Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin...

Now that you have the theme song to Rawhide in your head let me show you this little tool that will forever change how you do quick pressing...

The Clover Roll & Press came out at Fall Quilt Market last year and while I did order it for the shop I was skeptical on how well it would work...well let me tell you...I LOVE this little tool.

I decided to do a comparison between the Roll & Press and an actual iron...

Here's the tool..it's not too big and the curve of the handle makes it easy to use



I started off setting my seam



A little press to open up my piecing, check out how my finger fits perfectly on the top of the Roll & Press.


So you tell me...which block was done with the Roll & Press and which one with the iron..
can't tell can you?



Now I don't recommend this to make a whole quilt, while I think you can I also think your hand would get tired from finger pressing the seam. What I found using this tool from previous finger pressing tools out there, this one doesn't distort the seam or fabric, it doesn't stretch the fabric and you can tell from this block the fabric was cut on the bias. I think this tool has potential with traditional paper piecing and english paper piecing and anywhere you need a good finger press.

This review was not sponsored by Clover and all opinions are mine...cause y'all know that I don't mind sharing what I learn 😉 .. You can pick up the Roll & Press in the shop or online because we want to make it easy for you to pick up and start.. Rollin, Rollin, Rollin.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017demoday

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Important Question

This is a very important question...

Pizza...

Toppings under the cheese or above it?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017tacklingimportantquestions


Friday, January 13, 2017

Weather Alert

So there are two kinds of people when they see "Weather Alert" come across their TV or pop up on their Facebook page. 

There's the ... OH NO...I have so much to do... I have to open the shop... I was going grocery shopping...

or the...

YIPPEE...WOOT WOOT...WAHOOOO...I'm gonna stay in my jammies all day and sew...

The weather guesses are saying we're gonna have a cold, wet, slippery day tomorrow. Starting off with snow, then freezing rain and coating everything with a thin or thick layer of ice. This afternoon I made the decision to close the shop, there's no reason to put anyone's life in danger, while the fabric and notions at KAQ are amazing and wonderful...I want everyone to be safe. 

NOW..

If I wake up in the morning and there's no snow...no ice..and it looks like everything has moved north of us I will make the executive decision..cause when you are the Chief Bottle Washer of your own business you can do that...make executive decision that is....but as I was saying...If the bad weather has traveled north of us and the weather guesses have given us the all clear I might be convinced to change out of my jammies and pop in to the shop, turn on the hot cocoa maker, crank up the heat and play with some fabric.

So tell me...

Which person are you...a OH NO...or a YIPPEE when you hear weather alerts?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017WeatherAlertDay

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scissor of the Month Club


I am a HUGE fan of scissors..LOVE them..so when I was working from home today and looked down..this is what I saw. After I posted the picture on Instagram and Facebook I found that I'm not the only one that LOVES scissors.

For all you scissor fans have I got a fun deal for you...join our 6 month Scissor of the Month Club. Sign up and commit to all 6 months and receive 15% off the cost of the scissors. The cost of the club will be between $8.99 and $39.99 per month depending on the scissor but never more then the top range. We are starting off with 15 Club members so don't delay in signing up. You can call the shop 540-341-8890, stop in..or if you don't live local we are happy to mail your way and sign up online, don't let the cost online scare you away it won't allow me to put in a range so it's the upper end but I promise you that is NOT the monthly cost.

And to tease you a little more...the first month we'll be shipping this pair of scissors

 Go ahead and sign up..and while you are at it, sign up friend because a girlfriend can never have enough scissors.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017scissorlove

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine Prep

I know...we just finished with Christmas and I'm jumping in to Valentines Day...but that's the life of a retailer and quilter.

I was busy this weekend prepping for 5 .. yes FIVE.. Valentines Day samples. Most are smaller wall hangings, pillows, table toppers and even a cute little original one with linen and wool heart.



As I sat down last night to cut out the applique letters for the two newest Kimberbell Designs pillows I wondered..am I the only one that tries to leave the background all in one piece..ya know, like peeling an apple trying to keep the peel one long peel...


I cut out one of the hearts and thought it was the perfect frame for my still standing Christmas tree..notice the red & white lights...for now I'm calling it my Valentine tree but I do draw the line in adding green lights for St. Patricks Day.

So tell me..do you try to keep your background all in one piece when cutting out for applique?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Do as I say...

Y'all have heard me preach about taking care of your machine..clean it out after every bobbin change, changed the needle at least every 8 hours, get it serviced annually, keep it clean and love it...

But..alas...this happened today...


I had not sewed since before well before Christmas and I normally leave my machine clean and ready to go but I must have been in a hurry. I ran out of bobbin while quilting a Valentine 💕 Day sample (see above rule for cleaning out machine after each bobbin change) so I open it up and HOLY COWPIES BATMAN..this is what I found. So what is any quilter/shop owner suppose to do? Yep..share it on Instagram and Facebook and pay the piper as your friends give you "what for" for letting your machine get so bad. 

Okay..now that I've shown you the error of my ways...tell me, do you clean out your machine after each bobbin change? Fess up..we all want to know!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Where is it?


Where is my ... fill in the blank...LOL

this is my cutting table, as I was cleaning the section of my studio that I shared in the first picture I needed a place to put some of the stuff on the floor..yep you guessed it..right on top of my cutting table. But then guess what happened...yep...I needed something and guess where it was...yep...under that pile of quilts. But all is not lost..I found those little pair of scissors and I managed to clean off the cutting table and the rest of the room...well let's just say it's a WIP...work in progress.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal