Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's Baby Lock Tech, Baby!

Karen and Ken are in St. Louis this week fro Baby Lock Tech and, boy, are they having fun!
Check out this light show that greeted them on their first night- wow!!

Baby Lock always pulls out all the stops in everything, including the food. Don't eat them, just glue them to your hips, folks. 

How about this? It's the newest baby Lock serger called Ovation. I don't own a serger so some of this is lost on me but, if you do, you might want to know that this is a fine piece of machinery- 5" open to the right of the needle (lots of room) and a knee lift option for total control. Sweet.

The Arch, right outside the classroom window. Gorgeous!

Karen has been able to schmooze with some of the best of the best-

Eleanor Burns! ELEANOR BURNS!! I don't need to say anything else. 

Kim Christopherson, of Kimberbell Designs, and her twin sister, 
Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe! How cute are these girls? 

The adorable Sue Hausmann of PBS' America Sews! Hey, that's a Mondo Bag!

Kay Capps Cross of Cross Cut Quilting. Kay makes the most amazing black and white quilts! 

I don't know about you but I cannot wait for them to come back and fill us in on what they learned! It's so exciting! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Holiday Strip Club!

In keeping with t he Holly Days, we had a holiday themed choice for Strip Club this month! I cannot wait to see the quilts for our 61st Strip Club. 
But, before we see what the Scarlet Strippers will be making, let's take a peek at the show and tell projects from last month!
Up first? Kris, of course, with this adorable vintage-inspired Santa panel from Intown Quilters. 
I am sure he is going to make this into something super!

Kris' At Sea. Such a gorgeous quilt.

How about Take 5 Goes Crazy? I don't think I would ever have tried this but it is really cute!

Lynn's Kisses from My Beloved that she made in Quilter's Camp. This is not your great-grandmother's Civil War quilt! 

Edyta Sitar's patterns and Lynn seem  to go hand in hand! This is Tree Farm, expertly crafted. 

Lynn has taken t-shirt quilts to a new level, using silk kimono fabrics to create this beauty. Yum.

There is something so comforting about making quilts from clothing, especially when t hat clothing belonged to someone special. The following three quilts were made from her sweet mother. 

Lovely work. This one is a Marie Osmond pattern!

Lisa Marie delved into the Jelly Roll 1600 world and made one suited for Quilts of Valor! This will go to one of our service men or women,  to comfort and warm them. 

Go, Army! Ginny made this wall hanging using one of the laser cut appliques from the shop. They are wonderful for allowing you to make up a quilt in no time!

Ho, ho, ho- a festive wall quilt from Art  to Heart's new Christmas book, Ho  Ho Ho, Let It Snow!

Love this Sweet Land of Liberty quilt!

And Ginny was At Sea last month, making her own version to share. 

Christmas Pears, anyone? Love this little table runner. Table runners are such nice gifts and they are quick and easy to make!

Kathleen made a cutie-pie version of an iron caddy with ties instead of button closures! Genius. 

Jean made these gorgeous quilts and then quilted them on her own long arm using techniques she learned from an online class! This quilt is from the Stripples book by Lynn Thomas.

Love this simple orange and cream Irish chain quilt. So crisp and clean, yet beautiful.

Susan made two Halloween quilts for her granddaughters! Each one is a little different from the other, making them unique to each girl!

Barb said she had a hard time with the X's from XOXO, so she just made the O's! Love it. 

Melissa gave the Flower Fairies in the center of this quit center stage by using simple borders around it. 

Cute, cute kitty appliques, designed by Melissa added to this quilt from E is for Elementary by Eleanor Burns!

And a pieced back. This might be my favorite.

Have you been to Spoonflower? Melissa has, designing this beautiful fabric all by herself. 

Kay used her buckeye Beauty strips to make this Spin Cycle quilt! Strip Club patterns give you so many options!

Susan's little t-shirt quilt. The rose at the top right is from Beauty and the Beast. Susan played Madame La Grande Bouche in the play! (That's Mrs. Big Mouth in English. It sounds so much nicer in French!)

Janet's At Sea with a beautiful cocoa border! I love how each quilter added their own mark to this quilt.

Laura's super-cute chevron quilt made with a Rum Raisin Bali Cracker. She's named this one Rainforest!

Cindy, there is no need to fear these adorable little chicks! How cute are these pincushions? 

Mary and her hubs are building a new house and what better way to thank their framer? With a Little House quilt, of course! We have a great selection of brick, stone and wood fabrics to make on of your own.

Jill's daughter is heading off to college this fall! And, of course, she needs a quilt to take along! This is Rosalie by Valerie Wells. LOVE this quilt.

Jill added in family photos so the college girl won't (hopefully) be homesick. 

LaTonda went graphic with Modern Quilt Relish's Modern Pickle Relish! That pop of orange is awesome!

Linda made this dramatic Spin Cycle in gorgeous Kansas Troubles fabrics. Oh. My. Gosh. This is stunning!

So, what will the Strippers be making for our September show and tell? Prickly Pear, in bright and fun Christmas colors! I cannot tell you how much I love this. 

Want to know what's happening at AST in the next few months? Here's a little sneak peek:

Project Linus Sew-in: Wednesday, August 21 at 10:00 am

Sassy Scarlet's Retreat: August 23/24

Mary's Pineapple Quilt class: August 17. 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Check out our full class calendar here for full details!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Holly Days Countdown!

Well, I tried to write a post for these photos this morning and Blogger would not allow me to. Happily, it is now fixed and I can tell you what you've been looking at all day!
It's the last weekend for the annual Holly Days event! A Scarlet Thread wraps it up in style with 4 different demonstrations for quick and cute Christmas gifts, a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for AST and a fabulous Cookie Bar! Seriously, the Diva Elves have been busy in the kitchen whipping up some fabulous Christmas  treats for you. everything from Buckeyes, to Snickerdoodles to an amazing soft, iced cookie made from---squash!! Yes, you read that correctly, a squash cookie, and they are delicious! Our customers have been asking for recipes, so I'll be posting them for you here on the blog. 

One of our favorite Christmas lines is Timeless Treasure's Holiday Frost, a combination of red, white and silvery grey. There are kits available to make both quilts. My personal favorite is the appliqued ornament quilt, but they are both very pretty.

The Irish Chain has so many fab patterns to choose from. This little gem is called Tall Pines. What you can't see in the photo are all of the sparkly crystals that adorn this wall hanging. So, you'll just have to come see them in person!

Heartfelt Holidays is a great choice for those who prefer more traditional Christmas colors. Kits are available for this charming quilt 

A Scarlet Thread has been highlighting local designers during Holly Days. These sweet appliqued pillows are by Suzette German. The pattern is free, this weekend only, with a $20 purchase!

Signs designate demo areas throughout the shop. Demo #2 is directed by our own Susan who will show just how easy it is to make quilt as you go place mats for those on your gift-giving list.

Little pops of Christmas are everywhere!

Woodland Trees, by Quilt Woman, is a great way to use the Tonga Treats Joy strips.

Cookie (aka Karen), our shop manager, created this darling Gypsy Pillow, shown in the top right corner, under the name Blue Mountain Quilts just for Holly Days. It goes together in a snap and would make a wonderful accent pillow. Patterns available for $2.50. 

The Holly Bolt Series by madrekarin. Does that name sound familiar? Yep, it's me. These are a great way to use up those empty bolt inserts! Patterns and accessory kits are available.
 Patterns- $3.99 Accessory Kits- $4.99
 We have plenty of empty bolts for you to make your own!

The Holly Jolly and 'Tis the Season Burlap wreath are a fun way to make someone happy. Each one can be made in an evening or two and require no sewing! Sometimes you just need to give your machine a rest. 

The Elfin Tree, by madrekarin (so named because, when my granddaughter saw it she said, "Mins, it looks like Elf!) is your free pattern for attending AST's Holly Days event! 

As you can see, it's been non-stop excitement! Tomorrow is the last day- start it off right with Strip Club at 8:30 am and then stay and visit with us! And maybe eat a cookie or two. ;)