Shop News

Hi Ladies! We had a really fun Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop, with lots of people through the door, and lots of winners!! We had 198 finishers and 17 prizes, so you had a one in eleven chance of winning! Hopefully someone you know won something. If not, next year you are bound to win!! The grand prize winner was Nadine Brinkworth of Cheektowaga. Marian Roessler from Lockport won the gas card, and all the following people were winners too: Mary Jane Shields, Susan Steinhaus, Annette Gruber, Kelly Urtel, Joan Malaney, Helen Condon, Henrietta Szumigala, Renee Judkins, Jennie Wiegle, Maxine Shimmel, Carol Breakley, Jeri Iannaccone, Cathy Hurysz, Gloria States, and Carol Rairie. Congratulations to all the winners, and again, THANK YOU all for participating!!!


Our fall class schedule is ready for you. It is a pretty small list of classes this time, but 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. Be sure to check it out!

Farmer’s Daughter                            3D Tumbler

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Shoptoberfest is a fun Shop Hop that is going on right now!!! September 30 through October 4th, 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday. 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!). 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. The participating shops are listed below in “Upcoming Events”



Ann Marie Zon from Swormville NY began working with Father Alfonso in Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. Since then, the people of Western New York have been extremely generous in supporting her work with the poor in the rural parts of the country. Your donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, candles, sewing goods (such as fabrics, notions, and tools), bedding, hygiene products, carpentry tools, and so much more are distributed throughout the mid-eastern sectors of Nicaragua. Your generosity supports people of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. Ann Marie sends 42 18-wheel containers per year. Recently, I was dropping off some stuff and the place was packed with donated items. A week later I stopped by and all the tables and garages were empty, another shipment had been sent! Your items are being put to good use. Please feel free to drop your donations here, and I will get them where they need to go, or you can drop the items off yourself, the address is: 10100 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.


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:

Shoptoberfest 2014
When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014.
10-7  Wednesday & Thursday,   10-5  Friday & 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
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


Quilter of the Month

Our Quilter of the Month for October is Jerry Frieday. Jerry started sewing at age 14, and with Mom’s help, went on to make most of her own clothing throughout her teenage years, and into adulthood. Jerry’s mom was an expert and admirable tailor, working for Teglers and Ceil’s Bridal making bridal gowns, often with no pattern. She inspired Jerry to make her own bridal gown nearly 40 years ago. Jerry was so enthusiastic, she took a tailoring class shortly after her wedding. She soon made her new husband a sport coat lined with fabric which she also used to make a matching vest and tie. Around the same time, Jerry decided to try her hand at quilting, so she purchases a spiral bound Eleanor Burns’ Quilt a Day in book and went to town on a Log Cabin Quilt.

Jerry never thought of continuing to quilt until a friend introduced her to a “Block of the Month” at Hancock Fabrics in 2002. Jerry became hooked and continued with the ‘Block of the Month” until Hancock Fabrics closed in 2006. In 2005, Jerry took a “Stack and Whack” class here at Sew What? and made a quilt for a dear friend. “Stack and Whack” quilts are addictive, you know, so before long Jerry had made 6 of them, one of which she actually kept for herself!

Over the years, Jerry has collected many patterns and books, and has taken lots of classes to improve her quilting and broaden her creative horizons. She enjoys many of the different styles of patterns and color palettes. She has, however, developed quite a passion for paper piecing and raw edge appliqué. Jerry likes to search online for patterns, and to her joy, has found many companies publish patterns that are FREE!!! In addition to quilting, Jerry also has made many counted cross stitch pieces over the years. Her husband recently repainted her sewing room, and dedicated an entire wall to the blue ribbons Jerry has earned in different fairs and shows.

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 have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, 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 a 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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