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
(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
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;
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!
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
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.
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!
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?
Well, it feels like school is out for the Summer around here. Our Sewing and Embroidery Clubs have officially ended for the season. It’s alway bittersweet each June when Club ends, it’s nice to have a break from the huge … Continue reading
Congratulations to Margaret Smeeding- you won the Quilt Market Swag giveaway! I have emailed you, but if you don’t see my email you can contact me at aurorasewingcenter@gmail .com. Yay you!
Thanks to all who entered, stay tuned for more great giveaways!
I can’t believe that day 3 is already over! This morning started out with a 9:30 appointment with one of our favorite ladies, one who you might recognize- Kathy Gardner! (You may recall that she was here this winter teaching … Continue reading
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.
Her quilting is FANTASTIC.
My next class was all about shot cottons.
Next, Barb and I took a class from Alex Veronelli from Aurfil.
The last class of the day was Mary Fons, Marianne Fons’ of Fons and Porters daughter.
Mary 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.
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!
We’re here! Barb, Phyllis, Ina, Carol, Sheila and I arrived today in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market! Today was a travel day, so we left Buffalo at 9:30am and headed to Pittsburgh, which is only about a 4 hour drive away. … Continue reading