Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fabulous Freebie from PKM!

I just love PamKittyMorning! She's sassy. She's spunky. But, most of all, she's very, very talented.

I mean really, look at this!


Oh, swoon, sigh. The tiny gingham. The roses. The rickrack. Perfection.



Hop on over to PKM and tell her, "Hello."  And then download that adorable potholder.
It will make you so happy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Meet, Greet and Retreat Event!

Were you there? Oh, my goodness! We had the best time!
For what, you ask? AST's very first Meet, Greet and Retreat reception.
It. Was. Awesome.


There were lots of our AST friends in attendance.


Who noshed on some delicious hors d'oeuvres..


Really delicious hors d'oeuvres.


And then we got down to the nitty gritty of the day- talking about the first ever
AST Quilter's Retreat on July 22nd and 23rd.
Just to make sure every one was paying attention, we threw in a few door prizes. We didn't even know what the prizes were! They were a big secret except for the grand prize which was a sewing machine cleaning by Ken! Carol Miller was the lucky winner of that prize!


Well, that got their attention!


Although, Andy Taylor just didn't quite get what all the hoopla was about.


The main reason for the reception was to inform you about the Quilter's Retreat. Silly us! You must have already known how good is is going to be because it is full, full, full! Not one space left!
Mary, who will facilitate the retreat, filled everyone in on the need-to-knows like what you'll have for breakfast and lunch; that you can bring all of your UFO's and get 'em done; the fact that if you run out of something during the retreat, the shop is right there for you during business hours and that you'll be sewing with some of the best people in Georgia!


The wallflowers (aka our club teachers) wait for their turn to share what they love about the clubs at AST.
Hey, there's Mary again!


This is her Christmas style Stashbuster's Club quilt for July! Don't you want to come make one?


And here is the quilt for August. The pattern is called Suagr Bowl and it is adorable. I need a stash so I can come to Stashbuster's! 


Here's Sherrie and me chatting about Breakfast Club! Boy, do we have a good time. If you have ever come to sew with us you know that Sherrie always has her quilts pieced, quilted, bound and out of the oven and mine are still in the mixing bowl. I just like to make you all feel good.


Sherrie pulled this beautiful Christmasy version of Raspberry Crepes out of the magic oven for July.
Beeeee-utiful! Oh, and if you come join us, Angela is making the crepes! How cool is that?


What? Mary again? This is her Darcy quilt done in 3 Sister's Grace Christmas line. This little charmer is for the July Schnibbles and Bits Club!


And here's Happy Daze, the quilt for August. There's two versions- one with pinwheels and one without so you get to choose which style you want to make. Easy-peasy or a bit more involved.


This is our newest club teacher, Jennie Weaver of our Sassy Scarlets. She is a doll and an absolute bundle of energy! Pictured above is the June/July quilt, Hanky Panky! Do you remember I wrote about it a few posts ago. You know, the one where I made all my stinkin' blocks backwards?


If you loved Hanky Panky, then you will really love Trees for Sale, the August/September quilt. It uses a freezer paper method and is just. so. cute.


This is October/Novenber's quilt. Ack! I can't remember the name of it! Let's just call it A-mazing! 


Once we finished our parts, there was still more to do! Everyone made their way to sign up for the clubs of their choice where they received a $10 Club Cash coupon for each one they signed up for. $10 to use on anything in the shop! See, it pays to come to events at AST!


Jennie offered a door prize for anyone who signed up for the Sassy Scarlets and Nancy was the lucky winner of a handy sewing organizer to keep by her sewing machine! Congratulations, Nancy!

One of the highlights of the event was the introduction of our Feature Teacher- Laura Coons! Laura has designed our newest bundle patterns and they are just beautiful! Each one was created using EQ7 and Laura will be teaching a class on how to navigate your way through it in July! (Yes! I so need that class.) She will also be offering a free class on her new Mission frames pattern. You will not want to miss it!


Come back by next week when I will devote an entire post to this sweet, talented girl.
She's the bee's knees.

Many thanks to Angela, Mary and Karen, for organizing such a fabulous event! It was great!

Friday, June 24, 2011

How About a Bit of Breakfast?

Mmmmmm, looks delicious, doesn't it?
Mary's hash brown breakfast pizza casserole!


And Karin's Apricot and Cinnamon Sugar Pinwheels,


And Barbara's Cotton Soft Japanese Cheesecakes.


Plus a lot of perfectly put-together fabrics....


Stacks and stacks of it!


All combined together for a perfect recipe of


Sewing and


Friends!


You really need to come to Breakfast Club!

Disclaimer- I would have had a photo of the upcoming Breakfast Club quilt but it somehow mysteriously disappeared! Seriously- Poof! It was gone.

Don't forget to stop by the shop tomorrow and visit the "Southern Goodness" booth! Diane will be stocked with fresh-picked veggies and her absolutely fabulous Hot Squash Relish! She'll be there right when the shop opens. Bring your own crackers and cream cheese so you can have lunch on the way home. You'll really, really want to - trust me. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Strip Club & Show and Tell. NOT the same thing!

I'm back from my trip to Florida to see my sister and her family. You can read about my whirlwind trip here, if you'd like. We all had a blast.
I know I'm dreadfully late with the strip club photos and a few customer show and tells. Here they are. There are some pretty amazing quilts to see, so I'll just stop writing and post some photos. Okay?


Angie has done it again with this beautiful French Roses quilt. Not from strip club, but who cares?
It's just lovely.


Jennifer presented a perfect start. We need to cut her some slack. She had been busy as a bee installing a new ceiling! She is truly a Jane-of-all-trades!


Deanna made these beauties using her serger for piecing. The quilts are gifts for two special boys.
They are gorgeous, Deanna!


Sandy always delivers with her out-of-the-box thinking. She used a Michael Miller micro check in green as her background. It's like flowers in a field on a Summer's day.


Karen chose a vibrant magenta as her background for her Rising Stars quilt. Va- voom!


She has also been busy making little mug rugs for her Red Hat Society friends. Lucky them!



Here's Lynn's stunning Curvaceous Curves quilt. Yummmmmmmmmmm.


This our own Mary showing off her Happy Daze quilt that will be offered in her Schnibbles and Bits class. Love these colors, Mary!


So, what will we make for next month? This quilt. The pattern is Wine Country by Cozy Quilt Designs and the fabric line is Mariposa.


Now for a little show and tell. Lanie completed her Beginning Quilting quilt using Moda's Lilac Hill line. It is so pretty. Good job, Lanie! And Mary for being such a great teacher. :)


The lovely Becky brought in her equally lovely Celtic Way paper pieced quilt. This photo does it no justice. It is breathtaking in real life.
So, there you have it! We're all caught up. Now, barring any further bouts of viruses, etc, you should see posts a bit more frequently. We may even toss in another giveaway. Just because. :)


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Look Who's Back!

My apologies for my absence. We had a Very. Nasty. Virus. on our computer. So bad that it had to go to the hospital for a few weeks. Weeks! Ugh. It's all better now. So, I hope you have a few minutes to spend viewing what's been happening at AST while the E machine was recuperating. Ready? Here goes:

Have you been to our Beginning Quilting class? Linda did! She honed her skills and is moving on to more adventurous quilts like this one. Here she is proudly displaying her newest quilt with the equally proud Mary lending a helping hand. It's just gorgeous, Linda!


 This is Evelyn and the adorable quilt she made for her granddaughter, Hayden. If  you look closely you can see the embroidered letters in Hayden's name. They are adorable.


Remember our giveaway? Well, we finally had a winner! Maggie and her daughter, Miriam, stopped by to receive get her prize from Karen! On top of winning the giveaway, Maggie found out that she is expecting a baby boy! Congratulations!


Lynn and her beautiful batik Crazy Curves quilt that she made after attending Barbara Brooks class last month. Fab-u-lous!



Jan popped in to share her super cute Nine Patch quilt made with pieces from her stash and men's shirts! What a clever way to stretch her resources. The backing she chose is on the floor below the quilt. I love this idea so much. Hmm, I wonder if the hubs would notice of a few of his shirts went missing?



This is Annette and the sweetest Sunbonnet Sue I've seen in a while. The blocks were made by Millie Lynn Venable and had been stored in an attic for 30 years. Annette jumped in and quilted this beauty for her friend to remember her grandmother by. You rock, Annette!



So, we have a new club at AST called the Sassy Scarlets. It's led by this cute gal here- Jennie Weaver. She is a total ball of energy and we had the best time sewing together our Hanky Panky quilts, gabbing and laughing the night away. You really need to come join us!


 Deanna pieced her quilt blocks ON HER SERGER! She's just a genius. 


Karen came in and gave every one's arms a little rub down so we could sew, sew, sew. 
She is so good to us.


This is Mary's array of fabrics chosen from her stash. I think I need to see this stash one day! She always has the prettiest fabrics. 


No time for posing! Quilting is such serious business. 


This is Wendy's first block made with Silent Cinema. It's just gorgeous.


Even after working all day, Wendy still had the energy to sew. And smile.


 Shirley chose to make her Hanky Panky quilt with Jovial, by Basic Grey for Moda.
 Oh, my gosh, it's gorgeous! here she is with her new sewing machine!


These are some of Mary's colorful blocks.....


 and Shirley's beautiful blocks.......



and Deanna's sweet blocks....




and....wait a minute! What's wrong here? These are my blocks. Do you see something different about them?
Apparently I belong in the remedial Sassy Scarlets class because I made mine backwards.
 Every. Single. One.


Don't ask.

I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow so it might be a few days before I get pics of Strip Club and more show and tells up on the blog. My niece graduated from high school (a year early!) and we are off to celebrate with her. Have a great weekend, everyone. Catch you on the flip side.