Posts Tagged "machine quilting"

Pineapple Log Cabin
Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski                                    
When: Wednesday November 3rd     
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM       
Cost: $ 30.00

Beginners take note! We have a great class for you to learn paper piecing. This is an easy twist on the traditional log cabin and a great way to use any scraps you may have lying around you sewing room. Or you can start fresh with a planned color scheme. The straight lines make learning paper piecing a breeze.

Reserve your seat in this class now:

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This year’s 7th Annual Western New York Shop Hop was the biggest ever with over 500 quilters hopping. That means there were 24,000 2 ½’ jelly roll strips ready when you each walked through our shop door and collectively we gave away over 1500 yards of fabric!! We were thrilled A Whole Nine Yards, Chestnut Bay Quilting, and Heartland Quilt Shop joined the shop hop for the first time this year, which added extra flavor to the event. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and can’t wait for next year’s event.
As you can see from the list below, the winners were from many different towns. We had lots and lots of excellent prizes; so many that each of you had a one in fourteen chance of winning. We hope that you or one of your friends got a call!

Patricia Cuzzacrea from Lockport is the Grand Prize winner of the Janome sewing machine.

The $50 gift certificate winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center – Sandra Ellis, Blasdell; Carriage Quilt Shop – Pat Sitek, Kenmore; The Whole 9 Yards – Vickie Williams, Kent; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Nancy Dutka, Depew; Sew What? – Edie Fedele, Spencerport; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betsy Speer, Hilton; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Lillian Lunetta, Lockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Judy Depferd, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center ( W’ville) – Dolly Schmitt, Darien Center; Ivy Thimble- Karen Jordon, Barker; Country Treasures – Beth Hatch, Henrietta; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Marion Nappo, Varysburg.

The Gift Basket winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center- Nancy Flynn, Bliss; Carriage Quilt Shop- MaryEllen Cowell, North Tonawanda; The Whole 9 Yards – Carolyn Squires, Albion; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company – Bev O’Connor, North Tonawanda; Sew What?- Nola Goss, Wyoming, NY; Heartland Quilt Shop – Betty Carmen, Spencerport; Betty’s Quilting Etc – Kathy Bruno, Cheektowaga; Aurora Sewing Center -Chris Frawley, Hamburg; Aurora  Sewing Center (W’ville)- JoAnn Marshall, Williamsville; Ivy Thimble- Jeanna Reed, Arcade; Country Treasures – Kathy Pirro, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting – Lois Marvin, Spencerport.

Gift bag winners from each store are:

Marie’s Sewing Center –Jan Caito, Depew; Carriage Quilt Shop – Dana Brush, Hilton; The Whole 9 Yards – Terry Bloom, Amherst; Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- Pamela Vrana, West Seneca; Sew What? – Kathy Patterson, Hilton; Heartland Quilt Shop- Pam Eley, Silver Spring; Betty’s Quilting Etc. – Kate Verrland, Brockport; Aurora Sewing Center – Celeste Lewis, East Amherst; Aurora Sewing Center (W’ville)  – Linda Blades, Sodus; Ivy Thimble – Pat Freeman, Lancaster; Country Treasures- Karen Tomasik, East Aurora; Chestnut Bay Quilting -Gale Hirbar,  Canandaigua.

Summer Class Schedule

Our summer classes are in full swing and we are having a ball.

Classes with spots still open include:

Mary Margaret Symanski is teaching the Computer/Tote bag on two Saturday’s in August 21st   and 28th from 10:00am – 3:00pm  For  more advanced quilters

MerriJann Miller is teaching a new and different class and technique – what to do with all those selvage edges!! Come learn a unique way to use up your selvages in our Selvage Quilt class from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday July 24th.

A unique “unstoppable” Rose Corsage that looks beautiful coming right out of a suitcase! Come and sign up for this with Diana Brock on from 10:00am – 1:00pm Friday July 9th.

Project Linus

Project Linus provides quilts, flannel blankets, Afghans, crocheted or knitted blankets to children whom are suffering from a serious illness, family or personal tragedy,  and or homelessness. You can help by making a quilt or blanket, donating 100% cotton fabrics in bright colors, donate yarn or low loft batting, donating a gift card to your favorite quilt shop or yarn store and so much more. For more information on Project Linus of Erie & Niagara County New York you can contact Christine Lewandowski at 716-627-3883, or email her at or go to their website at


Girls Night Out!

Friday July 30th

6:00 p.m. – ??

Enjoy an evening out with other quilters. Order take-out or bring your own dinner. The cost is only $8.00. Don’t Forget!

Girls Night Out is a monthly event at Sew What? & is always held on the last Friday of the month!

See you there!

Individual & 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!$15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters. $10.00/ hour for 3 or more, per quilter.

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Upcoming Events

Impact Artist Gallery
Tri Main Building – Suite 545
2475 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Wednesday’s – Friday’s 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday’s – 1 pm to 4 pm
July 14 – August 14, 2010

Impact Artist Gallery will be displaying and selling works of 30 fiber artists from Western New York.  Cheryl Kagen, one of our very own quilters, will be participating in this show. Stop in and support Cheryl.

QBL 2010 – Quilting by the Lake
July 18 – 30, 2010
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY

Burchfield Penney Art Center
St. Philip’s Quilters Community Gallery Exhibition
Colorful Quilts That Bind Us Together
June 25 – August 29, 2010
Quilting session and Meet and Greet
Saturday July 24, 2010 12:00 – 2:00

Sew What? Challenge…

Time to Collect Your Challenge Quilts!

That’s right! Now is the time for us to begin collecting those finished challenge quilts!! In fact, we have already received a few and are excited to start hanging them in August. They will hang through November. We can hardly wait to see what you’ve come up with. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, 20 fat quarters and the honor of Viewer’s Choice Award; voted on by customers.  There will also be three additional people’s choice winners and they will be awarded 20 fat quarters of their choice.

Quilter’s Tip…

Did you know that spools of thread are wound differently?  Sometimes thread can give you trouble when feeding it through your machine, if so, it may be due to how the spool is wound.  If your thread is wound crosswise, it crosses over itself diagonally.  Other spools are stacked. The difference is this: crosswise thread flows evenly off the top of your spool, while stack thread comes off evenly on the side of the spool.  Happy Quilting.

Come see our line of Candy Land fabric and the adorable wall hanging Christine made from the panels!


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Sew What’s News?

The new 2010 summer class schedule is ready and has some new classes that we’ve never offered before!  We have something for everyone in this schedule, from the non sewer, beginner, and more advanced quilter, so classes should be a blast!  Hurry and sign up now!  For more advanced quilters, we’re offering aProfessional/Computer tote bag with Mary Margaret Symanski.  This versatile bag is one that everyone wants!  Rose Corsage with Diana Brock should be a class anyone can enjoy, even non sewers. It’s a dimensional project, a flower that never wilts!  And a brand new class we’ve added is Selvage Quilts with MerrieJann Miller. This quilt uses only your selvages; a great idea to use them instead of tossing them away! Totally green friendly!

Download the 2010 Summer Class List by clicking here.

Our new panels are outstanding! We have Aunt Lilly’s adorable Paper Doll panel, the Fruit Ladies panel by Mary Stewart and Thimbleberries quilt

Labels.  Any ideas what you can do with these?? Bring them in when you are done; we love to see your finished work.

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Get your feet ready for the 7th Annual Western New York Shop Hop! The Grand Prize is a brand new Janome Sewing machine! There are baskets from each shop as runner up prizes and the door prize is a jelly roll (consisting of four 2 ½” strips) from each shop.  You will have enough to complete a whole quilt!  A whole quilt for free!!  There are so many prizes that you have an excellent chance of winning…last year there was a one in ten chance of receiving a prize.

The hop hours are: Wednesday–Friday, June 9-11 9:00am- 7:00pm. Saturday, June 12   9:00am –5:00pm and Sunday, June 13, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This is the largest shop hop in the area, and we’ve added extra time to complete it.

This year the shop’s included in the hop are:

Aurora Sewing Centers-
Betty’s  Quilting
Carriage Quilt Shop
Chestnut Bay Quilting
Heartland Quilt Shop
Ivy Thimble-
Marie’s Sewing Center
Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company

Sew What? Challenge

We encourage everyone to participate in the SEW WHAT? CHALLENGE!image009
This challenge is to design a small finished project that reflects how Sew What? has touched your life or your craft over the years. We have the challenge fabrics, two fat quarters, in the Sew What? Challenge Pack for $3.00.  The deadline is August 1st.  The judging will be by viewer’s choice, and the first prize is $100.00 gift certificate and 20 fat quarters.  Four other viewer’s choice winners will win 20 fat quarters each, so you have a great chance of winning!  All the staff is very excited about this project, and we can’t wait to see what you can come up with!

Sew What’s Quilters Gallery

Faye Thompson is May’s featured Quilter. She started quilting in 1981at the ChinaThimble in West Seneca with her mother.  Ms. Thompson favors traditional type quilts, but enjoys scrappy quilts too.  Faye said it best when asked about fabric choices – “haven’t met a fabric I didn’t love!”
When you display your quilts in our gallery it gives everyone who comes into the store, and the entire quilting community an opportunity to view your talent and see the vast array of local quilting styles, colors and techniques. While quilts are on display, photos will be taken and a CD created so you can maintain a record of your exhibition.  During the month you display your quilts, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. We welcome all levels to participate in this exciting opportunity! Call the store to sign up for an upcoming month. We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events…

7th Annual Western New York Shop Hop
June 9 – 11, 2010 – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
June 12, 2010 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 13, 2010 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This excellent event has wonderful prizes including a NEW Janome sewing machine. See the details above.

Vermont Quilt Festival
June 25-27, 2010
Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
Friday/Saturday – June 25-26, 2010 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday – June 27, 2010 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

QBL 2010 – Quilting by the Lake
July 18 – 30, 2010
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY

Girls Night Out!

Friday May 28th

6:00 p.m. – ??

Enjoy an evening out with other quilters. Order take-out or bring your own dinner. The cost is only $8.00. Don’t Forget!

Girls Night Out is a monthly event at Sew What? & is always held on the last Friday of the month!

See you there!

Individual & 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!$15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters. $10.00/ hour for 3 or more, per quilter.

Become one of our many fans on Facebook:


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Mini Basics

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Title: Mini Basics
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Ann Shaw
Description: 3 quilting classes
Date: 01-19, 26 and 02-01, 2010
Start Time: 6:30
End Time: 9:00
Cost: $30.00

A short version of our basic piecing class, this three week mini course will cover methods of paper piecing and machine appliqué.

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Title: Machine Quilting
Location: SewWhat? Quilt Shop
Instructor: Ann Shaw
Description: 1 quilting class
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 3:00
Cost: $30.00

This method class will teach you how to quilt on your home machine. You 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 “hows” and then play with a practice piece that is included in the class price. This is definitely a ‘must’ class. You’ll definitely get some tips and tricks making your job easier.

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