Sew What? News and Notions

We are one month away from the 9th Annual Western New York Shop Hop? This year the shop hop starts on Wednesday June 6 and continues through Saturday June 9, 2012. With prizes galore, the hop features 11 of western New York’s finest quilt shops. The Grand Prize this year is the Baby Lock Sofia sewing machine valued at $999! The gift baskets worth $100 and gift certificates (one from each store) are fabulous this year. In addition your prizes, after you finish the shop hop, you will have collected 33 free strips of fabric and 11 different patterns – that totals over 2 ¼ yards of free fabric! Some people have used this free fabric to make quilts for charity, and some have made them into gifts or even made the projects to keep for themselves. The shops participating this year include:


Upcoming Events

Do you have an event you would like us to share with our newsletter subscribers? We would love to help you promote your event, just let us know!

FibreArts Initiative III

Wednesday, April 4 – Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Impact Artists Gallery

2495 Main St Tri-Main Bldg Suite 545

Buffalo, NY 14212

For more information on these events, you can go to FibreArts Initiative on Facebook, or email

Amherst Museum Lace Guild 24th Annual Lace Day

Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2012

Morning slide lectureLace in 19th and 20th Century Fashion

One-day class for beginnersFine Macramé Owl Sampler

Two-day class for experienced bobbin-lacersMilanese Bobbin Lace with Louise Colgan

Vendors with supplies for lacemaking & needlework plus antique laces

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village/Amherst Museum

3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst, NY 14228


Quilt in a Day: Tales of the First Ladies

Nationally known quilt teacher and author –Patricia Knoechel will present a FREE program featuring her new publication; Quilt in a Day: Tales of the First Ladies.

Saturday, May 19, 2012  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kenan Center, Taylor Theater Bldg.

433 Locust St.

Lockport, NY 14094

Contact Sandy at 716-471-4844 or for more information.


The Westfield Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show

Friday & Saturday, June 1-3, 2012

Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12-4pm

21 Brix Winery

6654 West Main Road (Rt.20) Between Westfield and Brocton

Portland, NY 14769

$4.00 Admission

The Morningstar Quilt Guild Show

Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2012

Hours to be announced

St. Matthias Church

East Aurora, NY 14052


Spring Classes

There are still a few openings in our spring classes.

Machine Quilting for Beginners with Ann Shaw is a method class to teach you how to do the quilting on your home machine. You will need a reliable machine with a walking foot and a darning foot that are made for it (the generic ones tend not to work very well). We do a LOT of talking about the “how’s” and then play with a practice piece that is included in the class price. This is definitely a ‘must’ class. You will definitely get some tips that will make your job easier, making the cost of the class worthwhile. Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $60.00


Buggy wheel with Christine Kryjeski is also known as the Carpenters Wheel and it was one of the quilts raffled off in the Amherst Museum Quilters Guild 2006 quilt show. You can make this project using a wide variety of colors or maybe you would prefer a more controlled look using one specific palette. This favorite traditional quilt is easy to construct and has a stunning visual appeal. Monday May 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $35.00


Country Lanes taught by Linda Davis is a combination of simple elements, great fabrics and clean piecing. This mixture will give you a fabulous scrappy quilt. The quilt uses one single background that is very busy, which gives the appearance of more than one fabric. One of the best things about this quilt is you can use your stash – so you can then come on into the shop and replace it! Saturday, May 19, 2012 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $35.00


Quilter of the Month

For May, our Quilter of the Month is Christine Kryjeski. Christine’s grandmother taught her basic sewing skills and by the time she turned eight she was making clothes and creating home decor. She began quilting in October 1986, one month before her stepson was getting married. Christine wanted to make the bride and groom a wedding quilt, and choose, ambitiously, a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt as her first project! Her stepson was married in November 1986, and she was able to finish the quilt in time for the wedding. After that, she was “hooked.”

Christine enjoys piecing triangles, and while paper piecing is not her favorite aspect of quilting, she seems to be doing quite a bit of it. She loves hand quilting, but admits machine quilting is much faster, stating, “there are so many quilts I want to do, I couldn’t possibly hand quilt them all.” Christine is motivated by almost anything visual, but what seems to inspire her the most is creating her own quilts. She loves to come up with new quilt designs, often combining techniques and fabrics for a fabulous product. Sometimes, she says, it can be frustrating, but the process is lots of fun. Christine often just plays with design on her computer program, EQ6.

An employee here at Sew What, Christine takes great pride in being able to share her passion with others.  She teaches a variety of classes, and this semester she’s offering a triangle method class, a spring tablerunner class called Tossed Greens, and Buggy Wheel. Christine really enjoyed making the Buggy Wheel quilt for a few reasons: it came out exactly as she imagined it and the colors, she feels, are just perfect. Christine is also a member of the Clarence Log Cabin Quilters Guild.

As Quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and everyone who comes into the store and will have an opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques there are in our area. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate. We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to to sign up for a future month.


Local Quilt Guilds

Did you know our area is rich with quilt guilds? These guilds offer members many opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people, and be ‘awed’ by other member’s work. Many times quilt guilds will offer mini-workshops with nationally known or local teachers that are educational as well as fun. Often there are charity projects to contribute to, as giving back to those less fortunate is something we all can do. But the best part of being a guild member is the ‘show and tell’ part of the meeting, where quilters shares their latest work, and trust me – some of their work is AWESOME! Most people are willing to share experiences and skills, so it really is worthwhile being a member!  Most guilds in the area are welcoming new members.


Amherst Museum Quilters Guild – 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228. This guild meets on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. For more information on this guild, contact Betty Lerner, President at 716-689-1440 or Theresa Utz at her email –

Clarence Log Cabin Quilters – 10405 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031. This guild meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. If you’d like more information on this guild, contact Judy Mason at 716-759-6234.

East Aurora –Morningstar Quilt Guild – St. Mathias Church – 374 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

East Aurora – Southtouwn Piecemakers Quilting Guild – Aurora Senior Citizens Center – 101 King St. East Aurora, NY 14052. This guild meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. For information, contact Betty Weidnar at

Grand Island – River Lea Quilters Guild – Grand Island high school -1800 Ransom Rd Grand Island, NY 14072. Their meeting starts promptly at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Contact Judy Buzby at

Lockport – Kenan Quilt Guild – 433 Locust St. Lockport, NY 14094. This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. For further information, contact Kenan Center 716-433-2617.

North Tonawanda – Twin City Quilters Guild –  Wheatfield Community Center 2800 Church Rd. Wheatfield, NY 14120. This guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month and their meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Contact

Orchard Park – Quaker Quilters – Orchard Park Presbyterian Church 4369 S. Buffalo St. Orchard Park, NY 14127. They meet on the 4th Thursday of each month. For more information contact


Quilter’s Tip

I started to hand quilt the other night and had a heck of a time threading my needle. I’m probably not the only one who has this issue from time to time, so I thought offer some tips to help.

  • Try putting the needle eye over a piece of white paper or cloth – you can see the hole better.
  • When threading needles with very small eyes, hold the thread tightly with your fingers and cut it at an angle, it should go right in.
  •  Sometimes needles thread better from one side to the other, turn the needle around, and try from the other side;  when needles are made, the eye is ‘punched out’, so one side is inherently ‘cleaner’ that the other.
  • Wet the back of the eye of the needle instead of the thread. Moisture on the needle will attract the thread and dry thread is thinner and will go through the needle easier.
  • Try ‘needling your thread’ instead of ‘threading your needle’ by holding the thread down low between your finger and thumb, and laying the eye of the needle over it. You can see your flesh tone through the eye of the needle, and it helps you lay the eye accurately over the tip of the thread.
  • If none of this works, consider purchasing a desktop needle threader, which run about $15. I wouldn’t be without mine!


Girl’s Night Out

May 25, 2012 is Girl’s Night Out! We start around 5pm or 6pm (however, it works into your schedule, its casual) and go until around 9pm. The cost is $8. 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! All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on May 25, 2012.


Individual and 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!

It costs $15.00/ hour for one or two quilters; $10.00/ hour for three or more quilters.

Thursday Morning Free Sew!

Did you know we offer a free sew every Thursday morning?

Bring in your projects and hang out with us for a bit!

Free advice, sewing tips, and great companionship!

10-2pm every Thursday


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