Friday, November 22, 2013

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...

Karen S.
Pam R.
Pam C.
Karen O.

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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
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
and THANKFUL that he served his country proud 
in the Marine Corps...
So Happy Marine Corp Birthday Dad...
Happy Veterans Day

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thankful November 7th and 8th

Just couldn't contain the Thankfulness into
one day for this...
I'm Thankful for the community I live in..
The people of Warrenton give with their hearts...
and some mighty big hearts they have...

Until next time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thankful November 6th

Thankful for the amazing colors of the leaves on the trees
before they fall 

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful November 5th


There is nothing else to say...

I am so very THANKFUL for my friends

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thankful November 4th

Two sweet pups...
Two feet warmers...
Two heart warmers...

Until Next Time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thankful Day 2

Thankful day 2 in November

Living in the country...

Until Next Time

Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Friday, November 1, 2013


November is always thought of as the month full
of Thankfullness...

and I am very thankful that this Sunday

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..
I will be Thankful...THANKFUL that I finally get that one
hour of sleep back...

Until next time
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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...


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...


Be Kind....

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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 about blogging and keeping y'all up to date on what's happening around the ranch..


Until next time..

Be Kind


Sunday, August 4, 2013

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'...

Until next time...
Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Sunday, July 14, 2013

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

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 were leaving and with luck we spotted a Marine Officer who was willing to stay and participate in
the presentation of the quilt. What we didn't know when Angie asked the officer to
give us a hand is that he was Lt. General George Flynn and was just about the nicest guy, hanging and
chatting with us while we waited for our honoree to arrive. When GySgt Travis Green arrived General Flynn turned all of the focus on him.

While Angie read the presentation letter I held back tears along with the quilt firmly in my arms..
 presenting the quilt and showing GySgt Green the quilt label listing all
the quilters involved in making his quilt happen.

The presentation of the quilt opened with lots of smiles and ooohhhs and aaaahhhs.

GySgt Green and his youngest daughter, pretty sure he could call her
mini-me, this little girl loves her daddy.

While chatting with Julie Green about their future and where they were moving,
she explained that they would be building a house with the assistance of the 
Gary Sinise Foundation and Tunnels to Towers Foundation. We were so happy that we were
able to present this quilt as GySgt Green retires from the USMC this month
and will be moving his family out of town.

On a personal note, this was a very humbling experience and my father was ever present 
in my mind as we thanked this young marine and his family for the sacrifices they
made for our country.

So on that note..

Kelly Ann

Friday, June 14, 2013

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

Monday, June 10, 2013


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
and if you follow me you'll find out that I am GA-GA over anything
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
and check our her blog post from May 15th
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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

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

Friday, May 24, 2013

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...
Atkinson Designs came out with lots of new patterns and they are all 
in the shop, yep brought these back with them and soon they will be on the website. 

Meg at Crabapple Hill Designs has done it again, don't know how much detail you can tell from
the nine-patch design but those are Christmas houses and YES it will be a block of the month.

Had the best time meeting and quickly becoming friends with Joan from Hummingbird Highway, what a hoot. Joan has the coolest ideas for cutting scraps...her books are on the way...

Another new designer for us, Kimberbell Designs. Twin sisters, one designs the other owns a quilt shop, the perfect team. We'll be offering their Christmas Block of the Week..yes I said WEEK. Lynne
is busy working on it and we'll be offering it as one of our Christmas in July events.

Peguin & Fish...Stinkin' Cute embroidery patterns...they are being shipped our way this week. Love that the you take the original designs and blow them up 400% and you end up with some of the cutest 
big pillows.

Isn't our Celine so stinkin' cute in her booth? Check out the latest new patterns from Perkins Dry Goods. I have a few kitting ideas for her can't wait to work on the samples.

Susan loves to take half-yard cuts and turning them into some awesome quilts...yep you guessed it, can't wait to start cutting fabric off the bolt...

Check out the Swirly Girls ya love their new samples? How about that Grand Central? This is their new fabric line with Michael Miller, Delightful...and check out the patterns, Hugs & Kisses and Chain Reaction, yep they are in their new book. YES I've ordered the new line and we'll be kitting the Grand Central and Equal Rights.

I'm not sure if most of you know this but we are the Quilts of Honor East headquarters at KAQ. So I was super excited to see that Island Batiks has teamed up with several other companies and come out with a line of fabric, Quilt in Honor. I will be meeting with my sales rep today and YES I will be
ordering this line of fabric for the shop. See the eagle in the center quilt? The fabric actually has the words Honor throughout awesome is this?

I have several more pictures to share, one of a stinkin' cool booth from our peep Ronene at Oh' My Bloomin' Threads and lots lots more...

so until next time..

Be Kind...

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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

Using the Tucker Trimmer III to cut 10" squares or part of a layer cake, I simply trim up the side 
and using the 10" line I sliced off 10" square, 5" square and 2 1/2" strip

Using the Tucker Trimmer I ... I subcut the 5" strip into 5" charms.

I swear by all sizes of the Tucker Trimmers to square up my half square triangles but
to get more out of this ruler I use them to cut my squares, super easy and quick. One side
has whole sizes the other side half on the Tucker Trimmer I and III and the quarter and three-quarter
on the Tucker Trimmer II.

Now that I have my squares ready for my yo-yos I'll be gather all my supplies and packing
for five busy days in Portland. My goal is to blog daily while there but if not you will see
me posting on my Facebook page.

A Dream

Warning...this blog post may cause some tears, but believe me, that are happy ones. I had a dream last night, and my father was in it. No...