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

Quilt Market Swag…a Giveaway!

Part of the fun at quilt market is collecting freebies from all the vendors. I collected a sweet pile of goodies just for you guys!

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I decided to do a giveaway just for my blog readers- did you know you can “follow” this blog and you’ll get an email when I post? That way you wont miss any exciting updates from Aurora Sewing Center! There should be a grey “Follow” butting on the bottom right of your screen, you can enter your email there and you’ll be a follower!

So anyhow- back to the important stuff, the swag! The prize contains:

  • An autographed copy of the new book “Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More”
  • A sample pack of all of the thread weights of Aurifil thread (yummy)
  • A charm pack of  Ruthann and Susan’s new fabric line “Breezy Blooms” PLUS their 2 brand new patterns, Dream Weaver and Garden Patch.
  • A Fat Quarter from Free Spirit’s new line “Lace Mountain”
  • A key fob from the Creative Thimble
  • A Swatch Buddies starter kit
  • A Laser cut hexagon stack from Timeless Treasures
  • A Top 50 Stonehenge colors charm pack
  • A Lavender Scented Walnut  mini pack from Plum Easy

How fun is that?? To enter this giveaway just click on the Rafflecopter link below, (It might take a moment to load) p.s. the winner must be able to pick up the prize at either one of our locations. The contest ends on Monday at 6:00pm.

CLICK HERE—> Rafflecopter giveaway

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Quilt Market Pittsburgh day 5…it’s a wrap!

Sitting here in the hotel room (at 11:30pm) after having a “wrap up meeting” with the girls, I’m feeling lots of things. TIRED, energized, inspired, overwhelmed and a little sad. Today was the last day of Quilt Market and we will be headed home in the morning. If you missed the post about day one you can see it HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE and day 4 HERE.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis post is less picture heavy for sure since we made it through the whole show yesterday- there was a lot of running around today- heading back to booths that we needed to buy from- picking up things we needed to pick up and generally tying up loose ends. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe stopped to see Confetti Embroidery’s booth, aren’t these spring bulbs darling?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the happiest things we did today was to get to buy Ruthann Stilwell and Susan Rooney’s debut line of fabric from Benartex. I know I’ve mentioned before how proud we are of them, but getting to buy this line was just great. We got every piece in the line- isn’t it so happy??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIna got to spend some time playing with the new couching foot for the Tiara 2. It was SO fun to free motion and have the machine stitch over yarn. There are so many possibilities with this foot…We were dreaming of Santa’s beard, fuzzy green grass, and so many other textural additions to our quilted work…I think we could have played there all day!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThose of you who are familiar with Leah Day and the Free Motion Quilting Project will recognize Leah above…her booth was full of examples of her prolific free motion quilting fillers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeah’s quilt showing off her 365 quilting designs was amazing!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA totally new thing coming to Aurora Sewing Center is this great ruffled fabric. You have to see it in person to really appreciate how cool it is, but there is a wide variety of ruffles, stretch lace and overlays..trust me, you are going to love this stuff- both for children’s clothing as well as things you will want to wear yourself!Photo May 18, 4 01 25 PMThe funniest thing about the last day of market, is that the MINUTE the announcer comes over the PA system to say that the event is closed, those booths are being dismantled. We were lucky enough to score ALL of Disa designs samples as she is from Iceland and didn’t want to bring them home with her. She even sold us her booth props and rug!Photo May 18, 4 09 27 PM (1)It was quite the scene trying to figure out how to get a whole booths contents back to the hotel room (which by the way was down a hall, up an escalator, down another hall, up an elevator, across a walkway and up ANOTHER elevator).Photo May 18, 4 10 28 PM (1)I got to carry the rug. On our way out we ran into a pretty exciting quilty celebrity…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s Mary Fons! I think we might be sisters from another Mother. What do you think? If you don’t know Mary she kicks some serious butt…check out her great magazine Quilty as well as her blog Paper Girl, and if you are on Craftsy check out her lecture from Quilt Con “Lessons from a Quilt Mafia Daughter”. You’ll fall in love with her like I did.

We all had an amazing time in Pittsburgh…it’s time to come home to you all- we’ve missed you! Thanks for sticking with me through my ramblings. I hope you enjoyed tagging along. See you back in Buffalo!

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Quilt Market Pittsburgh, Day 4!

Well, day 4 is over which means we are closer to leaving Pittsburgh than we are to just having gotten here. I’m trying to to be too sad about that and instead focusing on the fact that we’ve got another … Continue reading

Quilt of the Month, April edition. Carpenters Star.

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

New Summer Classes Now On-line!

The first few weeks of the new semester are always a little bit tricky. The new Sewing times is not done yet (so not available to view online), but there are classes that start in the next week or so. In order to try to give these classes a fighting chance at getting some enrollment, I thought I’d write a special blog post just for them!

First there are a few new Sewing Labs coming up quick.

SewinglabFor those of you who don’t know what a Sewing Lab (also known as a U.F.O/ Unfinished Object) is- think of it as open sewing time. Arlene or Diane host these classes, and you can bring whatever project you are working on to class and they are there to help you out with any questions. I’ve seen people use these classes to layout quilt blocks and get opinions about layout, or get some help with assembling a complicated purse pattern, or even just get out of the house to finish a project! These classes are tons of fun- sometime I think the gals spend more time laughing and eating than sewing…but don’t worry- I won’t tell anyones husband! The upcoming dates and times are:   In Williamsville, on Sunday May 4th from 10am-3pm and/or Tuesday May 21st from 9am-2pm with Arlene, and In East Aurora on Monday May 5th from 9am-4pm and/or Monday May 19th from 9am-4pm with Diane. 

We’ve got a few new Silhouette Cameo classes coming up as well;

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If you have purchased your Cameo from us you are entitled to free guide lessons on the operations of the machine- There will be a Cameo guide class in Williamsville on Wednesday May 7th from 6pm-8:30pm. If you are looking for more hands on projects for the Cameo, Cathy N. has put together a variety of Cameo project classes- one called “Silhouette to Sewing” will be held in Williamsville on Saturday May 17th from 9am-11:30pm and in East Aurora on Tuesday May 27th from 1pm-3:30pm.  Cathy describes this class as: “Design a shape in Silhouette to either send to your Digitizing software, or cut out to appliqué by hand.” So you can use your cameo software to create a shape and then cut that shape out of fabric to use as an applique! There are so many amazing things that can be done with this machine!

Diane will be teaching this very striking “Spiderweb Table Runner or Quilt” in Williamsville on Thursday May 8th from 9am-4pm. 

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Use the Creative Grids spider web ruler to make this runner- the blocks create a kaleidoscope effect that is so quick, easy and striking! You may want to keep making blocks an turn this project into a quilt!

One of our most popular tote bag patterns is called “The Chubby Charmer”

Donna will be teaching this great bag class in Williamsville on Thursday May 8th and 15th from 5:30-9pm. This easy pattern is a great BIG bag! Its wide bottom is fantastic for many uses. As an overnight bag, beach bag, diaper bag, etc. The bottom is wide enough to fit a 9″ x 13″ casserole pan! Approx. 14″ tall x 18″ wide x 10″ deep. We made ours using Soft and Stable interfacing which give it a great “vera bradley-ish” feel.

A really exciting new class we are offering this semester is called “Bonding with your Embroidery Machine” which is being taught by Barb Perry in East Aurora on Friday May 9th, 23rd and 30th from 9:30am-12:30pm. 

Bonding with your emb machineThe cool thing about this class is that it’s open to ALL brands of embroidery machine. If you bought an embroidery machine from us or someone else and just haven’t used it much- this class is for you! You’ll be using your machine making 3 different projects to be sure you and your machine will be “bonded”! (There will be kits required to purchase for this class).

Have you ever wanted to use your embroidery machine to quilt?

Quilting in the HoopDiane will show you how to use your embroidery machine to quilt your quilts! “Quilting in the Hoop” will be held in East Aurora on Tuesday May 13th from 9am-4pm.

Ready for some new spring Decor?

tulip garden“Tulip Garden” will be taught by Diane on Saturday May 17th in East Aurora from 9am-4pm.  This is another great runner from Disa Designs, and uses fresh fabrics and applique to create a great table runner for your spring and summer tablescape!

Want to use your Serger to make a fun summer scarf?

Flouncy Serger ScarfJoin Cathy N. for “Flouncy Serger Scarf” in East Aurora on Thursday May 22nd from 9am-1pm. She will be showing you how to use your serger to make this adorable light weight summer scarf.

Speaking of serger classes, join Arlene on Tuesday May 20th from 9am-12pm in Williamsville for “Serged Satchel”.

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This flirty feminine purse features ruffles galore with serged edges highlighted using variegated or contrasting thread. The ruffles can be made using jelly rolls or 2 1/2” strips of your favorite fabrics. There are two handle attachment options included; one handle is attached directly to the purse, while the other handle is connected with rings. An inside pocket completes the purse. How cute is this purse?!

Last but certainly not least, Diane will be teaching this adorable quilt;

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it’s called “Candy Store North” and the class will be held in Williamsville on Tuesday May 20th, 27th and June 3rd from 6-pm. This quilt is a modern presentation of half square triangles artfully arrange with bright colors in a borderless quilt. Perfect for a baby quilt for that modern mom!

I think that will do for now….all of the classes are posted online, you can view the East Aurora classes by clicking HERE. and the Williamsville classes by clicking HERE. I promise we’re working as fast as we can on the print version of the Sewing Times, but isn’t it great to live in an age where we can share these great classes with you in the  mean-time?

Some important things to note for May, both stores will be closed on Sunday May 11th so that all of our employees can celebrate Mother’s day. We will also be closed on Sunday may 25th and Monday May 26th for the Memorial day weekend, so mark your calendars!

So tell me…what classes are you most excited to take?

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To Market, to market! The Bayport Bag in Botanics.

It’s the time of year here at Aurora Sewing Center when minds start to wander towards Quilt Market. We attend the International Quit Market in the spring, although it’s held 2 times per year- we don’t attend the fall market … Continue reading