Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day and Quilts of Honor

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May.Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Quilts of Honor - The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace and remembrance to those who serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.

This weekend we honor our fallen...and through Quilts of Honor we will honor those
that survived with a few bumps along the way.

Until next time...

Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Friday, May 24, 2013

Market Update

I've been back from Market a few days and think I have finally caught up on my sleep. 
What a busy five days Portland was with little time to sit and catch up on the blog but I did
keep the pictures coming over on my Facebook page.

Market for me starts on Schoolhouse day, spending 7 hours traveling from mini-classroom to another
listening to fabric vendors, pattern designers, thread peeps, and so many more chat about
what's new and exciting for this market. This year the rooms were a bit packed so
I wasn't able to get many pictures...but I did snap this one of our peep Pat Sloan

I spent the next three days walking the floor and checking out all the new patterns and notions out there. Let me just say this...the pattern designers kicked it up a notch, lots of new and fun patterns out and so many of them either came home with me or are being shipped as I type. Here are just a few of the photos I took of some of the new goodies heading our way...
Atkinson Designs came out with lots of new patterns and they are all 
in the shop, yep brought these back with them and soon they will be on the website. 

Meg at Crabapple Hill Designs has done it again, don't know how much detail you can tell from
the nine-patch design but those are Christmas houses and YES it will be a block of the month.

Had the best time meeting and quickly becoming friends with Joan from Hummingbird Highway, what a hoot. Joan has the coolest ideas for cutting scraps...her books are on the way...

Another new designer for us, Kimberbell Designs. Twin sisters, one designs the other owns a quilt shop, the perfect team. We'll be offering their Christmas Block of the Week..yes I said WEEK. Lynne
is busy working on it and we'll be offering it as one of our Christmas in July events.

Peguin & Fish...Stinkin' Cute embroidery patterns...they are being shipped our way this week. Love that the you take the original designs and blow them up 400% and you end up with some of the cutest 
big pillows.

Isn't our Celine so stinkin' cute in her booth? Check out the latest new patterns from Perkins Dry Goods. I have a few kitting ideas for her can't wait to work on the samples.

Susan loves to take half-yard cuts and turning them into some awesome quilts...yep you guessed it, can't wait to start cutting fabric off the bolt...

Check out the Swirly Girls ya love their new samples? How about that Grand Central? This is their new fabric line with Michael Miller, Delightful...and check out the patterns, Hugs & Kisses and Chain Reaction, yep they are in their new book. YES I've ordered the new line and we'll be kitting the Grand Central and Equal Rights.

I'm not sure if most of you know this but we are the Quilts of Honor East headquarters at KAQ. So I was super excited to see that Island Batiks has teamed up with several other companies and come out with a line of fabric, Quilt in Honor. I will be meeting with my sales rep today and YES I will be
ordering this line of fabric for the shop. See the eagle in the center quilt? The fabric actually has the words Honor throughout awesome is this?

I have several more pictures to share, one of a stinkin' cool booth from our peep Ronene at Oh' My Bloomin' Threads and lots lots more...

so until next time..

Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm BACK....

Can't believe that the last time I blogged was April 1st...yikes...
well...I'm back!

Tomorrow I leave for Spring Quilt Market in Portland Oregon

This year I decided to do some hand work on the plane besides the normal
hand embroidery that I always carry with me. Along with the embroidery I've decided to
take along some English Paper Piecing and Yo-Yo's.  

The EPP I've been cutting for
several days but decided today to precut some five inch squares for my yo-yo's so I 
went through my fat quarter stash and pulled out a bunch of 30's prints. To make
the job easy and quick I also pulled out my Deb Tucker - Tucker Trimmers. Normally you
use the Tucker Trimmers to square up half square triangles but y'all know that I'm 
really not that normal. The Tucker Trimmers are perfect rulers to cut your fabric into squares and
yes even strips. Check this out...

I'm using the Tucker Trimmer III and Tucker Trimmer I

Using the Tucker Trimmer III to cut 10" squares or part of a layer cake, I simply trim up the side 
and using the 10" line I sliced off 10" square, 5" square and 2 1/2" strip

Using the Tucker Trimmer I ... I subcut the 5" strip into 5" charms.

I swear by all sizes of the Tucker Trimmers to square up my half square triangles but
to get more out of this ruler I use them to cut my squares, super easy and quick. One side
has whole sizes the other side half on the Tucker Trimmer I and III and the quarter and three-quarter
on the Tucker Trimmer II.

Now that I have my squares ready for my yo-yos I'll be gather all my supplies and packing
for five busy days in Portland. My goal is to blog daily while there but if not you will see
me posting on my Facebook page.

A Dream

Warning...this blog post may cause some tears, but believe me, that are happy ones. I had a dream last night, and my father was in it. No...