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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching and Selina's Giveaway

My knitting needles have been busy.


I made three helmet liners for this year’s Operation: Warm and Fuzzy campaign. 

My regular readers will remember this, an activity my former co-workers and I would do each year for the soldiers.  Even though I am no longer working with them, I’m still helping out this year as they lost quite a few knitters.

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This is block number 1 from the Building Blocks book that I told you about here.


Block 1 teaches simple knit and purl stitches.

This is the beginning of block number 2 which offers a lesson in reading charts.


I’m enjoying the book and will spend more time on this project now that I finished the helmet liners.  As a matter of fact, I am working on this today for my Slow Sunday Stitching project.  Check out Kathy’s link here to see what everyone else is up to.

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Do you know Selina?  She blogs at Selina Quilts and just recently offered a giveaway to celebrate her 300th post.  I was the lucky winner of these…


Two cuts of some adorable red fabric, a pin cushion and zippered bag that Selina made.  You have to check out Selina’s post on how she made the bag…genious!

In my next post I will share the projects I made while attending the American Embroidery Conference last month.

Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday!





Friday, May 27, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS SAILOR!


Our family is celebrating the promotion of my son’s military advancement.

Any details that I am about to share here are not confidential, they have been publicly posted by the Navy on Facebook…so it must be safe, right?

Our Fire Controlman (he doesn’t put out fires, he launches missiles!), was promoted to 2nd class.


He is aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62).  Chancellorsville is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

We are so proud of him for making the decision to join the Navy and for working so hard to earn this promotion.


This was too good not too share…so I am linking up at Sarah’s Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?  Hop over and see what has others doing the whoop whoop.

Thank you for indulging this Proud Navy Mom!


Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2016 Link Up


This is my second year participating in the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge coordinated by Sarah who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

There are a record number of quilters signed up for this year’s challenge so I am sure Sarah will receive a record number of quilts.  Many quilters donate more than one or two so I am excited to see the final number.

Please visit Sarah to read more about the challenge and see the link ups for some quilty inspiration.

My contribution this year is a simple child’s quilt that will go to Happy Chemo.

These are the fabrics I selected.



The fun giraffes and yellow fabric came from Stephanie’s stash.  Stephanie Dunphy is writing some wonderful tote and quilt patterns which you can find  at ConnectingThreads.

The green is a Gail Kessler for Andover fabric and the Little Elephants fabric is from Michael Miller.


The easy strip pattern is one I found many years ago.  It was on Mary Johnson’s website.  This is a perfect pattern for a child size quilt.



I would like to thank Sarah for the opportunity to participate.  She is a very special person with a huge heart.  I look forward to next year.

Hugs,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lost in Fibre Space

Where have I been?  

Well, I traveled to Old Town Alexandria last week for work.  Not sure if I mentioned it before but I will go there occasionally. 

When I wasn’t busy working, I searched for quilt shops and yarn stores.  No luck locating a quilt shop close by but I did find an amazing yarn shop that was within walking distance.

Fibre Space is my new favorite gourmet yarn store.


Three large rooms filled with high quality and unique yarns as well as a classroom area and lounge.  They were shooting a commercial the day I was there and NO, I resisted the photo bomb.

Happy mannequins, even the yarn adorned deer.

 So much yarn (swoon)


Meet Arthella (shop manager) and Sarah  (most helpful)

You can read more about these ladies and all of the Fibre Space staff by clicking here.

Nemo

Under the watchful eye of Nemo - the shop's mascot, Sarah helped me find a couple of nice projects.

To expand my knitting skills, I purchased Michelle Hunter's Building Blocks.  You knit 12 individual squares, learning new techniques with each one.  When the squares are complete, she shows you how to join them to make an afghan.

I selected Ella Rae's Superwash Wool in Heather Blue for that project.

The shop had a sample of a beautiful ombre' scarf, I forgot to get a close up photo of it.  Sarah helped me find the pattern on Ravelry for Cynthia Parker's Ombre Infinity.  My yarns for this project are Blue Sky Alpacas (50% baby alpaca 50% raw silk...yum!) in Gold Dust, Flint and Cinnabar.  This pattern involves the Kitchner Graft which is a technique I have only used once before, so...fingers crossed.


That is where I have been.  I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in Old Town.  But if you can't wait until then, you can find them online here.

I will be back to share my progress on these fun projects as well as something quilty J


Monday, April 11, 2016

I Made It!


Yep, I wrote another blog post in less than one month J I thought I would be posting more frequently but I haven’t.  I have been so busy and certainly NOT in a routine yet.  I’m not complaining because I am getting a lot done…just can’t quite tell you what it is though.

My husband and I enjoyed our cruise.  It was rest and relaxation that we both desperately needed.


He is so adorable…if I say so myself J

I mentioned in my last post that I was taking a couple of classes at my LQS. Well, it turned out to be only one class but it was well worth it.  It featured the ever so popular Fold n’ Stitch Wreath / Candle Mat pattern by Poor House Quilt Designs.


I made a candle mat in my daughter’s college colors…University of Central Florida.  I may add a bow so she can use it as a wreath as well.

Another project I shared about here is now a finish.  Summer cowl…


With everything else going on, I put this aside when I only had an inch left to knit.  A new knitting / hand-crafting group started gathering at a local church on Monday evenings.  My long-time friend and co-worker invited me to attend so I finished the knitting portion of the cowl last Monday.  I blocked it on Tuesday.

If you are a regular follower then you know that my son is in the Navy and stationed in Japan.  Currently, he is in Jacksonville, FL for three weeks participating in a special training course.  We spent this weekend visiting with him and it was not only a special time but SUPER special because it happened to also be my husband’s birthday.


I enjoyed one last big bear hug from my son until December.

That is my last month in a nutshell.  I’m off now to enjoy a cup of coffee and to catch up on reading my favorite blogs.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Big hugs to you! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reminder...

My husband gently reminded me this morning that I am a blogger.  I took it as a subtle hint that I should post an update, so here it goes…

March 4th was my last day in the office.


It didn’t really seem that strange for me, maybe because I was ready.  I was so busy right up to the end, mostly getting things packed and trying to do a few things for my boss before we left.

There were several farewell events, lunches, gatherings.  I have some very generous friends and co-workers. 




One of the gifts was a basket containing a couple of bottles of wine and two cruise gift certificates.  I put those to good use, my husband and I booked a 10-night southern Caribbean cruise.  We depart very soon J

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My daughter came home on the 3rd and stayed until today.  It was her spring break from college.  We kept busy all week.

Her first request was that I bake her Miss Lou’s pound cake.  Click here for the recipe.


We tried a “new to us” Hibachi restaurant.


We ate ice cream.


I am trying to get back into the swing of cooking again.  I brought out the slow cooker one day and made pulled pork for sandwiches (another of my daughter's favorites). I can’t believe I only took a before picture.  It didn’t last long once my husband came home from work.


I also used the slow cooker to make a lemon poppy seed cake.  That was a new one for me.  I found the recipe in the Spring 2016 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Slow Cooker magazine.

 
 

It actually tasted pretty good.  Next time I will add more lemon zest and make a lemon flavored icing rather than the vanilla as suggested in the recipe.

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I started walking / running 3 miles every weekday morning.  You can’t tell from the cooking and baking but, for the most part, I have been eating and drinking pretty healthy. 


Once we return from the cruise, I will start working out with a trainer until I figure out what I am doing.

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This is the finished block for my friend’s memory quilt that I told you about in my last post.  I sent him a picture and he asked me to machine embroider his Dad’s name in the sand.  Sorry for the poor photo, the thread matched the denim perfectly. Maybe clicking the photo will enlarge it so you can get a better idea.


His mom really liked the block... I was so relieved!

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Nothing happened on the sewing front but I am taking classes at my LQS two days this week. Hope to share before I get too busy shopping and packing for the trip.

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You may notice a new button on my sidebar for Hands 2 Help 2016. Please visit Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to learn more and consider signing up.  This will be my second year participating and I look forward to it.



Y’all have a blessed week J

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Some Exciting News and Slow Sunday Stitching

It is official!  Even though it has been a well-known fact for over a year, at least at work, I am trading the corporate office for a home office.  My resignation letter has been filed and I am two weeks away from a four-week vacation.  I start my new position on April 1st!

I'll still be working full time but will have flexibility with my schedule.  It will require traveling about once or twice per month but it is to Old Town Alexandria, VA.  How bad can that be?

Perhaps I will blog more than once a month which has been the average lately J

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It is Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. My project for today is a very special one.  A dear friend from high school lost his Dad last year and his Mom is making him a memory quilt using his Dad’s blue jeans and shirts.  He sent me a piece of denim and asked if I would make the ‘center’ block for the quilt.  He wants the quilt to be a tribute to his Dad.  If that isn’t enough pressure (LOL), his Mom is an expert HAND piecer and quilter. 



His Dad loved to fish.  My friend would often say “Pop caught fish today….Fortunate”, so I am naming the block “Fortunate.”

My block is machine pieced but I will hand stitch the applique’.  The design is one of the blocks from Kaaren Johnston's "Camp Wilderness" pattern.  The water and cornerstones are from the denim I was given.  I can't wait to see it in the finished quilt.


Are you slow stitching today?  Pop over to Kathy's to see what others are working on...always a lot of eye candy.