Monday, March 28, 2011

Wildflowers in Bloom.

Spring has sprung and this little quilt will bring all the best parts of it indoors!

What you will need:
4 fat quarters in various floral prints. Or dots. Or stripes. The choice is yours!
1 fat quarter in yellow for flower centers
1/3 yard green fabric for leaves
1/2 yard background fabric ( It takes exactly 1/2 yard - you may want a little extra just in case)
1/2 yard border fabric
1/3 yard coordinating fabric for binding
Basic sewing tools
4 Decorative buttons or 1 1/2 inch covered buttons or yo yos.

For each block:
Cut the fat quarter into 4- 61/2 inch squares for petals.
Cut the green fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and then sub cut 16- 2 1/2 inch squares.
Cut background fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and sub cut into 4- 6 1/2 inch strips, 4- 8 1/2 inch strips and 4- 2 1/2 inch squares.
Using template, cut 1 large and 1 small circle for flower center.

On the back of each green 2 1/2 inch square, draw a line from corner to corner. Fold the 4 background 2 1/2 inch squares in half diagonally and press the fold.

Place 2- 2 1/2 inch squares in the upper right hand and lower left hand corners. Pin and stitch in place. Press seam allowance to the leaf. (On subsequent blocks, alternate pressing to the leaf and the petal so that the seams will nest.) Place 1 background triangle in the upper left hand corner and tack in place to hold. 

Arrange small blocks as shown and stitch together.

For sashing:
Beginning with the 4- 6 1/2 inch strips, arrange the green leaf squares as shown. Press in the opposite direction of the leaves on the main flower block to allow for nesting.

 Stitch strips together and attach to flower block, pressing seam allowance towards the sashing.

 Repeat this process for the 8 1/2 inch strips.

 You're almost done! Cute, huh?

To curve the petals, take the little "pocket" created by the corner triangles and fold them back in a curve.

 Press and stitch in place, close to the edge. Repeat for all four corners.

 Take the large circle and pin in the center of the block.

 Stitch in place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

 Repeat for the small circle. Clip around each circle, just to the seam line, every 1/2 inch or so.

Repeat block assembly three more times. Stitch all blocks together and then....

Cut 4- 4 inch strips for your border and attach. Quilt and bind as desired. You can add a decorative button, a 1 1/2 inch covered button or a yo yo to the center of each flower.

And, voila! You have a super springy wall hanging!  I hope you enjoy making your own Wildflowers in Bloom quilt.

Right click on the circles below and print for templates.

More! More! More!

Ready for a few more shots of the shop? Here ya go:

The blender, dots and stripes area. We carry a lot of blenders, dots and stripes. Behind this area is where you can find Wendy at the helm of the HandiQuilters! Sherrie made the Origins quilt from a kit and it is beautiful!

 You will also find an abundance of quilting cottons. And lots of friendly staff, like Mary, to help you make just the right choice.
Three cutting tables, including this new HUGE table, allow for quick service. 

 It was Bundle Mania during Shop Hop! We have4 hundreds of bundles, all cleverly coordinated by Angela and Sherrie, available. Each bundle has five yards of fabric and comes with a free pattern. They make wonderful large throws or break them apart and stick them in your stash!

 This is the place I refer to as the Batiki Lounge. We have a huge selection of batiks in all colors! If you can't find the right batik for your project here, you can't find it.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the shop. It's in a constant state of change so, every time you come in, there's something different to see. You just never know what will inspire you...........

Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcome to the Greenhouse.

For the Quilter's Tour of Homes, A Scarlet Thread transformed into a greenhouse bursting into Spring with beautiful quilts, darling children's clothes and, as to be expected, a blossom or two. Or three, or four.

 Flowers and greenery can be found in every corner, tucked here and there, and even hanging from the ceiling!

 The lovely Scarlet, made by the talented Janet Bell, beckons our guests to enter and have a little fun. Janet will be holding a doll making class as AST in the near future. Be sure to be on the lookout!

 Our own Suzette designed, pieced and quilted the AST Shop Hop quilt! Laid out like a town square surrounding our greenhouse, it's made from bits of Bliss and that.

 Here's a little close-up. Isn't it beautiful? There's been some serious oohing and aahing over this quilt.
It is perfectly lovely.

 Sweet Kathleen, Karen's mom, stands before one of our new bundle quilts designed by Laura Coons, one of our newest AST designers. It's called All Squared and is made from one of our 5 yard bundles.

Laurie whipped up this adorable outfit in no time!  All she needs is a pair of cute white sandals and a sun hat!

 And one of our "headless babies" models this cute little number made with Texture Magic. At least she isn't hanging from the ceiling!

 What little baby wouldn't love this Remember Whooo Loves You quilt? This one was pieced and quilted by Wendy and made using  Adorn It's Vintage Groove fabric. How cute is this?

 Everyone wants to know about this light fixture. It's from Ikea! Now you know.

 Another of Janet's dolls perched on a shelf waiting to tell you a story.

One of our favorite things to do is to highlight the work of our AST customers. This is Mary and her stunning chicken quilt. This quilt is displayed at Quilts 'n Fixin's for Shop Hop.

It isn't just any chicken quilt, mind you. This is a lovingly hand-appliqued chicken quilt! 
These chickens will never have to worry about being Sunday dinner! Ever.
You rock, Mary.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of the greenhouse tour. Come back tomorrow for Part 2. 
You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let's Get Hoppin'!

 It's that time of year again- time for the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop! It was a beautiful day here. Perfect for hopping about from quilt shop to quilt shop. My friend, Cilla, and I enjoyed every minute of it, even if neither of us got much sleep last night. I guess we were too excited! 
Our first stop was at the local Farmhouse. I love this little place.

 They have all the best farm fresh ideas and a super cute chicken coop. Even Bossy Jeanne likes to pop over for a visit to see what the chicks are up to. She just cracks me up, she's so cute!

 After the coop, we moseyed on over to take a peek at the Shop Hop quilt. How stinkin' adorable is this? After Shop Hop is over, this quilt will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.

 I want my kitchen to look like this. Even more than the down-on-the-farm look, it is clean.
Mine? Not so much.

 We dawdled so long at the farm that we were late for school, 
so off to Conyers we went to sneak into the School House! Oh, good! The teacher isn't on the porch.

 When we got inside, we found it was lunch time! It looks delicious- an apple, milk, potatoes, strawberries and even a pepper jack cheese sandwich!

 Up on the wall, out of reach of little hands, we found the Shop Hop quilt. 
It's pretty picture perfect, don't you think?

 The Universal School Rules. I love them. If you followed them you were treated to a demo on how to make a ten-minute table runner. They really do only take ten minutes! I made a bunch for Christmas gifts. They are perfect to make and keep on hand for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, etc.

 If typing class had been held in a room as cute as this one, I would not be hunting and pecking on my keyboard right now.

 Shhhhhh, don't tell the teacher, but Cilla sat in her chair! She's looking pretty smug about it, too. ha ha

 After school, it was time for an afternoon snack so off to the Coffee House we went.

 Inside, we were greeted by this totally fab and funky Shop Hop quilt. Is this cool, or what?

 Intown carries the incredibly beautiful Don't Look Now patterns. You cannot look at this tree and not want to make it- today! It is just stunning.

 After our snack, our minds (and car) wandered to thoughts of Christmas and Gingerbread Houses!

 A happy little Christmas tree and a well-timed pointing finger led us to.....

 a magical Shop Hop quilt fit for any elfin boy or girl. It sort of made me think of a board game. Wouldn't that be fun to play?!

 As we were all a-buzz about gingerbread houses and Christmas trees, we made a bee-line to the neighborhood Bee Skep! What's the buzz here? Well, let's see-

 The shop was bee-decked out in all things buzzy. Pincushions, dolls, notebooks, table runners- you name it, it was here to bee-hold!

 The Shop Hop quilt is bee-utiful!

 And, yes, thank you- we found the Naked Bee.

 One last trip across the countryside brought us to The Castle,

 where preparations are underway for the Wedding of the Year, when Prince William will marry his sweetheart, Kate. Aren't they just a lovely couple?

 The Queen herself is quite thrilled about the impending nuptials. She can barely contain her excitement!

 Why, she has even, by Royal Decree, had a book published for future little princes and princesses. It is darling! Take a look for yourself:

Page after page of sweet little houses to delight Royals of all ages, really.

And, so, there you have it, Karin and Cilla's Excellent Shop Hop Adventure. We had a blast! We shopped, we drooled, we ate a fabulous lunch (at Gabriel's in Marietta- classic Reuben and a coconut cupcake), we were inspired and challenged and then we went home to face the knights of our own castles- our husbands. Cilla and I have learned over the years to answer the inevitable question of "How much?" with this first line of defense- "Look at all the free stuff I got!" After that, it's all gravy. :)

Pop back by tomorrow for a few, or more, shots of The AST Greenhouse and the instructions on how to make this cute Wildflowers in Bloom wall hanging, designed by little old me. It's perfect for Spring! 

Until then, I'm off to bed to dream of quilting things...................