Coming Soon…the BERNINA Longarm Quilting Machines!

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Have I told you guys lately that I love my job? Barb sent me to Chicago this past week to take part in the very first session of the dealer training on the NEW BERNINA Longarm Quilting machines!   Some … Continue reading

What I’m Working on…Hidden Treasures Tote

I suppose the heading of this post should have been “What I was working on” since I’ve finished it, but oh well. Anyhow, I just finished making the “Hidden Treasure Tote” by The Creative Thimble.

Hidden Treasure Tote

Hidden Treasure Tote

Barb asked me to finish this bag as a store sample since she knew that I had made the Professional Tote which was also designed by The Creative Thimble. I happen to really enjoy making The Creative Thimble’s bags, because the patterns are challenging but very well written. This purse was no exception. There are a lot of pieces to cut and fuse, but as long as you take your time and use the provided labels to mark each piece after it’s cut, it’s not a big deal at all! And as always, the finished product is very professional looking and so stinking cute!

Hidden Treasure Tote Front

Hidden Treasure Tote Front

Professional Tote Back

Hidden Treasure Tote Back

This bag features three outer zipper pockets, as well as a magnetized flap to keep everything closed, but the best part is the “Hidden Treasure” inside!

Hidden Treasure Tote Inside

Hidden Treasure Tote Inside

This bag has a bag inside! You actually make two bags using this pattern, the large tote, and a small cross body bag that attaches to the inside of the larger bag. So you can keep your money and important necessities in the small bag and when you don’t want to carry a large purse, you just un-velcro the little bag and off you go! Genius. I also made one adjustment, I added Soft and Stable to the two outer pieces of the big tote only to give it more body…it makes such a difference! I also used Ruthann Stilwell and Susan Rooney’s new Fabric “Breezy Blooms”…we are so proud of those ladies and we LOVE the fabrics!

Mini Purse Back

Mini Purse Back

Mini Purse Front

Mini Purse Front

This bag will be taught at our East Aurora Location on Saturday, December 6th and 13th from 9:00 am -11:30 am by Diane. If you’d like to attend, please call 716.652.2811 and we can sign you up over the phone.Blog-Sig

August Quilt Of The Month…Equal Rights

The Finished Product!

(Hey, nobody look at the calendar ok? We’re going to pretend that it’s the beginning of September.) I’ve just finished August’s quilt of the month! I made Swirly Girls’ “Equal Rights”. We saw this quilt at Quilt Market in May and … Continue reading

Sew Kind of Wonderful “Curve it Up” Quilt

curve it up Phew! We finally got the Fall Winter Sewing Times done and the new classes are out! You can view the Sewing Times by clicking HERE. I needed to get a jump on sharing the quilt that i’m working on for my quilt of the month because it’s being taught soon! Diane will be teaching the “Curve it Up” sampler quilt in Williamsville starting September 25th. Over the six months you will create a sampler quilt using the Quick Curve ruler. You’ll learn to make two different blocks per month. Each of the twelve blocks is a traditional block with a fresh modern look and each block, in the future, can be used to create projects on its own. Here are the blocks I’ve completed so far;

Curved Sawtooth Star

Curved Sawtooth Star

Curved 4 patch

Curved 4 patch

Curved Churn Dash

Curved Churn Dash

Curved Flying Geese

Curved Flying Geese

Curved Log Cabin

Curved Log Cabin

This class will be held in Williamsville Thursday, September 25th, October 30th, November 20th, December 18th, January 29th, and February 19th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

I can’t wait to complete more blocks, and I’m looking forward to showing you the finished quilt!

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July’s Quilt of the Month, Cluck Cluck Sew’s “Inside out” In Botanics.

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Can you believe it’s August already? If only the winter went as quickly as Summer seems to. Oh well..I spent the weekend finishing up my July’s “Quilt of the Month”.July’s quilt is Cluck Cluck Sew’s “inside out” pattern, which I … Continue reading

Bernina Featured Foot 46C (and a Sewing Mystery Solved).

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Hello again! I’ll apologize ahead of time for two Bernina foot posts in a row, but really, can anyone get enough of all of the amazing things Bernina Sewing Machine Feet can do? If you didn’t know already Bernina offers … Continue reading

It’s Almost Here…The New BERNINA 97 Foot!

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As many of you know Barb, Jim, Sheila, Ina and myself were in Nashville about a week ago to attend BERNINA University. “BU” as it’s called is BERNINA’s annual conference for retail dealers and is where they introduce new products.  This … Continue reading

Traveling this Summer? Join us for the NYS Row by Row!

Get ready to hit the road, the New York State Row by Row Experience starts tomorrow!
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We are so excited to be participating in this years Row by Row Shop Hop. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Row by Row here’s the skinny right from the Row by Row Facebook page:

It’s the easiest shop hop ever! Just visit any of the participating quilt shops throughout the summer. Each shop is giving away a pattern for one row in a row Quilt. Pick up as many as you can, then mix and match your rows to create a fun and unique quilt. No passports and no fees! It’s a freebie!  Be the first person to bring a finished (quilted, bound, labeled) quilt using at least 8 different rows in to a participating quilt shop and receive a bundle of 25 beautiful fat quarters. Include their row in your quilt and receive a bonus prize! Limit one prize per quilter or quilt.

New York has over 90 participating shops and each one will be giving out a FREE pattern for a row! From July 1st through September 2nd 2014 you can stop into any of the shops and pick yours up. The theme this year is “Sew a Season” and Barb requested that we use birds in both locations Rows to unify our two stores.

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“Summer Birds” our Row for the Williamsville Location

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“Winter Birds” our Row for the East Aurora Location

We are SUPER excited to offer kits for sale of these Rows that include pre-cut applique pieces! That means if you pick up one of our kits you wont have to cut out and tiny bird legs or flower centers! All the pieces will be pre fused to Heat-N-Bond lite so all you’ll have to do it arrange them and fuse them down! I don’t know about you, but that makes me very happy! Along with being convenient this could also increase your chance of winning a prize. Since the 1st person to bring a finished quilt with at least 8 different rows (the rules state that a finished quilt is quilted, bound and labeled) into each shop wins a 25 Fat Quarter bundle- the quicker you get your row done the better your chances are!

The other fun part to this hop is that most locations will be selling Fabric Plates for you to collect. No gave involved with these…they’re just cute!

Our Fabric Plates

Our Fabric Plates

The plates will sell for $4.00 until Labor day and then $6 after that (if there are any left!).

The organizers of Row by Row do such a fantastic job at organizing this event, please check out the Row by Row website for a complete list of participating shops, and interactive map and so much more! www.rowbyrowexperience.com

We think this will be such a fun addition to the summer schedule and we can’t wait to meet all of the new quilters and sewers who will be visiting us in the next few months.

Tell me, are you planning on participating in this year’s Row by Row?

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