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Big Clean-Up

There were two things I wanted to do over the Christmas holiday... spend time with my husband, dogs and friends... and... clean my sewing space. My space is a mess...and the biggest problem with that is I'm using a room that sits between our kitchen and front door, so it kind of needs to  look half way decent.   I've gone back and forth on what to call it, my studio, sewing room, creative space, office...never hit on the right word but what I had taken to calling it  lately was a big ole' mess... check it out...  I share my sewing stuff with two dog beds, two dogs and my desk and lots and lots of clutter.  I started at my desk because it I wanted to see what the top of it looked like... so... what do ya think?  Next I wanted to work on my shelves, organize and find a place to display some of my stinkin' cute stuff.  This was a challenge, I needed to sort, clean out, and basically purge my fabric but it really

Christmas is everyday...

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,  for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away  like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.  the good you do for others is good you do yourself. Norman Wesley Brooks Merry Christmas from our house to yours... Kelly Ann, Andrew, Zele & Stella

Front porch all decked out....

Thought I'd share with you some of my Christmas decorating... Front porch is done but it's a start.... Guess I need to think about getting the inside done now... how many days till Christmas?   Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

16 again...

Wanna feel like you're 16 again? Facebook has allowed me to connect to a lot of my Havelock High School peeps... and for the last two years they have made me feel 16 again.   Havelock is a small town in North Carolina that has a strong connection to MCAS Cherry Point. It wasn't like we all started school together in the 1st grade and 12 years later walked the football field to receive our diplomas.  Some came the last couple years of high school, some middle school but that never mattered, because if you went to Havelock High School then you were a Havelock Ram The high school has always had a strong football program having earned the title of State 3A Champions several times over the years.   I moved away almost 20 years ago but now I feel like I'm back home, going to the Pep Rallys,  Homecoming games, Alumni Night...and you know why...because yes again the Havelock Rams are the State 3A Champions...2 years running... So do you want t

Family time...

It doesn't matter if your family is like this...  or this...  or this... or maybe this... Whatever your family looks like from my family  to yours... Happy Thanksgiving... Kelly Ann & Andrew

A Need...

It wasn't enough for the eastern coast of the US to be hit with a late hurricane but now another storm is right on top of them.  People in New York, New Jersey and I'm sure further up the coast are still without electric which means they are without heat.   Quilters are a giving group and at Kelly Ann's Quilting  we routinely have sew-ins and collections for various organizations in our area but this time I'm putting the call out for our far-flung friends... My friend, Pat Sloan , did a great job posting on her blog about the quilt/blanket collection.  Pat mentions our friend Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Victoria's efforts in collecting not only quilts but store bought blankets. Here is what Victoria has to say on her blog SANDY hits our area SUPER STORM SANDY has devastated much of our area. QUILTS AND BLANKETS are needed ASAP. Homemade or Store Bought, ANY SIZE. Quilts will accepted, and handed out as quickly as they c

The Enemy of Breakfast

I am often called the enemy of breakfast in our house... it's not that I don't like breakfast I'm just not a fan of eating in the morning... give me some coffee... a small piece of cheese... and a piece or two of fruit and I'm good till lunch. Sunday is the one day that I'll make breakfast in the house  for the two of us... Andrew likes his eggs scrambled he  actually prefers them the Gordon Ramsey way this method doesn't happen often because they take forever...and I mean forever. I on the other hand am good with a hard boiled egg or maybe every once in a while I'll do poached. Grits is a must for breakfast...nothing instant for us.. I want to stir those babies then let them set up to  get a little firm, add butter, salt & pepper and they  are ready to eat. Bread...we can do toast, hard crust bread or biscuits, I'd rather have biscuits but I still haven't gotten my mothers recipe down. Now this

Hurricane Sandy..

There's not much to be said about the monster storm that is being called Hurricane Sandy.... there are people all along the east coast without electric water gas homes As quilters we often spend time after a weather event trying to figure out how we can help... my friend, Victoria , who lives in New York City is still in Houston but is already organizing a quilt drive to try to find some way to provide comfort to so many that have lost so much. As soon as Victoria returns home and comes up with a plan I'll be sharing here on my blog and on my Facebook page so if you would like to help and have a new quilt or would like  to make a quick and easy quilt we would be happy to be a drop off point at Kelly Ann's Quilting and make sure those quilts make it to New York/New Jersey. Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Quilt Market Update...

As most of you know I had full intentions of posting everyday of Quilt Market...well a little thing called Hurricane Sandy got  in the way.  Flying out on Thursday I was full of hope and excitement, wondering what I would see, hear, touch...but the conversation  in the car on the way to the airport went something like this..."if it gets bad we'll rebook your flight". I woke up early Friday morning in Houston ready to take the short walk over to the convention center to add my extra seminars to my schedule but before that I turned on the TV and it became clear that Hurricane Sandy was heading towards the east coast and looked like our area might be in for a rough time.   I picked up the phone right then and there and changed my ticket, so instead of returning Monday night I was now coming home on Sunday night.  I would miss the last, and my favorite, day of market but I could get home before the storm hit.  Friday is our Schoolhouse Day...spend

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween... the decorating.... the candy.... the fun... I love vintage Halloween the best... Zombies are okay but give me a black cat and carved pumpkins and I'm one happy little gal... May you find lots of treats in your day... Happy Halloween... Kelly Ann

Quilt Market day 1...

First day of Quilt Market is always a learning experience. From learning about some of the new products coming down the pike to learning how to weave my way around the packed halls between Schoolhouse sessions. I've finally mastered the room number system and refined how I get from one location but it's almost comical to listen to the people in the hall waiting to get into a room while others want to get out and then there's the lady, and y'all all know her, that yells at the top of her lungs "move along, I need to get to my next class", she cracked a bunch of us up, too dang funny. If you don't follow me on Facebook here are a few of the snapshots from yesterday...just some of the fun I had... Kim Diehl chatting about her new book and some stinkin' cute samples were being shown to lots of ooo's and aaahhh's.... Stinkin' cute new quilts from Kathy Brown, really need to stop by her booth and check these out... And...look who I found first th

Off to Market I go...

It's that time of the year..again...no not fall... Fall Quilt Market time... I leave in two days and am super excited to see all the new goodies. It's always fun to see what's new but it's lots of work walking around the George Brown Convention Center . I hope to be blogging my way through market but incase I don't get to a post everyday the best way to keep up with  me is to following along our my Facebook page.. See y'all from Houston... Kelly Ann

I'm back...

Blogging took a back seat to shop hop prep...then the actual shop hop...then the days following but that's all behind me... for now that is until the next one starts in November. I was reading a blog this morning and it was all about fives.. five things she had done that day...five recipes she liked... five things she's gonna do tomorrow and five blogs she likes to read... So I'm thinking...Did I do five different things yesterday (I'm blogging in the am) that I could list... 1.  Woke up to a cold fall morning and HAD to put on socks.. my toes need to be FREE..so socks are not really my friend. 2.  Spent the best two hours with part of my Creative Team at KAQ coming up with fun and creative ideas for our Quilters' Quest special fabric. 3.  Chatted, helped and just completely enjoyed the customers that came in to KAQ...couldn't ask for a better day of chatting and helping peeps with their fabric selections. 4.  Dinner

October 1st...

I'm fickle...I love the heat and humidity that summer time brings but if you asked me my favorite month I would say OCTOBER..hands down.   I love the color of fall... and the taste... I'm a big fan of soups...and fall soups are some of my favorite... But the only thing I don't like about October... is this can't be far behind.... Until next time... Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Crunch Time...

My first Shop Hop of the season starts next Thursday ...  Tour de Quilt which means it's... Crunch Time... Until next time... Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Thinking....

This morning I asked the question on my Facebook page, if you could sew with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? All I can say is THANK YOU to all the responses I received.   The majority of people would love the chance to sew with either their mothers or grandmothers and reading and "liking" each response put a smile on my face.  The emotion this question brought to the surface really touched a lot of hearts and souls. So...if you don't follow me on Facebook , first WHY NOT?   second..you can answer the question here...if you could sew with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? BTW...the funniest answer...George Clooney... Yes..I think I could sew with George... Until Next Time.. Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Shortcuts...

Most of y'all know I love to cook...one of the things I enjoy about cooking is the prep work, slicing and dicing to put everything together is the part of the process that I love.  I made a big pot of soup last night and it included roasted poblano peppers. So I fire roasted the peppers over an open flame then peeled and diced the peppers up, it's messy work and just about the time I was done I remembered that Wegmans  carried fire roasted poblano peppers in their freezer section..and this point I would have slapped my forehead and gone duh..but with messy hands from peeling the peppers I'm glad I didn't. While the soup was simmering I was cutting up fabric for a shop sample and my mind went all squirrel, which it often does, and I was thinking about precut kits and it dawned on me...I really do like to cut out quilts.  I'd almost have to say that cutting is my favorite part of quilting...now don't get me wrong, if I can pick up a jelly roll

Bucket list...

Do you have a bucket list going?  is it growing or are you checking things off? I never thought about actually writing down a bucket list, there are things I want to do and places I want to see but to actually start a list, I've never thought to do that.  For one thing I'd be adding things to my list then scratching them off because I changed my mind or whatever it was I did something similar.  So...if I did start a bucket list it would look something like this... Spin raw wool into something beautiful Weave Throw Pottery Play a musical instrument  Learn the ins and outs of photography See the Northern Lights Visit Alaska and see all the cool stuff there See wild horses on Assateague Take a hot air balloon ride see...I've already starting checking things off... There are a ton more things I'd like to do and see  and like I said, I'll add to this list and scratch things off but at least it's a start... so.. what's on y

Hanging on by my fingertips...

Vacation as defined by Wikipedia: A  vacation  or  holiday  is a specific trip or  journey , usually for the purpose of  recreation  or  tourism . People often take a vacation during specific  holiday  observances, or for specific festivals  or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with  friends  or  family . We're just getting back from this... The purpose of this vacation was just to get away and chillax...and chillax we did... Back to reality tomorrow.. Kelly Ann

Surfing

Not surfing the net....life is sweet! KA

Getting away...

Do you ever feel like just getting away from it all??? Can't get much further away then this... We are spending a few days in Chincoteague VA.. and while we're spending some much needed down time on the beach I'm also  reading a hilarious book by Susan McCorkingdale, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl  omg...make sure and  wear your depends when reading this book, she will crack you up.   But wait..so that you don't think that I've totally turned into a beach bum and completely forgotten that I have two shop hops coming up I am working on one of the projects I've designed for Quilters' Quest ..but mostly I'm reading and enjoying my time off with Andrew.. I'll be back in a few days and check in on what I've gotten done and fill you in on the rest of the beach getaway.. Until Next Time I'm on Island Time... Kelly Ann

Ahoy...

Avast ...today will be full of swashbucklin' and not for the Lily-livered .   We've all taken upon a sweet trade and turned into  Buccaneer's go on account of doubloons. .. so raise the jack of Jolly Roger and hope that we don't end up in  Davy Jones' Locker .. Today is International Talk like a Pirate Day So have a great day Matey and grab some Swag Kelly Ann

It's Tuesday...

I was gonna try and come up with something clever to say about it being Tuesday.. maybe even give it a clever name... but all I've got is... it's Tuesday... Go out and make it an awesome Tuesday because it won't be around again.. until... next week... Until next time Be Kind Kelly Ann

September 11....

246 2,606 125 Total 2,977 We will not forget... KA

Stitchin'...

I've been busying stitchin' on the Quilters' Quest  quilt and while I would love to share with you what I'm doing I like the surprise element of  what the quilt will look like when it's done.  But...here's what I can  tell you...it involves Aurifil  12wt Red... Michael Miller Cotton Coutour Bright White  and 200+ half square triangles... So... Until Next Time... Be Kind.. Kelly Ann

Weather

Isn't it funny how there are certain things that can cause a major discussion...religion, politics and the weather.  Spending a good chunk of my life in Eastern North Carolina... See that little town, Havelock, yep that's where I grew up...anyway back to the weather. Ya see, growing up there I know a thing or two about humidity, to say it's thick is an understatement. The threat of hurricanes coming up the coast was an annual event and we took it in stride because that's what you do.  Snow...don't go there, when it snows everything stops, seriously, no road salt trucks, plows, what's that?  In 1989 there was a snowstorm to beat all snowstorms, poor Skip (the local weather legend) is still talking about it. Sitting on my front porch in Virginia this Sunday morning the air is so thick I can actually see it and you can almost taste it..yep it's THICK...and ya know what it feels pretty good.  But ya know what feels better, the a/c when you do walk back

Music...

I'm a lover of music...I know that most people love music and some even make money from it, let me just say that I'll never make money from music...I can't carry a turn with two buckets in hand.  My inability to carry a tune never kept me from singing at the top of my lungs when I was growing up. I'd walk down to the Zip-Mart and pick up a latest copy of Song Hits Magazine, it didn't have the music notes but the words to all the latest hits, run home and sign every song in the magazine before the end of the day.  Today Hal David passed away, most people don't know who he was and to be honest when I heard the name I wasn't so sure myself but when I saw the list of songs he had written I knew that I did know Hal David because I could pretty much sing every song he had ever written, you tell me, do you know these songs? 24 Hours from Tulsa A House is Not a Home Alfie American Beauty rose Anyone Who Had a Heart Blue on Blue (one of my favorites) C

Reason for absence...

I've been totally consumed by... Michael Bryce Jason Adam Ryan I should just post a picture of the whole team.. the Washington Nationals have been playing some awesome baseball and have totally distracted me from getting anything done at night... I'll try and get better about blogging and maybe even get back to quilting.. until next time... Be Kind... Kelly Ann