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Do you see the difference?

I've been doing some serious does your needle do this? Normally I keep on stitching with a bent needle but this time it just wasn't happening, so out came a new needle and I was one happy camper. This is my needle of choice for's big enough to get a few stitches on the needle but not to small that I lose it in my fingers. The one thing that really saves my fingers when binding... they stay on my fingers and you can use them over and over again till the sticky just gives out. Okay...back to binding to me.. Quilters Quest is just around the corner, gotta get these bindings done.. Until next time Be Kind... Kelly Ann

Old twist

I want to blog...really I do but something keeps getting in the way. So I'm taking a stand...I going to start blogging again...going to start off slow but I'M BACK. First up.. I've been quilting, all shop stuff and mostly samples gearing up for the upcoming shop hop, Quilters' Quest  but at least I get to hear my  machine hum. I'll be spending this weekend traveling to Pittsburgh for a wedding and I'll be taking some binding projects on the road with me but before I could do that I needed to pick up a few more packages of Clover's Wonder Clips I have several packages but I have so many projects I wanted to prep them before hitting the road so I pre-clipped my projects. I really wanted to grab a package of these from the shop but they are limited edition  and didn't think it was fair that I got the pretty pink Wonder Clips, but man was it tempting. Okay, gonna hit the road, keep watching Facebook , Instagram  loo

A New Winner...

I didn't hear from the winner of our OLFA giveaway so I used a random number generator and came up with .... PK Sews.. I am old enough to remember the days before rotary cutters, and what a difference they make! My rotary cutter has definitely improved speed and accuracy. Thanks for the chance to win these awesome supplies. I loved your video and the cute nametag photo!   Congratulations...PK, email me your mailing address and OLFA will ship a box directly to your door. Thank you everyone for playing along... Kelly Ann

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

We have not ONE...but TWO winners.. and NO they aren't winning chicken dinners but something even better... Betsy Smith wrote:  I love the accuracy I can achieve with a rotary cutter. Thanks So do we Betsy and we are excited to announce that you won the awesome box from OLFA. Please email ( me your mailing address and a box will soon be on the way to you.  and  Cathy Rampy won an awesome SPLASH Rotary Cutter from Kelly Ann's Quilting. Cathy pop into the shop and pick up your new rotary cutter. But ya know, we are all winners because 35 years ago the OLFA Rotary Cutter was introduced and that makes us all very happy quilters. Thank you to everyone for playing along Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Celebrating 35 Years of the Rotary Cutter

I was so excited to receive this awesome box in the mail from Olfa... I was even more excited to open it and discover these little treasures waiting for me... I quickly opened up the 28mm Olfa rotary cutter and went to work trimming up some flying geese units. Let me show you how convenient having this little combo sitting right beside you at your sewing table is.. Now y'all have read about my love of the Olfa company when I blogged about the new Splash cutter and in one of my " Who Knew ?" post so it should come as no surprise when I was contacted by OLFA to write this blog post in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Cutter. Here's the cool part...OLFA is giving away one box of goodies to one lucky winner from my blog. It's easy to enter...  Leave me a comment on this blog telling me what you love about the rotary cutter and once one lucky winner is announced OLFA will mail you a box of goodies. BUT WAIT 

Cow Appreciation Day

If you follow our class calendar on our website  you will notice that today is Cow Appreciation Day. Ladies going out on the town.. I just love this picture so I'm sure for no reason but that... My friend, Kathy over at  calls these cows Oreo cows...they really are Belted Galloways but if you go to and put in "oreo cow" this is what you it.. So in honor of Cow Appreciation Day I think we will have chicken for dinner.. Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Memorial Day 2014

This weekend we honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Last year I wrote this blog post   so while you are spending this long weekend with your family please take a moment to remember those that gave their lives for our country. If you wish to honor those that have served our country or are serving it today then join us for a Quilts of Honor East Sew-In on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church located on Main St in Old Town Warrenton. Bring a project you are currently working on or purchase a quilt top kit on site. We will have a few different kits available at a cost of $20. Some will be fat quarters and others will be 2 1/2" strips. There will be simple patterns available to use with the kits. Once you complete your quilt top, return it to Kelly Ann's Quilting and your $20 will be returned to you. As we rely 100% on donations, we are always happy to accept monetary donations to cont

Thread, Thread, Thread

Y'all know my LOVE of Aurifil Thread I could share a dozen plus reasons why I LOVE this thread, the colors...the hand...the way it glides through my machine...  I could go on and on and on...BUT.. You no longer need to take my word for it because Alex from Aurifil...YES that ALEX,  is coming to Kelly Ann's Quilting Join us on Monday June 30, with two lecture times, 2:00-3:15 or 6:30-7:45, just call the shop for a reservation to insure you'll have a seat. Don't delay, seating is limited..and one more thing...the lecture is FREE. There will be some fun gifts and giveaways so give us a call today  540-341-8890. Looking forward to seeing y'all there... Kelly Ann

Who Knew?

Last year I wrote a post on my favorite new rotary cutter. I did get lots of feedback on it from people popping into the shop wanting to know why I loved it so much more then the old one, besides the color and quick change blade feature, I love it because of the way it feels in my hand, and yes I really do still love it. I never gave thought to when the rotary cutter was invented or why all the OLFA   cutting tools had yellow handles until Debbie from Quilting Possibilities shared a link on her shops Facebook page. I love learning about unique, quirky little details so I was happy when I clicked over to find some fun facts about OLFA and the tool that really changed quilting. Invented in 1979, the same year I graduated from high school, I'm pretty sure at the time that Yoshio Okada had no idea that he would shake up the quilting world. And the yellow handle that we all have come to  associate the OLFA cutter with, it was pretty easy, he wanted his

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and Spring has finally arrived... I can't wait to get back into the garden and for the arrival of my favorite flowers but for now this picture will have to do! My lime green coneflowers are just waiting to pop up  and I can't wait... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

I'm a nut...

I'm a nut for notebooks... notepads.. anything having to do with paper... Bring me paper and pencil  What started off as a simple blog post about my love of notebooks ended up with me spending lots and lots and yes LOTS of time on Pinterest...I now have a new board, Notebook Love and then I came across this blog tutorial on how to make a notebook cover... so many covers to make...and so little time.. about you like to put pencil to paper? Any future notebook covers for you? Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

How Often Do You...

Change your sewing machine needle? Have you ever experienced a popping noise when sewing? You know that pop pop pop of the needle as it tries to push it's way through your fabric. Your very dull needle is asking your machine to work double-time stabbing your beautiful fabric over and over, shredding the fibers and hacking at the thread. Does this sound awful? Don't believe me? Check out this picture... photo courtesy Over on the Schmetz Needle blog I came across this post  and I love what Rhonda says at the end of the post... CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE I change my needle after each big project or every two bobbins. I can hear when I've waited too long to change my needle so I came up with the bobbin rule so I don't over work my machine or damage my fabric. Needles are inexpensive, machine repair is be kind to your machine and change your needle. Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Wordless Wednesday

Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Throwback Thursday

Circa 1979 And YES I still use it... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Wordless Wednesday

Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Martha Stewart to the Rescue

Several years ago ... and I mean several ... I was watching the Martha Stewart show, the pre going to jail Martha. She was talking about pressing clothes and she would mist all the laundry that needed to be pressed with water and placed it in basket and pulled it out one by one. The idea was that the water would soften the wrinkles and make the whole pressing easier.  So I got to thinking...if this worked for clothes why not quilt fabric. You know when you purchase fabric at your local quilt shop  and they take great care in folding your fabric, you bring it home and it sits on your cutting table for awhile and you go to use it and it's loaded with creases? And even with steam you have hard time getting the wrinkles and creases out, even using Best Press  there is still a hint of wrinkle.  I grab my water bottle and go to spraying... see all the creases? I laid each fat quarter on the ironing board and heavily sprayed each one, layer them as I sprayed. I r


SPRING... There are several images that come to mind when I read that word... I love springs, the rustier the better...what do I do with them? nothing but one day I will find the coolest thing on Pinterest  and there will be no stopping me. Another image that comes to mind is what most people think of... We all love the beauty that spring brings..the bright flowers and greens that pop out after winter. I'm super excited to be out in the yard this year because it's been a very long and cold winter here...and I mean...loooonnnnnggggg and  COOOOLLLLLDDDDDDD... One image that pops into my mind that I do NOT like... Springing the clocks forward...Why can't they just leave the time alone? I do love the days being lighter in the afternoon when I leave the shop  but losing that hour of sleep...I just do NOT like it. And to make matters worse this year there is still snow on the

Throwback Thursday

My first quilt Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Wordless Wednesday is Back

'nuff said... Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Spice Up Your Kitchen

No doubt when you saw the title of this post you were thinking...what??? Has Kelly Ann turned this into a food blog, a cooking blog or after seeing this picture of  hunky Bobby Flay  gone down a whole different road.. You'll be happy to know that I've not entirely gone off the deep end...yet... Several weeks ago I received this book in the mail... Now what most of you may not know is that I don't sew 3-D... meaning if it doesn't lay flat, as in a quilt, table runner or wall hanging, I don't even normally look at the pattern/book. Now in full disclosure a very sweet friend, Kim from Go-Go Kim , was one of the designers and I said I would love to review the book.  Kitchen Stitches isn't at all what I expected. So many times you'll find a book or pattern with sewing projects for your kitchen that are..hmmm...for lack of a better word "kitschy" Leafing through I started marking projects I cou

Throwback Thursday

1974 school field trip Pretty sure I had on a puka shell necklace  and chucka boots Until next time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Throwback Thursday

When I started this blog I wasn't sure where the journey would take me, I thought I would share what was happening at Kelly Ann's Quilting  and some other fun things happening in my life. What fun it's been to write about this, that, and the other ... so for Throwback Thursday I will re-share the first quilt I shared on my blog and the first quilt I made...  I remember learning how to make this quilt and how I made 20+ log cabin quilt after it until branching off to something different. Before you ask...yes I still use it. You can just catch our lab Zele in the bottom of the picture. When Zele was a puppy she nibbled a little hole in the bottom of this quilt and it's still there and no I didn't fix it, I feel it's part of the charm and has a little of Zele love in it. you remember your first quilt?  Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

PhD 6 Project Progam

How many UFO's do you have in your sewing room? or better stashed throughout your home? Do you need some help and encouragement to get a few of them done? Well look no further... Starting January 15, 2014 at  Kelly Ann's Quilting  we will be starting the PhD 6 Project Program. Are you familiar with the term PhD? I’m not talking about a Doctor of Philosophy degree. I’m referring to those unfinished projects – Projects Half Done! Does that describe your UFO’s? The Kelly Ann’s Quilting PhD 6 Project Program will run for six months. You choose six projects that you want to finish. It can be any project, at any stage – number them 1 to 6. Send me an email ( ), bring your list into the shop or post the details on the Kelly Ann’s Facebook page with PhD in the subject line, and give me your project list, numbered and with the name of the projects. I’ll pick a number on the 15th day of the month and post it to my blog and Facebook that will be

Throwback Thursday

A new feature here on my blog... Throwback Thursday I was going through my UFO's and came across this unfinished piece I posted this little quilt on my blog back in 2009 it was from a Round Robin that I had participated in with a quilting bee. I'm excited to be adding this to my UFO list that will be finished up this year. Do you have a UFO list for 2014? Are you ready to finish some of them up? Stay tuned for a new program we'll be starting in store at Kelly Ann's Quilting , on our Facebook page and  here on my blog. Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann

Happy 2014

The beginning of each new year starts off with traditions and hope and position energy. This year I'm starting off the new year with a word that I will stay focused on throughout the year. FORWARD I look FORWARD to being... more creative more organized less stressed more productive Anyone else want to take this ride FORWARD with me? Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann