Thursday, July 31, 2014

A New Winner...

I didn't hear from the winner of our OLFA giveaway so I used a random
number generator and came up with ....

PK Sews..
I am old enough to remember the days before rotary cutters, and what a difference they make! My rotary cutter has definitely improved speed and accuracy. Thanks for the chance to win these awesome supplies. I loved your video and the cute nametag photo! 

Congratulations...PK, email me your mailing address and OLFA will ship a box
directly to your door.

Thank you everyone for playing along...

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

We have not ONE...but TWO winners..
and NO they aren't winning chicken dinners but something even better...

Betsy Smith wrote: I love the accuracy I can achieve with a rotary cutter. Thanks

So do we Betsy and we are excited to announce that you won the awesome box
from OLFA. Please email (kelly@kellyannsquilting.com) me your mailing address and a box will soon be on the way to you. 

and 

Cathy Rampy won an awesome SPLASH Rotary Cutter from Kelly Ann's Quilting.
Cathy pop into the shop and pick up your new rotary cutter.

But ya know, we are all winners because 35 years ago the OLFA Rotary Cutter was introduced
and that makes us all very happy quilters.

Thank you to everyone for playing along

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Celebrating 35 Years of the Rotary Cutter

I was so excited to receive this awesome box in the mail from Olfa...

I was even more excited to open it and discover these little treasures waiting for me...

I quickly opened up the 28mm Olfa rotary cutter and went to work trimming up
some flying geese units.

Let me show you how convenient having this little combo sitting right beside you
at your sewing table is..

Now y'all have read about my love of the Olfa company when
I blogged about the new Splash cutter and in one of my "Who Knew?" post
so it should come as no surprise when I was contacted by OLFA to write this
blog post in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Cutter.

Here's the cool part...OLFA is giving away one box of goodies to one lucky winner from
my blog. It's easy to enter...
 Leave me a comment on this blog telling me what you love about the rotary cutter and once one
lucky winner is announced OLFA will mail you a box of goodies.

BUT WAIT 
There's more...
Because I love my Splash Rotary Cutter so much I will be giving away one SPLASH rotary cutter
to one lucky winner that signs up for my weekly e-blast. Don't worry, if you already receive my
e-blast just drop me an kelly@kellyannsquilting.com and write SPLASH as the subject, we will
verify your email address and enter you to win.  

Also included in the box will be a stinkin' cute little rotary cutter lapel pin,


I thought Angie needed it to go along with her little collection on your name tag, you have to agree
that it is stinkin' cute!

The contest ends on Monday July 21, 2014

So don't forget, two contest to enter...
Win a box by leaving a comment on the blog
and
Win a SPLASH Rotary Cutter by signing up for my newsletter

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cow Appreciation Day

If you follow our class calendar on our website you will notice that
today is Cow Appreciation Day.

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Ladies going out on the town..




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I just love this picture so I'm sure for no reason but that...


google.com/images

My friend, Kathy over at Toadmama.com calls these cows Oreo
cows...they really are Belted Galloways but if you go to Google.com/Images
and put in "oreo cow" this is what you get...love it..

So in honor of Cow Appreciation Day I think we will have chicken for dinner..

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

This weekend we honor those that have given the
ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Last year I wrote this blog post 
so while you are spending this
long weekend with your family please
take a moment to remember those
that gave their lives for our country.

If you wish to honor those that have served our country
or are serving it today then join us for
a Quilts of Honor East Sew-In on
Saturday June 7, 2014 at
the Warrenton Presbyterian Church
located on Main St in Old Town Warrenton.

Bring a project you are currently working on or purchase a quilt top kit on site.
We will have a few different kits available at a cost of $20. Some will be
fat quarters and others will be 2 1/2" strips. There will
be simple patterns available to use with the kits. Once you
complete your quilt top, return it to Kelly Ann's Quilting and your
$20 will be returned to you. As we rely 100% on donations, we are
always happy to accept monetary donations to continue our efforts to provide
"Quilted Hugs of Gratitude" to our deserving military men and women>

Bring your sewing machine, thread, needles, pins, rotary cutter, mat and 
anything else you use for quilting. 
Will we bring the irons and ironing boards. 

Please bring a dish to share if you would like to participate in a casual lunch.
Food must already be prepared as there will be no
cooking at the church. You may bring your own lunch if you prefer.
Bottled water will be provided as well as plates, napkins and small utensils.

We also ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated
to a local food pantry.


Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thread, Thread, Thread

Y'all know my LOVE of Aurifil Thread


I could share a dozen plus reasons why I LOVE this thread,
the colors...the hand...the way it glides through my machine...
 I could go on and on and on...BUT..
You no longer need to take my word for it
because Alex from Aurifil...YES that ALEX,  is coming to
Kelly Ann's Quilting


Join us on Monday June 30, with two lecture
times, 2:00-3:15 or 6:30-7:45, just call the shop
for a reservation to insure you'll have a seat. Don't delay,
seating is limited..and one more thing...the lecture is FREE.
There will be some fun gifts and giveaways so give
us a call today
 540-341-8890.

Looking forward to seeing y'all there...

Kelly Ann

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who Knew?

Last year I wrote a post on my favorite new rotary cutter. I did get lots
of feedback on it from people popping into the shop wanting to know why I loved
it so much more then the old one, besides the color and quick change blade feature,
I love it because of the way it feels in my hand, and yes I really do still love it.

I never gave thought to when the rotary cutter was invented or why all the OLFA 
cutting tools had yellow handles until Debbie from Quilting Possibilities shared a
link on her shops Facebook page. I love learning about unique, quirky little
details so I was happy when I clicked over to find some fun facts about
OLFA and the tool that really changed quilting.

Invented in 1979, the same year I graduated from high school, I'm pretty
sure at the time that Yoshio Okada had no idea that he would shake up
the quilting world. And the yellow handle that we all have come to 
associate the OLFA cutter with, it was pretty easy, he wanted his
tools to be easily seen in toolboxes. 

Mr. Okada passed away in 1990 but I'm pretty sure he'd be
pleased with the new Splash Rotary Cutter and with the
direction that OLFA has gone with all it's cool new tools. 

So when you grab your rotary cutter give a quick nod to Mr. Okada for
making our lives so much easier...I know I will!


Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann