Friday, December 10, 2010

The Magnificent Margaret Tully

Last Saturday, after strip club, we had a visit from someone very special to A Scarlet Thread- Margaret Tully from Baby Lock! We had a good crowd for each of the classes, and there was much fun to be had.

The "Big Screen" was put into operation to ensure that everyone could see what Margaret was demonstrating. She did some amazing things with that serger sitting in front of her. I didn't know machines could do such amazing things! I lead a very sheltered life.

There were even machines set up for demonstrations. Everyone who attended the class was able to make a darling coffee cup (or soda cup) cozy, the whole thing made on a serger!

Everything Margaret said was jotted down with care for future reference.

I had the pleasure of spending a bit of my lunch time with Margaret. We talked about where we derive inspiration for quilts and other projects, how there are some things that will never be made because of the memories to which they are attached. She told me of her mother-in-law, who had a tin of embroidery floss that caused a young bride to swoon with delight as it was opened and its contents revealed. And how, when her mother-in-law passed away, the things Margaret asked for were the pillow slips that her husband's mother had made by hand. Margaret made church dolls for each woman in the family for a Christmas gift that year. What a perfectly lovely gift from a perfectly lovely woman.

In case you did not get to come and see Margaret in person, here's a little video of her sharing a very smart tip. It's one of those, "Oh, really. Why did I not think of that?" things that once it's put in the brain never leaves.

We do have the best guests come to visit. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Strip Club.

It was the last strip club Saturday of 2010 and the girls did not disappoint us with their show-and-tells! That doesn't sound very good, does it? Anyway, there were some beautiful quilts shared. Here, take a peek:

Barbara is shooing off her Star of the Show- beautifully pieced and quilted!

And, her lovely Brownstone along with

a sublime Pop Flower!

Jennifer shares her Pop Flower quilt made with a coral sashing that makes this a stunner!

You ahve to love Sandy. She chose to use her strips to make another version of Storm Front. 
L.O.V.E. this quilt. A lot.

I think I've shared the pink version of Northcott's breast cancer fabric and now I get to share Sandy's beautiful quilt made in the taupe and black colorway. This is really just stunning in real life.

News flash! Stop the presses! Lynne did not make a king size quilt! But she did make a beautiful Brownstone.

Do you see those empty chairs? They are waiting just for you! We hope that you;ll come join us for strip club during 2011. 2011? Already? Time is flying.

This is the quilt we'll be making for January. It's pieced using Stonehenge and it's just lovely. The pattern is called Dream Weaver and it's a dream to put together.
See you next year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Breakfast Club

What do you have for breakfast? Here at AST, one Wednesday a month, we have a cozy casserole matched up with some cozy quilting! It's called Breakfast Club and it's quickly becoming a favorite! It's led by me and the adorable Sherrie Curtis.
 Every month you receive a new pattern, based on breakfast foods (hence the name). In November, we gathered together to feast upon Eggs Benedict casserole, pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones with cranberry butter, fruit, juice and a Danish ring. Yum! Don't ask why there are no photos of the food, okay?

The pattern for the November quilt was Eggs Benedict. Mary used a Clermont Farm jelly roll to construct her top. It is gorgeous!

 Barbara made hers from a Christmas-themed jelly roll. Hmmm, which one was that?

 No matter! It's going to be so warm and comfy on Christmas morning.

 Lynne made hers from Objects of Desire. It is bright and beautiful!

Jennifer is getting a little picky. Well, a lot picky.
 The only thing that makes having to take out a boo boo better is knowing that you can get encouragement and sympathy from everyone around you! We'll have you laughing and chatting so much that you will forget the pain of having to take out seams!

There is always fun conversation, tons of sewing and running back to the food table for a little munching.   

 This is Sherrie's beautiful Christmas Eggs Benedict. 

And this is my Eggs Benedict top, made from a Lumiere de Noel jelly roll, that still needs to be quilted! Oy.

 The girls worked hard to get their first completed blocks up on the design wall. As you can see, they are very different and all beautiful!

Can you say "Olé!" ? December's quilt is called Mexican Fiesta Eggs! Sherrie made this top and it's adorable!
Come on and join us on Wednesday, December 15 at 9:00 AM, for breakfast, quilting and friendship.
You'll love it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are busy preparing turkey dinners for big feasts tomorrow but you must join us at the shop for Black Friday! I can't even tell you the deals that are be had! Why? Because it's all a great surprise! Absolutely incredible, fantastic things are on display for you to check off from your Christmas list! We'll open promptly at ten- so get lots of rest!
And from our A Scarlet Thread family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be spending mine with this little turkey. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hangin' Out.

One of the challenges of the new shop is the dearth of wall space which means that we had to get creative with how we hang the quilts. Luckily for us we have a suspended ceiling with lots of grids to hang things on!

 If you've ever been to visit you know that we like to make things pretty and fun. What we hang the quilts on had to fit in these two categories and I think we hit the mark with the flower pot finials on the end of white fluted curtain rods.

These were extremely easy to make- I painted a four inch terracotta pot and matching saucer black, then added big white polka dots. Using a masonry bit, I drilled a hole in the center of the saucer to match the pot. The curtain rod had a sweet little predrilled hole so all I had to do was place a washer on a screw, put them through the hole in the pot and tighten the whole thing up! The pots were then filled with floral foam and stuffed with red hydrangeas and the whole thing was hung with a polka dot ribbon! They add just the right touch of whimsy and give us lots of places to hang quilts. Lots of quilts.
I wish I had a grid ceiling at home. ;)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Sorry, there are no photos to accompany this post. Why? Because I left my memory card in my home computer. But, that doesn't mean this post will be boring. No, sir!
Last night was the first Sewing With the Stars event at AST. We had a blast! Pat Wys (I just love her!) stayed to play after Silver Thimble Club finished, so you know we had tons of fun.
Everyone brought their sewing machines and a project to work on. There were quilts and Christmas stockings, bags and other porjects being made and shared. I sat with Krista in the "handwork" corner. She was hand quilting a beautiful wall quilt (or maybe it was a table runner) with appliqued orcas and I, well, I brought my knitting. I think they should change the name to Stitching With the Stars, then I could bring my knitting and not feel guilty.
We chatted, sewed, oohed and aahed over everything, laughed and relaxed. Ah, yes, relax. There's a word that's not in my vocabulary much lately but, last night, I did just that. I'm sure the company had much to do with it as well as the rythmn of the needles as I worked a simple garter stitch row after row after row. It was a lovely thing to find myself being lulled into a state of comfort and bliss.
If you ever find yourself in need of a little unwinding, gather together with a bunch of friends, work on a project or two and chill. It's just what the doctor ordered.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Growing Pains?

Can you believe that it's been five weeks since AST moved to its new location? I can't either! 
While the move went smoothly and we are enjoying our beautiful space, there was still that problem of having to go outside to get to the sewing center and the classroom. That will not be a problem much longer.
Why? Because we are going to be bustin' through the walls of what was a small church to make AST even bigger and better!

I can't wait to decorate this place.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

You Would Think That On A Very Cold Saturday Morning...

.....there would be no Scarlet Strippers to be found! But, when there are warm and cozy quilts involved, they will come- 30 degree temps or not! 
Sandy was up first with her beautiful Brownstone quilt! I love this pattern. :)

 Then she stunned us all with the unveiling of her Yellow Brick Road quilt made with Northcott's Quest for a Cure Sophisticate line. This is just gorgeous fabric and made such a simple pattern shine. (I can tell you that Sandy bought some of the taupe colorway today so be prepared for yet another fabulous show and tell next month!)

 Lynne took our breath away with her Star of the Show quilt from October's strip club. Those colors  are just perfect to make this quilt an absolute stunner! Brava, Lynne!

 Hahahaha! One of the benefits of being the blog writer is that I can include, edit or eliminate any photo I desire. This is my hand pointing to the newest Breakfast Club quilt, called Eggs Benedict. I used a Lumiere de Noel jelly roll and yardage that I picked up in Florida when I visited my sister last month. I love anything French General and knew it would be perfect for this quilt. It went together easy peasy- I started last night at 9:30 PM and finished the top at 1:45 AM. A very productive night!

 Last but not least, this is our new strip club quilt! The pattern is called Petal Pop by Cozy Quilt Designs and the fabric is the Bliss line from Bonnie and Camille. Oh, my stars! This is just beautiful. I can tell you that there were so many beautiful fabric picks in the arms of the strippers. I cannot wait to see what the quilts look like next month!

 In case you missed out on some of the steps to making the blocks, I've included a few shots to jog your memory. You will need your pattern with you as I have not disclosed everything. I'm not being mean. :)

Come back next month to see what creative things the strippers did with their quilts! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the sewing room!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Marvelous Market

 Because I could never capture her excitement, here's Angela's email:
"Fabulous!  I don't know if there is a better word to describe my experience at the International Quilt Market in Houston this past weekend!  I say again - FABULOUS!  I am so excited about all the things that are rolling around in my brain right now and forming plans for AST customers!  I had classes from industry stars like Debbie Caffrey, Charlotte Angotti, and Pepper Cory!  I missed that cutie pie Ty Pennington, but I got to meet Anna Griffin, Edyta Sitar, and the Swirly Girls!  Kaffe Fassett was just sitting in his booth stitching on his current project, and I would have taken his pic, but I thought it was a little stalker-ish!  And, it was so nice to just settle down for a few minutes with our own Pat Wys at her booth at Market.  All of the displays were amazing, and you are gonna love all the pics!  I would have liked to get a more aerial view of the conference center so you can see the magnitude of the whole thing!  Festival begins in a couple of days, and I will send pics of it as well, and then I will be on my way back home again!  I've had an amazing time, but I miss my family - the one at home, and the one at the shop!  See you soon at AST!"
The Amy Butler booth. You can't look at Amy's fabrics and not feel deliriously happy.

 And then, she makes tuffets! Ah, sigh!

Oh, Tula Pink, you had me at that giant pinwheel!

A beautiful corner of Anna Maria Horner's booth. You need to visit Monica to see the amazing heart quilt Anna Maria made. Stunning!

 Even Ty Pennington is getting in on the act with his own line for Free Spirit.

 I think his designs would be perfect for home dec projects.

 Anna Griffin's booth offer up some major delights! How cute is that kitty on the quilt?

 Oilcloth perfection....

 and this charming little bit of sweetness!

 Is it prom season? Michael Miller seems to think so. Is that Scarlett I see in the back?

 Pillow and Maxfield's gorgeous Gypsy Bandana line. Oh. My. Gosh!

 Oh, Mod Kid! You do make the cutest things. I see some Emma sewing in my future!

 Blackbird Designs hits the comfort spot with me, every single time. I love that homeyness they bring to their quilts. Plus, they wallpapered their booth in book pages! Birds of a feather- my living room is done the very same way!

 The incredible Quilts of Valor booth. If you are not familiar with this organization, please take a few minutes to visit their website. To date, over 33.000 quilts have been given to members of our military. Their mission is simply this, "The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL those service- members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs).This foundation is not about politics. It's about people."

 An last, but not least, the Lakehouse Dry Goods booth!

Holly's new line, Annie's Farm Stand is due out in May, 2011, and we will have it at AST! 

As you can see, Angela had a blast at market! Well, really, was there any way she wouldn't?