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


Jo says "cheers"

Fancy drinks before dinner

Towel Friends

Quilter Selfies

Port call



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

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

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 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 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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Never enough time

I've been quiet lately...

spending time with this pup..

Our Zele was 13 1/2 years old .. she lived a very good life...a true princess. She was fearless..she was our protector..she was our Boo dog...

We have been left with a very large Zele size hole in our hearts...but we promised her the day we brought her home that we would love her till the end and then help her cross that bridge. Zele taught us so much .. with a lab.. they shed..a lot..she loves treats..she knew how to pretend potty time to get treats then knew how to ask to go out to potty to get the real treat...she knew how to tell time..did I say she shed...A LOT? .. she showed us unconditional love ... and for that she will always be our seal pup..
We love you Zele T. Boo Dog...forever...

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, March 3, 2017

Brown Bag Mystery

Starting this Saturday, March 4, 2017, we are kicking off our Brown Bag Mystery Quilt. Each bag will contain 5 - 1 yard cuts ... and just like the name indicates ... it's a mystery. Everything from the fabric we've chosen to the pattern but don't despair we didn't pick ugly fabric and toss them in bags, we spent lots of fun time picking fabrics that all go together. And now you are wondering what the colors are...that's an easy one..we've attached paint chips from the hardware store to the front of the bag to guild you on the color.

Here is how the mystery will will come in and purchase your bag and then every two weeks your clues will be ready to be picked up. AGAIN...don't despair....if you come in to the shop and buy your bag but can't make it every two weeks we can mail your pattern...BUT...we can't mail the fabric. We are working with several other quilt shops across the country and we even have a private Facebook group for you to join so you can have friends along this mysterious journey.

This is your clue schedule:

--> 3/18: 1st clue
4/1: 2nd clue
4/15: 3rd clue
4/29: 4th clue
5/13: 5th clue
5/27: 6th clue
6/10: 7th clue plus bonus layout

So..who's ready for a mystery???

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, March 2, 2017

What do you think???

If you wanted to take a class at your LQS (local quilt shop) but all the classes they offered didn't fit in to your schedule but they offered private classes that would work for you, would you take one? OR do you take classes for the social aspect?

It's hard for LQS's to know if a class will actually go when they place it on the schedule but the one thing we hear often..."I would love to take that class but I have to ... work, transport kids, wash my hair... you can fill in the blank" .. It seems there is no magic time to teach a class.

So to help with the educational component of what we do at Kelly Ann's Quilting we know offer Personal Instruction. With the Personal Instruction we can offer you a private class to learn a technique that will fit your timeline and that of the instructor. It's easy to arrange..just come in, let us know what you want to learn and we will work with your to try and make it easy is that?

So what do you say..are you ready to learn something new?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time Flies

My how time flies...

12 years ago today we turned the key in the lock at 9 S. Fifth St and started this fun journey that we like to call Kelly Ann's Quilting. I've told this story many times on this blog, our first customer was Val Roop, and still today so many of those first day customers are still with us.

We've are always on the GO! at KAQ...adding new interest for quilters and letting go of those things that just don't work..out with the old and in with the new!

To start the month long celebration off at KAQ we are giving away an InstaPot loaded with 12 of my favorite things...

With a retail value of $275 this package can be yours and it's simple. Stop in, write your name on a piece of paper, drop it in the basket...and repeat, that's right no purchase can register once a day, so the more visits the more chances to win.

And I can't end this post without saying a big THANK YOU to everyone that has supported us through the years..and to the amazing staff that we've had.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Add A Quarter

When you read "add a quarter" what do you think of?

  1. Newspaper Box
  2. Candy Machines
  3. Paper Piecing
  4. Middle School Math
  5. New Club at KAQ
If you answered 3 & 5 then you are correct... The newest club at KAQ is Add A Quarter Paper Piecing club.

If you've ever wanted to learn the technique of paper piecing or foundation piecing (not to be confused with English Paper Piecing)? Starting March 18th join Angie as she teaches you the basic techniques and then you'll move up to several great projects that we know you will love.  This 6 month club is $10 per month plus monthly'll leave this club lovin' paper piecing and lovin' that it will be chewing up your stash.

For the first month club you'll be having some fun with these stinkin cute Kimberbell Designs patterns, you'll be hooked by month one with these super easy and fun patterns.

Call today to register as seating is limited.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Monday, February 20, 2017

Soft Cuddle..Warm Cuddle...

Soft Cuddle...Warm Cuddle...little ball of...

If you are a fan of the tv show, Big Bang Theory, you've heard the song Soft Kitty ... well... we don't have a kitty in the shop but we do have Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics.

With 15 bolts of 60" new Cuddle colors, including dimples, we also received the NEW 90" wide Cuddle...or as we like to say...Cuddle for the big's perfect for those lap size quilts that we are always making for gifts.

I know...y'all have tired to quilt with a product like Cuddle and you were left running from the room screaming at the mess...but have I got a tip for you..use the Havel's Ultra Pro Seam Ripper to cut the Cuddle. Cut from the backside of the Cuddle, not the front, this will keep the little cuddle bunnies from jumping off the fabric and on to your table, floor, clothes, get the explodes. But not with this method, you'll be SHOCKED at how little mess there is.

So pop in to the shop and ...

Pet the know you want to!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Saturday, February 18, 2017

And the winner is...

This is a late post and I have no one to blame but me..I took the picture and then one day happened then another...well y'all know what happens after completely slipped my mind to post here.

So....without further delay..the winner of our Souper Bowl Event is...

The Fauquier Food Bank...

We collected 101 cans of soup ... there might have been a few cans of veggies tossed in there but over all we are pleased with the haul. It was fun to make the phone call and ask if someone could pick it up to have them so excited on the phone...we can't wait to help them in the future.

So while the New England Patriots were the winners of the Vince Lombardi trophy we think the big winners were the food bank.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann