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

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
#2017ZeleDog

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 work...you 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
#2017brownbagmystery

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 happen...how easy is that?

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

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017letslearnsomethingnew 

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 necessary..you 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
#2017twelveyearsandstillcounting



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 supplies..you'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
#2017backtoschool

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 guys..it'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, hair..you get the picture..it 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 cuddle..you know you want to!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017CuddleTime

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 that...it 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
#2017ActsofKindness

Monday, February 13, 2017

Play along Online

On January 28th we had a Finish or Forget it! event at Kelly Ann's Quilting. We took the projects everyone brought in and broke them down in to Finish It...and some even had some Forget It's.




As you can see four of the participates have made the commitment to Finish Up 6 projects before the end of July. Each month we'll check in with them to make sure they are on track and get these projects finished.

So what about you? Would you like to participate but can't make it in to the shop?


You can click on the above picture and print it out or you can download the file

If you decide to play along, fill out your form and you can email me a picture at
kelly@kellyannsquilting.com

Now let's get started and get those UFO's done!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017finishorforgetit

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Measure Twice

We've all heard it ...

Measure Twice...

Cut Once..

But here is a very important question for you..do you measure with your mat or your ruler?

If you are measuring with your mat here is something you might find interesting...


This ruler was lined up on the cutting mat on one end as you can see as you look down the ruler the lines no longer match up. I know you are gonna ask me, how do we know it's the mat and not the ruler...that's easy peasy..just line up two rulers and see how they match up. That little bit of difference in the lines will make a huge difference in your quilt.

So remember...measure twice with your ruler and cut once..

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017teachingmoment

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I'm baaaccccckkkkkkk....

Did y'all miss me???

This past week flew by...at the end of each day I was determined to blog but the reality was I went back to my room, changed in to my jammies, checked in on FB to see what was happening and promptly dozed off.

50 Local Shop Owners in one room...so much excitement, sewing, networking and LOTS AND LOTS of laughing. We were treated to some pretty awesome projects and many of us will be introducing these in to our shops in the future. New notions, Creative Grids Rulers, fabric and there were daily gifts, just like with Oprah, except no free cars.

video

Here we are after a morning meeting and as we were wrapping things up on Thursday everyone laid out the projects they were working on...what an honor it was to be surrounded by such talent.

I can't wait to reveal some of the fun new projects I have my up sleeve...

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017Sewposium

Monday, January 30, 2017

Retreat update...

I knew when it was time to pack for the show owners retreat that I should have pulled my check-list and checked it off...
Now..this is a modified list...but do you see what is left "unchecked"? YEP...I sent my machine to Florida a week ago and the foot pedal decided that it wanted to stay in Virginia. AND guess what else I didn't bring...YEP..you can see it..I brought one ruler, I didn't bring a square ruler but thankfully some of my friends did so I'm not totally out of luck. 

So to the rescue..my wonderful husband for taking the foot pedal to UPS and over nighting the foot pedal..and my peeps here for lending me their square rulers.

And before you get too jealous about me being in Florida while everyone got snow in Virginia..it is FREEEzzzzing down there...

So..

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017sewposium

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Do you???

Do you go on retreats?

How do you decide on what to take with you? Do you take new projects to start or maybe a pile of projects to finish up or better yet, a little of both?

I am heading out for a few days of sewing with some fun shop owners...sewing and networking, a perfect combo..BUT...I can't decide what to take...so far I've packed...

48 Fat Quarters from various lines

8 yards of background fabric

Two Wool projects

Hand Embroidery to trace and one to finish that I started 4 years ago (it's not that big 😉)

Block of the Month-half done

So...do you think I've packed enough?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017yearofoverpacking

Thursday, January 26, 2017

You're gonna make it...


I was a huge fan of her show...who didn't want to live in that apartment?

Go out and MAKE it a great day

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017RIPMTM

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Finish or Forget it!



Do you a stack of UFO's nagging you? bogging you down so you can't figure out where to start? Do you have that project that you can't even think of finishing but don't want to part with it? Do you have that UFO that you started but can't seem to finish and need permission to let it go?

THEN..

This event is for you..


Saturday, January 28 is National Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. We invite you to join us as we present Finish or Forget It ... breaking up your stash!

With so many UFO's floating around in our stash we felt now was the perfect time to gather them up, bring 6 to 12 into the shop, and let us help you sort our what needs to be Finished or what needs to be Forgotten. You'll leave this fun event with 6 projects that you'll have 6 months to complete. The rest of your projects can be passed down to new quilters in our pay it forward movement for 2017. There will be support throughout the next six months with emails, a private Facebook group and a wrap-up party for everyone to show off their finish projects. This free event starts at 10am and runs till 2, while it is free you do need to register because we need to prepare your goodie bags and save you a seat. Stop in or call 540-341-8890 to reserve your spot.

So you don't have any projects that you are ready to give up on but need a kick in the pants to get them done....again...this event is for you.

So you don't have a pile of UFO's but need a kick in the pants to get your projects done...again..this event is for you.

We want 2017 to be the year that you FINISH IT! So join us this Saturday, January 28, for some fun and encouragement.

Give us a call to save you a seat for this FREE event.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017yearoffinishing

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Tip

This Tuesday Tip is brought to you from The Art of Manliness..

Needling the thread....the first time I heard this I was like WHAT???? And I will confess I get frustrated with it but once I found this blog post with step by step instructions with pictures...


EUREKA...it totally made sense..

Hope this helps you with Needling the Tread

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017TuesdayTip

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stash Buster Sunday

Cloudy and rainy day in Virginia...a perfect day to Bust up yo' Stash!

I came across this scrappy red quilt while hanging out on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect to share on the Stash Buster Sunday...

It took some time but with lots of clicks and following links I found the pattern for y'all..
Over on Sew We Quilt blog you can find the pattern for this quilt...super easy and a great stash buster...

So..who's up for some busting up their stash today?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017StashbusterSunday

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin...

Now that you have the theme song to Rawhide in your head let me show you this little tool that will forever change how you do quick pressing...

The Clover Roll & Press came out at Fall Quilt Market last year and while I did order it for the shop I was skeptical on how well it would work...well let me tell you...I LOVE this little tool.

I decided to do a comparison between the Roll & Press and an actual iron...

Here's the tool..it's not too big and the curve of the handle makes it easy to use



I started off setting my seam



A little press to open up my piecing, check out how my finger fits perfectly on the top of the Roll & Press.


So you tell me...which block was done with the Roll & Press and which one with the iron..
can't tell can you?



Now I don't recommend this to make a whole quilt, while I think you can I also think your hand would get tired from finger pressing the seam. What I found using this tool from previous finger pressing tools out there, this one doesn't distort the seam or fabric, it doesn't stretch the fabric and you can tell from this block the fabric was cut on the bias. I think this tool has potential with traditional paper piecing and english paper piecing and anywhere you need a good finger press.

This review was not sponsored by Clover and all opinions are mine...cause y'all know that I don't mind sharing what I learn 😉 .. You can pick up the Roll & Press in the shop or online because we want to make it easy for you to pick up and start.. Rollin, Rollin, Rollin.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017demoday

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Important Question

This is a very important question...

Pizza...

Toppings under the cheese or above it?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017tacklingimportantquestions


Friday, January 13, 2017

Weather Alert

So there are two kinds of people when they see "Weather Alert" come across their TV or pop up on their Facebook page. 

There's the ... OH NO...I have so much to do... I have to open the shop... I was going grocery shopping...

or the...

YIPPEE...WOOT WOOT...WAHOOOO...I'm gonna stay in my jammies all day and sew...

The weather guesses are saying we're gonna have a cold, wet, slippery day tomorrow. Starting off with snow, then freezing rain and coating everything with a thin or thick layer of ice. This afternoon I made the decision to close the shop, there's no reason to put anyone's life in danger, while the fabric and notions at KAQ are amazing and wonderful...I want everyone to be safe. 

NOW..

If I wake up in the morning and there's no snow...no ice..and it looks like everything has moved north of us I will make the executive decision..cause when you are the Chief Bottle Washer of your own business you can do that...make executive decision that is....but as I was saying...If the bad weather has traveled north of us and the weather guesses have given us the all clear I might be convinced to change out of my jammies and pop in to the shop, turn on the hot cocoa maker, crank up the heat and play with some fabric.

So tell me...

Which person are you...a OH NO...or a YIPPEE when you hear weather alerts?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017WeatherAlertDay

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scissor of the Month Club


I am a HUGE fan of scissors..LOVE them..so when I was working from home today and looked down..this is what I saw. After I posted the picture on Instagram and Facebook I found that I'm not the only one that LOVES scissors.

For all you scissor fans have I got a fun deal for you...join our 6 month Scissor of the Month Club. Sign up and commit to all 6 months and receive 15% off the cost of the scissors. The cost of the club will be between $8.99 and $39.99 per month depending on the scissor but never more then the top range. We are starting off with 15 Club members so don't delay in signing up. You can call the shop 540-341-8890, stop in..or if you don't live local we are happy to mail your way and sign up online, don't let the cost online scare you away it won't allow me to put in a range so it's the upper end but I promise you that is NOT the monthly cost.

And to tease you a little more...the first month we'll be shipping this pair of scissors

 Go ahead and sign up..and while you are at it, sign up friend because a girlfriend can never have enough scissors.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017scissorlove

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine Prep

I know...we just finished with Christmas and I'm jumping in to Valentines Day...but that's the life of a retailer and quilter.

I was busy this weekend prepping for 5 .. yes FIVE.. Valentines Day samples. Most are smaller wall hangings, pillows, table toppers and even a cute little original one with linen and wool heart.



As I sat down last night to cut out the applique letters for the two newest Kimberbell Designs pillows I wondered..am I the only one that tries to leave the background all in one piece..ya know, like peeling an apple trying to keep the peel one long peel...


I cut out one of the hearts and thought it was the perfect frame for my still standing Christmas tree..notice the red & white lights...for now I'm calling it my Valentine tree but I do draw the line in adding green lights for St. Patricks Day.

So tell me..do you try to keep your background all in one piece when cutting out for applique?

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Do as I say...

Y'all have heard me preach about taking care of your machine..clean it out after every bobbin change, changed the needle at least every 8 hours, get it serviced annually, keep it clean and love it...

But..alas...this happened today...


I had not sewed since before well before Christmas and I normally leave my machine clean and ready to go but I must have been in a hurry. I ran out of bobbin while quilting a Valentine 💕 Day sample (see above rule for cleaning out machine after each bobbin change) so I open it up and HOLY COWPIES BATMAN..this is what I found. So what is any quilter/shop owner suppose to do? Yep..share it on Instagram and Facebook and pay the piper as your friends give you "what for" for letting your machine get so bad. 

Okay..now that I've shown you the error of my ways...tell me, do you clean out your machine after each bobbin change? Fess up..we all want to know!

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Where is it?


Where is my ... fill in the blank...LOL

this is my cutting table, as I was cleaning the section of my studio that I shared in the first picture I needed a place to put some of the stuff on the floor..yep you guessed it..right on top of my cutting table. But then guess what happened...yep...I needed something and guess where it was...yep...under that pile of quilts. But all is not lost..I found those little pair of scissors and I managed to clean off the cutting table and the rest of the room...well let's just say it's a WIP...work in progress.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017keepingitreal