Friday, October 15, 2010

Think Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, to show our support, we now have Northcott Fabric's beautiful Sophisticate line by Ro Gregg in both colorways! It is very feminine and romantic.
We built our display around the pink and gray version. Suzette made the aprons and the table toppers. They are absolutely gorgeous! (It makes my job so much easier when I have pretty things to work with.)
Doesn't this just make you think of Mom or Grandma? 

Those are actual cookies (and eggs!) on the table. Oatmeal Scotchies to be exact. They were only there for the photo shoot though. You just can't leave cookies lying around a quilt shop now, can you? But, you can sign your own "cookie" and place it in our cookie jar in memory or support of a friend or loved one who has or is battling this terrible disease. We're hoping to fill the cookie jar!
You can be a part of the fun at AST by joining in our Breast Cancer Sew-in on October 29th, from 6-9PM. And, it's free! If you can't make it, you can purchase a 6 1/2-inch strip that will be cut and sewn into a block by someone in attendance. You'll still be a part of this worthy cause! We'll be making disappearing nine patch blocks, each with room for signatures.The quilt will then be raffled off at the Henry County Race for a Cure next spring.
We are very excited about this project an hope that you will be too. See you on the 29th!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In the Blink of an Eye...

Well, maybe like a billion blinks of an eye. That's what it took to move AST from its old location to the new one. Phew! What a lot of work! After taking down all of our sample quilts, slat wall and decorations we were left with bare walls. Not content with staring at such bareness, Suzette recommended we offer our customers a Sharpie and let them write well wishes and fond farewells to the place that housed us for the past two years.

We have the best customers in the world, don't you think?

To prove it, here are Maryann and Shirley, two of our faves, who came and fixed us lunch two days in a row. They make the most delicious chicken salad and the brownies were chocolate perfection- thick, chewy, moist, awesome. Thank you, girls, from the bottoms of our hearts. Your kindness was very much appreciated.
After lunch it was back to work. And work we did! Below are some shots of the new space. One of our "strippers" made the comment to me today that it feels as if the shop had always been here. That's a high compliment indeed.

Lots of luscious fabrics.

Cute clothing,

 The Bundle Quad, where every bundle possible is on display...

The Men's Area.... or the Women's Area. I guess it depends on who gets there first!

 From the Men's Area to the blenders and solids......

Around the corner to Christmas, which really is around the corner.....Yikes!

To the fruit and veggie stand....

and across to novelties.....

 You can even get a little laundry done. ha ha

 And off to the beautiful batiks. Yum.

After you've been all around the shop, you might want to have a seat and rest!

But then, you might miss the kid's area!

Speaking of kids, here's my new granddaughter, Emma, who 
made her first trip to the shop today with her mommy.

She was unimpressed. You can't win 'em all!
Thanks for taking this little tour and come see us!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Late Stripper

This past Saturday was the last strip club meeting at the old AST shop. We've moved into a new space, which opens tomorrow! I can't wait for the strippers to see it. We've all worked very hard to make it beautiful and a place to inspire your creativity.
The girls had no problems with creativity for last month's strip quilt. They are beautiful and unique, just like their creators. 
This is Stephanie's stunning Star of the Show quilt. (How's that for a little alliteration?) She says she's not a purple girl but you can't prove it by this stunning work.

The adorable Sharon made herself an equally adorable new purse and a little wallet to match. Look at that smile. Look at that pose! Cute, cute.

 Sandy came in last week a little bit flustered with her Beach City Blooms quilt. I personally thought it was because of the setting triangles. Turns out I was right! One little extra triangle threw off the whole darn thing. But, Sandy plowed ahead, solved the problem and made an absolutely beautiful quilt.

Not only did she finish Beach City Blooms but she also whipped up her Star of the Show in no time flat.Love the colors in this quilt. Fabulous!

This is Jennifer's Yin Yang quilt. I love the fabric that she used for her background. It's tiny multi-colored polka dots that match the colors of the strips perfectly. That choice made for a seriously adorable quilt.

Lynne never does anything small. She said that this amazing king size Yin Yang quilt is for her. I'm glad she's keeping this one for herself. It's perfect.

Our sweet Miss Barbara took all of her leftover scraps from previous strip club projects and made this quilt using the Sunshine pattern. It certainly brightened our day when she unfolded this beauty before our eyes!

Then, Jennifer pulled Barbara's Yin Yang quilt out of her bag to share with us. Barbara, certainly you were not going to keep this hidden? It's gorgeous!!

So, what's up for next month? How about a little Brownstone? Bryant Park by Melissa Saylor has a total 70's feel to it. The colors are perfect for fall and this pattern is easy peasy. I might just get mine finished! Now that we've made the big move I will have a few minutes for sewing. Phew!

Come back tomorrow to see photos of our new shop location. I think you are going to love it!