Thursday, December 24, 2009

From all of us at A Scarlet Thread,
we wish you and your families
a sweet and peaceful Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mini Ironing Board Makeover.

My friend, Amy, shared a little project she had made for her daughter using a mini ironing board from Ikea and I told her I was going to steal it. I finally have.
In my quest for finding a Christmas gift for my friend, Cilla, the thought occurred to me that a tiny ironing board would be a great addition beside her sewing machine while she quilts. I wanted to make it special by changing up the cover and adding a cute, sewing-related word as Amy did.
Quite a few words ran through my head- iron, stitch, I can take the heat, etc. Then the word press entered my brain and it was all over. You see, Cilla is really a Priscilla and what else would a Priscilla have but a tiny ironing board named "Pressilla"?

Is this cute or what?
Too bad there aren't any clever play-on-words that rhyme with Karin.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Two Down.

In my quest to complete Christmas gifts I never seem to count time correctly. I can look at something small and say, "I can whip this up in no time! Straight seams, tiny amount of fabric- no problem." And then reality sets in. I tend to forget how long it takes me to arrange things out on the design wall. I am hopeless as I stand there scrutinizing every block to make sure that this pattern is not the same as the one beside it or that there is not too much of the same color clumped together. Do you do that?

These two quilts are going to a little girl named Mia in North Carolina. She is the daughter of my sister's friend, Bruce. The little quilt on top is for her dollies and the quilt on the bottom is for her. Just a little something to tuck herself under and take a nap with Yaberdy or Sambeder. I love the names she gives things. They crack me up. She has an imaginary friend named Swetty that travels with her everywhere. It will be a sad day when Swetty leaves the building for the last time.

This pattern, one I designed last spring, is called Off Kilter. It was last night that I finally got the quilting finished and bound it. I had to run it through the shower and toss it in the dryer so I could see how cute it would be all puckered and rumply. I love rumply things. Maybe because I am one.

And this is the dolly quilt. I took a Momma's Apron Strings charm pack and just cut each charm into two pieces, one large and one smaller. I took a small piece and attached it to a larger piece and made the blocks. Then the trouble began. It took me about two hours to get the whole quilt laid out. With help from my daughter, we came up with a square that looked promising. Because I did not have time to sew it right then, I left it on the floor. (The design wall is blocked at the moment with a bed. Don't ask.) A while later my husband walked into the craft room looking for something and, well I'm sure you can guess what happened- he kicked the door stop, which slid across the floor and took all of the blocks with it. At that point I just gathered them together and sewed. I went to the shop yesterday and found the backing and came home and quilted and bound the little thing. And, yes, it had a shower with the big one. :)
The quilts are being mailed off today and then......I only have two more to go.

Wish. Me. Luck.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Silver Thimble Goodness

This past Saturday found the classroom at A Scarlet Thread graced with the presence of Pat Wys of the Silver Thimble Quilt Company. Pat was there to introduce the Silver Thimble Quilt Club to a group of very eager women.

Pat was a joy to listen to as she told us about her life and the beginnings of her quilt design company and, eventually, the establishment of what has become a nationwide quilting club.

With keen wit and an uncanny way of reading the minds of the women in attendance, Pat gave us every little detail of what we will experience during each class time. Just imagine five uninterrupted hours, once a month, of learning new techniques, reviewing some of the tried-and-true- methods and building friendships with women who each share a common bond.
She even confessed that she had caught "Scarlet Thread Fever" while visiting the shop. What is "Scarlet Thread Fever"? It's using bold, bright, juicy colors for quilts that would traditionally be rendered in either soft muted tones or deep, rich colors. Bold and bright is the future, baby!
(But never fear- we can satisfy the needs of those with a more traditional eye.)
Here are the quilts that will be offered during the first quarter of the AST Silver Thimble Club:

Strawberry Pie

White Chocolate

Tic Tacs
Each of these quilts is designed by Pat herself and kits will be available to club members only. But, patterns will be available for the general public. We want you to be able to make something beautiful as well!
If you are a customer of AST, you might want to pop in the shop and reserve a membership for yourself, a little 'Merry Christmas to Me!' gift.
Go on, you deserve it.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Out With A Bang!

This is it! The last completed strip club quilt of the 2009, and it is just beautiful.
Allow me to share it with you-

Wendy suggested making baby quilts from the strips and that is exactly what Sandy did. They are all so beautiful and different. It's like looking at a candy counter. :) You know I love that blue one!

This is Sis's Myopia quilt. How cool is that? The green is amazing! Her husband happened to mention that he wasn't sure that anyone would want a black and white quilt, except at a funeral. Well, maybe the funeral of a quilter!

Lynne finished her Starbright quilt just in time. She has such a good eye for color.

Someone went to Kathy Tetter's beginning quilting class! Look at this adorable baby quilt!

And Starbright! These are her first quilts, people!

A Christmas cutie from our Stack n' Slash class!

And a twist on the Transitions quilt. You girls are so good. :)

Do I hear a gasp? I'm sure I do! I never tire if seeing what quilts are being made, strip club or not. They are beautiful and as unique as each woman that makes them. But, most of all, you can see all the love that goes into creating each one, stitch by stitch by stitch.

Here's our little Christmas tree, adorned with the tiny spool ornaments and colorful little tomato pin cushions. The pin cushions were easy to make with a circle of fabric drawn up and stuffed and topped with a little cap of a felted green wool sweater. This time of year is perfect for finding 100% wool sweaters at thrift stores. Once they are washed in hot water and dried in the dryer on high, you can cut them apart and use them for all sorts of projects. My stash is depleting so I think a trip to the Goodwill is in order.
Can you believe that I did not grab a shot of the new quilt? I completely forgot to take one as I was decorating the classroom for our employee Christmas party. So, I will be sure to get one Tuesday when I go back to the shop. You are going to love it!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Little Sparkle

These are the ornaments I have been making for the little Christmas tree for AST. This tree will decorate the food table for our Christmas strip club. Hmm, somehow those three words don't really go together- Christmas. Strip. Club. Nope.

I simply wrapped embroidery floss around a wooden craft spool, glued the ends down and lightly brushed gel medium onto the floss. Then I generously sprinkled microfine crystal glitter all over the floss. A little piece of baker's twine threaded through a button, a snowflake, through the spool and through another button finished them off. (I did glue the buttons down.) Easy-peasy!
How cute would these be on gift packages for all of your quilting friends?
I love them. :)