Saturday, April 30, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

After plying my fussy hen, Lady Flora, with cat food and clover, I finally got her to leave Cluckingham Palace to draw a winner for the Spring giveaway! Boy, she is persnickety! And so, without further ado, the winner is.............





Congratulations, melamiller789! Send us your mailing information at madrekarin1atyahoodotcom and we will get your prize out to you jiffy quick! Or, if you're local, stop by the shop any time after today and we'll have it wrapped and ready to go.
Thank you so much, everyone, for being a part of our giveaway. Stay tuned because I'm pretty sure there will be more!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Did you Watch the Royal Wedding?


I did and it was wonderful to see the lovely Kate marry her handsome prince. 
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs., the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
If you were late to the wedding, that's okay- it will be played out all day on the telly. You won't miss a thing. But, if you haven't signed up for our giveaway by midnight tonight, you will definitely miss out on some seriously sweet swag.
Say that five times fast!
The winner will be drawn by Lady Flora of Cluck tomorrow morning.
Best get crackin'!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Snowbaby Quilt

Why does it take me so long to get things done? Well, if you really want to know, I could give you a whole long laundry list. But, I will spare you.
I decided to make a baby quilt with the Just Wing It! charm pack from the giveaway. (Not the actual charm pack!) I have to say that, once I had the chance to sit down and sew, it went together in a snap! Really lots of fun. And cute. I like cute. See? (It is still on my design wall here.)


Now to pick out a border. I'm thinking purple. What do you think?
Haven't signed up for the giveaway yet? No worries! You have until Friday. Then Flora, our CNG control expert, will draw a name out of the bowl. There's nothing like the CNG. What? You haven't heard of it before? The Chicken Number Generator. It's the only way to fly!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How About a Little Giveaway?

We haven't had one in a while, have we? It's been far too long. Let's remedy that, okay?
There are so many cool things out there in the quilting world. Every time I turn around there's another must-have ruler or gadget to try out. So, today,  I'm are giving away 1 Charming Square Snowball template, a super-cute Just Wing It! charm pack by MoMo and, the thread to stitch it all together with. Nice, huh?
Inside the template package is a pattern to make a really sweet table runner. I'm in the process of putting one together and boy, is it cute, cute, cute!


Now, what do you need to do to win all of this loot? Just do three easy steps.


1. Follow this blog or, if you already follow, leave that info in your comment.
2. "Like" the AST Facebook page or, if you already like it, leave that info in your comment as well.
3. Come back here and leave a comment that you've done steps 1 and 2. 
See? Easy-peasy.

We'll close this giveaway on Friday, April 29.  (The giveaway is closed and we have a winner!) That should give you loads of time to get everything done!
I'll give you a sneak peek of the table runner soon. :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pumpkin and Pecan........

quilt blocks? Yes! We had a lovely time at Breakfast Club this month!
The pattern we used- Pumpkin and Pecan Waffles. We didn't have those for breakfaast though. But, Angie brough a box of Dunkin' Munchkins, Gayle brough some beautiful melons and strawberries, Barb made amazing savory herb abd bacon mini muffins, Sherrie brought us the juice and I made oatmeal breakfast squares with four berry jam. We had very full tummies when we were done.
What do you do when you're full up? You sew, of course!


It all started with an easy peasy sixteen patch center.Angie made hers in batiks.


Barb stitching away on some of her stash purchased during Shop Hop. The colors are just beautiful.


Gayle used batiks for her waffles as well. It's amazing how different they all look!


Angie with her first completed block. Yay!


Suzette popped in with her completed Stoney River quilt! She made this as a wedding gift for her son's friend and his new wife. What a lucky couple!
(No, her arm is not that long! Sherrie is hding behind the quilt holding the corner.)


Here's a little close-up. Fabulous!


Next month we'll be making Granny's Granola. Come join us for breakfast!
Tune in tomorrow for something really fun!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Project Selvage

Have you heard of this? It's a collaboration between Spoonflower and Michael Miller Fabrics to hold a contest! The challenge? Design a baby boy fabric. Easy, right? I don't think so. The winner will receive a licensing contract with Michael Miller to print their baby boy collection, as well as a baby girl collection, which will debut at Fall Market. Cool, huh?

Here are some of my favorites:

Fox Forest by Sharbear 123


 Windy Day by Wendy Sloniger


 Little Bugaboo by Heather Dutton


 Boys Go Round by Cil


Just click on Spoonflower and go cast your votes! Quickly, because voting ends today!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No Foolin'!

How was your weekend? It was beautiful here, topped off by a fabulous Strip Club!
Ken and Karen were still cruising about the Caribbean so Wendy stepped in to be Vanna for a Day. (Didn't they just do that on Wheel of Fortune?) First up for display- Angie's beautiful, finished quilt.  Last month's pattern was Rising Star, by Cozy Quilt Designs
Angie is our own rising star- this is only her third strip club quilt!


 Look at this! It's Angie's All Squared quilt! This is one of our newest, free bundle patterns designed by the sweet Laura Coons!


 Deanna completes her Samurai Squares quilt with a luscious coral accent color. It turned what could have been a bold and sassy quilt into one that took a walk on the softer side.


The lovely Miss Barbara made her Rising Star quilt with a pale mint green background. Guess what? She didn't like it but, the rest of us loved it! It's soft and dreamy. I think it would be a perfect picnic quilt. Or, a cuddle-up-on-the-sofa-with-Grandma quilt. Or, a Barbara-it-is-gorgeous quilt.


 Jennifer's All Squared sings in patriotic red, white and blue! As she said, there's not much room for error in this quilt. You use almost every bit of the 5 one-yard cuts in a bundle. Eek.


 Deanna's Rising Star. Hey, wait a minute! This looks a little different than the rest of them!
That's because Deanna used her strips tat were destined for  Beach City Blooms to make her quilt. No need to let them go to waste! Just make them up in a different pattern. Clever.


Didn't these girls make the prettiest quilts? You should come join us! Next month we will be making All Stars using soft reds, browns, pinks and greens. The strip set has a very old-fashioned verging on Colonial feel to it. I can't wait to see every one's take on this quilt!


Oh, and if you were with us last Saturday, here's your cheat sheet for drawing the lines on your little strips.


You're welcome. :)