Monday, November 30, 2009

Guess Who Came To Play at AST?

Who are these women listening so intently to?

Can you believe it's Hope Yoder!!
Oh, my gosh!

Isn't she a doll?

Hope came with her friend Peggy, to share helpful hints, new products and, most importantly, her beautiful designs with our friends. You could actually feel the excitement build as women poured out of cars in the parking lot! It was like watching little girls lining the stairway waiting for Santa Claus. Really.

The girls at the shop prepared bags with corresponding number "paddles" so, when a product was available for purchase, all the women had to do was raise their number and the girls would place it in that bag. Such an easy way of making sure that everyone was happy!
The hot product of the day was Hope's new Button~Ups! fabric covered button machine. Oh, my- the possibilities for extreme fun with this machine are endless!

How cute is this key chain? Everyone received one as a gift.

And this lovely gal is modeling the cutest hairband. It makes me wish I had a tiny head. ;)

Hope's talents are many and her designs are absolutely stunning. I really had no idea that you could make so many things with an embroidery machine. I must live in a hole. My eyes were certainly opened to this amazing and beautiful world that Hope has created.

Hope and Karen Taylor, owner of AST.
Thank you, Hope.
You filled our shop with joy and beauty and
inspired each woman who shared the day with you.

Please visit Hope's website to see her beautiful designs for yourself.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Last Monday we had someone special come to the shop. I was there. I took pictures. But the next day...
I worked. All day. And the next day....
my sister and her family came. And the next day....
was Thanksgiving. And the next day....
We went shopping. (What were we thinking?) And the next day....
We went to a museum. And that night....
I had to make this for my niece for her school's silent auction. For next Friday. And this day....
I am driving my sister halfway home where we will meet her husband and they will drive away. And I will have a three and a half hour drive home in peace and quiet, all by myself.
So, all I have to say now is:
Stay tuned 'til tomorrow.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving days.

PS- If you live in Georgia, you will definitely want to come to the shop tomorrow. I'm just sayin'!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Scrap Garland

I've had a few questions as to how I made the garland on the Christmas tree in the shop. It was oh-so easy-peasy to do. You know me, I love a simple project that does not require intense concentration.

To make this garland, I used the leftover strips that result from cutting 2 1/2" strips on the AccuCut machine. The strips are anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in width. I leave all edges raw, which adds to the casual feel of this garland. The strips are the width of the fabric which makes for a nice long piece of garland from each set. You can always purchase new fabric to make this project, but I think digging through your scrap bin would make a much cuter garland.
To make the garland:
Take one strip and lay another on top of it being sure to have enough of an overlap to prevent the strips from coming apart from fraying. Repeat on a second set of strips. Choose one of your wider strips to be your center strip. Sew one strip set on either side of the center strip. Wow, I wonder how many times I can type strip in this post? To attach the strip sets together, simply overlap the end of one set and the beginning of another and run two rows of stitching top ti bottom to secure. Do not panic if your strips are not the same width- it's part of the charm of this garland. Besides, you can always pinch the joins into a branch and no one will ever see them.
Sew together as many strip sets as you think you will need to encircle your tree. I made 15 sets and it was just enough for our tall, slender tree.
That's all there is to it! If you make your own scrappy garland, let us know, send a picture and we'll post it here. (Or on Flickr, if I can ever figure it out. Being technologically challenged proves to be problematic sometimes.)
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Tis the Season

The shop is decorated and ready for Christmas!
At every turn you can find ideas for gift giving or even gift hinting!

Who wouldn't love a sweet, over-sized pincushion for their sewing room?
Or maybe you could wrap up the pattern and fat quarters
along with a coupon for a day of sewing!

And can you imagine the smiles of your favorite quilter when she (or he)
opens up a box of our $30 fabric bundles?

A basket of layer cakes would be nice as well.

What will Santa be putting under your tree?

Saturday, November 7, 2009


That is the word to describe what was shown at strip club this morning! Beginning with the lovely Sandy and her Myopia quilt done with melon as her strong accent color. Oh, my! The photo does it no justice at all. It is beautiful.

This is Lynne's quilt from last month- Southern Comfort. And.....

Her Myopia quilt done in yellow! Oh. My. Gosh. She combined her black and
white strips with a bold yellow and her border is from the Taxi line. Yum.

Rats, I forget this girl's name. :( I'll get it and post it here.
But, she shared this amazing quilt that contains 1400 triangles. 1400, people!

Carol finished her queen-sized Cactus Wreath quilt just in time for Christmas.
Seriously, this is one of my favorite patterns we have done.

Miss Mary, of the ever popular Miss Mary's Charm School shared this Ladyfingers
quilt made with the new, delightful Panache line, done with perfection.

Ack! How did this get in here? This would be my Myopia quilt, done with aqua and red accents. Karen insisted that someone take my camera and take a picture of me. Really. The nice thing about writing this blog is that I get to control what content goes in it. That, and a little photo-editing magic, and all you see is that tiny portion of me- my hand. Bwahahahaha!

The other Karen shared her tiny tissue package covers that she made. They are adorable and would make the sweetest gifts for teachers, bus drivers, the mailman, etc.

She said they only take a few minutes to make, so you could give them to everyone you know.

And now for next month's adventure- Starbright. Sheri Curtis did a wonderful job on this quilt.
(Sorry for the tilted picture. What was I thinking?)

I can actually wrap my head around these stars. They are simple, simple to assemble from four square blocks that combine to make them. And who doesn't like reproduction feedsack fabric? This one is going to be fun. :) Stay tuned..................

Friday, November 6, 2009

Busy Bee

Goodness, where does time go? I've been busy helping Karen at the shop lately and I am having the best time. There is nothing like doing something you love. I am one happy camper. I am also working on this quilt:

Tomorrow is strip club and I cannot wait to see what everyone has done. Oh, my! This quilt is dizzying! I just put mine up on the design wall and I am not touching it except to take it down to sew together. I could be there for years trying to make something that is not supposed to be perfect, perfect. It will be what it will be!
Tune in tomorrow and you will see the results of our Scarlet Stripper's handiwork!