Friday, October 13, 2017

Wooly Block Adventure 2017

On Monday October 16 the 2017 Wooly Block Adventure kicks off and wow have they switched up the rules this year.



This years theme is Harvest Baskets and the blocks are very creative this year with some great fall colors. My block is called "Wildflower Basket" .. this bittersweet wrapping itself around the fading wild sunflowers that grow along the roadways here in Virginia.



Here are a few of the new changes:

Purchase the kits online

Purchase the patterns online

Pick up a free pattern at participating shops

Spotlight featured shops through-out the event on the website

Wooly Block Group community on Facebook

A PDF list of participating shops

You can purchase our kit here
or
Your pattern here  - the pattern will be emailed to you as a PDF, so no shipping charges.

So..pop over to the Wooly Block Adventure Facebook page and check out all the cool blocks..and let me know which one is your favorite..

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#WoolyBlockAdventure


Friday, October 6, 2017

And again...

I feel like I do a blog post titled "time flies" or "where did the time go"...about every other month.

My new goal for blogging...at least once a week...it's good to have goals, right?

Right now my goals are to get the binding finished on my Quilters' Quest Shop Hop quilt


to roll out the Wooly Block Adventure (check out their Facebook page) our block is done but now to get those kits cut..

and to add more products to our online store

So you see I have lots of goals and this doesn't even take in to account the amount of time I spend with this fella..

at 15 weeks Bodhi is getting big and loving life and is a real handful..but he is a part-time shop pup. You'll find him on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday hanging out in his kennel, he's not a free range shop pup.

So that's what I've been up to this summer...
what about you..
what did you do on your summer vacation?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Team Member

We always like to introduce the newest team member to KAQ and this time it is no exception.

This journey started in June when we made a little trip to Boston VA to meet a sweet litter of pups



Now I'm only guessing that these two pictures "may" be the new team member...cause they were all #stinkincute and all looked smooshy and lovey.


Introducing Blackbird's Bodhi - we call him Bodhi - Bo-dee is how it is pronounced. A lot of people are asking where his name comes from. "in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the true nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment, although its literal meaning is closer to "awakening". The verbal root "budh" means to awaken."


Bodhi & Andrew (AKA. Mr. Kelly Ann) on the ride home


Bodhi meeting big sister Stella T. Rottenbear Dog - as of today she is still unsure about him but she is getting better about now completely ignoring him.


Bodhi and his first selfie with KA...

Bodhi will be coming in to the shop in the future, puppy shots first. But we are planning a fun event at the end of the month that we hope he can make that will benefit the Fauquier SPCA so stay tuned for details.

If you are following me on Instagram, twitter or on the shops FB page you've seen most of the pictures but it's always nice to have a little story to back up the pictures. 

Keep your eyes on this blog and FB and see what quilting projects I'll be working on between playing and potty breaks with Bodhi.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017Bodhipuppup


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Phoebe Ann Mosey

Are you scratching your heading wondering who Phoebe Ann Mosey is?

Let me give you a little history lesson and see if it comes to you...

Born August 13, 1860

Her skill paid the mortgage on her mother's farm when she was only 15 years old.

She married Frank Butler in 1882

Her and her husband joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in 1885

SO..do you know who I'm talking about yet?

Annie Oakley

As we were traveling the back roads of Ohio this past week we came across a sign that said "Annie Oakley gravesite"... I flipped on the blinker real quick and flipped the car around to check out things myself.

You see..I love history and this was quirky enough for me to want to see for myself. To read more about Annie check out this website.






You never know what you'll find along the backroads of America.

So tell me..do you stop to see the unique and quirky things as you travel?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017vacationtime

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Game Changer

What do you think is the biggest game changer in your quilting world?

For me it isn't just one thing..I could say rotary cutter, but that's a gimme.

I think with each new generation of quilters someone is trying to be the quilt police. We often hear "you have to do this" "you have to do that" to be a quilter.

My opinion..you have to enjoy what you are doing...

So.. 
Press those seams open...or not

Cut on the length of the fabric...or not

So..
Back to my original question..what do you think is the biggest game changer in your quilting world?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017EnjoyQuilting

Friday, July 7, 2017

Time...

This morning I shared this photo from The Sewing Loft 
on my Facebook group, Kelly Ann's Creative Circle (you should join) .. anyway .. I asked the question when I shared it, Who's Gonna Sew This Weekend?

Ebony Love over at Love Bug Studios wrote a blog post on "How to find more time for sewing and quilting" So much of what Ebony wrote speaks to my soul. 

Owning a Quilt Shop doesn't give me much time to sew. About 10 years ago I finally got a dedicated space to sew in and that made the world of difference in giving me time to sew. I don't get to sew like I want to, but I can dream 

I've read through the years that if you spend 10 minutes a day doing some form of sewing that it becomes a habit and before you know you've finished a project. 

Challenge - So I challenge you this summer - spend 10 minutes a day doing some type of sewing - using your machine - hand work - something - anything - let's turn this into a habit. Who's with me?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017SewingChallenge

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Obsession

Okay ... I will admit it .. I am obsessed with Aurifil thread!


This is my personal collection .. often you will find any of these colors in my machine ready to piece or quilt because here's the deal..if I'm gonna piece with beautiful bright fabric then why not piece with beautiful bright thread.

Several years ago .. back in the day people were only piecing with black, white or cream then along came light gray, med gray and dark gray..but then came the khaki colors..yep, you guessed it, light, medium and dark khaki.

I took a stand and said STOP THE MADNESS!

Aurifil Thread has some beautiful colors so why not use them all for everything.

I'm often asked about the best weight of thread to use for different projects.

80wt - machine & hand applique
50wt - piecing & quilting
40wt - machine applique & quilting
28wt - top stitch quilting & hand quilting
12wt - hand embroidery & hand quilting
6 strand floss - hand embroidery, cross stitch & hand quilting
***notice I colored the weight with the color of the spool.both 80wt and 6 strand floss are on little wooden spools***

So tell me .. do you use Aurifil? AND what is you favorite weight?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017AurifilRocks