Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Edgar the Elf

Our Christmas mascot, Edgar the Elf, is up to some fun this year...Check out the video and pop in and see us.

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann
#2017Edgartheelf




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On the Tip of my Fingers

I sat down this morning and started a blog post about a cool new tool..
then got side tracked with the wonder boy..aka BodhiPup..
and all of those words that were on the tip of my fingers...
GONE...




 image courtesy of Google.com/images
 image courtesy of Google.com/images


So...that post will need to wait till I set up the video camera so y'all can see just how cool it is...and I won't have to worry about the words flying off the tips of my fingers.

Until Next time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017forgettingwords

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome

Picture courtesy from Garden Whimsies by Mary

As we enter the last month of the year, it is also the craziest month of the year. Parties, shopping, wrapping, baking...but STOP...take a deep breath and slow down.

 Let's all promise each other that we will enjoy this Christmas season. My friend Suzanne over at My Retired Life on the Prairie has a bucket list ... a very impressive bucket list .. after reading her post and her list it got me to thinking. 

Being in retail we start thinking about Christmas in January...and by July we've got our products out and people are having Christmas in July events..it's nuts but it's the life we live. By the time December arrives most of us are thinking of inventory not baking cookies or wrapping. You can forget about making homemade gifts...I think most of us are deep in to planning our next years events that this season whizzes by and we frantically write out our shopping list and throw our gifts in bags.

Well I say...it's time to SLOW DOWN...and enjoy the season...so here is my Bucket List for this Christmas season...

This year I'll be watching more Christmas movies, riding around several times to look at Christmas lights, wrap presents and even decorate the packages..and bake..and relax and enjoy!

So tell me...what is on your bucket list for this Christmas season?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017relaxenjoy

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dreaming


As winter starts to set in I've started dreaming of this...



June 2018 we'll be traveling with Quilt Retreat at Sea ... and I can't wait...

This is our 5th cruise with Susan from Swirly Girls Design and Michelle and Jacquelyn from Quilt Retreat at Sea ... and we're gonna make this one the biggest! The goodies are being planned..Susan is busy designing the quilt...and as always, Michelle and Jacquelyn are busy planning excursions and putting the final details on setting up the conference room with the right amount of table space, sewing machines and ironing stations..

Speaking of sewing machines..did I tell you that you don't have to bring your own on the ship? Did I tell you about the "Bobbin Boy"...you never have to load your bobbin, change your needle or even thread your machine. You'll be sewing on top of the line Janomes and I can tell you from experience, I own one, they sew like a dream!

So sit on Santa's lap and whisper in his ear...I want a quilters cruise for Christmas...and maybe just maybe you'll find one in your stocking.

And about the pool time...it's not all work and no play..you'll have time to sit by the pool or hop of the ship and take an island adventure.

BUT WAIT..I almost forgot..your cruise includes a trip to Caribelle Batiks and I promise you that you won't be disappointed when you visit the beautiful Romney Manor and get some insight in to how batiks are made.

So what are you waiting for??? Call today and join us on a great quilting adventure.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wooly Block Adventure 2017

On Monday October 16 the 2017 Wooly Block Adventure kicks off and wow have they switched up the rules this year.



This years theme is Harvest Baskets and the blocks are very creative this year with some great fall colors. My block is called "Wildflower Basket" .. this bittersweet wrapping itself around the fading wild sunflowers that grow along the roadways here in Virginia.



Here are a few of the new changes:

Purchase the kits online

Purchase the patterns online

Pick up a free pattern at participating shops

Spotlight featured shops through-out the event on the website

Wooly Block Group community on Facebook

A PDF list of participating shops

You can purchase our kit here
or
Your pattern here  - the pattern will be emailed to you as a PDF, so no shipping charges.

So..pop over to the Wooly Block Adventure Facebook page and check out all the cool blocks..and let me know which one is your favorite..

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#WoolyBlockAdventure


Friday, October 6, 2017

And again...

I feel like I do a blog post titled "time flies" or "where did the time go"...about every other month.

My new goal for blogging...at least once a week...it's good to have goals, right?

Right now my goals are to get the binding finished on my Quilters' Quest Shop Hop quilt


to roll out the Wooly Block Adventure (check out their Facebook page) our block is done but now to get those kits cut..

and to add more products to our online store

So you see I have lots of goals and this doesn't even take in to account the amount of time I spend with this fella..

at 15 weeks Bodhi is getting big and loving life and is a real handful..but he is a part-time shop pup. You'll find him on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday hanging out in his kennel, he's not a free range shop pup.

So that's what I've been up to this summer...
what about you..
what did you do on your summer vacation?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

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 

Busy Sunday

Yesterday on Facebook I added a list of things I had planned to do for the day ~ 1. Drive to Shenandoah National Park and take a hik...