Monday, January 23, 2012

Oh. Baby.

Saturday, after the shop closed, we gathered in the classroom for a special baby shower. Kristi, Karen's daughter, is expecting her first baby in just about a month and we were really excited to share in this happy occasion!

How cute is this girl?

There was a beautiful table filled with delicious party food.

And a gorgeous (and delicious) cake for baby Legend! Oh, didn't I tell you? It is a little boy. :)

If you feed us, we will come. ;)

Proud Grandma Karen had this beautiful crib set made from Adorn It's Long Live Vintage. The quilt is made from the same line using the Scribbles pattern by The Pattern Basket.

Who could resist such adorable tiny clothes?

Our own Karen (aka Cookie, aka Cookie-Candy-Cricket) made this sweet red elephant! He is fabulous!

And Laurie made this Boo Bear Blanket from luscious Cuddle. NO stuffed bears were beheaded to make this blankie. It is completely made by hand!

Little pyjamas from Great-grandmother Barbara. Sigh.

Angela made a ring sling for carrying little Legend. And, it's perfect for Mom or Dad!

Great-grandmother, Kathleen, made a set of quilted changing pads! She also included pee-pee tee-pees. Yes, they are what you think they are. lol Check out that cute little guy in the background. That's Karen's grandson. Look at those socks! I'm dying- he is so cute.

Cathy sent embroidered convertible pj's. They can be used either as pj's or as a gown. Clever.

I made an owl from felted sweaters for little Legend. Not only is it made from wool it's stuffed with wool, Kristi, so don't throw it in the wash! I forgot to tell you that. :)

Karen made the most beautiful burp cloths! Lots of them.

Mary made a Sunday Best for Legend quilt. He is going to love all of those bright colors!

And Wendy quilted up this A-dorable owl quilt. What a lucky baby!

Terre and her daughter's gift of tiny sweaters were a total hit!
And, rats, the photo I took of Suzette's gift, Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider and a little onesie did not turn out. You will just have to trust me when I say it was really cute. On the front was written all of the things that are in babies- love, world peace, lots of things I can't remember and a raisin.
I think this baby has everything he needs now. 

Sweet little Legend, we cannot wait to meet you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Busy, Busy

If you gauge progress by the projects that our customers have been bringing in, this is going to be a very productive year!! Quilts, bags, baby blankets, pillowcases- you name it, they are being made.

Barbara came in with her friend (who is hiding behind the quilt!) and shared this beautiful quilt made using this pattern and Benartex Mayfair fabric. (We don't have that particular line but we can help you find a suitable option.)

She also made this fabulous Drunkard's path from batiks. It makes me think of a time-lapse moon rise! A Drunkard's Path quilt is on my list of things to try this year. What's on your list?

Right at the end of the day yesterday, Terri came in with her daughter's to show us this cute, cute, cute laptop case that she made! And, it's her own pattern inspired by something she saw on Pinterest! I love Pinterest, there are so many neat things to be found there, from quilting ideas, crocheting, knitting, crafts, decorating, recipes......well, you name it, it's there. Be prepared to spend some time scrolling through all the really cool stuff you'll find! 
Be sure to come by the shop with your finished projects and we'll share them here so that others can see how talented our AST customers are!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hi, Linda! Hi, Wendy!

What's the story, Morning Glory? What's the tale, Nightingale? 
Have you heard about A Scarlet Thread?
Hi, Laurie! Hi, Cookie! What's the story, Morning Glory? What's the word, Hummingbird?
Have you heard about A Scarlet Thread?  
They have awfully good news!
When you hear it you'll cry!
Now hold onto your hats- here's the what and the why!
(Pardon my nod to Bye, Bye Birdie!) 

Here's the scoop- A Scarlet Thread
  is going to be in the Spring/Summer issue of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine! 
I know! Can you believe it?!? It such awesome news and we are all very excited! Well, who wouldn't be? 
Eek! Boy, what a relief to be able to finally tell you! Keeping a secret is not easy to do, especially when it's one this big and we've had to hold it in since last August!
Okay, now that that you're in the know, lets check in to see what happened in strip club this morning, shall we?

First up was Kris with his practically perfect in every way With a Twist, December's strip club quilt! Gor-geous!

But what really got every one's attention was the bag he brought his quilt in! I mean, really, we had women waving dollars trying to buy it! What a hoot!

Lisa Marie took a bit of a departure from the original and made With a Twist all her own! And, yes, there is some purple in there!
And here is her completed Mission Frame top. It's very pretty, Lisa Marie!
Terri shared her two stockings that she made i a class with Debbie Coursey-Prah. If you haven't taken a class with Debbie, you will definitely want to in 2012. And then you can make cute stuff like Terri did!
Can you believe that Lynn has been quilting for less than a year? Me, either. This Star of David is paper pieced (made in Debbie's class. See? You so need to be there!) It is absolutely beautiful.

And, Lynn's With a Twist quilt using a little bit of tan as her background. It's like the ocean lapping at the shoreline. Simply lovely.
 Rose made the cutest thing for her granddaughter. It's a television-watching pillow that she can lean against something and be comfy and cozy covered in Winnie the Pooh fabric. Yes, I wish I was still a kid.

Marsha made Lattice Patch in purples and greens instead of fruit and veggie fabric and it is a stunner!  I love that she thought out of the box.

Sweet Barb has been hooked on making small quilts this past year. Here's her With a Twist table topper/wall hanging. L.O.V.E. that teal! Yum. Great job with those batiks, Barb!

Sandy brought the Fayetteville Neighbor article that they did about the shop. Look, it's our own Ken and Karen!

Gale proudly shared her Love and Comfort quilt made in the breast cancer survivor colors of purple and pink. Gale herself is a breast cancer survivor and we all applauded her ten-year triumph over the disease. You go, Gale!

Our own Cookie-Candy-Cricket (aka Karen- now you know why all the nicknames!) came to strip club armed with some really cute things she had made. Like her Marsha Mellow doll, complete with pecan twig hair!

And Mary's Too Cute to Cut pattern made with one of the Dick and Jane bundles. This is adorable.
(Check out Karen's vest- it's the Kwik Sew Quick vest made with minkie. Have you made one yet?)

And ho-ho-ho, a sweet primitive Santa!

Wendy had a few (much deserved) days off last week and she was busy at her sewing machine! The first one is Jaybird Quilts Fast Forward that she made using an Annie's Farm Stand strip set. What a great quilt!

And then, she showed off her Etchings quilt made from a pattern in the Another Bite of Schnibbles book. Delicious! This makes me want to make my Etchings quilt.
What did you think? There were some really wonderful show and tells today! So, what's on stage for next month?

Hot Flashes made with strips with aqua, red, pink and white. I wish you could have seen the different accent and background fabrics that were chosen. Let's just say that next month's show and tell is going to be pretty wild! And Kris had better bring a bag for everybody! ;)