Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Big Clean-Up

There were two things I wanted to do over the Christmas holiday...
spend time with my husband, dogs and friends...
and...
clean my sewing space.

My space is a mess...and the biggest problem with that is I'm using
a room that sits between our kitchen and front door, so it kind of needs to 
look half way decent.  

I've gone back and forth on what to call it, my studio, sewing room, creative
space, office...never hit on the right word but what I had taken to calling it 
lately was a big ole' mess...
check it out...



 I share my sewing stuff with two dog beds, two dogs and my desk
and lots and lots of clutter. 

I started at my desk because it I wanted to see what the top of it
looked like...
so...
what do ya think?

 Next I wanted to work on my shelves, organize and find a place
to display some of my stinkin' cute stuff.  This was a challenge, I needed to sort, clean out,
and basically purge my fabric but it really did pay off...


 And I needed to organize my threads...


This is a small bit of my 12wt Aurifil threads...
kind of cool organizing space, dontcha think?

Flip my chair around and spent a little time spiffing up my
sewing machine space...


Finished cleaning off my sewing table, which doubles for my cutting space, moved
the ironing board and just general cleaning up of the space
and...
Voila...

The goal for 2013 is to keep this space cleaned up and somewhat 
organized.  There are a few things I need to add to the walls including
my design wall and a quilt rack.  

Now it's time to chillax for a bit before I head back 
to work tomorrow...

Until next time..
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas is everyday...

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
 for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
 like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
 the good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Norman Wesley Brooks



Merry Christmas from our house to yours...

Kelly Ann, Andrew, Zele & Stella

Monday, December 3, 2012

Front porch all decked out....

Thought I'd share with you some of my Christmas decorating...
Front porch is done but it's a start....







Guess I need to think about getting the inside done now...
how many days till Christmas?  

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, December 2, 2012

16 again...

Wanna feel like you're 16 again?
Facebook has allowed me to connect to a lot of my Havelock High School peeps...
and for the last two years they have made me feel 16 again.  

Havelock is a small town in North Carolina that has a strong connection to MCAS Cherry Point.
It wasn't like we all started school together in the 1st grade and 12 years later walked
the football field to receive our diplomas.  Some came the last couple years of high school, some middle
school but that never mattered, because if you went to Havelock High School then you were
a Havelock Ram

The high school has always had a strong football program having earned the title
of State 3A Champions several times over the years.  

I moved away almost 20 years ago but now I feel like I'm back home, going to the Pep Rallys, 
Homecoming games, Alumni Night...and you know why...because yes again
the Havelock Rams are the State 3A Champions...2 years running...

So do you want to feel like you're 16 again?  Just hook up with some peeps from
high school and follow your old team and when they win you'll see
people posting and cheering, watching updates to the scores and lots of chatter
about how the team is doing.

Congratulations to the Havelock High School football team and to the community..
because if there is one thing that Havelock loves..it's their Rams...

Way to go Team...

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Family time...

It doesn't matter if your family is like this...


 or this...


 or this...


or maybe this...


Whatever your family looks like from my family 
to yours...



Happy Thanksgiving...

Kelly Ann & Andrew

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Need...

It wasn't enough for the eastern coast of the US to be hit with a late
hurricane but now another storm is right on top of them.  People
in New York, New Jersey and I'm sure further up the coast are
still without electric which means they are without heat.  
Quilters are a giving group and at Kelly Ann's Quilting we
routinely have sew-ins and collections for various organizations
in our area but this time I'm putting the call out for our far-flung
friends...

My friend, Pat Sloan, did a great job posting on her blog about the quilt/blanket
collection.  Pat mentions our friend Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Victoria's
efforts in collecting not only quilts but store bought blankets.

Here is what Victoria has to say on her blog

SANDY hits our area

SUPER STORM SANDY
has devastated much of our area.
QUILTS AND BLANKETS are needed ASAP.
Homemade or Store Bought, ANY SIZE.
Quilts will accepted, and handed out as quickly as they come in.
We have 150 quilts being delivered Thursday or Friday of this week to the Rockaways.
Give Selflessly.
 Thank you cards will not be sent out due to the urgency of the events of SANDY.
REAL THANKS:  LABEL YOUR QUILTS, Name, address and email.
The person who receives your quilt may want to thank you themselves.
Thank you!
Send Quilts to:

Basic Housing, Inc.
Attn: Robert Gonzalez / H.SANDY
540 East 180th Street,

Bronx, NY 10457

PLEASE Include INSIDE THE BOX CLEARLY WRITTEN
your name, email & address

please mail them with delivery confirmation.
Any questions, Please email:
Lane Falcon
lfalcon@acacianetwork.org
A Note from Victoria:
Super Storm Sandy and my area of the world.
Having missed the entire storm, by being in Houston for Fall Quilt Marke & Festival, I felt helpless as my family were in NYC without me. I started to organize a quilt drive for our area while I was still in Houston.
Once home, I realized how seriously the storm affected my neighborhood, my friends, and fellow New Yorkers, CT, PA and NJ… Homes have been wiped off the face of the earth, people are cold, and wet, and we have rain and snow coming. I need to be able to help NOW.
I just had a call from Raul Russi, Head of the Acacia Network, whom I had previously partnered with on myBUMBLEBEANSBASICS.com  Quilt Drive for homeless families being taken out of shelters and put into transitional housing.
He said, “We have 150-200 quilts here, right now. And since the rest of my families are INSIDE already, can we deliver these quilts in our medical trucks to the people in the Rockaways, NOW?”  I said, “YES! Let’s go!”

So if you can help, PLEASE...PLEASE...send something. You may not have time
to make a quilt right now but it doesn't have to be a homemade quilt, they just need blankets to keep them warm.    

I will be sending a box up from Kelly Ann's Quilting next week,
if you'd like to drop off a quilt or blanket we'll add it to our box.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Enemy of Breakfast

I am often called the enemy of breakfast in our house...
it's not that I don't like breakfast I'm just not a fan
of eating in the morning...
give me some coffee...
a small piece of cheese...
and a piece or two of fruit and I'm good till lunch.

Sunday is the one day that I'll make breakfast in the house 
for the two of us...
Andrew likes his eggs scrambled he 
actually prefers them the
this method doesn't happen often because
they take forever...and I mean forever.
I on the other hand am good with a hard boiled egg or
maybe every once in a while I'll do poached.

Grits is a must for breakfast...nothing instant for us..
I want to stir those babies then let them set up to 
get a little firm, add butter, salt & pepper and they 
are ready to eat.

Bread...we can do toast, hard crust bread or biscuits, I'd rather
have biscuits but I still haven't gotten my mothers recipe down.

Now this is where we agree..
BACON...
I've cooked BACON every way you could think off, I've put
it on the grill, stove top, microwave (ugh) but I think I
have finally found the perfect method..
thanks to Dan Benjamin 
and his BACON Method
it's easy and the BACON comes out perfect..
I did find I needed to adjust the time to get it the way we like
but Dan mentions that on his BACON Method page.
Add a little fruit of your choice...
and...

Voila...
Breakfast is served..

Until Next Time
Eat More BACON

Kelly Ann

ps:  There is a reason that BACON is always in all capital letters...because it should be a food group that is included in your daily life.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy..

There's not much to be said about the monster storm that
is being called Hurricane Sandy....
there are people all along the east coast
without
electric
water
gas
homes

As quilters we often spend time after a weather event trying to figure out
how we can help...
my friend, Victoria, who lives in New York City
is still in Houston but is already
organizing a quilt drive
to try to find some way to
provide comfort to so many
that have lost so much.

As soon as Victoria returns home and comes up with a plan
I'll be sharing here on my blog and on my Facebook page
so if you would like to help and have a new quilt or would like 
to make a quick and easy quilt we would be
happy to be a drop off point at Kelly Ann's Quilting
and make sure those quilts make it to New York/New Jersey.

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Quilt Market Update...

As most of you know I had full intentions of posting
everyday of Quilt Market...well a little thing called Hurricane Sandy got 
in the way.  Flying out on Thursday I was full of hope and
excitement, wondering what I would see, hear, touch...but the conversation 
in the car on the way to the airport went something like this..."if it gets bad we'll rebook your flight".

I woke up early Friday morning in Houston ready to take the short walk
over to the convention center to add my extra seminars to my schedule but
before that I turned on the TV and it became clear that Hurricane Sandy was heading
towards the east coast and looked like our area might be in for a rough time.  
I picked up the phone right then and there and changed my ticket, so instead
of returning Monday night I was now coming home on Sunday night.  I would miss
the last, and my favorite, day of market but I could get home before the storm hit. 

Friday is our Schoolhouse Day...spending seven hours moving from room to
room...seeing...learning...and laughing.  Lots of crowded hallways, people chatting
and reconnecting, it's pretty intense but I enjoy it and always come back home
with some cool ideas.

I had planned my Saturday to walk the floor and check out the vendors and go
back on Sunday and order the new cool stuff.  So I high tailed it off
to the convention center and started right away.  Making notes on my iPad to
make sure I went back and ordered the cute scissors and needles from Scarlet Thread,
new stinkin cute patterns from Oh My Bloomin' Threads and hit a few book
signings....all of these were on my list and I knew I had time on Sunday to get it all done...but
it was not meant to be. After a fun dinner out with The Swirly Girls and a fun meet
up with the Modern Quilt Guild I checked my phone only to see it loaded down
with text and voice message from Andrew...the weather was coming in quick and
my flight was changed again...so instead of heading out 
Sunday night I was departing first thing Sunday morning.

So my three days on the market floor changed to two days then down
to one..but ya know as disappointed as I was about that I was
glad that we made the decision to come home early.  My 
little inconvenience is nothing compared to what
the people up and down the coast line are experiencing.  I have
friends that managed to get flights out Wednesday, flying home
to New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire...they've all
made it home safe and sound.

So...I will be sitting down with my Market book, checking
websites and calling in orders...the new goodies will
start arriving and it'll feel like Christmas...

Speaking of Christmas...53 days away...
are you ready?

Until Next Time
Be Kinda

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween...
the decorating....
the candy....
the fun...
I love vintage Halloween the best...
Zombies are okay but give me
a black cat and carved pumpkins and
I'm one happy little gal...




May you find lots of treats in your day...
Happy Halloween...


Kelly Ann

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quilt Market day 1...

First day of Quilt Market is always a learning experience. From learning about some of the new products coming down the pike to learning how to weave my way around the packed halls between Schoolhouse sessions. I've finally mastered the room number system and refined how I get from one location but it's almost comical to listen to the people in the hall waiting to get into a room while others want to get out and then there's the lady, and y'all all know her, that yells at the top of her lungs "move along, I need to get to my next class", she cracked a bunch of us up, too dang funny.

If you don't follow me on Facebook here are a few of the snapshots from yesterday...just some of the fun I had...



Kim Diehl chatting about her new book and some stinkin' cute samples were being shown to lots of ooo's and aaahhh's....


Stinkin' cute new quilts from Kathy Brown, really need to stop by her booth and check these out...


And...look who I found first thing...Susan and Christine our very own Swirly Girls..talking up their Dill Buttons...heading to make an order today..

So...that's it for day one, my day started at 8:30 and got back to the hotel at 10ish...

I'm heading to the floor this morning, head over to Facebook and "like" Kelly Ann's Quilting to see real time updates..be the first to see some of the new stuff heading to KAQ..

Until next time
Be kind


Kelly Ann

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Off to Market I go...

It's that time of the year..again...no not fall...
Fall Quilt Market time...

I leave in two days and am super excited to see
all the new goodies.

It's always fun to see what's new but it's lots of work
walking around the George Brown Convention Center.

I hope to be blogging my way through market but incase
I don't get to a post everyday the best way to keep up with 
me is to following along our my Facebook page..

See y'all from Houston...


Kelly Ann

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm back...

Blogging took a back seat to shop hop prep...then the actual
shop hop...then the days following but that's all behind me...
for now that is until the next one starts in November.

I was reading a blog this morning and it was all about fives..
five things she had done that day...five recipes she liked...
five things she's gonna do tomorrow and five blogs she likes to read...
So I'm thinking...Did I do five different things yesterday (I'm blogging in the am) that
I could list...

1.  Woke up to a cold fall morning and HAD to put on socks..
my toes need to be FREE..so socks are not really my
friend.

2.  Spent the best two hours with part of my Creative Team at KAQ
coming up with fun and creative ideas for our Quilters' Quest
special fabric.

3.  Chatted, helped and just completely enjoyed the customers
that came in to KAQ...couldn't ask for a better day of
chatting and helping peeps with their fabric selections.

4.  Dinner out with Janet (from The Empty Nest) and her man and my man...
we love getting together with them and it's the perfect way to end the work 
week...

5.  Ended the day hanging with Andrew and the girls...watching TV and
loving just chillaxin at home.

Well...that didn't take long to come up with five things to list...
now...
here are five things I hope to do today...

1.  Finish up my Quilters Quest projects

2.  Pick the rest of the peppers off my plants and pull
those plants up

3.  Go to see the Music Man with Andrew and our friend Pammie..

4.  Shop for lights and fixtures for our bathroom makeover

5.  Have fun with lots of laughs all day long

Okay..that last one was popped in there at the end but should have been number 1 because that's my goal...to have lots of laughs today..

So do you have a lits of 5 things to do today...fun?  work?  chillax?

Until next time
Be Kind...


Kelly Ann
  

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1st...

I'm fickle...I love the heat and humidity that summer time brings but if you
asked me my favorite month I would say OCTOBER..hands down.  
I love the color of fall...


and the taste...

I'm a big fan of soups...and fall soups are some of my favorite...

But the only thing I don't like about October...


is this can't be far behind....

Until next time...
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Friday, September 28, 2012

Crunch Time...

My first Shop Hop of the season starts next Thursday ... 
which means it's...





Crunch Time...

Until next time...
Be Kind...


Kelly Ann

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thinking....

This morning I asked the question on my Facebook page, if you could sew
with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
All I can say is THANK YOU to all the responses I received.  
The majority of people would love the chance to sew with either
their mothers or grandmothers and reading and "liking" each
response put a smile on my face.  The emotion this question
brought to the surface really touched a lot of hearts and souls.

So...if you don't follow me on Facebook, first WHY NOT?  
second..you can answer the question here...if you could
sew with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

BTW...the funniest answer...George Clooney...

Yes..I think I could sew with George...

Until Next Time..
Be Kind...


Kelly Ann

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shortcuts...

Most of y'all know I love to cook...one of the things I enjoy about cooking is the prep work,
slicing and dicing to put everything together is the part of the process that I love.  I made a big pot of soup last night and it included roasted poblano peppers. So I fire roasted the peppers over
an open flame then peeled and diced the peppers up, it's messy work and just
about the time I was done I remembered that Wegmans carried fire roasted
poblano peppers in their freezer section..and this point I would have slapped
my forehead and gone duh..but with messy hands from peeling the peppers I'm glad I didn't.

While the soup was simmering I was cutting up fabric for a shop sample and my
mind went all squirrel, which it often does, and I was thinking about precut kits
and it dawned on me...I really do like to cut out quilts.  I'd almost have to say that cutting is my favorite
part of quilting...now don't get me wrong, if I can pick up a jelly roll or charm pack I'm all 
over that but for most projects neither of those will work...so it's just me, my rotary cutter and 
any one of my favorite Creative Grids or Deb Tucker rulers.

So tell me...do you like precuts which equals shortcuts or do you like
the process of slicing and dicing your fabric...


Until Next Time
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bucket list...

Do you have a bucket list going?  is it growing or are you checking things off?
I never thought about actually writing down a bucket list, there are things I want to do
and places I want to see but to actually start a list, I've never thought to do that.  For one thing
I'd be adding things to my list then scratching them off because I changed my mind or whatever it was I did something similar.  So...if I did start a bucket list it would look something like this...

Spin raw wool into something beautiful
Weave
Throw Pottery
Play a musical instrument 
Learn the ins and outs of photography
See the Northern Lights
Visit Alaska and see all the cool stuff there
See wild horses on Assateague
Take a hot air balloon ride

see...I've already starting checking things off...
There are a ton more things I'd like to do and see 
and like I said, I'll add to this list and scratch things off but
at least it's a start...
so..
what's on your bucket list? 

Until Next Time...
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hanging on by my fingertips...

Vacation as defined by Wikipedia:
vacation or holiday is a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specificfestivals or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with friends or family.

We're just getting back from this...




The purpose of this vacation was just to get away and chillax...and chillax we did...

Back to reality tomorrow..

Kelly Ann

Friday, September 21, 2012

Getting away...

Do you ever feel like just getting away from it all???

Can't get much further away then this...


We are spending a few days in Chincoteague VA..

and while we're spending some much needed down time on the beach I'm also 
reading a hilarious book by Susan McCorkingdale, 500 Acres and No Place
wear your depends when reading this book, she will crack you up.  
But wait..so that you don't think that I've totally turned into a beach bum and
completely forgotten that I have two shop hops coming up I am working on
one of the projects I've designed for Quilters' Quest..but mostly I'm reading
and enjoying my time off with Andrew..

I'll be back in a few days and check in on what I've gotten
done and fill you in on the rest of the beach getaway..

Until Next Time
I'm on Island Time...

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ahoy...

Avast...today will be full of swashbucklin' and not for the
Lily-livered.  
We've all taken upon a sweet trade and turned into 
Buccaneer's go on account of doubloons...
so raise the jack of Jolly Roger and hope
that we don't end up in 
Davy Jones' Locker..

Today is International Talk like a Pirate Day


So have a great day Matey
and grab some Swag

Kelly Ann


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's Tuesday...

I was gonna try and come up with something clever to say about it being Tuesday..
maybe even give it a clever name...
but all I've got is...
it's Tuesday...

Go out and make it an awesome Tuesday
because it won't be around again..
until...
next week...

Until next time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stitchin'...

I've been busying stitchin' on the Quilters' Quest quilt and while
I would love to share with you what I'm doing I like the surprise element of 
what the quilt will look like when it's done.  But...here's what I can 
tell you...it involves Aurifil 12wt Red...Michael Miller Cotton Coutour Bright White and
200+ half square triangles...

So...
Until Next Time...
Be Kind..

Kelly Ann

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weather

Isn't it funny how there are certain things that can cause a major discussion...religion, politics and the weather.  Spending a good chunk of my life in Eastern North Carolina...


See that little town, Havelock, yep that's where I grew up...anyway back to the weather.
Ya see, growing up there I know a thing or two about humidity, to say it's thick is an understatement. The threat of hurricanes coming up the coast was an annual event and we took it in stride because that's what you do.  Snow...don't go there, when it snows everything stops, seriously, no road salt trucks, plows, what's that?  In 1989 there was a snowstorm to beat all snowstorms, poor Skip (the local weather legend) is still talking about it.

Sitting on my front porch in Virginia this Sunday morning the air is so thick I can actually see it and you can almost taste it..yep it's THICK...and ya know what it feels pretty good.  But ya know what feels better, the a/c when you do walk back inside.  But for now I think I'll just sit here and enjoy the humidity because fall is just around the corner and it is my second most favorite season and weather to chat about.

Until Next Time..
Be Kind...
and
enjoy the Weather out there...

Kelly Ann

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Music...

I'm a lover of music...I know that most people love music and some even make money from it, let me just say that I'll never make money from music...I can't carry a turn with two buckets in hand.  My inability to carry a tune never kept me from singing at the top of my lungs when I was growing up. I'd walk down to the Zip-Mart and pick up a latest copy of Song Hits Magazine, it didn't have the music notes but the words to all the latest hits, run home and sign every song in the magazine before the end of the day.  Today Hal David passed away, most people don't know who he was and to be honest when I heard the name I wasn't so sure myself but when I saw the list of songs he had written I knew that I did know Hal David because I could pretty much sing every song he had ever written, you tell me, do you know these songs?

24 Hours from Tulsa
A House is Not a Home
Alfie
American Beauty rose
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Blue on Blue (one of my favorites)
Close to You
Do you Know the Way to San Jose (another favorite)
Don't Make me Over
I Say a Little Prayer (again..Favorite)
It was Almost Like a Song
Johnny Get Angry
Magic Moments
Make It Easy on Yourself
Message to Michael
My Heart is an Open Book
One Less Bell to Answer (ditto)
Open Your Arms to the World
Promises, Promises
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (ditto ditto ditto)
Reach Out for Me
The April Fools
The Look of Love (triple ditto)
The Many Who Shot Liberty Valance
There's Always Something There to Remind Me
This Guys's in Love with You (knew this song was written for me)
To All the Girls I've loved Before
Trains and Boats and Planes
Walk on By
What the World Needs Now is Love (still sing this one)
What's new Pussycat (wasn't singing this one but will now)
Wishin' and Hopin' (now this one is an ear-worm)
Wives and Lovers
You'll never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart

In case you were wondering...an ear worm is a song that gets stuck in your head and you can't get it out,  so if you click on the Wishin' and Hopin' song you know what's playing in my head...

I now listen to music when in my sewing studio and when I'm working in my office...Pandora is my latest addiction if you've not discovered Pandora click over, it's free, and you can set up your stations and listen to whatever kind of music you like..it could be Country, Jazz, Rock..pick up favorite artist and a station can be set up around that type of music...you will seriously become addicted just like me.

Until Next Time..
Be Kind...
and listen to the music and
DANCE!!

Kelly Ann

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reason for absence...

I've been totally consumed by...

Michael


Bryce


Jason



Adam


Ryan


I should just post a picture of the whole team.. the Washington Nationals have been playing some awesome baseball and have totally distracted me from getting anything done at night...

I'll try and get better about blogging and maybe even get back to quilting..

until next time...
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann