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


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!

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.

Row By Row Aurora Sewing Center WSC

“Summer Birds” our Row for the Williamsville Location

Row By Row Aurora Sewing Center ASC

“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!

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?


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.


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.




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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow pretty is this shot cotton chevron quilt??

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.




It was a delicious evening with great company.


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!








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

A Year of Quilts!

I won’t mention the fact that it’s been a few weeks (ah-hem….months) since I last blogged.  I’m hoping you will all forgive me. You know how it goes…time gets away from you. In any case, and without further fanfare I’d like to present my grand plan for 2014. A YEAR OF QUILTS LOGOMy PLAN (you all will hold me accountable right?) is to finish a quilt for the shop every month in 2014! I guess this is not an uncommon resolution for quilters, because as I told people of my resolution I got a few “Me too!” replies. I’d LOVE to get your ideas for the kind of quilts you’d like me to do. I told myself that I would push myself to learn something new with as many of the quilts as possible. Here’s a link to my Pinterest Board where I’m collecting inspiration.

pinterest-clickI’ll let you in on a little secret- I’ve actually finished my first quilt for the year! I’m not going to show it to you quite yet but I hope you’ll come back and check it out in my next post. In the mean time I’ll leave you with this sneak peek!  I bet some of you may have seen it up at our East Aurora location.Log Cabin

So…weigh in! What kind of quilts would you like to see done in this great Year of Quilts? Would you like to join me?  Have you ever resolved to do something similar?  I can’t wait to hear…


Featured Friday- The Sip & Snip

This weeks item is super fun and very handy. It’s a neat product we just got into the store, it’s called the “Sensational Sip & Snip”



This handy little gadget clamps right onto your sewing table and holds your coffee, bottle of water, tea, or perhaps a tumbler full of wine! (Although at Aurora Sewing Center we do not endorse drinking and sewing…;) ).
ip and Snip The basket is perfect for those threads and scraps that we usually end up tossing on the floor…The best part though is that it’s completely portable- it clamps onto your work surface with a simple screw mechanism, so you can pack it up and bring it to your classes at Aurora Sewing Center! No spilled drinks makes everyone happier!

We’ve been selling these so fast that we can’t keep these in stock, but this week (until Friday March 29th) we are offering them at 15% off! Come and get ‘em!Blog-Sig