Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grab A Pencil And An Eraser...



How do you design your quilts? Do you use a computer program or do you use basic, simple tools like these?
I use the second option. It rather suits the mechanical side of me, I guess. There's a thrill that happens when I take pencil to paper, draw a line or two (or three or four) and see what appears.
Sometimes it's a bit overworked and the prospect of creating a quilt from a drawing that is too complicated is daunting. But, there are other times when it all works together beautifully and excitement takes over and I have to sew!
That happened yesterday, when I sketched a little pattern and pulled a bundle off my stash shelf. At AST you can buy a bundle of 5- 1 yard cuts that are (gasp!) already coordinated for you!
After planning the cuts I would need and the amounts of each one required to make the quilt, I just plowed ahead and began the process of making a quilt top. I'll say top because, for the most part, that's all I get done. The actual quilting part usually eludes me. But, this one has to be quilted! It is going to go to Haiti, to cuddle and warm a victim of the devastating hurricane that has nearly disabled that country.
I cannot wait to get this done. It is bright and cheerful and will make some sweet child's day brighter. I hope. And it came from the heart, the place from where all good quilts come.
I think that is the best part of designing my own patterns. They are personal and, while they may not be perfect, they come from that place in me where creativity and inspiration swirl about in a whirlpool of love and the desire to make someone happy.
So, grab a pencil, an eraser and a pad of graph paper and draw! You never know what will happen.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

LOVE this.

So, Amy Butler has a new video on her website for her new Love line. It's beautiful and the music is pretty darn sweet as well. Hop on over by clicking the word video above and sit back and enjoy.

PS- It might take a little time to load, but it's totally worth it!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

All over Georgia Spring has made an appearance. And at AST, it is no different! We have so many new things popping up here and there it's like a garden!
This is the new Silver Thimble Club quilt. The pattern is called Georgia Hoe Down and it makes me think of barn dances and women in dresses with the skirts lined with so much tulle that they look like mushrooms popping up out of the floor!
Our sample is made with Sandy Gervais' beautiful Essence line.



Here's a close up of the quilt. Sherrie did a beautiful job piecing this and Wendy used her superior quilting talents to make this a stunner!





How's this for cute? It's the blue and chocolate colorways of the new Freebird line by MoMo for Moda. I love this fabric! So bold and graphic. Do you see those big dots? Crazy. I have a new quilt pattern I've designed that is calling to be made from this. Yum. :)



We have two new lines in the shop, both named Frolic. First is this darling Frolic by Wendy Slotboom, just begs to be made into a little shirt or shorts for boys and dresses for girls. Or quilts, or a play tent, or anything! I don't know if you can see (click to enlarge the photo), but she has little possums in this print. Possums! Ack, just adorable!
I have a new grandchild coming in September (my first!) and as soon as we know what this wee one will be, I'm stocking up on this.



And this Frolic, by Sandy Gervais (we do love us some Sandy!), is held for our Scarlet Strippers! It's the fabric for May's strip club and I cannot wait to see what pattern we will be making. This stuff is luscious, I tell you!




We have a new addition to the shop- a fat quarter wall! I think I need one at home. What do you think? No more shuffling pieces of fabric on a hook, it's all right there at your finger tips. And even better, we will have one in the batik area as well!
"Two, two fat quarter walls. Ah,ah,ah,ah,ah!" (Doing my best Count von Count impression here, folks.)


Yes, Spring has come and with all of pollen that has fallen and dusted everything in our state, May should prove to be a flourish of even more beautiful things to come!



Please pop back by and see what's new. We love having you visit!
PS- You can go here to see my What's This, Oz quilt. I finally finished it!

Friday, April 9, 2010

What's This?


It's the beginnings of a new quilt I've designed. It's super bright and mod and I l.o.v.e. it. I am making it from Moda's Oz line. That Sanae is a clever girl. I think her's is one of the happiest lines of fabric ever. I should finish this top next week sometime. Still doing a bit of tweaking here and there.
What are you working on?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Saturday Strip Club.

How would you like to say that 5 times fast? We had a great meeting this past Saturday. It was a beautiful morning- bright and sunny, and the classroom was filled with energy as we settled in to share our quilts from last month and to see what we will be making next.
I'm going to switch things around a bit and show you the quilt the strippers will be making for April-



The pattern is called Color Falls and the fabrics are a mixture of watery hues and subtle prints. It is definitely a manly quilt, which is much needed as we usually cater to the more girly side of things. All of the hubs will be very happy when this comes off the sewing machine!
I've decided to change mine up a bit. No hints- you'll have to wait. But, you will not have to wait for the sharing of our March quilts. We made Storm Front by Cozy Quilt Designs and the Blush line from Moda. This quilt went together in a snap, I tell ya. It is the easy-peasiest of the easy-peasy quilts. Mine went together in a day!


Speaking of which, here is mine, hanging in the clothesline in my back yard. It's a big quilt, queen size, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

This is Sharon's cutie- she made the throw size and added the brick border. It is really adorable.


And, with her leftover strips, she made a sweet tote bag! Clever girl.



This gal made a king-sized quilt from her strips. This photo does not do it justice. It's like looking into a chocolate box- everything is just perfect and the whole is very tempting.



You can always count on Sandy to add a little whimsy to her quilts and this time proved no different. She chose yellow and green dotties as her accents and they are spot-on awesome!



Ann came and shared more of her fabulous bags, each one bright and cheery and a gift for a very lucky someone.



My apologies for the blurry photo, but Karen was moving so quickly I had to just shoot and hope for the best! This is a little apron she made for her granddaughter. How cute is that?
So, that was our strip club for April. The girls really had a lot of fun seeing how the new quilt is put together and I could see the wheels turning as they decided how they would add their own signature to this pattern. I hope you'll come back to see them!
Toodles for now. :)