Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

I surround myself with amazing women

We build each other up

We encourage each other

We laugh

We cry

We are Superheroes 

Give a shoutout to a women that is your hero!

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, March 2, 2018

Weather Alert

Normally in the winter we close the shop for snow or ice and this year we've not had to close for either...


WIND...who closes for wind??? Well we do...

We're getting some pretty high sustained winds today. The electricity is off and on so earlier this morning I made the decision to close the shop, to keep the employees and customers safe. There are trees down over roads, power lines are snapping, it really is better to be safe.

So...I'm thinking I can work on a block of the month and get the top done..then BAM...just like that our electricity went out. 

Here are my choices on what I can do without electricity:

  • Wool hand work
  • Hand embroidery
  • Pet Bodhi & Stella (she is a nervous nelly with the wind)
  • Take a nap
What I won't be doing:

  • Using my sewing machine, iron or GO! Cutter
  • Doing a live video
  • Watching Fixer Upper or any other HGTV Show
  • Cleaning the house
SO...if you are stuck home today because of the weather, what will you be doing???

Stay Safe
Stay Warm
Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, March 1, 2018


I started this blog in 2008...

I started Kelly Ann's Quilting in 2005 ... March 1, 2005 ... 

I was looking through pictures I had posted on the blog..we've had some great memories at KAQ

Our First Quilters Cruise with Michelle and Quilt Retreats at Sea

Crazy customers at our first retreat

Our two color quilt challenge (I think I should do this one again)

Lots of puppy dog pictures


My very first quilt

Customers quilts

KAQ Bag on travels

We have had a wonderful 13 years in business and I'm looking forward to what the future will friendships, new travels, new quilts, new techniques..and maybe a few throwback memories, because after all, memories shape who we are today.

THANK YOU to everyone that has joined us on this journey and sticking with us and we hope that you stick with us because we have some rockin' things planned for 2018.

If you live local plan to join us on Saturday March 17, 2018 as we celebrate our Lucky 13 event at KAQ.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Personal Post

Please indulge me as I write this very personal post....

When an obituary doesn't tell the whole story:

On Christmas day I received a phone call from my nephew that my brother had passed away in his sleep. His death was sudden and with no warning. Time stood still and I didn't know if I could catch my breath from the shock.

You see, Jimmy had always been a part of my life, at 57 I didn't know a life without having this older brother that I looked up to. We had lost our other brother, Karl, in 1984 in a car accident. When there were three, we were down to I am just one.

I found this picture of the three of us...1963/64...the cat, Waldo, is being held by Karl and if you'll notice Jimmy is in a cast..I'm sure there is a story behind that and my mother will be able to fill that in.

Let me tell you about Jimmy that his obituary didn't.

First of all..he was he got older I'm sure he tried to go by Jim, but that was always dad, he was Jimmy. As kids our grandparents called him Jimmy Jr.

He was a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather..and so much more..friend..he was one hell of a friend. If a friend called and he needed something, anything, he dropped what he was doing and helped them out. Everyone in our small hometown of Havelock knew Jimmy and to be honest he really was the unofficial mayor of the town.

He had a laugh..if only we had a recording of that laugh. He would crack himself up as he told a joke and you couldn't tell if you were laughing at his joke or laughing because he was laughing. He wanted people to laugh and be laugh he did.

Jimmy played baseball and football and surfed growing up. He turned to the water as an adult and fished and boated with his friends and family.

Jimmy so loved his high school sweetheart he married her twice.

Jimmy was frugal..okay..maybe he could be cheap..but he would work his finger to the bones for you. We joked about how cheap he was and he took it all in stride..he knew, we knew and it was all a part of who he was.

This post was written through tears but with smiles and a few see Jimmy would not want anyone sitting around crying over his death but instead he would want people to share stories about who he really was because like I obituary doesn't tell the whole story.

So I will cherish the memories I have of him...and I will laugh when I think of some of those memories...and I will live my life as he would want me to..with laughs and smiles.

I will leave this post with a picture I shared on Facebook the day he passed. You see our smiles...and now the joke with this picture and has my mother cracking up..the boys got musical instruments and I got a hat!

Until next time my friends
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Monday, January 1, 2018

Starting off 2018

I've read somewhere that whatever you are doing on the first day of the year you'll be doing the rest of the year. I'm sure this is an old wives tale but I like the sentiment and will go forward as if it were true.

So...will you sew on the first day of January 2018?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Edgar the Elf

Our Christmas mascot, Edgar the Elf, is up to some fun this year...Check out the video and pop in and see us.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On the Tip of my Fingers

I sat down this morning and started a blog post about a cool new tool..
then got side tracked with the wonder boy..aka BodhiPup..
and all of those words that were on the tip of my fingers...

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So...that post will need to wait till I set up the video camera so y'all can see just how cool it is...and I won't have to worry about the words flying off the tips of my fingers.

Until Next time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann