Day 7: What happened to 6???

  Yes, I missed posting yesterday.  I had a pretty good reason.  Really.  I was getting ready for a road trip! Perhaps you’ve seen me post here on the blog, or on Facebook or Instagram, about how much I LOVE my BERNINA sewing / embroidery machines.  Well, I do.  I’ve sewn on BERNINAs for years and years!  About a year-and-a-half ago, I became a BERNINA Ambassador, which means I became an “official” BERNINA-lover!  So, I sew on BERNINAs and I tell everyone how much I LOVE BERNINAs, just like I’ve done for decades, but now I get to have an Read More

Day 4: Spectacular Antique Quilt Sunday

  There is no place that I can begin “Spectacular Antique Quilt Sunday” except with one of my Mamo’s quilts.  Mamo (Edna Bertha Steven Ashton) was my paternal grandmother.  Born in 1886 in rural Nebraska, Mamo learned all the “ordinary” and essential homemaking skills of the day, including quilt-making.  However, my Mamo was anything but ordinary. Fiercely independent (Hmmm.  An inheritable trait, perhaps???), she loved to push the limits of convention.  She attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska circa 1907.  In 1910, she and her sister, Leanna, boarded a ship for Europe.  Among other adventures, they attended the Passion Play held in Oberammergau, Read More

Day 3: Joy!

CREATIVITY:  the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. We are all creative.  I believe that with every fiber of my being.  All too often, in my opinion, our confidence in our creativity gets trained out of us somewhere along the way.  Some are fortunate to regain that confidence early; some regain it later.  For some,  (sadly…. heartbreakingly) that confidence in their creativity is never rediscovered.   Jeff (my DH) and I love B&Bs.  We B&B-hopped for our honeymoon nearly 28 years ago.  And, we’ve dreamed of having a B&B “someday”.  As my quilting Read More

Blog Challenge, Day 2: So Far, So Good!

BRRRR!!!  It’s a chilly one in the Kansas City area today!  I must admit that with each passing year, I tolerate the cold a little less than the I did the year before.  The good news is that the cold weather encourages me to hunker down in my studio and sew  – as though any encouragement is necessary!  Haha!         I tried a new technique, and I’m really glad that I did!  Yesterday, I applied my first faced quilt binding. I love how clean and crisp the finished edge of the quilt is!  This project is a wall Read More

Taking on The Challenge!

  I am about to leap out of my comfort zone!  I am accepting the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge offered by Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com).  Will I really blog for 31 days straight?  Well, that remains to be seen.  However, I am prepared to give it my best shot!! Currently, I’m in the midst of creating several new samples for  classes and workshops to be held in a variety of places.  I have a minimal amount of travel over the next 7 weeks, and I’m excited about having this concentrated creative time in my studio!  I look forward to being able Read More

Two Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop Winners

The drawings to win a copy of my book (Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More) have produced the following two winners: Diane and Brenda! Both have been contacted via email, and the books are on the way to their new homes! I hope you all enjoyed the Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!!  Are you planning to make the blocks?  Have any of you made any blog hop blocks yet? If there’s one thing I like about the change to cold weather (and there may be only one thing!! – LOL), it’s hunkering down in my studio with a hot cup of tea to play with fabric!!  Read More

Oooops!! Book Drawing Revised!!

Have you ever had one of those days?  Well…….. I wrote on my original Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop Day 6 post that I would draw for the winner of my book on 11/21.  I actually really meant to type 11/14, and in my head I had typed 11/14.  Yet, obviously, I actually typed 11/21!! So, since I thought I had typed 11/14, I drew the winner for my book this morning (after, in my mind, the time had come).  A short while ago, it was brought to my attention that my blog post actually said 11/21.  So, yes, the person Read More

Ruby’s Blog Hop Book Drawing Winner

Thanks to all who participated in the Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop featuring fabrics from the Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures fabric line designed by Barb Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio!  How fun it was to read the blogs that my designer friends posted and then to read the comments posted to all the blogs by the hoppers!  I hope you got some great ideas for making some truly wonderful blocks! The winner of the drawing for my book is Diane Oakes (post #60 on my Ruby’s Blog Hop post)!  Congratulations, Diane!  Please email me at Kelly@kellyquilter.com so I can get your book to you!! Read More

Ruby’s Blog Hop: Day 6!

Hi, Everyone! I’m so excited to be part of Ruby’s Blog Hop featuring the beautiful fabric Line “Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures” designed by my friend, Barb Eikmeier, for Paintbrush Studios!!  In the hop, each of the six designers selected a block designed by Ruby Short McKim, featured in Ruby’s only book, 101 Patchwork Patterns.  Ruby’s book is can be found at:  http://www.101patchworkpatterns.com/ where Ruby’s block patterns can be downloaded for free!  Each designer has selected one of Ruby’s blocks to share with you using fabrics from the “Ruby’s Treasures” fabric line and has redrafted her chosen block to finish at 12″ so that the Read More

Houston Quilt Festival 2016

I am beyond thrilled that I’ll be teaching three patchwork classes at International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall!  The class offerings catalogue and online registration for Quilt Festival will be available mid-July.   Let me give you a sneak peek of what I’ll be teaching!! My first class, Painted Mountains, is on Thursday, 11/3, all day.  I truly love this quilt! I had a wonderful time working with the proportionately-sized equilateral triangles, choosing the colors and color placement, and figuring out the math for the sashing pieces!  (Yes, I’m a geek!!)  The good news is that I’ve done all the math for you, so what’s Read More