Shop News

Sew What is proud to announce we upgraded our Gammill Quilting Machine to a Statler Stitcher.  I’ve been practicing and practicing. It’s always a challenge learning new things, and this graphics program is INTENSE!! Thank Goodness we have that Charity Drive going on, I’ve been quilting Charity projects all month. The Charity Drive goes until September 27, so make sure you drop off a quilt for charity and we will give you a 25% off coupon (one time use) to all the shops that participated in the WNY Shop Hop in June. Even if you didn’t participate in the Hop, you can still take advantage of the coupon! Quilts must be at least 40×40, and will be donated to one of 5 local charities.




Our fall class schedule is almost ready for you. It is a pretty small list of classes this time, because I really need the time to practice the new longarm, which unfortuantely, requires a lot of concentration. Therefore, I need to keep the class list short this time so I have the opprtunity to concentrate. I’m sure by the spring we will be running a more comprehensive list again. However, this fall’s list does include a few new offerings; a brand new purse class, a very beautiful Farmer’s Daughter Quilt, and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. We will also have a few old staples, like Basics By Machine, and the project class will be up and running on Tuesday mornings during October and November. I’ll send an e-mail when we get the list up on the website, be sure to check it out!

Farmer's Daughter

Farmer’s Daughter

3D Tumbling Blocks

3D Tumbling Blocks








September means it is time for the 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop. This shop hop is my favorite because you can easily complete it in one day! All the shops are in easy driving distance and can be circumnavigated in a matter of hours – it only includes shops from Niagara Falls, Lockport, Kenmore, Amherst, and Williamsville. You will receive a free pattern for a small easy project from each shop. Sew What is giving out one for a table runner, others are for baby quilts, placemats, bags, wallhangings and other small projects. The first place prizewinner will receive an $80 gas card. There are an additional 16 prizes to be awarded – eight $50 gift certificates and eight $25 gift certificates! With 17 prizes, you have a one in 10 chance of winning something! So gather up some friends and see if you can be winners! The best part? All eight shops will all have 25% off yardage off the bolt during the Hop hours. The 8th Annual Quilter’s Quest begins on Thursday September 4, 2014 and continues through Saturday September 6, 2014. The hours are Thursday, 9/4/14 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9/5/14 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9/6/14 – 9:30 are – 4:00 pm. Quilter’s Quest also has a Facebook page, so make sure you “like” us on Facebook! See a list of participating shops below in the Upcoming Events section.



Shoptoberfest is another fun Shop Hop that is right around the corner. While the geography of this hop is larger than Quilter’s Quest (in September), you have more time to complete it (five days!). Also, there are shops on the Shoptoberfest hop that don’t participate in any other shop hop. So you must go and check everyone out! This is the shop hop with the fun Jumble game that can win you $250 gas card. The grand prize is a Janome 6600, MSRP $2499!!! There are eleven first place prizes of $50 gift certificates, and eleven second place prizes of $25 Gift certificates. You need to only go to 9 of the eleven shops to be entered to win the prizes, but you must have gone to the ‘mystery shop’ to be entered for the machine. The Mystery Shop is, well, a mystery. It won’t be chosen until the wrap up meeting. (It’s the sneaky shop-owners way to encourage you to go to all eleven shops!). The dates are September 30-October 4. Hop hours are 10-7 Tuesday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. Fabric on the bolt will be 15% off during the event, and most shops will have demos or other fun things to share. Come on and join us! Tuesday through Saturday, September 30-October 4. 10-7 weekdays and 10-5 Saturday.


A big thank you goes out to all those who have already donated, your kindness will make a big impact on the lives of the Nicaraguan people. These people who are benefiting from our donations are desperately poor and really have nothing and they greatly appreciate anything you don’t want or are no longer using. 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 their next shipment. 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 four times a year and I will make sure they get to those that pack the shipping crates on time. Feel free to drop off your unneeded items for the people who could really use our help. Help those less fortunate than you, it really means more than you know. I know they are planning a delivery this fall, so as you clean out your closets getting ready for school. Please remember these desperately needy people who can really use your unwanted things.

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 and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at:


8th Annual Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop

When: Thursday, September 4 – Saturday September 6, 2014

Hours:   Thursday 9:30 AM – 7 PM; Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Where: Auntie’s Attic, Heartland Quilt Shop, Marie’s Sewing Center, Patchwork Garden, Pine Grove Quilt Shop, Quiltmaker and Friends, Sew What? and Threads of Time.


Quilting around Chautauqua

This annual quilt show takes place on the picturesque campus of Chautauqua Institute. Quilting Around Chautauqua is an annual 4-day event featuring classes, 900 plus quilts on display, over 60 venders and lectures. Karen Kay Buckley, award-winning quilter, author and lecturer and Pat Sloan, fabric, and pattern designer, will be teaching classes. In addition, Ann will be one of the many venders. Join her at this wonderful event.

When:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Where:   Route 364 Chautauqua Institutions, Chautauqua, N.Y.
Hours:   Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and
Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10 AM– 4 PM

900 quilts on display and Ann plus 60 other venders to see!
Pre-Show Class Day Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information;


Shoptoberfest 2014

When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014. 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday


Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636

The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241

Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420

Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148

Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226

Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188

Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583

Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767

Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088

The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926

Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802


Amherst Quilt Seminar

When: Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Cost:     varies depending on class.

Open to the public an evening lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm – “Adventures with Leaders and Enders” by Bonnie Hunter.

For more information


Morning Star Quilt Guild presents

A Harvest of Quilts – Eight

When:   Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.
Hours:   Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost:     $5.00


River Lea Quilters Guild presents

River Lea Inspirations

When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014
Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours:   10 AM – 5 PM
Cost:     $5.00
For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304


Museum Quilt Guild of Batavia presents:

Stitches in Time Quilt Show 2014

Friday October 17th 10-6pm; Saturday October 18 10-5pm
Alexander Fireman’s Hall
10718 Alexander Rd (rte 98)
Alexander NY 14005
Admission $5
For more information, visit


Quilter’s of Crittenden present:

Sew Angelic and Pieceful Quilt Show and Raffle
October 17-18, 2014

Crittenden Presbyterian Church
3320 Crittenden Rd Alden
Admission $5

Our Quilter of the Month for September is Terri Bloom.

Terri’s older sister instilled the love of sewing when they were both children, Terri was only 10 years old! For years, Terri filled her time making Halloween costumes, clothing for herself and later, her daughter.   For an intense five-year stint, while her daughter was in high school, Terri made lots of costumes for Sweet Home High School musicals. Terri married her late husband in 1977, and relocated to a small rural town in Ohio where the “older ladies” taught her to quilt all by hand. She did some quilting over the years, but didn’t really catch the “bug” until about 8 years ago, after moving back to the area, and joined the Twin City Quilter’s Guild. She has met some fabulous people, made some great friends and has taken lots and lots of workshops and classes. Her style has been expanded by new exciting techniques she has learned. She loves color, lots of color, especially brights. Most of her work has been smaller projects: tablerunners, wallhangings, apparel, and a lot of baby quilts. She loves giving quilted gifts to her two adorable grandsons, and to many of her other “adopted” grandkids. For her 60th birthday, her amazing other-half, Tim, bought her a Brother Quatro Embroidery Machine. (Don’t we all wish we had a Tim?) She has had a lot of fun combining embroidery with her quilting projects. The most fun so far has been the wallhanging she created to answer a guild challenge. The challenge was to design your favorite song using fabric, Terri picked “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Recently, Terri retired, and is excited to play and practice on her longarm and play on her Quatro, hoping to be able to actually make some of the quilts she has imagined in her head.



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 advanced, 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.


Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. 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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