Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sweet Ho-ho-home.

It's the end of Holly Days here Georgia. And that means that it's Sweet Home Quilt Company's turn to rev up the holiday spirit!

I love going to this shop- it's cute, it's homey, it's full of fun stuff and great people work there! Come up on the porch and set a spell while I take you through Sweet Home!

Festive decorations could be found at every turn. Love these baubles hanging from the chandelier! 

How darling are these little cottages? They make me think of the decs at my grandmother's house at Christmas. The best thing about these are that they are a no-sew project and they collapse for storage! So clever. 

We were greeted by this cute little elf who welcomed us with a heart "Merry Christmas" and gave out the free pattern for Laura Coons' Sweet Home Christmas Star!  You already know how much we love Laura and her designs! Here's the quilt all made up:

Cute, huh?

Every little space was filled with treats waiting to be brought home. Festive fat quarter packages, 

great gift ideas like this adorable casserole cover, tiny table runner kits and loads of patterns,

and who doesn't love tiny stockings? This would be a fun way to count down the days to Christmas with your children or grandchildren or, just yourself!

Tons and tons of beautiful ideas!

This would be so cute in some one's sewing room. :) 

Log cabin pumpkins, for those not quite ready for the holidays. 

Santa may not be able to make it down this chimney but it still looks pretty.

While we were there the Christmas Elf gathered us around for a demo on the Magic Stocking and sewing machine mat and, the best part, door prizes!

So, get in your sleigh and travel over to Sweet Home! Today is the last day to take part in all the fun and you really don't want to miss it! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Holly Days Continue.......

And this week the celebration is at Quilts and Fixins! You can tell they are ready by the wreath on the front door

and the very cute decorated windows!

Once you step inside you are greeted with "Merry Christmas!"..

...from these sweet girls! Such good Santa's helpers! They are wonderful. :)

Do you like demos? I do and there were some good ones today! Like this cute cover for a tablet or e-reader. These would make great gifts and the pattern is only $2.50! 

Everywhere you turned there were projects that inspired.

A sweet Christmas tree dressed in Civil War finery.

And this just made me smile. Mostly because it's very true. ;)

Loved this string quilt that uses up all those Christmas print scraps!

A darling little tree pincushion ready to be decorated with pearly pins for a special quilter.

Oh, my! How fun are these Santas? Love the tall hats!

Laura Coons designed this quilt and her pattern is a free gift for attending Holly Days at Quilts and Fixins! It's gorgeous!

A beautiful mantle scarf to dress your fireplace for the holidays. This was a demo and looks like a snap to make!

While I was there, I treated myself to a few, um, Christmas presents. I couldn't help myself!

If you have nothing to do tomorrow, hop on over to Quilts and Fixins. You'll have a holly jolly time!

Monday, July 9, 2012

So Many of the Things.......

Did you, by chance, feel a little chill in the air this past weekend? Nope, not me either. But, inside of A Scarlet Thread, we had the illusion of cold. It's Christmas in July time and we kicked off the whole month full of events for Holly Days! It was so much fun.
Think about it- 4 shops, 4 weeks, with lots of demos, projects and really cute people. Like Mackenzie!

Isn't she adorable? And she is a sweetheart, to boot. Mackenzie had the best job- greeting our customers, stamping their "Christmas cards" and passing out pressies for everyone! Who doesn't love a little Christmas gift? 

The shop was all decorated for the Holly Days. We even changed out the black and white Sleep Under the Stars for the more festive red and white combination! 

Mary showcased our great selection of reduced Christmas fabrics. It was certainly a great time to stock up for future projects!

Little touches of Christmas was everywhere. I love Christmas.

Sherrie doing what she does best- showing a demo for some super cute napkins, table runners and aprons from Karen Montgomery.  


Pillow and fabric gift wrap by Laura's Sage Country Quilts made using the Coin Ruched Blossom guide and the Coin Ruched guide (in either large or small sizes. Coin ruching to make fabric flowers was traditionally done by tracing around a quarter! These new guides make the process go in a snap! And, you don't have to raid the change jar. :) 

We had a ton of trunk shows for the event! All of them are beautiful and would make great gifts. They're still at the shop for a few more days if you would like to come by and see them!

Snowflake Table Topper and Tall Pines wall hanging by The Irish Chain. The quilt in the background is made with Dana Brooks' new S'Noel line for Henry Glass. It's one of our favorite new Christmas lines!

Abbey Lane quilts sent us this adorable Christmas quilt from their new Just 4 Fun book! In the background- Laura's Sage Country Quilts Peace Dove Wreath and Sage Country Christmas Tree.

Kris Kaddy made this adorable Grinch quilt to fit Robert Kaufman's new Grinch fleece panel perfectly. 

Even the sewing center got in on the festivities with some really fun Christmas projects that can be made on your embroidery machine! (I say yours because I don't have one. Yet.)

So, how do you make the Holly Days event even better? You throw in Strip Club! Yes, I know!

Carol was up first with this hot, hot, hot Diamond Double quilt, in queen size. 

And she whipped up this adorable fabric bowl/hot dog holder from the scraps! Clever girl, that Carol.

Lisa Marie shared the pot holders that she made for a class at church. They are beautiful! Love that purple. Lisa Marie!

This beauty is going to be a wedding gift combining interests of both the bride and the groom. The Celtic knots are amazing!

Georgianne shows off her finished Under the Rainbow bag she made for her granddaughter. The flowers are made with the coin ruching guides and can detach for washing! I am sure that this bag was a hit! It's adorable. 

Deanna won a little wall hanging kit at her quilt guild and here it is all finished- cute, cute, cute!

And this quilt is loaded with prehistoric treasures like dinosaur bones and other fossils. Cool! 

Karen has struck again. This is the baby size Diamond Double, made in 1/12th scale, all by hand. I'm dying here. She makes the cutest miniature quilts ever.

And here's a miniature quilt that she made for a wedding gift. Lucky couple. 

Lynn never ceases to amaze us with the way she can manipulate a pattern. This is a disappearing 9 patch made in soft greens and yellows. Very pretty.

This mini quilt was made for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Do take a minute to go visit their website. I'll wait for you. 

Incredible, aren't they?

Peek-a-boo, we can't see you! But, we can see your adorable very first quilt ever! 

Colleen made her version of Mary's Fenced In pattern from one of our 5 yard bundles. I love the chickens! But you knew that, didn't you?

Rose used the black and white strip set to make her Diamond Double quilt. Va-voom!

And this card trick quilt came together from blocks received in an exchange with some of her guild friends. Love this pattern so much- it's classic and fun!

Diana channeled her inner Swirly Girl and made her own version of Shadow Play from the Silent Cinema line. It's gorgeous! 

Done. That's what Liz is thinking about her hand quilted Cactus Wreath quilt. Isn't the black stunning?
 Congratulations, Liz- it's spectacular!

I oh, so, love this spiral table runner! It's that graphic pop of black in the center that makes this really stand out in the crowd!

Huberta whipped up a cute charm square quilt while she was on vacation. And, she was really on a roll with her projects-

Yes, this is an embroidered roll of toilet tissue. And, no, I have no idea why. But it is pretty stinkin' cute. And funny. 

Diane brought her completed log cabin wreath quilt, just in time for the Holly Days! 

Angela doesn't always have her nose to the grindstone. She does get the chance to slip into her sewing room to create beautiful things like this Twister quilt and

get a little artistic as well! Don't you love this tossed scrap quilt? It's so cool!

Mary is going to be teaching a class so you can make your own pineapple table runner at the end of summer. Have you tried the Pineapple Tool yet? No? You must! It is a lot of fun.

Well, we've reached the end and what better way to wrap up our Holly Days than with a nod to O, Tannenbaum? 

Tree Lot was made by Sherrie using a mixed strip set of Christmas fabrics and a creamy background. Start yours now and you'll be snuggled up underneath it by the fire this winter!
Which, by the way, cannot get here soon enough.