Friday, March 19, 2010

It's All About Disco.

Do you remember KC and the Sunshine Band, Minnie Riperton, Patty LaBelle, the Bee Gees, The Village People and ABBA? Then you will love walking through the doors at AST! We've channeled our inner disco divas to make this shop hop!
When you arrive, you will be directed to the gallery where you will find quilts, quilts and more quilts. Bold and bright, sassy and sweet- there's something for everyone. And the best thing? We have kits to help you make your quilt go together that much faster!

Welcome to the bundle wall! 2000 fabulous bundles of 5 1-yard cuts of coordinating fabrics. (Well, make that 1998. I bought two.) And you get one of six free patterns when you purchase a bundle.

There's nothing like row after row of bundled fabric to make you swoon and Sandy will be there to catch you if you fall.

Why, look! It Faberella! Otherwise known as Angela, our sweet fabric coordinator, standing in front of one of our most popular quilts- Pat Wys's White Chocolate. Yum, yum, yum.

Armed and ready at the quilting machine, Sherrie Curtis prepares to demonstrate quilting a baby quilt. I wonder how many times I can use the word quilt in a sentence?
So, you want to see some disco? Here ya go-

Um, I think the drama of an extremely large and mirrored ball gets lost in translation from real life to photo. Trust me, it's quite an impressive sight as it casts it's rotating polls of light all about the store.
But this? Well, there's nothing lost here- It's John Travolta in his best Saturday Night Fever pose dancing on a floor comprised of all of the shop hop blocks. Sherrie Curtis did a fabulous job of turning square blocks into diamonds and capturing the whole disco experience in fabric. Kudos, Sherrie!

If you haven't had the chance to visit us yet, please stop by. Kathleen and Linda, two of our favorite disco chicks will greet you as you enter......

Pat will be there, scissors at the ready to cut any fabric that jumps into your hands and...

the Bee Gees? Well, they're just eye candy.

But Wendy and Terre will teach you the Hustle and....

you can have your picture taken with John.

You know you want to.

Howdy Partner.

After work today I hopped over to Quilts and Fixins to see what was happening there. Upon arrival I realized that I had stepped back in time to when cowboys ruled and the territory was a bit wild- with shop hoppers!
Everywhere I turned, there were cowboy hats, boots and the friendliest cowboys, um cowgirls you'd ever want to meet.

Through the saloon doors I found the local sheriff- Jeanne, the owner of Quilts and Fixins, complete with fake fur moustache! Talk about getting into the theme of things, she even had John Wayne movies playing on the TV. In black and white, no less!

Here is the shop hop quilt that hangs in the front room of the shop. How cute is that?

And lest you think it was all work and no play- there's a bad, bad outlaw in town- moi!

I hope they bring me in alive.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As American as...Shop Hop!

It's here! The themes have been chosen, quilts have been stitched, costumes created, shops decorated and everyone is ready for the 2010 Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop!
My mom and I hopped today. We left the house at 8:30 this morning and arrived back home at 5:00 PM. In that time we visited five quilt shops, after a stop at AST to retrieve my camera.
Our first destination- Patchwork Cottage in Lawrenceville. What a sweet little shop! The theme at this shop was Best Friends and it was a perfect fit.

This is Mita, the owner of Patchwork Cottage. She is a wonderful gal and made my mom and I feel very welcomed. This is her very first shop hop! If you look behind her, you will see the Best Friends shop hop quilt, that bears the block of each participating shop. It is just beautiful. Don't you love that cut corner and peak at the top?

Some of the darling quilts that hang in Patchwork Cottage.

Mita even provided a place for best friends to gather and chat. A trip to the classroom revealed platters of friendship bread nestled in little fluted cups and cookies of all kinds. Yum! I think Mita is my new best friend.
Back on the road, we traveled to Georgia Sewing and Quilting where we met...Mark Twain of all people!!

He was quite the dapper gent and a lot of fun.

The staff were decked out in straw hats each with a sweet little Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Cute, cute. All that was needed was a paint bucket and a picket fence and you would swear you were a part of the fabulous Twain legacy!

The shop hop quilt at GS&Q was adorable. Rendered in shades of green batiks, each block just jumped from the wall. A pretty good thing as they needed to keep up with that adorable frog!
Hopping back into Tula (Yes, I've named my truck Tula. The hubs was not amused) we drove to Marietta. First stop- The Red Hen.
When we turned the corner we discovered that a car accident had just occurred right in front of the quilt shop. Oh, no! No one was hurt that we could tell. Poor shop hoppers! Thwarted by a crunching blow. The police were there and we were able to swing around and make our way into the parking lot where we saw this-

Are you kidding me? A quilted van cozy! Eek! It was superbly done and just a treat to look at. I could not count how many blocks were in the quilt, but I could imagine the time and effort it took to create such an amazing thing! I wonder if that's what caused the accident?

Inside, we were greeted by Dog Heaven, the Red Hen shop hop quilt. Just a sweet, sweet thought beautifully created in fabric and thread.

I think these shoppers were in quilt heaven!
From the Red Hen, we ventured to Gabriel's, a sandwich and dessert shop on Whitlock Ave that is owned and run by Johnnie Gabriel, cousin to- PAULA DEEN! My mom had the Chicken Gabriel sandwich and I had a roasted vegetable sandwich. Oh, my goodness- we were little piggies and ate all of our lunch. Total deliciousness!
Fully sated we got back in Tula and drove to Tiny Stitches where we found popcorn and a nod to the movies. I loved this display saluting The Wizard of Oz. I think I need some ruby slippers.

We poked about for a bit and then we heard the familiar Southern drawl of...

Scarlett O'Hara decked out in her emerald green velvet curtain gown! She looked fabulous and was having a great time, even serving up popcorn to hungry and highly entertained customers. Lovely Oscar-worthy displays and quilts bedecked the shop and I left with a little bag of goodies that I will share later. I'll just say that it is some really sweet fabric and I cannot wait to cut into it. Or stare at it for a while.
Our last stop of the day brought us to Sweet Home Quilt Company in Conyers. You cannot get more Southern than a deep front porch and Sweet Home has one of my favorites. Decked out with quilts and happy shop hoppers, it makes you want to pull up a rocking chair and set a spell.

Once inside, we were greeted with the heavenly scent of cinnamon and spice. Why? Because it was all about Apple Pie! The foyer was set with a table, complete with an apple pie that tempted each passerby. Apple fabrics and a beautiful black, red and white shop hop blocks quilt completed the scene.

I love poking about old houses and, when they are filled with quilts and fabric, well, need I say more? You can tell that this house is very happy to have such wonderful occupants within its walls.

It's so happy, it grew an apple tree on the front porch!
So, that's our Shop Hop adventure in a nutshell. We had a lot of fun chatting with the staff at each shop, drooling over the exquisite quilts and dreaming of what can be created from what came home in our shopping bags.
Tomorrow, I'll share photos of A Scarlet Thread. You didn't think I'd forget, did you? I'll be working at the shop and I can't wait to be a part of the excitement of the Quilter's Disco Club!
Stay tuned............
PS- Click on each shops name and you will be taken to their websites.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Disco, Baby!

We're going to be very busy for the next two weeks at A Scarlet Thread! Machines are flying finishing up some of the most beautiful quilts (you will want to make all of them!), new items are coming in daily, kits are being made and I am finding my inner Dancing Queen!
But, before shop hop comes strip club! Yes, this Saturday we will reveal our own versions of Beach City Blooms and I will be there with my camera to share them all with you.
In the meantime, I'll be practicing the Hustle. Or not.