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

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop – Day 3!!

  Throughout my quilting journey, I have met some pretty amazing quilt-makers!  Many are acquaintances, yet I have the true privilege of calling some of them “friend”.  Such is the case with Barb Eikmeier, the extraordinary quilt-maker / teacher / quilt designer AND fabric designer; the one who designed this lovely fabric line of Vintage Shirtings & Dress Prints for Paintbrush Studio.  Thank you, Barb, for inviting me to “hop”! If you haven’t already “checked in” to participate in this hop, you can do so here:  Inspired by Fabric.  You won’t want to miss the “check-in” because, in addition to the Read More

What’s Kelly Cooking? Nothing, today! :)

Hi, there! Today, I’m not cooking, but I am in the kitchen.  I’m prepping! I live in Kansas, and I’m finding really great deals on beautiful, red, juicy strawberries.  I really enjoy frozen berries in my morning smoothies.  Often, if I buy the frozen bags of “berry blends” that include strawberries, the frozen strawberries are small and whole.  Even with my powerful Blendtec blender (that I love, BTW), my smoothies are often, well, not smooth.  The whole frozen strawberries, even when small, just don’t seem to get blended in the way I like them. So, I’m preparing and freezing my own! Read More

What’s Kelly Cooking? Granola!

Jeff, my DH, often likes to have granola for breakfast.  He is a rock-star of a quilter husband (I’ll tell you more about that another day!), and I really like cooking up  things that he enjoys – my little “thank you, Sweetie” for all the wonderfully helpful things he does for me! So, I’m going to share my recipe* with you.  (*As I’ve mentioned before, to me, recipes are merely guidelines.  I like to mix it up (pun intended), experiment, and have fun with cooking.  I invite you to do the same!) Basic Granola: Pre-heat over to 225 degrees F.  Lightly Read More

What’s Kelly Cooking? Mamo’s Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

I adored my Mamo, and my Mamo adored me.  Though she died when I was in 4th grade, Mamo, my paternal grandmother, has had an indelible impact on me. Born in 1886, Mamo (Edna Bertha Steven) grew up on a farm in central Nebraska, learning all the typical things that a farm girl of that period learned, including quilt-making.  Though I never had the pleasure of seeing her making a quilt, she has played a pivotal role in fanning the flames of my hexagon quilt-making passion.   [Mamo’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt which is pictured in the introduction of my book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Read More

What’s Kelly cooking? Spicy Chicken Sweet Potato Stew

As a quilt-maker, I’m pretty precise:  in my cutting, in my piecing….  When it comes to cooking, well, not so much.  Recipes are merely guidelines in my kitchen.  🙂 I so enjoy soups and stews, especially in the winter!  Today, I want to share my recipe for Spicy Chicken Sweet Potato Stew.  I LOVE this stew!  It is a delicious mix of sweet and savory, with just a little heat thrown in.  Of course, you can make it as hot or mild as you wish!         Here’s what you’ll need: Chicken (cooked), 1 1/2 lb. or so, cubed (I used Read More

Craftsy Instructor Blog Hop!

Today, I’m doing something I’ve never done before:  participating in a blog hop!  Organized by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works (thanks, Jackie!!), ten Craftsy Instructors are sharing info about their respective classes over the course of seven days.  Today is day 6, but do not despair!  I’ll give you links to all the other Instructors later in this post so that you can check them all out and catch up on the scoop!!  And, you’ll get a special link for purchasing any of these great classes at a really great price, giving you the opportunity to win a Read More

Black Friday!! A perspective…..and a Craftsy deal!!!

Isn’t it interesting how our preferences morph over time?  When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I’d happily set my alarm for the wee hours of Friday-after-Thanksgiving to stand in line for some coveted item offered for a “nearly-too-good-to-be-true” price!  Open at 4:00 am?  No problem!  I’m there!  Freezing rain and 40-mile-an-hour winds?  No biggie!  Masses of humanity shoving, pushing, trampling???  Bring it on!!  I am woman!  I am invincible!!! Then, in my 40’s (and beyond), I decided:  no way!  I’d much rather be snuggled up in my warm bed – at least until 6:00 am –  than brave Read More

Craftsy Class Special

  I am very excited about the debut of my Craftsy class;  Piece Any Project:  Conquering Challenging Seams!!  You can see the trailer for my class here (copy and paste to your browser): www.craftsy.com/ext/KellyAshton_6831_H When you sign up for my class using this link, you will get my class for half-price!!  Such a deal!!  

Craftsy! Surprise!!

After what feels like a really long time (in actuality, it’s been only a few months) I can talk a little more about something that I’m very excited about:  I filmed (taped? recorded? – what is the right term these days??) a class for Craftsy, and my class will launch very soon!!!  My class, Piece Any Project:  Conquer Challenging Seams, was SO much fun to do!!!  Everyone I worked with at Craftsy was – and is – absolutely amazing!!!  True professionals who are also a LOT of fun to be around!!  This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of Read More