Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boxes arrived!

About a week ago we ordered boxes to start shipping my honey's handiwork.  They came in EARLY!!!  Now we are live on Ebay finally!  Yippee :)  We are pondering an Etsy store but want to grow first on Ebay and "work out" any kinks (like coming up with a nice letter to put in each box about that products history and how to clean and use it....)

I have finalized my quilty girl here...
Isn't she cute... and much better than "Hand Quilting Rocks" I think :)

And finally my honey's productions with my computer designed ads finished up for ebay like this...
Can be found on Ebay for purchase in the USA here.

And the Doxie bowl set...
Can be found on Ebay for purchase in the USA here.

Now I will get back to my fave thing... hand stitching... THE MAN quilt is 50% complete on the blocks and over 70% done on the feathers giving me about a 60% finish on the whole quilt!  Yippee :)

Hope you have a blessed day and order some nice homemade goodies if you like!  My honey loves to make them and makes them to order :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Whooping away Cabin Fever!

Although I live on Florida's east coast in a little town near Daytona Beach we too suffer cabin fever when the days are cool and nights are cold... no sunlight for Florida is painful I will tell you!  Surely cabin fever is we are truly suffering from!  So I hand quilt!  My fave thing to do!
I am over 50% complete on THE MAN quilt for my honey.... it has 30 squares... this was #14 :)  I am on 15 now!
I listen and watch my "bubblers"... water fountains that work continuously to flow the water... very soothing to listen to with a movie, a tutorial, or just quilting!
I have even taken to watching the cactus garden that is too heavy to bring inside so we prayed it would survive the winter as these are our smallest cacti...
And I have been selling my honey's handiwork locally for now but we have boxes for shipping on order!  So exciting to see dachshund food bowls and mancave signs coming off the shelves as we get the word out that they are even available! lol

How do you cure cabin fever?  Check out Lily Pad Quilting Linky Party to share your helps :)

What are you whooping?  Check out the great stuff Sarah has going on here :)

Hope this post has inspired YOU to share what makes you whoop ... or what cures your cabin fever... no matter where we live we can all get it ya know! lol

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Moving on :)

I have so much to share today!  We are moving on sick or not because we are tired of it! lol 

Block 14 of THE MAN quilt I finished last night...
The is an edge block so you can see the different sashing on the outer border that will be quilted last... can you even see the stitches???  How about this view???
Doesn't that show the design clear as mud??? lol  Insert major sarcasm... however after wetting a couple blocks with a spray bottle I do think this design will show well once washed and wrinkley... and if not... my honey and I will know the design is there and he will love how quilty it all feels when done too!

So here is the same design beginning to get marked on block 15...
In real life the swirly are fairly apparent now... but just not able to get light and camera to agree with me!

My honey meantime has been battling his cold by doing yardwork!  That is his form of relaxation...

We scored some concrete rectagular planters WITH some almost dead plants in them... and this is what my honey did with all them!!!

Starting from the left is a new to us planter with some monkey grass, next is a cool planter we also scored with a chinese rubber plant... it seemed to need it's own space :) 
Next is another new to us planter with a bouganvillia (the scraggly small tree like bush with scant fuscia blooms on it..)  These are native to Florida but it was in partial shade... it needs 5 hours of sunlight a day... so I am excited to watch this baby take off... my honey lovingly added wandering jew below it for more color and warmth. 
On the post my honey set in the ground a while back are 2 planters and a trellis that came free with the planters... we are using to train the Carolina Jasmine growing from the base of the post... it has some little yellow blooms and is happier in the ground than anytime during the year we had left it dormant in the pot it was gifted to us in!  So happy it is happy now :)
Behind the post is the rejuvenated wagon with wandering jew ready for a winning year of beauty for us... In front of that is a planter like the others with more monkey grass and finally in the foreground is our cactus garden... mostly dormant now but looking healthy overall ;)
Better view of my view!
The wandering jew from last year that were near the house survived and look vibrant and hearty this morning...
As does the azalea bush below :)
And in the distance you can see the wandering jew we planted in the windowbox of our storage building has done well... but the pot on the corner of the house needed replanting... so my honey renewed that one too!
And finally a pic through the elephant ears... that brave winter in Florida without a blink... they don't grow much but they don't die or get limp either!  Loving that... and you can see a bubbler we got... it is a water feature that looks like concrete but is molded plastic and causes us lots of JOY!  With the deep trickling sound it gives out... mmmmm... relaxing...   Great for quilting!  So we are moving on despite illness..

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and a blessed week!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Getting "unstuck" :)

Hand quilting is a work of he(art) ...and as such a queen sized quilt takes a while to hand quilt heavily!

So all week I have been on the 13th block... on Monday I was excited to reach this block as it signified my 50% completion of this quilt.. then sickness fell on me and my honey and we just haven't had much to blog about since....or quilt and create!!!

Well today I am finally back!!!! on block 14 :)  I am UNSTUCK and loving this project!  Here is 1/4 of the square ... where I start the swirly process of this design...

My bestie Connie encouraged me ... as did my honey as this is gonna be his when done.  And I think the encouragement is just what I needed!  I had been moving so fast before this... just hoping to get back in the groove and back to meditatively stitching swirls and feathers and chains until this quilt is finally complete!  Yippee!

We did score some free concrete planters on craigslist... and one planter had 3 plants in it... not in happy condition yet... but my honey can figure them out ... he is working on that today... since I mentioned flowers how about a beautiful one for you my bloggy friends :)
These are blooms from our azalea that LOVES this cold weather we have been getting... not me so much though! lol  I hate to complain as many parts of the world are having strange weather.

Finally, I found an idea on how to quilt my antique quilt top that is patiently waiting it's turn to be quilted... lol!

I love the simplicity and how they did a cool "freehand" style in the "melons" :)  I saw this on "24 blocks" on facebook this morning and instantly knew I wanted to try this super simple yet quilty pattern for my own quilt in this same pattern!  Yippee again :)

Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday... cuz I am slow stitching today too!

Thanks for visiting with me today!  Hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!  I made you breakfast :)
Actually my dd made these eggs and only after she was showing off how well she cooked them did we notice the heart... so I saved this pic for you my bloggy friends! lol

This week I have had lots of "life happening" stuff going on and not much quilting... me and my honey have had a terrible cold and now everyone in the house is avoiding us! hehe

I am getting better... but my honey remains feeling very puny and is getting mad about being sick so long... he is a very good patient... just doesn't have a lot of patience! ha

Aside from that my WHOOP for the week is that I have still managed to reach the 50% completed mark on THE MAN quilt!  Yippee :)

I am mongo excited about this and will spare you more pics of the same kinda blocks... but using the chalk for marking is working out better as I learn how to use it best for my purposes.

And in closing... here is my Valentine I made for my quilty facebook friends... I am part of a group that encompasses most every country in the world... it is amazing to share quilting across the globe... so I prepared this special Valentine for them and bought my daughter some Valentine Dove chocolates to share with her friends!  SCORE!

And hot off this press is this lovely cutie... all dressed for this day!
Cute little Evie... a whopping 2 pounds heavier since her open heart surgery :)  She is doing FANTABULOUS I think!

Have a happy heart day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Over 40% done now :)

As I work on THE MAN quilt.. my honey is nearby watching and waiting for washing time... that is still a while away... so I try to enjoy the journey as I go!

I am now 11 blocks in out of 30 to complete... and 35 feathers out of 49 complete... brings me to over 40% now!  Yippee!!!!

I am sooo excited and yet there is still so much to do before I get to my honey's longing for the washing time! lol
While I have been stitching out in my Florida room I have had heat close by as we have had a bout of cooler weather... lots of rain (I know Southern Cali and Australia need rain too) but after several days of cloudy skies and nothing but rain and drizzling rain... I am glad today to see the sun shining bright in the sky...

Don't think we trade in our flip flops though just because it gets cool! lol

We bundle up some but we love our little heater to keep our flip flop feet and our sweet Daisy warm and toasty! lol

She is a lover of warmth our sweet Daisy is... she is so funny about getting cold but when we try to dress her she goes crazy to get out of anything but her collar! lol
And look at this cool vanity we SCORED on Craigslist for $20... yes it is in rough shape but it is the perfect place for me to store my fabric and my honey is restoring it in his own way with love and caring!  I am mega excited to see how this turns out... it is birdseye maple veneer and from England... we can't date it yet but we think it may be from the 1920's to 1940's... dovetail joints and plywood substrate are helping us approximate it's age but so cool to have this piece once my honey has finished the rehab... lots of love he has planned!

Back to stitching for me.  Hope you have a blessed Sunday wherever you are!

Linking with Kathy Quilts... Slow Stitching Sunday here :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Backyard Walk About :)

The cooler than we are used to almost freezing temps for the last couple weeks here on Florida's east coast has left me wanting some color in my life!  After my honey spent some time sparking up the back yard... I thought I would share some of what I found on my walk about this morning!  Just outside my back door too!
Here is the door leading off my Florida room (aka screened in porch) :D

Look at the new growth of those dark red plants to the right of the door...

I love this shot with the windchimes showing their prettiness with the little storage building looking so cute in the background...
And the wandering jew in the planter outside the building did well with the frosts we had :)
these wandering jew didn't fare as well...
Sunday my honey divided down the elephant ears from here...
And put the divided out middle here...
and here :)
My honey trimmed the daisies back yesterday too....

Leaving these 2 beautiful blooms to get all the food :)
A close up of the fuscia flowers you saw outside my door to the left of the first pic I showed :)
Azalea bush blooming :)
And a rescued couple of plants that have flourished in a shady spot in the back yard since we moved them last summer...
And the one of the left had a hidden bloom head... so I will be watching that but I think we missed the show this time...
The blooming aloes and cacti did not fare the weather with pretty blooms but they all look to be surviving ... as for now I bid you adieu and hope you have enjoyed this colorful display of bloggy love sending to each of you that take time to read what I have to say!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Sunday Progress Report :)

December 23, 2013 I started hand quilting this quilt... so just over a month and I am over 30% complete!  How awesome is that for such intricate stitching!  THE MAN quilt is taking all of my quilting knowledge and putting it together... I am loving all that I am learning with this project!

Here is the 8th block I am working on now...
With a close up of the stitching on the lower half of the block... swirly blocks I call them :)
In real life the pattern shows up well.. but here is the pattern I started with... 
this is just how it ends until I pat off the remaining powder :)  See the powder how it disappears as you stitch??? I have had to adapt my way of stitching to touch the fabric less!!!  But now I understand this powder better and I am learning to stitch carefully... :)  

So how do I get 30% done if I have 8 blocks done out of 30? lol

Yep, that is 25% with the blocks overall... but I have finished lots of the feathers in the sashings already!  71% complete on those babies!                   
My thought was it would stabilize the curves I needed to quilt into the blocks and so far my idea is working perfect.... I lay out the block to be marked and remove the safety pin basting then.  I pat the whole block all over to equalize the 3 layers and have them lay nice and flat.  Then I mark about half the quilting and jump right in... sometimes I have to re-mark 1/3 way through... sometimes I get that whole half done before marking the rest of the block... 

 The feathers were simply marked prior to sandwiching with graphite... I have a fabric eraser to help remove residue there before washing! lol
My style of handquilting is without a hoop or frame and no thimble either.  I sometimes use electrical tape on sore fingertips but  I do use Udder Cream I found at Walgreens on my fiingertips before bedtime each night... and I awake refreshed and ready for more stitches the next day. 

You see no one told me to ever use a hoop when I started doing handwork as a young child... I have a hoop for quilting now... and I think for the right design I may use it one day... but for now I am working on my stitches and I am loving them and my tension is good... that is the problem many run into not using a hoop is poor tension... too loose or too tight can ruin a project... except for the love you stitched in :)

While I have been slow stitching my honey sold a chihuahua dog bowl that looked like this...
The recipient who commissioned it said it looked just like hers... she is painting it gray herself :)  And she chose a navy blue bowl for her little boy :)

Linking to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday here

Have a blessed Sunday...