Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Team Member

We always like to introduce the newest team member to KAQ and this time it is no exception.

This journey started in June when we made a little trip to Boston VA to meet a sweet litter of pups



Now I'm only guessing that these two pictures "may" be the new team member...cause they were all #stinkincute and all looked smooshy and lovey.


Introducing Blackbird's Bodhi - we call him Bodhi - Bo-dee is how it is pronounced. A lot of people are asking where his name comes from. "in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the true nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment, although its literal meaning is closer to "awakening". The verbal root "budh" means to awaken."


Bodhi & Andrew (AKA. Mr. Kelly Ann) on the ride home


Bodhi meeting big sister Stella T. Rottenbear Dog - as of today she is still unsure about him but she is getting better about now completely ignoring him.


Bodhi and his first selfie with KA...

Bodhi will be coming in to the shop in the future, puppy shots first. But we are planning a fun event at the end of the month that we hope he can make that will benefit the Fauquier SPCA so stay tuned for details.

If you are following me on Instagram, twitter or on the shops FB page you've seen most of the pictures but it's always nice to have a little story to back up the pictures. 

Keep your eyes on this blog and FB and see what quilting projects I'll be working on between playing and potty breaks with Bodhi.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017Bodhipuppup


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Phoebe Ann Mosey

Are you scratching your heading wondering who Phoebe Ann Mosey is?

Let me give you a little history lesson and see if it comes to you...

Born August 13, 1860

Her skill paid the mortgage on her mother's farm when she was only 15 years old.

She married Frank Butler in 1882

Her and her husband joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in 1885

SO..do you know who I'm talking about yet?

Annie Oakley

As we were traveling the back roads of Ohio this past week we came across a sign that said "Annie Oakley gravesite"... I flipped on the blinker real quick and flipped the car around to check out things myself.

You see..I love history and this was quirky enough for me to want to see for myself. To read more about Annie check out this website.






You never know what you'll find along the backroads of America.

So tell me..do you stop to see the unique and quirky things as you travel?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017vacationtime

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Game Changer

What do you think is the biggest game changer in your quilting world?

For me it isn't just one thing..I could say rotary cutter, but that's a gimme.

I think with each new generation of quilters someone is trying to be the quilt police. We often hear "you have to do this" "you have to do that" to be a quilter.

My opinion..you have to enjoy what you are doing...

So.. 
Press those seams open...or not

Cut on the length of the fabric...or not

So..
Back to my original question..what do you think is the biggest game changer in your quilting world?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017EnjoyQuilting

Friday, July 7, 2017

Time...

This morning I shared this photo from The Sewing Loft 
on my Facebook group, Kelly Ann's Creative Circle (you should join) .. anyway .. I asked the question when I shared it, Who's Gonna Sew This Weekend?

Ebony Love over at Love Bug Studios wrote a blog post on "How to find more time for sewing and quilting" So much of what Ebony wrote speaks to my soul. 

Owning a Quilt Shop doesn't give me much time to sew. About 10 years ago I finally got a dedicated space to sew in and that made the world of difference in giving me time to sew. I don't get to sew like I want to, but I can dream 

I've read through the years that if you spend 10 minutes a day doing some form of sewing that it becomes a habit and before you know you've finished a project. 

Challenge - So I challenge you this summer - spend 10 minutes a day doing some type of sewing - using your machine - hand work - something - anything - let's turn this into a habit. Who's with me?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017SewingChallenge

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Obsession

Okay ... I will admit it .. I am obsessed with Aurifil thread!


This is my personal collection .. often you will find any of these colors in my machine ready to piece or quilt because here's the deal..if I'm gonna piece with beautiful bright fabric then why not piece with beautiful bright thread.

Several years ago .. back in the day people were only piecing with black, white or cream then along came light gray, med gray and dark gray..but then came the khaki colors..yep, you guessed it, light, medium and dark khaki.

I took a stand and said STOP THE MADNESS!

Aurifil Thread has some beautiful colors so why not use them all for everything.

I'm often asked about the best weight of thread to use for different projects.

80wt - machine & hand applique
50wt - piecing & quilting
40wt - machine applique & quilting
28wt - top stitch quilting & hand quilting
12wt - hand embroidery & hand quilting
6 strand floss - hand embroidery, cross stitch & hand quilting
***notice I colored the weight with the color of the spool.both 80wt and 6 strand floss are on little wooden spools***

So tell me .. do you use Aurifil? AND what is you favorite weight?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017AurifilRocks


Monday, June 19, 2017

GO! GO! Club

DO YOU?

Do you own a GO!Baby? GO! Cutter? GO! Big? When I announced that we were a Signature Dealer for Accuquilt right here on the blog I made mention of our GO!GO! Club.

TIME IS HERE!

Starting June 30 & July 1 we are offering two sessions for our Accuquilt GO!GO! Club. Each month Pam & I will walk you through using your GO! cutters, correctly using your dies, give you a free pattern and so much more.

DETAILS!

Cost: $60
Date/Time: First weekend of the month. Fridays 10:30 start and Saturdays 10:00am start
Supplies: Just bring yourself, it's a lecture demo/education club

So..are you ready to sign up? Call today 540-341-8890 or pop in to sign up.

Until Next Time
Be Kind,

Kelly Ann

#2017GO!GO!Club


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Are you ready to GO!

Tomorrow is the big day .. we are hosting Jeannie Miller who is an Accuquilt educator for two days and we couldn't be more excited. Jeannie is coming with her arms loaded with quilts to show off just a smidgen of what the Accuquilt GO! cutters can do. We offered up three session, with two filling up fast we still have a few seats left in our Friday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm, session..so if you are in the local area and want to see what this amazing die cutters can do, give us a call and we can sign you up.

But wait...there's more...each person that signs up and pays the $10 fee will receive a GO! bag that with a few goodies...you'll get the $10 back in GO! Buck$..some tasty goodies..and a little kit that you can whip up in no time to make a Father's Day Mug Rug.

So we hope you can join us for a few days of fun and laughter.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017GO!GO!GO!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Quiet

What is the first thing we do when our dogs bark? We yell at them to stop..then they yell back..bark bark bark bark..there's something there I know it, really really, I hear, see, smell something..bark bark bark.. and we yell "knock it off" and more bark bark bark...I'm pretty sure that our pups think we are barking with them at what they hear, see or smell. 

With a new puppy on the horizon we're trying something new with Stella T. Rottenbear Dog..

We've started with "quiet"...she barks, we say "quiet" then "good girl" ... she growls .. "quiet, good girl".. this morning we're watching a deer right outside our fence, she growls, I say "quiet" she looks over her shoulder at me "what, DEER..there's a DEER in the front..MOM...DEER" More "quiet" from me and lots of "good girl"..her loud bark turned to a growl with a small "woof"..then just a low growl. And the deer...they just continued on their journey through our side yard into the back woods.

So it's true..you can teach and old dog new tricks!

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017olddognewtricks

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Back in the day...

Do y'all remember when blogs were running full steam and there were all kinds of things to post for different days..

Mindless Monday

Tuesday Tip Day

Wordless Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Finish up Friday

I was looking back on post for a few years ago..and I wondered...how in the world did I do Wordless Wednesday....me..not having words..that just cracks me up.

So on this Wednesday I give you...WORDS...

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#feelingsilly2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Life: Slow Down to Slow Stitch

Do you ever say to yourself, where did the day go? Does time really fly or do we try and cram too much into our days..or is it because our days are so routine that we don't notice the day to day events so they don't stick in our brains.

I was chatting with my mom the other day and who, by the way, is 81 and goes to the gym three days a week, and she says the same thing .. where does the time go?

I think each day is filled with what we call "day to day" routine that by just going through the motions the day whizzes by and before we know it the week is gone and we're left to wondering "where did the day go?"

So what is the solution?

I read a blog a few weeks ago where the person said she started each day with a little sewing while waiting for her coffee to brew...I had to give a little giggle...my eyes aren't open that early, I would end up reverse sewing when I was fully awake. But I've been giving this bloggers idea some thought..maybe I won't start my day by doing a little sewing but end it with some slow stitching.

We spend a lot of time in our back porch in the summer, watching baseball or movies at night. So yesterday I put some slow stitch work together and now I'll can grab it and head out to the porch and spend a few hours stitching.


I'm pretty excited to get a few things done this summer....by slowing down..

So...how are you gonna slow down this summer and enjoy the time instead of watching it fly by? Let me know how you'll slow down the hands on the clock.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cruising by Pictures

Instead of writing all the details of our last quilters cruise I thought I would walk you through it with pictures...


Coffee Day 1 


Car Snacks for 20+ hour car ride to Galveston, TX

Hydration at the end of day 1 on the road 


Hydration on day 2 on the road


Guest of the day! NASA Hilton Clear Lake this is what we found at the end of our second day on the road.

The view from our upgraded room!


Cheers for surviving our last day on the road


Our home for 7 days


Stateroom picture..Andrew always takes one of me after we unpack


Found my peeps on the ship


We had a great room on this cruise..plenty of space for the quilters to spread out


Pretty Artie 


Pool day


Cheers from Sabor aboard the ship


Mike!


Jo says "cheers"


Fancy drinks before dinner



Towel Friends


Quilter Selfies


Port call


Entertainment


Poolside


Port call .. the canyon between two tall ships


Port Call 


Liberty of the Seas


I think Andrew takes this shot of me every time we stop in Cozumel


Lots happening on Cozumel


Saying good bye to our last port of call


After a very long day on the road heading home, with no pictures, we stopped for a quick sleep and woke to a little mustache on our coffee cups.

We had a great time on our fourth quilters cruise .. so much fun that we've booked one for next year 
Save the Date June 16, 2018 
I'll be back with more details on our next cruise


Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017QuiltersCruise 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Building Relationships

In a few short weeks I'll be traveling to St. Louis for Spring Quilt Market...but this time I'm not flying I'll be traveling by car with two designers and another quilt shop owner. I'm sure there will be lots of laughing..and I mean LOTS and LOTS of laughing but there will also be some relationship building.

I believe in building strong relationships, not just in my personal life but in my business which is why this year at Spring Quilt Market I will be presenting a seminar "Quilt Shop Owners and Designers-Building Relationships". I've spent the last 12 years in business building relationships with quilt shop owners and designers, working together and sometimes making the difficult decision to walk away from some of those relationships. I've included time for some healthy discussion on how to break up, build up and form some lasting relationships.

So..shoutout to my quilt shop owner/designer community..have you signed up yet? There's still time to add my seminar #400, to your to do list..and designers, I promise you can leave early to open up your booths to get to selling.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017SpringQuiltMarket

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hoppy Easter

I really crack myself up when I type Hoppy Easter...I guess cause I'm always hopping all over the place but not so much like a bunny but a squirrel. The biggest joke at KAQ is that we are all easily distracted .. much like a squirrel .. darting all over the place and trying to do 20 different things at the same time.

Spring has arrived in Virginia..all the spring flowers are popping up, and my lilac and azaleas are just around ready to explode with color. Growing up a signal for easter was the blooming of the huge azaleas in my parents yard, I swear the flowers were as big as my hand. Our bushes here in Virginia range from yellow to bright blazing red flowers, it really is one of my favorite times of the year in the yard..except for the pollen...that I could do without.

But...I might end up missing most of the color this year because we take off tomorrow morning for our 4th Quilters Cruise...I think I will miss my flowers but I think I'll see some beautiful sites on the ship. I will try my best to blog out some pictures during the week but that will depend on if I can type by the pool with all that bright sunlight.

If you are still searching for a treat bag for those Easter goodies...your search is over! Check out this stinkin' cute pattern and get to sewing... I like the fact that you don't need to use Easter fabric you can grab a few flower fat quarters, ribbon, Cadbury eggs and you will be everyone's favorite quilter.

Happy Easter to all my peeps...

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Monday, March 20, 2017

Exciting Happenings on the GO!

I'm not the best at keeping a secret when it comes to fun things happening at KAQ..as a matter of fact I'm AWFUL...but this time I managed to keep this BIG HUGE MASSIVE secret..well for the most part I've kept it a secret.

So with that out of the way I am happy to announce that Kelly Ann's Quilting is a Signature Dealer with Accuquilt!


With the Accuquilt...Better cuts make better quilts! We carry all three of the GO! cutters...

There's the GO! Baby



The GO! 


And the GO! Big


It's an exciting time for us at the shop...with the entire team going through education we are ready to answer your questions from which cutter is best for you to how you can save time in cutting, giving you more time to sew. As time goes on we'll learn some trips and tricks for you and we'll be sure to pass them along. In the future we'll be offering our GO!GO! Club with free patterns and lots of demos...BUT WAIT...there's more.. we are in the process of scheduling an educator with Accuquilt and we know that event will be loaded with lots of fun and inspiration.

I bet you are wondering where we've set up our display...well wonder no more...here is what we've done so far with our display area with more dies to come along with samples, samples, samples..






So what do you think? are you ready to start having quick accurate cutting and more time for sewing? Stop in and ask for a demo..we are there to give you more time to sew and to use up some of your stash.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017AccuquiltSignatureDealer