Shop News

We had a fun SHOPTOBERFEST, with lots of winners and a good time was had by all. We so enjoy this opportunity to work cooperatively with like minded shops. The idea behind shop hops is to get our own customers to see the other shops, and their customers to see us. That way, quilters can gather inspiration from ALL the cool shops in our area. Do you know how lucky we are in this area to have so very many wonderful shops so close to one another? Some areas only have one shop in a 100 mile radius. All the shop owners around here like to promote women in business, and build each other up. We all work together for the benefit of us all. The best part about having such a wealth of stores in WNY is this: each shop has its own unique flavor, its own unique ‘feel’. We here at Sew What? like to share the friendly, fun, atmosphere of creativity. We believe in helping people and trying to stay positive, even when the going gets tough. Some shops in the area have been having a rough time, some have had to close, some are having personal difficulties, some are having trouble between the partners, some are experiencing health problems. But all the shop owners are wonderful open minded people determined to build each other up and keep things positive. It’s really wonderful to see.

Deb Marshall from Tonawanda won the Janome sewing machine, congrats Deb!!   $50 Gift certificate winners from Shoptoberfest were: Marcy Colbert from Fillmore, Cindy Parker from Perry, Grace and her husband Don Jennings from Smithville Ontario both won. More winners are Lisa Kazmark from Centerville, Sharon Steiner from Perry, Nancy Cymerman from Eden, Gail Yanus from Rochester, Kaye West from Amherst, Donna Sorensen from Williamsville and Kathy Szweda from Fairport. $25 Gift Certificate winners are: Roz Giardina from Buffalo, Laurie Baldwin from Middleport, Pat Cose from Toronto, Francis Kisicki from Buffalo, Marty Held from North Tonawanda, Linda Fike from Clarence, Susan Laubacker from Newfane, Karen Hockwater from Cheektowaga, Joanne Cockle from Fillmore, Ann Marie Watson form Niagara Falls, and Bonny Bartel from West Seneca. Judy Freeman from Albion won the fat quarter assembly for filling out the survey.

Next year, the dates for Shoptoberfest will be October 20-24, mark your calendars!! Other events for next year’s calendar include Quilting at the Bayfront (formerly Quilting around Chautauqua): new location: Bayfront Convention Center in Erie PA, new date: September 10-13, 2015. Because this event conflicts with QQSH, there is a new date for Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop too: September 23-26, 2015.


I wasn’t really on my game with all the events and exciting things going on here at the store,. and I didn’t find a quilter of the month for November. (I’m still looking for December, January and February too…if you’re interested in becoming a Quilter of the Month, please call the store. There are perks!) So, in lieu of a Quilter of the Month, we are going to show some really good holiday decorations, which will hopefully inspire you to get out those holiday projects of your own and get them finished. Dig out those half made and almost ready to give away items and let’s get some things finished! Christmas is only 55 days away as of November 1st!!!



Consider joining us in the project class: Tuesday mornings during November. You can join the project class for only $10/week. You will get motivation and advice on how to finish (or start) that project that you are wanting to do. The project class has helped several of the ladies get an awful lot accomplished! One girl has finished 14 projects since April!!! Please call ahead and let me know if you are joining us.


Are your friends with us on Facebook? I hope so! If you aren’t you are missing out on some cool stuff. Recently. Timeless Treasures fabric was kind enough to post some really cool short videos about how fabric is printed. There’s not much explanation, but you can see how the dyes are added. Screen printing is the process of swiping a fabric with one color after another, until the design motif is completed. They completed roll of fabric can be several hundred yards long, which is then “doubled and rolled” and cut into the manageable bolts of 15-20 yards each. The videos are both short, and interesting.   Please watch! See the videos here:

See Darryl in our warehouse rolling a bolt of fun Cops n’ Robbers fabric Here:
Rolling a Bolt of Fabric


We made up more kits for the 3D tumbling blocks quilt after running out at Chautauqua. That class is on Mondays at the beginning of December. It’s way easier than it looks! We’d love to have you join us.



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

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:


Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at or
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!


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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