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Right Around the Corner

2017 is right around the corner and folklore says that what you are doing the first day of the new year you'll doing all year long.

This year on January 1, 2017 I will be cooking a tasty dinner; I love to create in the kitchen...I will go for a long hike with my husband; exercise will play a key roll in my life for 2017...I will sew..I will SEW for me..and I will SEW for the shop but 2017 will find me spending more time with my sewing machine and needle and thread in my hand.

Starting in January you'll start seeing more quilty things on the blog. We've spent the past 30 days on the blog getting to know each other..or I should say, y'all have been getting to know me and now it's time to get our Quilting ON!

This post is number more day to hit the challenge and I think I'm back in the blogging swing. Do tell me..did you have a favorite post during this challenge?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann


  1. I especially liked your Day 8 Blog - "Your Tribe". The graphic, sentiment and your questions to us show how important being part of a supportive tribe can be. Congratulations on meeting the 31-Day Blog Challenge - welcome back and Happy New Year!

    1. I really do think that tribes are so important and am really a lucky to have an amazing one. I'm excited to see what 2017 bring us with blogging.


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