Wednesday, October 26, 2011

These Little Piggies Are...........

Going to Market!!

We're gonna miss you but
we'll be back at work next Tuesday with the scoop! 
See you then!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Treat and Retreat Weekend.

The shop has been bustling all week! 
Wednesday morning found the Breakfast Club girls gathered in the classroom to make Denver Omelets. Yum- both for the food and the quilting! We had fun. Marge showed us the progress she has made on her Raspberry Crepes. quilt. She chose to make the queen size so it might be a while before she finishes it! 
Not to worry, our last meeting is Breakfast Club Leftovers and we'll be finishing off any UFO's in our project box.

Barb finished her Blueberry Garden table runner in super cheery batiks. Cute, cute, cute! I think Barb has finished most all of the Breakfast Club projects. I wonder what she'll work on next month? It doesn't really matter as long as she brings those chocolate cheesecakes again. ;) 

This sweet Easy Stripe table runner is a birthday gift for a friend. I can't tell you which friend because that would spoil the surprise!

I don't know how I missed taking a picture of Rose, Barb's friend. Oh, wait! Yes I do- my camera battery died right after I took pictures of these adorable house blocks! Rose made the mobile home, the Waffle House, the bird house and....

the igloo and the lighthouse! How cute are these? It's part of a block swap with some of her friends. Lucky friends! My fave? The Waffle House, of course!

Thursday morning found the classroom filled with quilters anxious to begin making their Circular Bargello quilts with Peggy Barkle! yep, she came back to guide these brave women through each step. She says it is really very easy- it just looks hard. I'll let you judge for yourself:

Georganne and Peggy pondering color placement.

Harriette's strips stacked in piles after being cut into wedges.

Questions? Peggy has all the things you need to know tucked up in her brain. And, she's really good about sharing!

Insert the hum of multiple sewing machines here.

and here.

And the sounds of wheels turning here. Lots of wheels turning.

Ack! I forget whose strips these are.

So, what happens to cheeky Faberellas when they take your photo and plaster it all over Facebook? They get their picture taken randomly and placed on the blog. Ahahahahaha!

Back to the bargellos. Lynn's on the table and.....

Lynn's on the wall. Scrumptious.

Harriette's on the wall. In less than one day, this is what was produced. Amazing!

Pat's gorgeous bargello. It is just divine.

Lynne's citrus-y beauty made in oranges and greens. Yumaliscious.

Some of those taking Peggy's class joined us for the October Quilter's Retreat. What is Quilter's Retreat? Two fabulous days of nothing but chatting, sewing and munching! Serious chatting, sewing and munching.

Mary facilitates the retreat, offering guidance when needed. She also does a bang-up job of checking people in and making sure they get their treats! This month's is an AST Quilter's Retreat luggage tag. It's super cute. And only for retreaters. Now, don't you want to come?

The girls from Florida get settled in at their table. They call themselves the F.A.R.T.S. Yes, they do. It stands for the Fabric Acquisition Road Trip group. I think the "S" should stand for sisters. You can tell they are all great friends.


Show offs! Carol stands proudly next to her latest quilt. I think it's pretty sweet, don't you?

I could not resist taking a few shots of the sewing world's unsung heroes- pins. What would we do without them?

They are just so darn cute.

And, apparently, prolific.

Kris spent her birthday at retreat and Mary made sure that she had Happy Birthday sung to her and received a little present from the shop. What a great way to spend your birthday!

The other Kris came by to show us his latest quilts, because he will not be able to come to Strip Club next month. He just bought a house! It's going to be full of quilts in no time. Like this sweet Mary Engelbreit Christmas quilt.

And this stunning back and white quilt made as a block of the month from Quilts and Fixin's.

And, his Love and Comfort quilt from last month's Strip Club. It is gorgeous. Hmm, who chose that pop of raspberry? :)

So, there you have it. A week at AST all tied up in one tidy photo-filled package. Don't you want to come and join in on the fun? You can- just click here and peruse our calendar to see if there is a class that will suit your fancy. I'm sure there is.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Sewing Renaissance

You know how much I love to see what our customers make, don't you? Any time a new quilt or project comes in is my favorite time of the day at the shop. Truly.
Patricia came by to show us the absolutely gorgeous Renaissance dresses she had made. Oh, wait! She did not make both of them. Nope.

She did make this one:

Swoon! How rich is that color? And the trim? Spot on!
This little blue charmer was made by the 12 year old girl that Patricia is teaching how to sew! 
It's beautiful. I can only imagine the fun that 83 year-old Patricia has with her 12 year-old student! Plus, to have that wealth of knowledge at your fingertips is awesome for any one learning how to sew.

See that cute crocheted hat that Patricia is wearing? Well, it was made by the 12 year-old's little brother! He made it especially for Miss P, even to the flower and attaching it to the right place. Thank you, Patricia, for sharing your knowledge with these two young people. You are giving them a greater gift than they will ever  know.

Go, Jackets!
 (Oh, gee whiz, don't let my husband read this! I'll be banished from every Georgia game for the rest of the season!)

See the cute Darlene standing behind her quilt? I know, you hardly can! It's because this quilt is so huge! And that yellow jacket? She copied it at the Chik-Fil-A where they happened to have one drawn on their window! Just the right size and everything. How's that for providence?
Darlene does not do anything small. Ever. Each of her quilts are one-of-a-kind, made specifically with someone in mind and, big. She's a gem, that girl.

Now, I have a question for you? What would you do with these two fabrics?

I know what I'm going to do with them and, in a few days, you will, too!
I know, I'm such a tease!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bring and Brag- Again!

Kathleen and her husband stopped by the shop to show off the beautiful quilts that she made. They are being sent to her brother's granddaughters in Norway! They are two very lucky little girls. Just look at these quilts!

This simple patchwork quilt got a hefty dose of awesome from the addition of those raw-edged applique posies! Oh, my gosh- it's just divine!

The little dinosaur sure packs a wallop with cheery colors and tons of fab embroidery! I love those little prehistoric cuties!
Well done, Kathleen! You're grandnieces are going to love having these cozy quilts to wrap themselves in during the cold Norwegian nights! You've given them such a treasure. :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Strip Club Saturday

A chilly Saturday in Georgia? Yes! At last! Of course, there's nothing better to do on that kind of morning than to go to strip club! Here's a shot of our strippers-

and from the other side. We have such a great group!

First order of business was show and tell. Ann shared her Take 5 made in beautiful lavenders and greens. I love how soft and gentle this quilt is. 

She also made this beautiful embroidered Santa banner! If it's missing after Christmas, I'd start looking for it in the North Pole, Ann! 

Ginny finished her Braidworks quilt and it is gorgeous! I love how the cream shows off all the colors. 

Here's our newest stripper, Kris! He wowed us with his show and tell quilts. First up is a batik Fractions by the Row quilt. It's amazing! You should see the back- it's as perfect as the front!

And, a very cheerful Twister quilt made with a Just Wing It! layer cake and a stripe from our clearance area. It's. Just. Awesome. Welcome to Strip Club, Kris!

What's this? Another Twister quilt? Yes! Angie's son chose the fabrics for this one. Didn't he do a great job? 

Angie is always bringing cute stuff. This is an Amy Bradley wall hanging called Have a Happy, Scrappy Day!
The little yellow kitty is Angie's cat, Cheddar. 

How about her Trees for Sale quilt? I have loved every single one that's been made. Gee, I should finish mine. Maybe then I will love it. ;)

Angie took the Twisted Bargello class with Peggy Barkle and just look at how her quilt turned out! Oh, my gosh- it's stunning! 

Georgianne came armed with a new tote bag made with a Catkin panel. Did you know she designs her own patterns? And guess what! Georgianne is going to be teaching a bag class early next year! How awesome is that?

Stephanie's beautiful Braidworks quilt made with yummy cocoa browns. Can't you see yourself cozied-up under this on a cold Autumn night? 

I love how Jennifer just plows into a project. She took Debbie Coursey-Prah's paper piecing class and made this fab Snail's Train block. Look at how perfect it is! 

Her Trees for Sale is done! Jennifer used Wintergraphix by Jason Yenter for her quilt. It's so pretty. 

You can hardly see her, but she's all smiles with her Braidworks quilt. The red looks really nice, Jen. :) 

Barbara was in last week's Pepper Cory string-pieced quilt class. (Say that 5 times fast!) You can tell she had a lot of fun in that class! Her little quilt is positively delightful, just like Barb!

Lynn is our other over-achiever (in a good way!) I just don't know how she gets everything done!
This is a little place mat that she made for her daughter. Sweet! 

Lynn also took Pepper Cory's string-pieced quilt class and made this knockout. And, she just started quilting in April- of this year. I know, I know......

The adorable Sandy shared her Show Me Your fat Quarters quilt that she made during our September retreat. She does the most lovely work. Have you been to one of our retreats? You must! They are so much fun! October's is full but there is still room for our January retreat. You must join us. 

Ack! Who is this? Oh, it's me. This is the Itty Bitty Twister quilt I made for my granddaughter's 1st birthday. I kitted out an Ikea doll bed with a fluffy mattress, homemade linens and this quilt. It nearly killed me. Those little blocks are 1 inch square! Are you kidding me? But, it was fun to make. 

After show and tell, Sherrie guided us through the pattern for October's strip club quilt. She does such a great job giving us all the tips and tricks that she used to make the sample. Wanna see it? 

This months' quilt is called Love and Comfort. Made in soft, pretty pinks, it is our nod to breast cancer awareness. If you have a friend or family member who's life has been touched by this terrible disease, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Why not stop by and pick up a strip set and a pattern and give someone you cherish a little Love and Comfort. You'll be happy you did!