Monday, May 17, 2010

I Heart Moda Home

It's like a trip to Grandma's attic here at AST! Last week I went in to work to find one of the cutting tables covered in Moda Home goodies. It was an absolute "Eek!" moment for sure as I had brought in some things for display that would work perfectly with what lay before me.

How about a biscuit jar filled with crocheted cherry-fringed dish towels?

Or a vintage drying rack that holds more tea towels packaged up in sweet little bags?
There are even tablecloths that coordinate perfectly tucked up in a wicker laundry basket. I think a set of towels and a tablecloth would make a sweet wedding gift. Or even a birthday present for that vintage-loving friend!
When was the last time you saw paper dolls? I think I need some of those to put away for my little granddaughter that will be born in September. Or maybe it should be the Learn to Sew quilt kit. Decisions, decisions!
And you can carry all of your loot in the super-large tote bag decorated with 1930's pups!

This roll of loveliness is created by stitching reproduction vintage children's handkerchiefs together. They have a one yard repeat which makes a panel that would be adorable in the center of a quilt. I could see it surrounded by pinwheel blocks made in soft colors like the ones found in the Hunky Dory line. (Hmm, I think an idea has sprouted!)
I just love vintage. Don't you? Pop on by the shop and get some for yourself. :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Silver Thimble Club

Just in case you don't know who this girl is, she brought her own name tag to Silver Thimble Club today.

Yep, it Pat Wys, one of the sweetest and funniest women on earth.
This is the bag/name tag that she made for the Sweet Thimbles Bus Trip to Paducah.
One day, I will take that bus. It looks like those ladies had the very best time!
One thing I love about when Pat comes to visit is that she is willing to jump in and help the club members, like Shirley.

Shirley is making a quilt for her pastor in Florida and she was having trouble deciding upon the color for the sashing in her sampler quilt. It's Pat to the rescue, who placed all the options up on the design wall and garnered the opinions of everyone in the room. Perfect! Red became the chosen sashing and, I can tell you, it is going to be beautiful. What a sweet labor of love for someone special.

The classroom is always humming with activity, chatting and, when Pat is involved, bursts of laughter!

You cannot help but be awed by her. She has a wealth of knowledge that she shares with everyone. Like how to make a perfect mitered corner on your binding. Want to know the trick? Come join us! It's pretty dang awesome and oh, so simple. One of those, "Why did I not think of that?" things.

As we do in Strip Club, there is always time for show and tell in STC. This is Pat Robinson, and she shared some of the most beautiful quilts that she has made.

This is her doll quilt that she made for her swap partner. L.O.V.E. everything about it. Hand-dyed fabrics, fab color combinations, it's tiny- just beautiful.

This needle-turned applique quilt was made for Pat by a dear friend. Sweet, primitive, perfect country colors. What a wonderful friend!
The next two quilts are needle-turned applique as well, but made by Pat. I wish you could see them up close. The handwork is absolutely incredible, almost as though each applique is actually part of the fabric.

Wouldn't you love to have this patriotic beauty hanging from your porch for Independence Day? I would.

This is the back of one of the quilts. Can you see those tiny stitches? Just incredible!

So, now you know what you've missed by not being a part of the Silver Thimble Club! All is not lost, however! You can still come join us for the next quarter- July, August and September!
You will learn more than you ever thought possible, laugh, chat, share and make new friends.
I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday or Saturday afternoon than one with Pat Wys and the Silver Thimble gals. Really.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Down South Quilt Show

As promised, here are a few shots of the very first Busy Needles Guild Down South quilt show. Say that five times fast!
It was a beautiful show, full of gorgeous quilts. Here are a few close-up shots so that you can see the amazing detail and workmanship that went into the making of them.

A sweet vintage Sunbonnet Sue!

This was the Best of Show winner! Isn't this amazing? I loved this quilt.

Below is our booth.

I brought a few antique and vintage items fom home to fit in the with location of the quilt show. It was held at the Nash farm Civil War Battlefield.

Quilts and Fixin's darling booth. I love that redwork quilt!

At every turn there was some serious eye candy to behold.

These two sweet gals were watching over the silent auction booth.

The Gardner's Quilt booth. They had the most yummy wool for purchase. I had to buy some to make a primitive something or other. It's nice to have some pretty pieces in my stash.
All in all, it was a womderful way to spend a weekend.
Congratulations to all the gals that put the show together. I'd say it was a rousing success!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Strip Club Beauties!

Uh-huh! Saturday morning dawned beautifully and we had a lovely group of women at strip club. What a way to kick of the month of May!
I was anxious to see how everyone made their Color Falls quilt. (I haven't finished mine. Bad me.)
Here is Anne's quilt, made with a very calm and neutral background. It is very pretty.

Next up? Jennifer, who explained that her husband had to be rushed to the emergency room the night before and was apologizing for having not finished. No worries here, girlfriend. We're just happy he's okay!

Voila! Here is Lynne's sweet Storm Front quilt from March. Her use of color gave it an entirely different look. Love it, Lynne!

You can always count in Miss Sandy to delight our eyes with a unique slant on her quilts and this time was no different. She used one of our new landscape prints as her background and, well, just wow. I know you can't hear me but I'm singing my awesome song.

So, what's up for next month? How about a little Twirling made with Sandy Gervais' new Frolic line? Yep, it's some yummy goodness to be sure.

Come back by later when I post the photos from the Busy Needles Guild's very first quilt show! It was awesome. :)