Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How About Some Warm Toast with Strawberry Jam?

It's finally cooling down here in the Peach State and that makes everyone happy! Well, most everyone, anyway. Cooler temps bring about thoughts of cozy fires and snuggling under blankets. Or, quilts. For me, it means sleeping with the windows open, the ceiling fan on  and piles of blankets on the bed.
It seems that the Scarlet Strippers have the similar thoughts of lots of thick, soft quilts to wrap about the chilly ones in their homes. 
Angie is always on top of things. This is her beautiful Sassy Squares!

And a festive fussy-cut Christmas quilt. Adorbs!

This next quilt will take your breath away! Angie used Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks to craft this piece of gorgeousness. 100 6-inch blocks, grading across the rainbow. Yum!

Barbara has also been in the holiday mood! Her first quilt is a luscious Christmas sampler done in traditional colors. 

And on a brighter note, a super-cute Christmas present throw. 

Check out this incredibly sweet Holiday Redwork embroidered quilt. We have one hanging in the shop and it is a customer favorite!

And for those really cold nights, a machine appliqued woolly throw. Yes, you can machine applique wool, just so you know. 

Deja vu? A bit! Wanda also completed a Holiday Redwork quilt! She made this one for a friend and one for her. What a treasure!

Oh, so adorable 30's Block of the Month quilt. Look at that Scottie!! 

Latonda used a Bali Pop to create this autumnal version of Sassy Squares. It's like a quilted leaf pile!

Sweet Hilary made a Swirly Girls Tidbits quilt in Flora and Fauna by Patty Young. This was one of my favorite lines when I first started at AST!

Marcia did Samurai Squares proud in this classic combination of red, white and black. Love the graphic pop of this quilt!

Marcia was able to take a class with Ricky Tims and made this convergence quilt! 

Go, Dawgs! Thomas shows his colors in true Georgia fashion in his newest Mondo Bag!

Debbie wowed us all with her hand-appliqued butterfly quilt. The warm colors are beautiful.

Cindy took my Patty Cat class last month and made a primitive version with blue eyes that match her beaded necklace! She is ready for a trip with her travelling quilt! great job! 

Here are Cindy and Linda's Patty Cats, side by side. 

Linda also made these darling little Flags of the Month! 

Janet was able to make three Christmas stockings in time to hang them by the fire. Her little granddaughter, Eisley, stuck to Grandma like glue!

Bobbie, Janet's mother, executed this Stars for Janet quilt with aplomb. It is so bright and cheerful, no wonder it was quickly claimed by her daughter! 

Our Mary will be the reason there are cozy tables this winter! 

She made them using the three machines she has at home! She used all of them so none of them would feel neglected. She is so thoughtful! 

They do such a great job together!!

Have you met Tayler? She is our newest cashier and introduced herself at Strip Club. I had the pleasure of teaming up with her for inventory and I can tell you, this girl is a doll! We also have another new Diva, Anastasia. Come on by to meet the newest members of the AST staff!

So, now the moment you have been waiting for- ta da! It's the November strip club quilt- Meditation made with rich reds and warm caramels. Toast with strawberry jam, and a sprinkling of raisins! 

That'll keep you warm and toasty!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Market Floor, or How We Spent Our Days.

We'll start with the madness that is Sample Spree. The crowds started gathering at 4:30 so they could be first in line to get inside- and it didn't start until 8!! Crazy. For two hours you can shop-til-you-drop for just about anything. The Moda booth is always crowded and it is usually impossible to get near it. Just picture lots of people, lots of hands, lots of deciding and it was very hot. Very, very hot.

The next day it was off to the races and the floor. Remember the Squedge ruler Susan demonstrated at retreat? Here is a beautiful quilt from the booth.

And check these out!

Whistlepig Creations  wowed us with these beautiful, graphic bags.

The Wooden Bear's darling tea towels. 

Perfect for fall! We'll be carrying the patterns!

How cute are these? Yep, patterns will be heading to the shop.

Tim Holtz has gone from the scrapbook theater to fabric design. Not a huge leap. His fabric is gorgeous. 

Take a peek at this exquisite geranium from the island Batik booth!

Me and Pam Vierra-McGinnis, otherwise known as Pam Kitty Morning! Love this girl. It was a treat to catch up with her!

Surf's up at the Timeless Treasure booth! The water might have been a bit treacherous!

A little view of what we saw.

Judy Fenton of Quiltsmart shows off the Mondo Bag made with charm squares! I might actually try this. 

The United Notions booth all dressed up for camp.

They ran a little contest during market. All you had to do was t o wear a pin and if you were spotted by the camp counselors, you won a prize! Very fun. Oh, did I mention that I won an Accucut Go? Squee!!

Adorn It's Chamberry line. Look for it in the shop coming in January!

A few of Kimberbell's adorable Christmas projects. 

A sweet visit with Karin Hellaby from Quilters Haven in Ipswich, England! Karen, Karin, Karin and Karen. Oy!! 

After three and a half days, it's time for these weary marketers to head home. 

But we did squeak in a visit to Sew This! in Abita Springs, LA. 

We carry this pattern! 

Cute shop and very friendly staff! 

That pretty much sums it up. I realized that we took a lot of photos of product that will be coming into the shop and not so much of the "sights". We were very focused this market, and you are the ones who will reap the rewards of our hard work!! 'Cause we love you. :)