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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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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Quilt Market Pittsburgh, day 2!

Phew! I am sitting here in bed typing this blog at midnight because I made a resolution to myself that I would blog everyday! ( man.. I love you guys). So today was “Schoolhouse”, which like I mentioned yesterday is a whole day ( from 10am-6pm) of 15-30 minute classes from fabric designers, notion producers and sewing industry professionals. It’s a way for them to get you to come to their booths once the exhibit floor opens (tomorrow at 10am).

The day started out with Carol going to get the school house brochure- which is 20 pages of classes to choose from.

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The six of us say around and decided who would go to which class as to try to get to as many classes as possible. Since I don’t have photographs of anyone else’s day,  you guys are stuck with what I was up to.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy 1st class was with Judi Madsen from Green Fairy Quilts. Judi wrote a book called “Quilting Wide Open Spaces” which we have in the store.

Her quilting is FANTASTIC.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHer book is all about quilting in the negative…stinking amazing.

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P.s. this is the BACK of one of Judi’s quilts. O.M.G.

My next class was all about shot cottons.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have had a pretty diverse line of shot cotton in the store for a while. If you haven’t seen them they are a distinctive line of fabric with a different color in the warp and weft of the weave.

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Next, Barb and I took a class from Alex Veronelli from Aurfil.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlex talked about new Aurifil displays, not so interesting to you- but i’ll tell you, listening you Alex’s thick italian accent for 30 minutes was not too shabby!

The last class of the day was Mary Fons, Marianne Fons’ of Fons and Porters daughter.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary is the editor of Quilty Magazine, and the author of a new book “Make & Love Quilts” , a fabulous book about modern scrappy quilts.

The end of the night was spent at the Omni William Penn. We were lucky enough to attend the Bernina reception.

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It was a delicious evening with great company.

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Barb and Paul Ashworth the President of Bernina!

I hope you’ll forgive the wacky-ness of this post (now it’s 12:33am)…but I hoe you liked today’s update! See you tomorrow for the 1st day from the exhibition hall of Quilt Market!

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Quilt of the Month, April edition. Carpenters Star.

Carpenters Star Finished

It’s that time again! As many of you know April’s quilt has been hanging up at our Williamsville Location for a few weeks- thank you all for your kind words about this quilt! For April I chose the Carpenters Star, Bali … Continue reading