Friday, June 25, 2010

Phew!

It's been super busy at AST this week! Not only are we getting ready for Christmas in July but, we are also getting ready to move!! That definitely deserves a double exclamation point!
The road where the shop is currently located in being widened and, since it will basically cut through the classroom, we have to skedaddle out of there. By October or so, we will be in new, larger digs. Oh, I cannot wait because I get to decorate to my heart's content. But, enough of that- back to Christmas in July!
Have you seen the beautiful Christmas fabric that is out this year? It is positively luscious and we have an entire corner of the shop full of it. Things like:


12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda
(click on Kate's name for designer info and on Moda to see the whole collection)


Makin'New Friends by Deb Strain for Moda
(click on Moda to see the entire collection)



Hip Holidays by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass 
(click on Barbara's name to reach the Quilt Soup site and Henry Glass for the collection)


Wintergraphix I, II and III by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning
(you know what to do! )


At Home for the Holidays by Heather Mulder Peterson for Henry Glass
(ditto)


Now, go wipe your chin and get quilting! ;)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Did You Know...

that our online shop is up and running? It is and you can find some fab things there like: patterns, our 5-yard Bundle Paks, books, yardage and more!
Pop on over to see if that one thing you're looking for is there. You never know!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Strip Club Saturday!

It was surely a busy June morning here at AST! First we had the meeting of The Scarlet Strippers, bright and early at 8:30 AM! Everyone was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as we gathered to share our quilts from last month and a preview of what we will be making in for July. Wait until you see it! The new quilt is gorgeous.
Since Karen was is on vacation, Angela (aka Fab-erella) stepped in to guide us through the making of the new quilt. She did a fabulous job. Truly.


This is Sandy's version of Twirling. Don't you just love the teal and yellow? This photo does not do it justice. It is really a beautiful quilt. Zippy and full of energy. Well done, Miss Sandy!


Jennifer shared her animal print quilt she made from one of our Bundle Paks. It's her own design, to boot! This quilt is going to her neighbor. I wish I had neighbors like that! Awesome, Jennifer!


I don't know why Sharon is hiding behind her quilt! It is really lovely and she should be proud of what she has made. Plus, she has the best smile and you're all missing out on seeing it.


Not only did Mary complete her stunning top, she had it quilted and bound for class today! Woot! You rock, Mary.


Some of our strippers getting deep into conversation. You just know it's about quilting!


And here is the quilt we will be making for June! Isn't it beautiful? The pattern is Star Crossed by Cozy Quilt  Designs and the fabric line is Olivia by Red Rooster Fabrics. Yum.

After strip club was over, the classroom was rearranged for the One-Block Wonder class. Oh, I wish I had taken this one. The process of creating the blocks and the construction of the quilt are really easy-peasy! I'm such a wimp when it comes to things that are complicated that I shied away from it. What a silly girl!


This is the book that is used for the class. See why I thought it would be hard?


But it so isn't! These are Sherri's blocks. She made them from one fabric in Sandy Gervais' Frolic line. Only one- and look at the variety she got from that one piece. So cool!
The following blocks are from some of the other class participants. I think I'm in love.



 Here, Mary is laying her block out to get just the right combination.


So pretty.


We have a little visitor at the shop these days. It's the Fabric Addict doll by Amy Bradley! She sits near Wendy's cutting table and inspires us to Buy More!  How cute is she? And we have kits available so that you can make your very own.


Now, when your husband says to you, "Why do you have all of this fabric?" You can tell him it's the Fabric Addict doll's fault. And, he'll have to believe you. :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Go! Giveaway

Barb over at Bejeweled Quilts by Barb (who else?) is having a super-duper giveaway- an AccuCut Go! I discoverd the giveaway over at Pat's blog and I'm glad I wasn't too late. And now you won't be either!



Just imagine the things you could make with this. I won't hold my breath, but this would be a nifty thing to have for making baby quilts. If you leave a comment, please let them know where you found out about the giveaway. Thank you. :)
Now, Go!