Shop News

In just a few days, the 11th Annual “Western New York Shop Hop” will begin. Do you know what shops you are visiting first? Is your “game plan” all set? It’s good idea to map out your day before you get started so you won’t end up back tracking. The shop hop starts, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and runs through Saturday, June 7, 2014. The hours for Wednesday and Thursday are 9 AM to 7 PM; Friday and Saturday hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.
The goody bag this year contains a 6” strip of fabric and a free, easy quilt pattern.  And, you would  love to win this year’s Grand Prize:  a fabulous Bernina 210 sewing machine valued at $1199!

You also have a chance of winning a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate from each shop, but you have to attend all the shops to be eligible to win these big prizes. A fun new feature this year is each shop will be awarding an additional new prize to a fortunate participant. This prize is the new IN-STORE CERTIFICATE. The IN-STORE CERTIFICATE allows you to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate only from the shops you visit. So if you only get to four out of the 10 shops, you will only be eligible to win the IN-STORE CERTIFIECATE from those shops. However, in order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize and the $50 and $25 gift certificates, you still must ALL the shops. In addition, if you attend the shop hop you can take advantage of the 20% off the bolt sale. You got it – during the shop hop hours, each shop will have 20% off the bolt.

With the success of last year’s Post-Hop Charity Challenge (82 quilts were donated) we decided to hold it again this year. When you create a quilt to donate it will be benefiting the local charities; Safe Journey, Project Linus, WNY Heroes, Newborns in Need, and Roswell Cancer Center. Please make each quilt at least 40” x 40” using any fabrics you choose. You may want to use your fabric from Fat Quarter Tuesday or how about using the 20% off the bolt fabric on sale during shop hop? You could even use the 6” strips from the goody bag you received at each shop during the hop. Your charity quilt needs to be complete by Saturday, September 27, 2014, which you can bring to one of the ten participating shops. If you donate a completed quilt, you will receive a onetime shopping pass for 25% off your entire fabric purchase at each shop through 9/27/14. Why not make a charity quilt and feel good about giving back to the community, and take advantage of great savings by using your 25% off coupon.  A win-win!

The 11th Annual Western New York Shop Hop participants include:

Aurora Sewing Center – 659 Main St., East Aurora, NY, 14052 – (716) 652-2811

Aurora Sewing Center – 8575 Main St., Clarence, NY, 14221 – (716) 204-8350

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe – 593 Main St., East Aurora, 14052 – (716) 655-4561

Country Treasures – 61 Main St., Brockport, NY, 14420 – (585) 637-5148

Heartland Quilt Shop – 34 Main St., Lockport, NY 14094 – (716) 433-3188 (new location)

Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop – 11 Framark Dr., Victor, NY 14564 – (585) 742-2680  (new location)

Marie’s Sewing Center – 6310 Robinson Rd., Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 434-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd., York, NY 14592 (585) 243-0767

For GPS use “Town of Piffard”

Pine Grove Quilt Shop – 2962 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (716) 873-0774

Sew What? – 6816 Main St., Amherst, NY, 14221 (716) 632-8801


The 2014 NYS Row-by-Row Shop Hop  runs all summer.  The theme this year is “Sew a Season”. The idea of this shop hop is to visit quilt shops while you are vacationing this summer and pick up a free pattern from any of the participating shops.  Each shop will have a different pattern centered round the theme. Once you’ve collected your patterns called “rows” you can make a completed quilt. You need to collect at least eight  “rows” in order to make your quilt. Whoever drops off their completed quilt (quilted and bound) first to a participating shop, will win a stack of 25 fat quarters (that’s 6 -1/4 yards of fabric). If you use the “home” shop’s row in your quilt, (home shop = the shop where you hand in your quilt) you will receive a bonus prize.
 The “Row by Row Shop Hop” was previously held only in New York state. It has been so successful more states wanted to participate and now this fun, summer long event includes California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and many others. It starts on July 1, 2014 and runs through September 2, 2014. I hope that we will see travelers from other states, and don’t forget to find Row-by-Row quilt shops in your summer travels. For more information visit the 2014 Row-by-Row website and please “like” their Facebook page;


Spring Class Schedule

There are still a few spots left open in our classes, and we’d love to have you join us!


Pinwheel Stack and Whack with Ann Shaw
When:  Mondays, June 16 and 23, 2014
Time:    10 AM – 1 PM
Cost:     $35
(love this class!  Lots of fun to make!!)

Blooming Nine Patch with Ann Shaw
When:   Fridays, June 20 and June 27, 2014.
Time:     10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35
Paper Pieced Log Cabin with Ann Shaw
When: Fridays, July 11 and 18, 2014
Time:  10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35

For more information on these and our other classes click here

Upcoming Events and Shows

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

Thumbstall Quilt Guild presents

Star Spangled Quilts 2014

When:     Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Hours:     Friday, July 11 and  Saturday July 12, 2014 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday, July 13, 2014 11 AM- 4 PM

Where:   Skaneateles High School 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles, N.Y.

Cost: $6.00 ($1 off with Passport Book)

Westfield Quilters’ Guild Presents

From Start to Finish – 20 Years of Learning

When:  Friday, August 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Hours:  Friday, August 8 – 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday August 9, – 10 AM- 5 PM; Sunday August 10, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM.

Where:  Westfield Academy & Central School 203 East Main St. (Route 20) Westfield, N.Y.

Cost: $4.00

The 11th Annual Quilting around Chautauqua

When:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hours:    Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

Cost:    $5.00.

800 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!

Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information;


Quilts Inc. Texas Guild presents

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

When:   Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2, 2014

Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center * Houston, Texas

Hours:   Thursday October 30 – Saturday November 1, 2014 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday November 2, 2014 10 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday evening is Preview Night (IQA members & class members) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The public is welcome to Preview Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors & students; children under 10 free. $38/full day pass.

If you are interested in entering a quilt into this international quilt show and/or attending registration is open from May 9 – July 11, 2014. For more information visit;

Please like them on their Facebook page at

Quilter of the Month

We’re excited to welcome back Mary Militello as June’s Quilter of the Month. Mary started quilting in 1991 by taking six-week, beginners by hand class. She loved it so much she investigated machine quilting and hasn’t stopped since.

The Militello family moved quite a bit because her husband was in the Navy. Each move allowed Mary the opportunity to join new quilt guilds as she settled into a new area. This was very helpful while she transitioned into the new community.

While Mary was busy honing her quilting skills, she worked here at Sew What? for over 10 years. During her time at Sew What? Mary taught many classes and led the successful Friday Girls Night Out.  This monthly gathering was a fun, stress free night members could bring in UFO’s, new projects, or whatever quilting project they were working on.

Mary continues to teach quilting classes throughout the area and has her own long-arm business.  Quilting has been able to bring many wonderful talented people into her life, making her lots of life-long friendships.  She cherishes the quilts she’s seen, helped plan, and made herself over the last 20+ years,  and she is looking forward to the next twenty!!

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. 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 – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet 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.



A big thank you goes out to all those who have donated already, your generosity is making a difference.  Our last shipment was one of the largest our organization has ever sent!  The mission officers were impressed by our generosity, but they need more items for our next shipment.  The people of Nicaragua benefiting from our donations are desperately poor.  They really have nothing.   These people will greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or no longer need. We continue to collect unwanted household items, sewing supplies, gently used clothing, old sneakers, and even gently used (or new) undergarments.  (They love your old sneakers!) Please don’t think your older clothing won’t be of value due to size – people come in all shapes and sizes in every country. The mission sends donations to Nicaragua about three times a year and I will make sure they get to the right place. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for these people who could really use our help.  Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know.

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. Anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders and/or a binding issue. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? 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 starting a new pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

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

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