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Thankful and counting...

I just wrapped up a 10 day shop hop, Quilters' Quest , and between the long hours and no days off blogging for Thankfulness took a back seat. This doesn't mean I wasn't thankful for something during those ten days, I was actually very THANKFUL for being able to sit down at the end of a long day. Today I am Thankful for the wonderful team we have at Kelly Ann's Quilting. I've been a very lucky shop owner since the day I opened, the team at any business can make or break it and I think that being open for almost nine years speaks volumes about the people that support me and the shop. So THANK YOU to past and present team members... Jackie Nanette Irma Trish Leigh Karen S. Pat Barbara Dolores Pam R. Pam C. Laurie Angela Karen O. Angie Lynne Lisa Artie  Joyce Sydney Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Thankful November 9th & 10th & 11th

I totally missed my Thankful post yesterday, and with today being the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and tomorrow being Veterans Day I thought I could roll them all into one 3 day post BUT I have to say that I am THANKFUL for this person everyday and am THANKFUL that I had him for the first 52 years of my life.. and THANKFUL that he served his country proud  in the Marine Corps... So Happy Marine Corp Birthday Dad... and  Happy Veterans Day Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Thankful November 6th

Thankful for the amazing colors of the leaves on the trees before they fall  Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Thankful November 5th

FRIENDS There is nothing else to say... I am so very THANKFUL for my friends Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Thankful November 4th

Two sweet pups... Two feet warmers... Two heart warmers... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Thankful November 3rd

Very... Until next time... Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Thankful Day 2

Thankful day 2 in November Living in the country... Until Next Time Be Kind... Kelly Ann


November is always thought of as the month full of Thankfullness... and I am very thankful that this Sunday we will  FALL BACK It is so dark when we start moving around the house in the morning  that even the birds are still asleep... so this Sunday we will set our clocks back 1 hour.. and  YES I will be Thankful...THANKFUL that I finally get that one hour of sleep back... Until next time Be Kind... Kelly Ann

All Hallow's Eve

Fall and Halloween = Fall-O-Ween combining two of my favorite decorating times. I love to watch the leaves change on the trees, not so much the cold that comes after but I can push that thought to the back of my mind because I know that I can decorate with all things gold and orange and green and black. This would be me as I decorate the house for Fall-O-Ween...WHAT?? You don't believe me? I also love vintage cards and if I were a collector of things, except fabric, it would be vintage cards... and look what I found, a vintage owl Halloween card..perfect... and  because this is sort of a quilting blog I thought I would share this stinkin' cute Halloween twister that my friend Nanette made for her home... and something quick to whip up from my friend Laura over at Simply Put Plus I'm thinkin' this fella needs some orange wool on the bats as eyebrows. So until next time... BOOOOOOOOOOO

It Feels Like Ages

It feels like ages since I last blogged and guess what it has been. August 4th saw a post about summer flying by and now we've flown past the end of summer and have jumped right into fall. I promise myself that I'm going to sit down and blog about what's happening the girls or what Andrew and I have been up or even better the latest quilt project I decided to tackle. It's not like I don't have anything to say...y'all know me well enough I can always find something to chat about. So I'm gonna try and capture in. A few words what's been happening around my little corner of the world since we last chatted. Surprise visit to my mothers for her birthday Zele turned 10 Stella turned 8 Andrew traveled to Chicago to see his sister and her family Celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary Went to a Nationals baseball game Took a drive on Skyline drive Sewed a bit Tried to Smile everyday Well now that I look at it I've been pretty busy. I'll try to do better

August has arrived..

Summer is flying by and August being traditionally one of the  hottest months of the summer here in Virginia front porch sitting is normally reserved for late afternoon and early evening with the ceiling fans on full speed and plenty of bug spray to keep the mosquitoes at bay. But this summer morning I'm sitting on the front porch with a light jacket on to keep the chill off my arms.  I'm sitting less then 10 feet  from our hummingbird feeder and am enjoying the antics of the three or four hummers dive-bombing the feeder, these little guys crack me up. The crows along with the bluejays are making a ruckus in the trees and the gold finches, or as Janet from The Empty Nest calls them, party birds,  are having a field day on the feeders. The butterfly bushes are covered in the Virginia butterfly  Tiger Swallowtail.  While the summer does appear to be flying by I think I'll take a few more minutes to sit and enjoy this rare cool summer mornin'

Quilts of Honor

This past February Gail Belmont from Quilts of Honor  came to Kelly Ann's Quilting  to talk to a group of quilters about the mission of Quilts of Honor. The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace and remembrance to those who serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Gail chatted about an upcoming quilt show that was going to be held in October of 2013 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps . While here in February, Gail designated Kelly Ann's Quilting as the home for Quilts of Honor East. Since that day quilters have been busy making quilts for the show and for our future presentations. On Friday July 12th I was able to participate in my first presentation of a quilt to one of our Wounded Warriors. Angie arranged with the Marine's wife to at meet at the Marine Corps Museum at 6:30. We arrived early to find an event breaking up. Lots of military personnel in uniforms

Words for Wednesday

Until next time... Be Kind.... Kelly Ann

Father's Day

This Sunday is Father's Day and while my father is no longer with us I can still wish him and all the father's a happy day... Hugs your dads this weekend... Miss you Dad... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Wordless Wednesday


I know several of y'all follow me on Facebook with my Kelly Ann's Quilting page but did you know that I have another page Stinkin' Cute with KA and if you follow me you'll find out that I am GA-GA over anything galvanized. If I can find a picture and share it and a galvanized item is part of it then that's like a two-for...two stinkin' cute items in one... So I was beside myself when I came across this blog Savvy City Farmer and check our her blog post from May 15th Ga-Ga for Galvanized she shed some light on how this wonderful object came to be... I don't know Joy but I think I'll continue to stalk, oops...meant follow her blog... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Memorial Day and Quilts of Honor

Memorial Day  is a  United States federal holiday  which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the  United States Armed Forces .   Formerly known as  Decoration Day , it originated after the  American Civil War  to commemorate the  Union  and  Confederate  soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service . Quilts of Honor  - The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace and remembrance to those who serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. This weekend we honor our fallen...and through Quilts of Honor we will honor those that survived with a few bumps along the way. Until next time... Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Market Update

I've been back from Market a few days and think I have finally caught up on my sleep.  What a busy five days Portland was with little time to sit and catch up on the blog but I did keep the pictures coming over on my Facebook page. Market for me starts on Schoolhouse day, spending 7 hours traveling from mini-classroom to another listening to fabric vendors, pattern designers, thread peeps, and so many more chat about what's new and exciting for this market. This year the rooms were a bit packed so I wasn't able to get many pictures...but I did snap this one of our peep Pat Sloan I spent the next three days walking the floor and checking out all the new patterns and notions out there. Let me just say this...the pattern designers kicked it up a notch, lots of new and fun patterns out and so many of them either came home with me or are being shipped as I type. Here are just a few of the photos I took of some of the new goodies heading our way... Atkin

I'm BACK....

Can't believe that the last time I blogged was April 1st...yikes... well...I'm back! Tomorrow I leave for Spring Quilt Market in Portland Oregon This year I decided to do some hand work on the plane besides the normal hand embroidery that I always carry with me. Along with the embroidery I've decided to take along some English Paper Piecing and Yo-Yo's.   The EPP I've been cutting for several days but decided today to precut some five inch squares for my yo-yo's so I  went through my fat quarter stash and pulled out a bunch of 30's prints. To make the job easy and quick I also pulled out my Deb Tucker - Tucker Trimmers. Normally you use the Tucker Trimmers to square up half square triangles but y'all know that I'm  really not that normal. The Tucker Trimmers are perfect rulers to cut your fabric into squares and yes even strips. Check this out... I'm using the Tucker Trimmer III and Tucker Trimmer I