Thursday, July 7, 2016

American Embroidery Conference and Building Blocks

The American Embroidery Conference is an annual gathering of machine embroidery designers and vendors of all sorts.  This year’s event was held in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  It was four days of instruction and, for the most part, fun.

Most of my classes were with Missy Billingsley.  She offers designs in everything from tea towels to cross body bags and tablet keepers.  I find her instructions very easy to follow.  I just loved her and her helpers.

Here is what I made in her classes.

Cross Body Butterfly Bag

Cute as a Button Zippered Bag

Quilty Tool Caddy

Various items including a mug rug and koozie

The conference also supports a charity, Kids in Distress (KiDs).  These are children who are removed from abusive homes in Palm Beach and Broward counties.  You can read more about them here.

The conference raffles gift baskets to raise money for KiDs and they also challenge quilters to donate as many quilts as they can.

I did step away from the embroidery machine to take one class on making a tumbler quilt which is to be donated to KiDs.  The intention was that you got as far as you could during the class and finish at home.  The pre-cut kit was provided.

The kit was a disappointment.  The fabric had been donated and it was a mix of all kinds…NOT quilt quality.  I persevered but it wasn’t enjoyable.

I found the conference to be a bit expensive.  You pay a hefty registration fee and then pay for each class separately.  There are mostly two classes per day.  I understand the charges but in retrospect, I don’t feel like there is much value there for me so I won’t be attending in the future.

On a happier note, I am making progress on my Building Blocks and learning a lot.

Block 2 is finished.  The lesson here was reading charts.

Block 3 is finished.  This was a lesson on yarn over and bobbles.  I had to tie on another skein of yarn and the block is wonky.  If the blocking process doesn't make it look better then this one will be a do over.  I won't mind as the bobbles were fun J

My husband and I are taking a long weekend, traveling to Alabama and north Florida.  A friend is going to try to restore my treadle’s cabinet or maybe replace the wood part all together.  So excited to get this baby going again.  My sewing machine guy has the machine itself serviced and says it is a gem.

I’ll share more about the machine later.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Val’s Annual Piggy Bank Challenge

Hard to believe that it has been a whole year since Val began her 3rd annual piggy bank challenge.  The name has now changed to Piggy Bank Savings = Money for Quilting Challenge.

The goal was to save our loose change over the span of one year, count it up and share how we plan to use the ‘found’ money.

Well, I’m a debit card kind of consumer so I do not typically collect a lot of change.  And since I work from home now, I’m not eating in the company cafĂ© with an opportunity to use cash.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when I counted out a whopping $78.35!

I’ll tuck this away for another couple of weeks then use it for the Florida Lighthouses and Bridges shop hop that begins on July 16th.

Stay tuned for those adventures!

Oh! Val is hosting another piggy bank challenge.  Check out her blog for sign ups beginning next week and a linky party where you can see how others fared with their savings.

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!