bring your own dinner. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you in August.

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