Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween


Here's your treat...I "borrowed" this picture from the stores web site don't ya just love the way these Buggy Barn pumpkins look so happy....

Now your trick...don't be scared...just remember...they're...
a pack of woof or treaters....

Happy Halloween....
and remember...
you are suppose to put candy in the trick or treaters bags....
not....
take it out....

Kelly Ann

Friday, October 30, 2009

Observation

Here's a quick morning observation...
The leaves a falling, the skies are gray, the crows are screaming in the trees....that could only
mean one thing...
yep, it's fall, it's gonna rain and those stupid crows have found some road kill and they've decided to tell the world...
What...you thought it was gonna be something profound....really...from me...really....

Have a great Friday....
now go rake the yard....
and then....
jump in the big pile of leaves...
and...
don't forget to giggle!!!

Kelly Ann

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm Back...Sort of...

Okay where who took my time...it's missing...We could turn this into some kind of X-File episode..I swear it was just the other day I was going to Houston to Quilt Market, then bam it's less then two weeks till Quilters' Quest ... really where has all the time gone.

We've been busy at the store cutting kits...lots and lots of kits. Can you say Jelly Rolls...yep, lots and lots of jelly rolls....fat quarters, yep, charm packs, yep...you name it we've cut it. We've taken to saying..."after Quest" well do such and such...with the list we've got going we'll be just as busy after Quest as we've been before.

I've taken some fall pictures but the camera is down in Raleigh NC with Andrew, once he gets back I'll post some pictures of the yard...and I promise to get back on track with my blog posting....I pinkie swear promise!

TaTa for Now...
Kelly Ann

Thursday, October 22, 2009

On the road again....

Yep...I'm on the road again...this time not for business but for family. I'm heading to North Carolina, Havelock to be exact... I've not been home since May so a quick trip down before the craziness of the Quilters' Quest begins. I'll try and take pictures down there so y'all can see where all this crazy comes from.

As I'm running the roads I give all of y'all the permission to enjoy the colors of fall and to...
make snow angles in the leaves....
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Where has the time gone....

How many times do us bloggers start off a blog with.....where has the time gone? We all have good intentions but something happens, me I got a cold two days after getting back from Market and am just now feeling normal, okay, you got me there I'm never really normal but how about if I say normal feeling!

Normally we tote everything back with us on the plane, our luggage loaded to the max weight, our carry on bags so heavy we can hardly walk through the airport but not this year...our friends Joyce & Phoebe from Quilting Adventures turned us onto the "rent a box". A service, for a price, provided by Quilts Inc, it's easy, you rent a box, at the end of the day you visit your box and unload your goodies, before you leave market for good you go back, they weigh the box and presto, you pay up and they ship to you, no broken backs...yeah!!!! Well our box arrived and we've been unloading goodies...buried under all the stuff was some great rulers from Deb Tucker. Deb gives us an easy way to make the Hunter Star block with her ruler...we're so excited we'll be doing the demo for a month...now I gotta figure out what fabric I'll use to make one for me.

I have been doing some quilt type work, not alot but I'm working on my Bee's round robin, this past month was applique', two stems and I'm done...not bad but I need to hand it in tonight..yikes...I'm also working on a Halloween wall hanging, very cute and it would be really very cute if I would get it done and up but nope I decided to do a hand button hole stitch around the applique so it's taking longer then normal, maybe I'll work on it tonight at Bee. I'm also planning Irma's birthday present, well I'm not planning it, it's planned and I can't really tell you guys because who knows she might get a hankering to read by blog and I would hate to ruin her surprise...anywho, her birthday is this week and so it'll be late but she will LOVE IT!!!!

Enough rambling from me...gotta get going to work...another Fabric Rep coming in this morning and I need at the store early...

see ya later gator...
Kelly Ann

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Market Time

Lets take a stroll down the street towards the George Brown Convention Center...9 city blocks...yep we walked down and back...

This is the view from the 2nd floor of the convention center...yep all those people are waiting to get inside...what you don't think that's a lot of people...you should see the line outside and what's behind me.
Here's our friend Pat Sloan with her new line, Georgia from P&B Textiles...those baskets are too stinkin' cute!!
Do these two look like they're having too much fun?? well they are...Susan and Christine from Swirly Girl Designs are having a load of fun with all of their new adventures.
We like to introduce you to our new friend, Helen Stubbings aka party crasher. Helen is a wonderful designer from Australia and we picked up a few of her patterns for the store and we think you're gonna love them. Helen does some beautiful handwork, it is to die for!!
Check out these two pictures from Karie Patch Designs...very cool quilts...we are so excited because we chatted with Karen today and we're getting a few of her quilts in a trunk show for our upcoming Quilters' Quest.

So...how do you like this thread stand...kind of cool don't ya think?? Yep, I ordered it along with some stunning Aurifil threads, 12wt cotton, perfect thread for hand embroidery work...what's that you say, hand embroidery work at Kelly Ann's Quilting...yep and some of the patterns are coming from our new friend Helen Stubbings.
so do you like this new line from Windham fabrics??? yep the whole line is coming our way and you can thank this guy...
Bob from Checker...so the next time you see Bob running the roads around Warrenton you can stop him and say Thank You for showing us this beautiful fabric.

We had fun chatting with Eleanor Burns and her son Orion and picking up one of her new rulers...and if you're in the Thimbleberries club this year you can use some of your Thimblebucks and bid on a bag with her signature...how fun would that be!!

We saw a ton of people, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Becky Goldsmith, Linda Jenkins...just to name a few. We had fun with our regular bunch of kooky friends, Joyce, Phoebe, Cathy and her Mom, Carol and Anna, Sue and David...not to mention those crazy Swirly Girls Susan and Christine...o' and there's Noreen from That Little Shop in Madison, Susan and Gary from Capital Quilts, Jackie from Patches Quilting and Sewing, Sheri and Cindi from Artful Quilter...I'm sure there were a bunch more but it's getting late and now my brain is getting foggy...

We fly out tomorrow morning...we'll have a bunch of boxes arriving in the store soon and I promise that as soon it all starts arriving I'll let y'all know....

so until we land in Virginia....dance late into the night...
Kelly Ann

I know....

I know I promised daily blog post from Houston but yesterday was jammed packed and we didn't get back to the room till 10:00 then had to get up bright and early for a meeting for me and a class for Jackie....

Tonight I'll sit down and let y'all know what we saw, who we talked to and what kind of trouble we managed to avoid...

see ya later gators....
Kelly Ann

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Back to School

Friday was back to school at quilt market, Schoolhouse that is...we traveled from room to room with over 1000 of our dearest friends. There's so much to take in, each session lasted 15 to 30 minutes and some were full of fun new information, some not so good. We made the best of it and came back to the room full of ideas.

Today we're heading back down to the convention center to see what kind of trouble, oops I mean fun things we can get into. I'll pull out my camera and start snapping pictures to share with everyone...

so until the next post....rake the yard and fall into the pile of leaves with glee....

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho....

It's off to Market we go!!!

Keep watching this blog and see some of what we see while at Fall Quilt Market....

Kelly Ann

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilted Treasures Quilt Show

Here is a small sampling of what the ladies from the Madison County Guild had to share...sit back and enjoy the show.

















I took these pictures before the show got started and the weekend flew by, I'm sorry to say I didn't get the names of the quilters. I hope you enjoyed this sample of the show...so are you making plans to be there for the next one???

Kelly Ann

Our First Booth


For those of you that couldn't make it to Madison Virginia for the Quilted Treasures Quilt Show I thought I'd share some pictures of our very first booth. Jackie and I had a great time meeting new people and visiting with old friends. The show was held in a school gym, how do you like that blue paint on the bottom of the wall...really set off our samples, don't ya think? We had five tables and now we're thinking that if we had six we could have set up a demo table, how fun would that have been. I love doing demo's I'm thinking that if this quilt shop thing doesn't work out I can be the next Billy Mays and sell some OxiClean.


Another look at our booth, we were right by the door so we were the first ones you saw as you came into the gym, you can't see it but right over our heads was a basketball hoop...kind of thinking next time we'll bring a basketball in case we get bored.
A close-up of the samples that Jackie taped to the wall, not once, not twice but three times..but yet there was a schedule for a teacher that I'm sure had been up there since 1958. What kind of tape do you think they use???? take a look in the picture below you can see it beside the blue & white table runner...
If you came down to the show a BIG thank you....if you couldn't make it there's always next time.

I'm working on the pictures I took of the quilts so keep checking the blog to see some of the beautiful quilts...I'm talking beautiful!!!

until next time...keep on smiling...
Kelly Ann

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yep...Fall is Here

I'm still wondering what happen to summer but make no mistake about it...fall is here. You can always tell that first cool morning when fall arrives because I can't get my butt out of bed. I woke up this morning and it was like...okay who took my covers, nope they were still there, who turned on the a/c, nope that was off but wait did I leave both the bedroom windows open last night...yep, and let me tell you it was chilly. So I dug out the long pants, I'm a capri kind of girl, sweater and even socks with my crocs, what's that you say...crocs with socks...you betcha! I wear my crocs all year long, I even have a lovely friend that knits me warm and toasty socks to keep my feet warm in the winter. I read something a couple of years ago before heading to Houston for the fall quilt market, it said "fashion stops below the knees" so I took that to heart and gave myself permission to wear my green/blue/orange crocs year around.

Okay back to the fall thing...I went shopping last weekend for potpourri, do you know I'm having the hardest time finding one the smells good, as a matter of fact I'm having a hard time finding any at all. I went into Yankee Candle thinking surely they would have some, nope no luck there, Home Goods, they had some but it was nasty. So here I am with my fall candles and no matching potpourri...but I'll keep on plugging along and I'm sure to find some, just in time for Christmas. I've gotten the fabric to make the table topper but that just might have to wait until after Houston but once I get it done I'll take a picture because it's gonna be beautiful...

Not much sewing getting done around here, this coming weekend Jackie & I will be vending at a local quilt show put on by the Madison County Quilters. If you're in the area stop by and say hello. The following Thursday Jackie & I will be leaving on a Jet Plane and will won't be back until the following Monday...so you see I'll be pretty busy for the next couple of weeks. But never fear I'll be posting while in Houston and as usual I'll have pictures for all the world to see.

So keep quilting and remember....quilt with a smile....it'll keep them guessing...
Kelly Ann