Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Legend has it that the Margarita was created for Margarita Sames, an American socialite of the 1940s, who liked to serve it at her parties in Acapulco...Well I don't know who Margarita Sames but what a gal!!
I came in the door tonight after spending several hours doing inventory with Nook (thanks Nook) and with my eyes crossed, my wonderful husband opened the door and said "I made something for you"...hmmm...I was wondering if he finished up those last Christmas gifts, but no he had made me a wonderful Margarita, and I must say it was tasty....
So......Salute, Cheers, Mazal Tov...whatever your toast is...this one's for you....
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wow the new year is almost here, have you figured out what you want to do with your quilt world next year? is that no you say, good, me neither. I do plan on spending more time on my hand applique, even went and bought myself an Ott light today, very cool, can't wait to sit down at night and do some type of handwork, who knows maybe I'll get my cross stitch out again. Good lighting always makes a difference and with these aging eyes good light is more important then ever.
Before the new year gets here I still need to quilt a wall hanging, finish a candle mat and do a few more things that I can't post because a couple of us from work are doing a late Christmas and I don't want to ruin their surprise.
Dinner tonight, Honey Brined Turkey Breast from Wegmans, I'll let y'all know how it taste.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here's a little something to get you in the mood for finishing up those last minute gifts. Yes, I know that some of you out there are like me, still quilting that last candle mat, table runner, wall hanging, really do I need to go on. So sing the song below out loud to all who will listen, and watch the dogs cover their ears...
The Quilt Gift Shuffle
Tis the season to be busy
So much quiltin’ makes me dizzy
Gifts to make and wrap a plenty
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Quilt till midnight, don’t get sleepy
Tis the time to get artistic
Not much time, so get realistic
Scrappy handbags, easy piecing
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Prairie points and beads repeating
Teachers thankyou’s, Secret Santas
Quilted toppers, doggie blankets
Stuffed pincushions, small etui’s
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Gifts for Betty, Jan and Ruthie
Gorgeous fabrics wrapped in laces
Labels for those traveling cases
Block rolls tied with satin ribbons
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Can’t wait to see their smiling faces
Love the Christmas Quilt Gift Shuffle
Made to give a heartfelt chuckle
Give with love and generous spirit
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Sing out loud, so all can hear it
Copyright Judie Bellingham 2008
I want to give credit where credit is due on this song, so if you share with any of your quilting peeps please give Judie Bellingham credit.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
With a snow day you get to stay home and sew, put on your warm fuzzy socks (lime green) and with a dog under your feet sew all day. Wouldn't it be nice to look outside and see these beautiful trees.
Well, there's no snow just cold, and baby I mean cold. So instead of staying home and sewing, I'll pull myself together and run to Wal-Mart before opening the store. With all of the Christmas shopping I completely forgot to get the girls a bag of balls, bad doggie mom I am.
stay warm and happy quilting
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Short post today, I'm off and running, Stash Busters this morning and hubby comes home today...wahoooo...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We did decorate the windows at the last week and from the colors we used you can tell who had a hand in that. Think "The Grinch", I just love the green of The Grinch so I managed for find 20 yards of grinch green netting to use and I love it. I went and got some new lights for the window, using LED icicle lights is kind of strange, they don't give off the warm glow of normal icicle lights but with grinch green fabric below they have that same strange kind of Christmas feel. No big tree in the store this year, I wanted to change things up and that tree is so big and takes up loads of space.
Happy Decorating and Happy Quilting
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I've added a few of the Blogs that I follow to my Blog page, take a look to see what I'm reading...you might find that we're following the same blogs....how cool would that be.
Happy Blogging & Happy Quilting
ps: the dog nor cat are ours but I thought this picture was too cute not to share.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Quilting
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Happy Quilting and Stay Warm
Saturday, November 15, 2008
stay dry and Happy Quilting
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I normally only have one cup of coffee a day, starting the day with one cup and the morning funnies just sets the tone for the day. What a surprise I had when we picked up some new coffee at the recently opened Wegmans in Gainsville, we talked to their coffee guy and he recommended the City Blend, what a guy. I'm a one cup a day kind of girl but this new coffee could really change my mind. If it weren't for the caffeine I think I could drink this stuff all day, but could y'all see me on coffee all day, yikes.
What a great cup of joe....what a happy day!!!
Happy Quilting and have a cup.....
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Almost done with my Stash Busters quilt and not soon enough because the Saturday session meets this coming week, yikes!
Okay, here are your reminders....change your smoke alarm batteries and don't forget to vote...what a great country we live in....Happy Quilting
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We got back from Market Monday night and hit the ground running, well maybe not running but we had a quick step in our walk. We've been busy planning our new programs and as soon as more details are worked out we'll be announcing them.
I wanna congratulate all those Phillie Fans out there....here's to you Joyce & Phoebe.
Enjoy the rest of the fall leaves before the wind blows them off and until then....
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We had a really great time on this trip, we had dinner with Joyce and Phoebe from www.quiltingadventures.com both Saturday and Sunday night. On Sunday Carol Britt from http://www.batiksetc.com/ joined us dinner, what a neat lady. Here's a shout-out to Phoebe and her Phillies.
We're traveling tomorrow and both of us will be in the store on Tuesday, so until then....
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tomorrow is going to be busier then today, we've got a full day of shopping for fabric and lots of book signings and for heck's sake we might even get to meet Marie Osmond. that's all from here so until tomorrow
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today we saw Mark Lipinski, Eleanor Burns, Ricky Tims, Lonni Rossi, Amy Butler, M'liss Rae Hawley, Mimi Dietrich, Karen Montgomery, Jo Morton and Cindy Walter (snippet lady). Not to be name droppers but those were a few of the celebrities we saw, but no George Clooney, sorry.
Tomorrow is the first full day of being on the Market Floor, we'll post some info on some of the goodies we see, until then
Thursday, October 23, 2008
That's all for now we'll do more sharing tomorrow night.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Lots to do before Thursday morning....
Monday, October 13, 2008
I almost forgot, I brought home a new sewing machine this week. I've been sewing on a "B" but really missed some of the features of the Sapphire 870 that I use at the store, so after chatting with Andrew we decided, why not, so I bought one....wahooooooo. The pivot features makes it so each to quick piece half-square triangles, 320 half square triangles if your counting. This isn't the only great feature of my new machine but right now it's my favorite, be on the look-out for more of my favorite features because I tend to have lots of favorites.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I was gonna save this for another post but I'm on a roll. I played all day on the Husqvarna Viking ER10 Embellishing machine. For all of you art quilters out there this machine is right up your ally, I did swirls and loops with yarn on felted wool, I took my "creation" and turned it into a tote bag. I used the new serger in the store and for a little machine it packs a might punch, you just gotta see this one in action. I put both machines in the front room so just ask me for a quick demo, loads of fun.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, the colors are gorgeous. I've seen leaves laying on the ground and my mind goes to some type of quilt, or as the ferns on the front porch start to curl from the chill, can't you just see that design appliqued with some thread painting to show each little leave spike. I also love to decorate with all the fall stuff and add Halloween to that I'm all jiggy with that!
enjoy the chill in the air......
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Today is Thursday which means I normally get to put something on the long arm but not today, it's a morning of private machine lesson then do some rearranging in the store to show the new Designer Topaz that's going to arrive. I can't wait to get the new machine out of the box and see what it's all about. www.husqvarnaviking.com to see the image of the new Topaz, very nice....stop in to see the new machine for yourself, if you're reading this from out of our area go to your nearest indpendent Husqvarna Viking dealer and ask for a demo.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I'm so excited, I've come up with an idea for an upcoming stash busters class and it involves another Christmas present, wahooo. I love class projects that turn into Christmas presents.
Before I run I need to mention that today is our 13th wedding anniversary, so hugs and kisses to the best man in the world.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I've been doing lots of reading in my trade magazines and online and my head is overflowing with ideas and changes. We're really gonna shake things up at KAQ.
I heard through the grapevine that another quilt shop in my area described KAQ as Country Bright. I don't know that I would have pegged us as Country Bright, or actually Country anything, but after walking around the store I can see how someone might come up with that description. We're located in a building that's over 100 years old, yep, older then me, and I've got the floors painted periwinkle and we do have some country type prints, but then we also have the full line of Mark Lipinski's Califon in the store, kind of crazy, but this other shop owner may have just given me a new tag line, Kelly Ann's Quilting your home town Country Bright quilt shop...what do ya think?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So we're back home, the girls are home (and bathed) and we trying to get back on east coast time. My brain still needs a re-charging, thought the laying by the pool would do it but I still need some fresh ideas for the store. Fall Quilt Market is coming in October so I'm sure that will help but for now I guess I'll head over to Borders Books and take a look at some magazines to find some inspiration.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Lots of new fabric showing up at the store and now I'm planning a quilt for my small guest room so I need to figure out if I want to use some of the new stuff or have fun some of the stuff that came in this summer. I have a stash at home but it's so nice to have a stash as large as a whole store. But I can't hesitate because as soon as I do the fabric is gone before I have a chance to buy any, bummer.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I'll be working on the August Stash Busters this weekend and I'm so excited, some are okay and some are, are you ready for this, a WAHOOOO or a WOOTWOOT, I'm so into WOOTWOOT now I may be using that for awhile. Once I'm done with Stashbusters I'll share with everyone where I've found some of the greatest patterns, don't want to give to much away.
For those of you that know we sell Husqvarna Viking sewing machines. The daily question I get is which one do you own, my standard answer is all of them, heheheheh. To tell you the truth I'm really in love with the Sapphire 870 Quilt, if you've not placed you hands on one go to your closest independent dealer and ask to put your hands one. The 10 inch arm is a quilters dream. I have a gammill long arm and I still use the 870 to quilt some of my pieces. Talk about thread painting, wootwoot, it's amazing. I'll be quilting a table runner on the 870 tomorrow and hopefully finishing up cutting my August Stash Buster, o' did I mention that I'll also be working the store with just one other person, can you say "caffeine".
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
The trip started off bad, 5 1/2 hour wait for the plane, got into bed at 3:00 Texas time, which is 4:00 est, once we got out of bed Sunday it was non stop till we stepped off the plane on Thursday afternoon. Along the way I managed a cold, flying with a cold is not fun.
Now back to quilting, I actually get to be back on the long-arm on Thursday, and I'm almost done with my flip flop quilt, wow that one has taken me a long time to get done, keeping my fingers crossed I'll have it done by the 4th of July.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Another blog coming soon, I'm into something really cool, reading a book and learning more....I'll share later...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Speaking of my flip-flop quilt, I had planned on using rick-rack for the straps but I just didn't like the way they looked so now I'm going to WonderUnder some cool bright pink fabric to use as straps, on the bias, then I can bling them out. I'm going to reduce the size of of the flip-flop pattern and use them as guides for my quilting, was going to throw them on the long-arm be decided that I love the way the Sapphire 870 quilts so be it. If I can figure out how to post pictures I'll add that also.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Happy Quilting & Sewing...