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A Flimsy Story… with a Happy Ending!

First I would like to wish all you moms, grandmas, and great grands too a Happy Mother’s Day!!!

I am excited to join my fellow slow stitchers today at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday HERE… if you do ANY hand work at all come on over there and get inspired at her LINKY PARTY!

I have a Flimsy Story to share and it has such a happy ending I can’t wait to get there!!! lol

Once upon a time there was a bunch of beautiful fabrics and a pattern all cut out and ready to sew!

Slowly and surely with the help of Gloria my vintage Singer 301a I sewed a few of the pieced together… 
And got one red and one blue background star… then I got sew excited a made 59 more!!!
And my new design wall was FULL!!!  Now time to sash them all together in diagonal rows to make a proper center…
Then add some fabrics for borders…
Don’t forget to miter a few times too!!!
And some finesse of leftover bits for the outer border…
And before you know it there is a flimsy!!!
Hanover Stars is born into a quilt top that is 104″ square… since it isn’t yet loaded on my hand quilting frame it is a flimsy… but here is where the happy ending starts coming into play!
Add a wide backing fabric I just love with the era of this quilt…

 Add a bit more batting when the front runs a bit short 😮

 Whip stitch it on with love and care!!

And a quilt is ready for hand quilting!!!!

I will share better photos of my view next Sunday… but for now know that this is where you will find me in our new home finally back to hand quilting at my Hinterberg frame!!!  A different chair (repurposed to my spot) and a new table … occasionally a glass of wine for relaxation and clarification… and I am ready to go!!!
Hope you liked that happy ending! I surely did 😀
Meanwhile my honey has been getting his man cave up and running and organized too!
He straightened out the garage so we could get both vehicles in it… and built a cool workbench and shelf above… he also has a view of the grist mill from his man cave heaven!!!
Here is a view of the outside a few months ago…about 500 square feet big… he is ecstatic!!! 
Here is a view of our neat and tidy garage… our second vehicle on the left is a golf cart we use all around our property!!! 😀

 Here are some flowers we planted below the flag pole this week ….

 And a nice shot of our healthy and growing corkscrew willow in the front yard…

 Out past the pond in the back yard is a garden and we have about 50 strawberry plants left to us by the previous owners!!! WOW 50 plants!!!! 

 They are starting to produce strawberries though and we had a early ripe one this week… soooo sweet and yummy!

Then my honey found me a cool 4 leaf clover in the garden too…

 Wowee!! Do I feel blessed 😀

Finally this quote and this quilting inspired me this week.. I find it sew true!!!

Take time to enjoy the beauty that is all around you… and make time to use your hands to make something amazing this week!  Happy Mom’s Day and happy Sunday y’all… thanks for visiting!

P. S.  My Blog Anniversary is coming up next weekend…7 years y’all!  Come back next Sunday to see how I am celebrating 🙂  You won’t wan’t to miss it!!!


The Mancave…

My honey has been so busy in his mancave (aka the garage) and finally he took time yesterday to arrange it some… he has been doing this slowly… but it looks fabulous already … so consider this a prequel of sorts with more updates in the future 🙂

close up

Here is the close up of what I wanted to show you… didn’t he do a cool job of incorporating a cool clock he made a while back from a saw blade (top left of the pic) with a sign I got him and he framed and customized… then there is the vw bug we used as a towel holder a couple years ago and an old saw… below the clock is a car Brandi made for a school project that won a prize, Rick’s new mancave sign he is hawking.. and one of his fave RC helicopters 🙂

Now from a bit further away..

long view… from the door into the garage 🙂

The old toolbox was free on Craigslist many moons ago and we rehabed it into a good working box with a custom built base 🙂  The table to the left of that was a work desk my honey built but it was too skinny to be practical for his wood working… so he made it a place to hold add and heavy tools like a vice and a drill press and a grinder!  Yippee!  In the foreground check out his super handy scroll saw!

All that is left on the rear wall that is of any care to you is this.. all special artwork and it will find a way to be presented that honors each gift from someone special to my honey!

The top one says Raymer (our realtor had it made that sold our house in Murfreesboro…) that is his last name
The middle one says Mancave (m daughter got him that for Father’s Day last year
The bottom saw is the inspiration behind the saw he made and was a gift from my bestie Connie at his birthday last year! 

This area is def not complete… this is the wall opposite the first wall I showed you and is missing a tv for news… we are still searching for the right one!  He is kinda picky! lol

Suffice it to say… he loves Lincoln Logs and board games… the cabinets aren’t very full yet so the magnetic door catches work nicely keeping anything in there looking neat and organized and below is my honey’s $10 sound system… another Craigslist adventure 🙂  It works really well and it helped a lady!

See the Santa at the bottom… we got him a couple years ago to replace one we had when we lived in Lafayette and it burned in the fire… my honey bartered it at a yard sale for me and I love it… he always shows up somewhere and it is nice to have a nice memory of the home I never really got to say goodbye to with me here in Florida … so far away from that time 🙂

Today the weather is wonderful… mid 70’s with a light breeze and moderate humidity… very nice… all the windows are open and the house is airing out from the cold days prior… here is Daisy yesterday when it never hit 60! lol

She is huddling in the warmth of the fan heater we use out here in our Florida room when it is closed up due to cold! lol

My honey on a rare moment with the sun shining and he let me snap a pic…
I promised him I wouldn’t share on facebook! lol  But I am sharing it here instead! lol

As for my quilting… going amazingly well….

Here is a sneak peak of what I am working on right now…

Back to swirls… I missed them when I had to return to feathers for a bit… but I will finish those feathers soon!  Update on the quilt and the plan comes in tomorrow’s post!

Until then!  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for touring our mancave!  I love it!  Does your mate have their own space… do you have a fave spot in the house??? I love to sit out in the Florida room year round morning to night!  I have 2 water fountains.. can hear birds and squirrels and my puppies playing.  What is your fave spot like???