Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We at AST wish you the happiest Thanksgiving Day! We hope that it is filled with family, friends, good food and football. Well, maybe not football.

Don't forget - tomorrow is

(that's Black Friday)

Samples have been hung, fabric has been selected and we're ready for the big sale!
We'll be opening the doors at 8:00 AM!  See you there.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hey, Good Lookin'!

So many things are happening at the shop! Our friend, Brenda, came by this week to bring the samples that she made for us. Oh, my goodness! Such cuteness. 

Like this adorable Cadet Cap, by Betz White, modeled by Karen! I think she needs to wear this all the time, don't you? See the flower?

Isn't that pretty? It's made in the hoop on one of our Baby Lock embroidery machines using a program designed by Jenny Haskins. Come by the shop to see more samples of this gorgeous flower in our sewing center!

Snap Happy! bags made in good ole Georgia fabric and the new line from Bonnie and Camille- Ruby! There's a little trick to the closure if this bag- it's made from a metal carpenter's tape! Just don't go cut up your husband's measuring tape, okay?

Isn't this the cutest project bag? It's made using plastic screening (yes! We carry it!), a little bit of fabric and a zipper. Easy peasy. The pattern is Nancy Ota's Zip It! Screen Play II.  This would be a great Christmas gift for your favorite quilter.

This is also a great gift idea- it's a bread bag made from the Bread Bagz for Everyday pattern by Cotton Ginnys. We have the fabric used on the front of the pattern at the shop. It's Metro Market by Robert Kaufman. It's just clucky.

We had some chances for show and tells  this week- Liz came in with her completed Farmer's Wife quilt top. It's gorgeous! According to Liz, she did not use any fabric twice! That's pretty amazing. I've been collecting fabric to make my own FW top, I've got my templates printed and ready to go and it will be my depths of Winter project. Probably for the next 5 or 6 Winters, but who's counting?

Judy popped into Breakfast Club to show off her Winding Ways (or Wheel of Mystery) quilt. It is beautiful! You can always tell when Judy is in the shop- batiks are usually being auditioned in multiples until she picks just the right one for her project. Really, it's pretty fun to watch.

This signature coin quilt is a gift for her son's wedding anniversary. All of the muslin blocks have words of encouragement for the bride and groom written by their family and friends. What a thoughtful gift!

Speaking of Breakfast Club, this was our last time to gather around the tables and munch on tasty treats. Next year, Sherrie and I will present a new program- Block Busters! It's going to be a lot of fun but I am sure going to miss Barb bringing dessert for breakfast!

We finished up our breakfast "leftovers" for this class. Gale completed her Blueberry Garden table runner...

And a patriotic quilt for Soldier's Angels! Gorgeously red, white and blue.

Marge finished her Stuffed French Toast runner in time to get it on her Christmas morning table!

Barb brought an embroidered UFO to finish quilting. It is so cheery!

I bet any elf would be happy to live in such a cute cottage!

Rose shared the pillow covers she made for her eight sisters. Yes, eight! She quilted in a quilted in a quote for each sister in the place where they are in the family- the first sister's quote is in the upper left hand corner and the last sister's quote is in the lower right hand corner. Such a great idea! They are going to love them.

She also brought a completed Denver Omelet place mat. One down, five to go!

So, that's it from our little corner of the world. We'll say farewell to the Breakfast Gals and hello to some really fun new classes in the New Year. See that fluffy thing in the bottom right of the above photo? It's the start of a jelly roll confetti rug! That was my "leftover" project. They are so much fun to make and a great way to use up leftover long strips of fabric or a jelly roll that may not have been exactly what you wanted. What's that saying? Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without! This is the ultimate use-it-up project. 
There are some really big things coming up for AST! Stay tuned so you'll be in the know before any one else!

Monday, November 14, 2011

After-Market Review, Version 1.0

Was a hit! We had a great group of women join us this past Saturday morning ready and waiting to hear all about the cool stuff we found at Market!

Everyone was anticipating something good.

And, finally, it was time for Karen to introduce what we had all been waiting for- the goods!

What could possibly be said about all of this? Well, plenty!

Karen manned the Power Point presentation while Angela described each item.

Like the Bellanca Bag by Lila Tueller! Huge pockets inside and out and a sweet drawstring make this bag a must-have. Check out that fabric- It's Lila's Fiona's Fancy! located on the flower cart at the front of the shop.

You have to love Sherrie Curtis, who whipped up both of our Mondo Bag samples in a matter of days! Look how big they are! Both samples are made from batiks strips and can be found in the Batiki Lounge, along with the pattern and printed interfacing, which makes these bags a snap!

We only saw Pat Wys for a second at market- literally! But her book was everywhere! Every page is a treat for the eyes, the quilts are just gorgeous! Congratulations, Pat!

Wendy is hiding behind Steady Betty. What can we say about this product? It was everywhere at market, especially the Quick Points Ruler booth! You need something like Betty to hold onto all those prairie points, scallops and rick rack while you press them out.

What? you haven't seen the Quick Points Rulers yet?  Angela and Wendy demonstrated how to make easy-peasy rick rack and prairie points. They can be made in a jiffy! And the scallop rulers have a super accessory- a little Teflon paddle that pushes out the curve and allows you to press it while the form is still inside. No more burned fingertips trying to keep that darn seam where it needs to be!

And to make those tiny cuts, you need Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Scissors! We offer both the 4" and 7 1/2" scissors. The serrated edges on these scissors make cutting a dream.

Wendy spoke about one her favorite Market picks- Simple Choices by Abbey Lane Quilts! She made the adorable Christmas quilt from the book, which offers 5 different blocks and motifs for side, from Moda's Countdown To Christmas! Cute, cute, cute.

This cute place mat was made by Karen DuMont of KariePatch Designs using her dimensional bowtie template. (Say that 5 times fast!) You can make all sorts of things from place mats to table runners or wall hangings. So many choices.

Everyone loves a good shirt and The New Camp Shirt from Taylor Made Designs is a great choice! It's classically tailored and comes with different sleeve lengths so they can be worn in every season of the year. The patterns are found in this handy book so you can make all of them!

That's just a small portion of what was shown at our review. If you didn't make it, we're sorry you missed it! We had such a lot of fun. But, fear not! We'll have another one after Spring market. Keep your calendars open! Really.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gratitude and a Surprise Guest.

On this Veteran's Day I am grateful for this boy coming home safely from a year in Iraq so that he can give me "The Look" when I take his picture. Because I can't seem to get enough of them- I missed this kid so much. 
So to him, and to all of those who have served with him and before him, thank you, from the depths of my heart, for sacrificing your comfort, your homes, family dinners, hugs, your very lives. Really, thank you is not enough.

Coming at just the right time, Mary squares up a block made by Jean Anderson of Ohio for the Moda Made with Love Shop Challenge- 100 blocks, 100 days, 100 quilts.

Star blocks of all kinds were made by women (and men) from all over the country for this project. This block will be squared up, stitched together with others into a quilt and then sent to the Quilts of Valor Foundation who will, in turn, send it on to a soldier as a Thank You for their service. 

We are so excited to be a part of this worthy cause.

So, now for something completely different-
We had a lovely surprise as Ellen Luckett Baker, of The Long Thread, popped in to visit the shop on Thursday! Not only does Ellen write this fabulous blog, she is the author of  1-2-3- Sew! for Chronicle Books, and she has designed her first line of fabric, called Quilt Blocks, for Moda, due out next spring. Plus, she has two young children to keep up with! Ellen is a local Atlanta gal, so we hope to see lots of her here at the shop. She is adorable and so sweet. I'm sure she just wanted to shop but I kept asking her questions about her work- her inspiration, how she designs, etc. You know, just so you can get to know her! So, click on The Long Thread and take a gander and then pop over to Moda to see her really cool new fabric line.

See you tomorrow for our 1st After-Market Review! There's going to be some really fun stuff to see. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

More on the Floor.

Just in case you want more.....

A gorgeous rayon chenille scarf at the Olfa booth.Yum.

Loved these giant posies at the Daisy & Dell booth!

And look how cute their other stuff is, too!

Seriously adorable fabric ice cream cones and sweetly folded fat quarter packs at Jillily Studios booth.

More from Moda with samples from French General, Fig Tree Quilts and a basket of luscious jelly rolls.

Loved this display from Basic Grey! Their whole booth was total inspiration.

A stunning miniature churn dash quilt from Under the Garden Moon

Cute togs from Serendipity Studios! We carry their patterns, girls.

How about this amazing quilt? It was the first prize winner in the Jelly Roll competition from F&W Media International. And guess who won? Ready?

It's our own Laura Coons and her Garden Walk quilt!! We were jumping up and down with excitement for her! At the time we photographed this Laura had no idea she had won. We're pretty good at keeping secrets. 
Congratulations, Laura! They truly chose the very best!

The bright and cheery Power Pop booth.

Angela sitting in Ty Pennington's booth. We missed seeing him. It's probably a good thing though, otherwise I would have been picking Angela up off the floor.

Some cute new home dec projects from Kwik Sew.

And, finally, we really wanted to take off in this little roadster at the Michael Miller booth! I wonder if I could find a place in the shop for a display like this............Bahahahahahaha! I'm awake now. 
There ya go- market in a nutshell! Phew. I'm tired all over again!