Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do you see the difference?




I've been doing some serious binding...so does your needle do this? Normally I keep
on stitching with a bent needle but this time it just wasn't happening, so out came a new needle
and I was one happy camper.


This is my needle of choice for binding...it's big enough to get a few stitches on the needle but
not to small that I lose it in my fingers. The one thing that really saves my fingers when binding...

they stay on my fingers and you can use them over and over again till the sticky just gives out.

Okay...back to binding to me..Quilters Quest is just around the corner, gotta get these bindings done..

Until next time
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Old blog...new twist

I want to blog...really I do but something keeps getting in the way. So I'm taking
a stand...I going to start blogging again...going to start off slow but I'M BACK.

First up..
I've been quilting, all shop stuff and mostly samples gearing up for
the upcoming shop hop, Quilters' Quest but at least I get to hear my 
machine hum. I'll be spending this weekend traveling to Pittsburgh for a wedding
and I'll be taking some binding projects on the road with me but
before I could do that I needed to pick up a few more packages of
Clover's Wonder Clips

I have several packages but I have so many projects I wanted to prep them before
hitting the road so I pre-clipped my projects.


I really wanted to grab a package of these from the shop but they are limited edition 
and didn't think it was fair that I got the pretty pink Wonder Clips, but man was it tempting.


Okay, gonna hit the road, keep watching Facebook, Instagram look for kellyannsquilting, 
Pinterest, and Twitter kellyannsquilt.

Be back soon...

Until next time
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

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...


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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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and Spring has finally arrived...
I can't wait to get back into the garden and
for the arrival of my favorite flowers
but for now this picture will have to do!


My lime green coneflowers are just waiting to pop up 
and I can't wait...

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, April 4, 2014

I'm a nut...

I'm a nut for notebooks...
notepads..
anything having to do with paper...
Bring me paper and pencil 


What started off as a simple blog post about my love of notebooks ended up with me spending
lots and lots and yes LOTS of time on Pinterest...I now have a new board, Notebook Love
and then I came across this blog tutorial on how to make a notebook cover...
so many covers to make...and so little time..

So..how about you...do you like to put pencil to paper? Any future notebook covers for you?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How Often Do You...

Change your sewing machine needle?

Have you ever experienced a popping noise when sewing? You know that
pop pop pop of the needle as it tries to push it's way through your fabric.
Your very dull needle is asking your machine to work double-time stabbing
your beautiful fabric over and over, shredding the fibers and hacking at the thread.
Does this sound awful?
Don't believe me?
Check out this picture...
photo courtesy Schmetzneedles.com/blog

Over on the Schmetz Needle blog I came across this post and
I love what Rhonda says at the end of the post...

CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE

I change my needle after each big project or every two bobbins. I can
hear when I've waited too long to change my needle so I came up with the bobbin
rule so I don't over work my machine or damage my fabric. Needles are inexpensive, machine repair is not...so be kind to your machine and change your needle.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Martha Stewart to the Rescue

Several years ago ... and I mean several ... I was watching the Martha Stewart show, the pre going to jail Martha. She was talking about pressing clothes and she would mist all the laundry that needed to be pressed with water and placed it in basket and pulled it out one by one. The idea was that the water would soften the wrinkles and make the whole pressing easier. 

So I got to thinking...if this worked for clothes why not quilt fabric. You know when you purchase fabric at your local quilt shop and they take great care in folding your fabric, you bring it home and it sits on your cutting table for awhile and you go to use it and it's loaded with creases? And even with steam you have hard time getting the wrinkles and creases out, even using Best Press there is still a hint of wrinkle. 

I grab my water bottle and go to spraying...

see all the creases?


I laid each fat quarter on the ironing board and heavily sprayed each one, layer them as I sprayed. I rolled them and let them sit for 10 minutes. I then pressed each fat quarter separately and laid them on my cutting table to be sliced up for a mystery project I'm working on.
So you tell me...does this work?

I often take yardage and spray the center fold with water and let it sit, or if I've pre-washed fabric and it's loaded with wrinkles from the dryer I give it a good spritz before I press.

So...what do you think...do you think you'll give this a try? 
Let me know if it works for you

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring

SPRING...
There are several images that come to mind when I read that word...
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I love springs, the rustier the better...what do I do with them? nothing but one day
I will find the coolest thing on Pinterest and there will be no stopping me.

Another image that comes to mind is what most people think of...
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We all love the beauty that spring brings..the bright flowers and greens that pop
out after winter. I'm super excited to be out in the yard this year because it's
been a very long and cold winter here...and I mean...loooonnnnnggggg and 
COOOOLLLLLDDDDDDD...

One image that pops into my mind that I do NOT like...
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Springing the clocks forward...Why can't they just leave the time alone?
I do love the days being lighter in the afternoon when I leave the shop but
losing that hour of sleep...I just do NOT like it. And to make matters worse this year
there is still snow on the ground as we do push our clocks ahead by one hour. 

So here is your public service reminder...
Move your clocks ahead by one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night...
change the batteries in your smoke alarm
and pull out those flip-flops because after all
Spring starts the season of
FREEING THE TOES!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spice Up Your Kitchen



No doubt when you saw the title of this post you were thinking...what??? Has Kelly Ann
turned this into a food blog, a cooking blog or after seeing this picture of 
hunky Bobby Flay gone down a whole different road..

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You'll be happy to know that I've not entirely gone off the deep end...yet...

Several weeks ago I received this book in the mail...

Now what most of you may not know is that I don't sew 3-D... meaning if it
doesn't lay flat, as in a quilt, table runner or wall hanging, I don't even normally
look at the pattern/book. Now in full disclosure a very sweet friend, Kim from Go-Go Kim, was one of the designers and I said I would love to review the book. 

Kitchen Stitches isn't at all what I expected. So many times you'll find a book or pattern with sewing projects for your kitchen that are..hmmm...for lack of a better word "kitschy" Leafing through I started marking projects I could see myself making, or better yet, teaching at the shop. The instructions
were clear with a lot of diagrams for support and I see several of them being taught to young ladies
learning to sew. 

Here are a few of the projects that I've bookmarked...


I love this double-handed pot holder and can see making a few of them for myself...



Loving the too hot to handle pot holders also, for the same reason I like the double-handed
pot holders...I do a lot of cooking and who wants to burn their hands.




This Tea Cozy was just to flippin cute not to love, with easy reverse applique' instructions I can
see these popping up at Christmas time for perfect gifts for that tea drinker in your life.

So there ya have it...I've admitted to liking some non-quilting items and even said I could
see myself making a few of them but if anyone has any ideas of me reviewing a garment book..
let's not go there...

Until Next Time...
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday


1974 school field trip

Pretty sure I had on a puka shell necklace 

and chucka boots

Until next time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday

When I started this blog I wasn't sure where the journey would take me, I thought I would share what was happening at Kelly Ann's Quilting and some other fun things happening in my life. What fun
it's been to write about this, that, and the other ... so for Throwback Thursday I
will re-share the first quilt I shared on my blog and the first quilt I made...

 I remember learning how to make this quilt and how I made 20+ log cabin quilt after it until branching off to something different. Before you ask...yes I still use it. You can just catch our lab Zele in the bottom of the picture. When Zele was a puppy she nibbled a little hole in the bottom of this quilt and it's still there and no I didn't fix it, I feel it's part of the charm and has a little of Zele love in it.

So...do you remember your first quilt? 

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, January 3, 2014

PhD 6 Project Progam

How many UFO's do you have in your sewing room? or better stashed throughout your home? Do you need some help and encouragement to get a few of them done? Well look no further...
Starting January 15, 2014 at Kelly Ann's Quilting we will be starting the PhD 6 Project Program.

Are you familiar with the term PhD? I’m not talking about a Doctor of Philosophy degree. I’m referring to those unfinished projects – Projects Half Done! Does that describe your UFO’s? The Kelly Ann’s Quilting PhD 6 Project Program will run for six months. You choose six projects that you want to finish. It can be any project, at any stage – number them 1 to 6. Send me an email (kelly@kellyannsquilting.com), bring your list into the shop or post the details on the Kelly Ann’s Facebook page with PhD in the subject line, and give me your project list, numbered and with the name of the projects. I’ll pick a number on the 15th day of the month and post it to my blog and Facebook that will be the project you work on for the month. The objective is to get you to finish some of your projects, but if you don’t finish during the month just set it aside and start working on the next project when a new number is published. The program will begin January 15th.
  • Finish your project during the month and send me a picture to post on the blog (or better yet, bring it in for show and tell!) and be entered to win a $10 Kelly Ann’s gift certificate.
  • The person with the most finishes from their registered project list at the end of six months will win a $25 Kelly Ann’s gift certificate (in the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.) Several people have asked for the definition of finishedsince the goal is to get you working on those UFO’s here’s what I’ve come up with: projects that are smaller than lap size must be totally finished; lap size and larger projects will be considered finished as tops. Only the six registered projects are eligible. And projects include bags, table runners...
Now you have all the details start going through your projects and send/bring in/post the list and get ready to be handed your first number.

Until next time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday

A new feature here on my blog...

Throwback Thursday

I was going through my UFO's and came across this unfinished piece


I posted this little quilt on my blog back in 2009 it was from a Round Robin that I had participated
in with a quilting bee. I'm excited to be adding this to my UFO list that will be finished up this year.

Do you have a UFO list for 2014? Are you ready to finish some of them up? Stay tuned for
a new program we'll be starting in store at Kelly Ann's Quilting, on our Facebook page and 
here on my blog.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014

The beginning of each new year starts off with traditions
and
hope
and
position energy.
This year I'm starting off the new year with a word that I will stay focused
on throughout the year.

FORWARD

I look FORWARD to being...

more creative

more organized

less stressed

more productive

Anyone else want to take this ride FORWARD
with me?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann