Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gingham Style

Have you caught on to the latest rage of gingham quilts? Super easy, super cute stuff, I tell ya!
All you do is choose a color then go quite a few shades lighter and add white. See? Simple.

I made this quilt for my niece. She is having a little bambino (or bambina- she and her husband are going the old-fashioned route of being surprised) in June and the colors she has chosen for her nursery are light teal with a pop of orange.

The little giraffe was an afterthought. While I liked the quilt in its gingham plainness, I felt it needed a little something extra. Bonjour, Monsieur (or Madame) Giraffe!
The shower is today, I hope she likes it. Eek.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Solid Foundation

And, poof!, it's done. Months of preparation, hours of creating, lots and lots of ordering new stock all to make sure that the 2013 Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop would be a success and, it was!
Our shop theme this year was A Solid Foundation. Most quilts that are being made these days are constructed using a large field of solids, incorporating solids in new ways or are composed of all solid fabrics. We love solids at AST!! Our fave? Moda Bella Solids. Love them!

Everywhere our customers turn they find inspiration to create their own, modern quilt using these stalwarts.

Above is V&Co.'s Barn Dance pattern, made by Kris Caddy. Yum!

A positively patriotic Yankee Doodle Sweetheart, by made by Harriette Williams.

Spin Cycle, by Cluck, Cluck, Sew!, made by Kris Caddy.

A long shot into the shop!

Peaks! and Mind the Gap! by Moda, made by Sherrie Curtis and Kris Caddy, respectively.

Spheres and Melons, a Moda trunk show. Patterns can be had free with the purchase of 12 solid fat quarters.

Take 5 Deserves and Even Break! by Teacher's Pet, made by Chelsea Moore in fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabric. Yes, we now carry this!!

We also carry wool, lots and lots of glorious wool by The Woolly Lady and Mary Flanagan, to give you the best of both modern and traditional wool!


I Heart You by V& Co., made by Sherrie Curtis. I do heart this.

Last year at market, Moda had paint sticks displayed in their booth. They were beautiful and immediately made us think of A Solid Foundation! I mean really, paint sticks, painted solid and then splatter painted? Score! We asked our sweet rep if we might be able to get some and Moda sent us 100! A quick tour around the web yielded a source for unprinted paint sticks and we ordered in 700 more. Yes, 700!!

16 colors of paint, one paint brush and me sitting on my living room floor....(with a little help from two amazing missionaries who just "popped by" to see me) and...

it looked like this.

And then the fun began!! The Hubs and I laid the sticks side by side and then, one by one, I opened a bottle of paint and just chucked it. Paint was going everywhere and it was awesome! Most fun I've had in years. :)

The result? A curtain of color leading from the main cash wrap all the way to the sewing center.

The AST Shop Hop quilt, designed by Laura Coons and made by Sherrie Curtis. I love this happy quilt!

Lots of fun, solid-based quilts could be found at every turn!

I think everyone had a good time.

Patches and Stacks, a Moda trunk show, on view until March 28. The patterns are available free with the purchase of 12 solid fat quarters.

Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry, made with his Notting Hill line by Sherrie Curtis.

There you have it, a little tour of A Scarlet Thread's A Solid Foundation shop hop. Thanks for stopping by!

It's not quite like being there but it's the next best thing!
A lot of our customers asked about the "flowers" on the shelf above the solid display. My friend, Cilla, and I made them after seeing a photo of a display in Anthropologie in New York on the Internet. 
Guess what they are?  ;)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hoppity, Hop, Hop, Hop!

Yesterday was Day 1 of the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop 2013! My friend, Cilla, and I traipsed about the Southern half of the city to visit Intown Quilts, Sweet Home Quilt Co. and Quilts and Fixin's. Cute, cute, cute!

First up, Intown Quilts, whose theme is Modern Meets Traditional. Here's a few snaps of the shop:

Intown's shop quilt, complete with dreamy Kaffe Fassett fabrics:

We were warmly welcomed by this cute little lady bug at Sweet Home Quilt Co. There theme is Black White and Red All Over!

Sweet Home's shop quilt:

Quilts and Fixin's never disappoints! They did a great job turning the shop into A Novel Idea, focusing on novelty fabrics!

There was even a pirate!

Quilts and Fixin's shop quilt.

All of the shop quilts are made using half strips, 2 1/2 x 22 inches long. Each shop has their own set and you can get them free with a $30 purchase or buy them on their own for $6.00. Collect all ten sets from each shop and make one of these adorable quilts!

Tomorrow I'll share a few shots of A Scarlet Thread!! I know you can't wait. :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Big Show!

It's been crazy busy the past few weeks at A Scarlet Thread. We completely rearranged the shop and, of course, there were Shop Hop preparations. LOTS of Shop Hop preparations. How about a little catching up before we start sharing Shop Hop photos?

Kris was first up (great shock!) with his beautiful Early Light from the January strip club.

Check out this fab scrappy backing! Love. Kris had knee surgery recently and we are happy to report he is doing really well. Nothing keeps him down though- he made 9 sample quilts for Shop Hop! He rocks.

Angie made this cute duck-themed quilt from the Swirly Girls Perfect Ten pattern. This is a great pattern for a quick quilt!

How gorgeous is this? The purple and turquoise play so nicely with that gray background.

I don't think Angie sleeps. This is her Grammy's Buttons quilt from Sassy Scarlets. I started making one of these. It's still in pieces in my project basket. Oh, Angie...........

This is such a fun quilt with it's vibrant colors and its guitar fabric. I think she said it's for her son. Lucky boy!

Ginny made a plethora (I love that word) of table runners from the book My Runners.

plus some very cute baby bibs,

and a fantastic Ohio State quilt for her nephew.

Lisa Marie came through with a charming Sierra Stars quilt and

her adorable daughter who modeled her new purse!

Terri whipped up this gorgeous jacket from a sweatshirt and a few batiks.

You would never know there was a sweatshirt under there, would you?

Latonda showed off her super cute Thimballina bag from Auntie's Two! Look at that smile!

This is Barb's Early Light made with juicy batiks and

a very cool, almost psychedelic, throw made with a panel from Frond! All of the fabrics from Frond are from original art. They are amazing!

Gerri finished her wall hanging from last month just in time for gift giving! It's lovely!

We love Amy Bradley at the shop and so does Cindy! This is Funny Babies- isn't it darling? If you get up close you can see that each baby has a belly button. Love those little details!

Melissa has been busy designing her own quilts. This one is made from her mother and grandmother's handkerchiefs. What a sweet way to create a memory quilt!

We have a few exciting classes coming up.

First up is Mary's Cheddar Blue class from String Quilt Revival! This quilt is incredible! Love the classic combination of blue and yellow. Yum! This class will be held on March 22 from 5:30 to 9:00PM. Book required. Call the shop for class availability!

Candace Hassen will be back on March 23 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to teach another of her fabulous patterns. This time around, it's Let's Polka! It is simply a fun quilt made with polka dots and a few stripes. Check out our class calendar at A Scarlet Thread. Angela makes sure there is something for everyone!

Here's the strip club choice for march- Up Squares, Down Squares!

It is a very subtle, beautiful quilt with an Asian influence. I wonder what show and tell will be like next month?
Now that things are (somewhat) back to normal, I'll be posting lots of fun shots of Shop Hop! I had a great time visiting some of my favorite shops with my friend, Cilla, today. Nothing like a good friend, a little spending money and quilt shops to make for a perfect day!
Come back tomorrow for a little peek at what we saw. :)