By Deb Everts
For over 15 years, The Ellicottville Quilt Shop has been a hub for area quilters where they have shopped for fabrics and notions or enrolled in classes to learn the craft.
Shop owner Amy Ewel is passionate about quilting. In her shop, people will see over 1,000 bolts of fabric in dazzling colors and designs on display. The selection includes novelty fabrics, batiks, oriental fabrics, Civil War reproductions and many blenders.
There are also books, patterns and notions.
“I have classes for quilters of all levels. People must bring their own sewing machine and fabric to class, but I furnish the other tools they need to make a quilt,” she said. “It’s best to work on your own sewing machine because you are familiar with it.”
For people who don’t enjoy the tedious task of cutting the fabric for their projects, she will do it for an hourly fee.
If a customer prefers to purchase a ready-made quilted item, Ewel has personally handcrafted an assortment of items ranging from table runners, placemats, wall hangings and purses to quilts of all sizes. Her quilted items can also be purchased on Etsy.
Originally from Delevan, Ewel was a molecular biologist for almost 20 years before changing careers and opening a quilt shop in Ellicottville, where she now resides. While she was working in the science field, she was always working part-time on the side in quilt shops and thinking she’d like to have her own business one day. That opportunity came when she moved back to the area to be near family.
Ewel founded her business in October 2002 with a mission to provide a warm and comfortable place for quilters to gather and share. She has accomplished that with the homey feel of her business space. On the last Saturday of each month, she hosts a Saturday Morning Breakfast Club where people come to discuss anything having to do with quilting while she serves her guests coffee or tea and breakfast treats.
To keep her customers updated on the latest quilting trends, techniques and fabrics, Ewel sends out The Ellicottville Quilt Shop Newsletter quarterly.
“Once a year, in July, I have a quilt show at the St. John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Street. It’s a really nice show and it’s pretty with all the quilts displayed on the pews,” she said. “To thank them for hosting the show, I always raffle a quilt to benefit them.”
Being civic-minded, Ewel said she raffled a quilt last October to observe the 15-year anniversary of her business. The proceeds went to the Rotary Club’s Children’s Christmas Party.
Ewel also collects canned or boxed food for the Ellicottville Food Pantry. She offers her customers discounts on their purchases according to how many food items they donate.
The Ellicottville Quilt Shop is located at 19 Jefferson St. Business hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed Tuesday and Wednesday or open by appointment.
For a complete schedule of classes and additional information about the quilt shop, visit online at ellicottvillequiltshop.com. To find out more, contact Ewel at 699-2065, firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.