Friday, November 28, 2014

A little (lot) of help from my friends!

Most of you know that on top of all my husband's other health problems he has added end stage liver disease and probable Myosthenia Gravis to the list..so therefore I am SWAMPED at home. I've become the soul bread winner and soul caretaker for my husband and I am mom, dad, teacher, friend, playmate to my four year old.

Therefore, for a season, I had to just push the ahhhhs, the blog, everything back. It was a rough summer/fall and I sure couldn't even think about promoting my business..even as much as I needed the income!

I have tried a few helpers over time..but for whatever reason (mostly that hand sewing takes time I think) they didn't work out. Until now. I finally have a couple of folks that are sewing their little fingers off for me.

Plus Bea (visit her HERE) has been picking up the secondary drawings and handling them for me! If you look up in the tabs I've added some that she worked on. I'll post a couple here at the bottom as well.

If you have not been to the website for awhile you really should take a look around!! Since I own a store front now, I have really added a lot of items. Patterns Patterns Patterns. Thread and floss! I try to make it a policy to add more items each day!

What I am most excited about adding I will have to wait just a bit..new pattern packs are going up! My sewing helpers finished several of them and Bea long arm quilted a runner for me. I am just waiting on that mail man to bring it back to me for photos! I really cannot wait to show you.

So..the short of the long of it...Hillbilly is back in action thanks to MANY people. From people gifting money during tight times. to people sewing; everyone has really helped me get back on my feet.

Now..go look at the website, and SHARE SHARE SHARE! Because it sure has expanded! (so has my wasteline but we won't discuss that. )

Here are some of Bea's drawings. She uses EQ so they have little triangles in them. No worry! You dont have to piece a billion little triangles...well on SOME patterns you might but not all of these.  *grin*













Sunday, November 9, 2014

I am still growing!

Isn't it funny how when you are little you want to get bigger, but when you grow up it's no fun growing in waste size??!!

Hillbilly Quilt Shop is growing by leaps and bounds.
I know that might come as a shock to you but everything happens in its own due time, and I am a firm believer that it's not our time..but rather One who knows best makes it happen when it is supposed to.

If you don't follow my journal type blog then many of you may have thought I got lost wondering around the Ozark hills, never to return.

But, in actuality we are just getting things squared away so that I can devote more time to my shop and paper piecing. My husband is actually getting ready to take over all of my bookkeeping. I am so excited to just hand that over to him!!!

My store front is tiny and has had a tough beginning. Three out of the four weeks the first month it was open Jerry was in the hospital. This week I've been there every single day and only sold one fat quarter all week. That's it. I haven't advertised though, and I am not going to until I get it set up how I like. I've been watching folks and 'reading' them so I am working to set things up a little differently.

The Ahhhhs will be back. I have been focusing on the website the last few days, adding a TON of patterns, none EPP actually! I carry all kinds of embroidery, wool and punch needle in my shop so I am working on moving them over to the website as well. When I get it all loaded up I'll start advertising it and hopefully you all will help me do that! Wait til its done though..I'll let you know :)

VIDEOS! mercy they need me! I won't be able to for the next two weeks. I have so many doctor appointments with my husband over the next two weeks.. but then I can get back to them as well.

Anyway.. check out Hillbilly Quilt Shop. com (theres a button to click there on the right) and let me know what you think..keeping in mind more and more is coming!

I am getting there friends, I am :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Closed for now

I shut the shop down the other day because I cannot seem to get the shipping accurate.
But tonight I decided that I am leaving it closed for a bit. With my husband declining as he is, I am just getting further and further behind and taking longer and longer to get the orders out.

He just spent a crazy couple of weeks in the hospital, I will blog about it on the other blog this weekend when I have more time.

I am going to release more ahhhhs, just give me a bit to get caught up.
Oh and the store! yes I opened it, but not like I would have liked. Lots of closed days because of the dear hubster.

More later, this was just a fast hey to let you know I am not gone forever...I just am gone for a short hiatis to tend to him.

Thanks for your understanding!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Not so fast!

Sorry about that last post, I knew I was supposed to post on Monday and life was just CrAzIeR than my normal crazy. I decided that I am not going to rush it because I want to show you all what Ive been working on so I'll make it a Monday post...just off by a week :) Next Monday, I will post!

I would post tonight but we have several things happening in the home/hubby issues that I need to blog about on my other blog tonight.

I did get the store opened today. We didn't even have ONE customer, but the weather was HORRID in Cameron so I don't blame folks.

I'll be back Monday :)
Or if you follow my personal blog I'll meet you over yonder in a minute or two.

Monday, September 29, 2014

i am supposed

to be writing a blog post about one that I was tagged on. But I literally only slept 2 hours last night and I am still working. I started at 4 pm yesterday and its now 6 pm. Not many breaks.

i just cannot write a blog post but will Wednesday for the one that was to be today.

i dont even have time to fix caps!

i'll be back.. sorry!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Getting busy!

I cannot believe the changes that have come into my life in one week. I am a bit tired just thinking about it.

The HOW it came about is written over on my personal blog. You can find the specific post here.
But what is the how do you ask? What is the what even? Would I just speak in plain English already?

Ok Ok..I am opening a new shop! I real live store front where you can come visit a real live Hillbilly Tonya! Or... you can visit the outhouse. Yep..the outhouse. I was keeping this under wraps but I do believe I will just tell you all here first. The outhouse is the main attraction! Here, lemme walk you through the shop. You will have to put on your imagination caps. Are you ready? Lets go to Hillbilly Quilt shop!

As you drive into Cameron, you notice Sonic on the main road going through town. Just across the street you really can't miss seeing Sweet Al's Donut shop. Al collects all kinds of train memorabilia so lined up outside his shop are passing gates and signal lights.

Nestled beside his shop is a cute little shop with the door propped open..a small red wheelbarrow decorated with seasonal decor beckons you to "Come on in ya'all!"

You rush in, hoping to grab a yard of two of Yenter or Kona Bay..but stop sudden, shocked at what you see. Just as you enter the shop, pallets line the walls at floor level. Attached to the pallets are buckets and mason jars. Hooks and nails. The jars are filled with notions and patterns. Have you ever run your hand through buckets of wonder clips? You just can't resist...

As you take a quick glance around, amazed at seeing pallets and buckets in a quilt shop, you notice little animals tucked in here and there. Little felt raccoons and deer. A gnome or two peeking out from behind a pallet slat.

But then your eyes fix upon a sign. It hangs high on the wall above seemingly endless rows of clothespins hanging above the pallets. Each clothespin holds a small piece of 18"x22" fabric. The sign reads: " Slabs o' fat: $1.95 each" Your face goes from amazement to grin. You have truly stepped away from whatever pre notion you had of what Hillbilly Quilt Shop should look like and you laugh at what you see. You can't resist grabbing a slab o' fat as you glance at the clothes line running around the top of the store, miniature quilts hanging from it.

As you, grinning, head to the back of the store you get distracted by a large, rickety wooden slat box. Attached to the box is a yard stick. Attached to the yard stick is another handpainted sign " Bolt Kill, sold by the inch" . Bolt kill? Oh yes, then you remember that Hillbilly Tonya runs a fabric warehouse out of her basement at home. She must get lots of bolt kill. You can't resist grabbing some bolt kill to go with your slab of fat..noting that you just HAVE to tell you guild buddies about this place.

Now..with blinders on you head to the main event, the star attraction, the pride and joy of any hillbilly..the outhouse. It stands there at the back of the store, with its cute little garden beside it and the peep hole daring you to look. Above it..another sign says "Ahhhh". Do you look? do you dare? You glance around to make sure no one sees you but you cannot resist. Opening the door just a tiny bit..you peek inside. Still grasping the door, you grab it and yank it open wide, amazed at what you see! Inside lining the walls are hexagons. Divided hexagons. Hexagons like you have never seen before. They line the walls and dare you look.."the hole". What is in that hole anyway? You look, and you smile and you keep that secret to yourself.

Stepping out, you close the outhouse door and you look around at all the English paper piecing designs. You ask some questions, you sit down and you try one. You realize this is pretty fun. You grab a brochure and your favorite ahhhh..so that you too can add a hexagon to the outhouse.

You leave, and wonder just what project you will use for your slab of fat? And know you had a good day because you stopped in at the Hillbilly Quilt Shop.

Hillbilly Quilt Shop officially opens for business October 1st. Not only a quilt shop, it will have gift items as well. There will be ladies bags and key fobs. Scrap rugs and soap. Fantasmadoolies (what? come see! ) and quilts.

You won't want to miss it if you are in the area. I hear that there are others coming in from out of town the weekend before for a quilt retreat so I'll have a sneak pre opening weekend just for the retreat folk!

I have a lot to do.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Enter in

Do you see that door? The one between the two cars.
 (PS..my cute car is on the right. The door and the car on the left belong to my neighbor I've yet to meet. They just moved in. Now I would say they have just entered the Hillbilly World by moving here but the actual case is they moved here from Branson. Now WHY would anyone MOVE AWAY from the very place that draws me to it.. well the same reason we moved here. The prison. You go where the jobs are. Prisons are a good stable job...)
Anyway, back to the door.
If you enter in then you will see where the magic happens.
The magic that takes itty bitty pieces of paper and makes really cool designs from them.
The magic that looks at a piece of fabric and sees the potential that others do not often see.
The magic that bolts upon bolts of fabric move in and out that door.
The magic that, in spite of my husband being horribly ill and he cannot go work, the bills are paid and food is on the table. No government aide. (as yet. .. might have to get there someday.)
The magic that we have been Blessed beyond imagination because NONE of this was due to anything I did. All came from Above.



Now, step inside and see how I can fit all that magic into one room that many might call a basement but I call my studio/warehouse.. Hillbilly Land!

 This is the view just as you are standing at the door. Those two tables, can you see them? One in the bottom of the picture and one in the middle. Lets talk about them first, as they are pretty special to me. 


My camera (phone) was very uncooperative today. It tends to not like the false lighting very much. I do have nice lights that I turn on when filming but I didn't fire them up. So I apologize right now for the quality of the photos.

This table is my brand new cutting table. Its 36 x 60 and stands 36" high.
My 17 year old son and his father (my ex husband) made it for me really fast this past Friday when my cutting table bit the dust. I needed it IMMEDIATELY and they got it taken care of. Its sturdy and does the trick and I am so thankful they got it done so quickly for me. I showed a photo of the edge just so you could see..nothing pretty but very functional.

Now this table I hated but will now love. It's a Sullivan's hobby table and I strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase one. It has always been super unstable and would fall over at the slightest touch. It finally fell over one too many times. My poor sweet husband is so sick but over several days time he worked on getting it functioning again. It was such an effort for him..he has no energy with his liver damage. Anyway, he finished it and I know you can't see it (stupid camera) but it has a 36 x 60 ironing cover on it.
So now I have TWO 36x 60 tables: one for cutting and one for pressing.
Jealous?


When I look at my tables I can't help but think how loved I am that people in my life would give up their time and (with Jerry give up every ounce of little energy that he had) to get these done for me. When I was little there was a jewelry store that had these buttons I loved to collect and give away. I wish I had some now to stick to my tables.

Ok moving on the tour. Past the tables is the video equipment.
That curtain can be stretched out for filming time, we move the hobby table and we set up the lights.



Behind the curtain is perhaps the most inspiring part of the basement. At least for me. Ever wondered what it looked like to store little packages of over 300 quilt patterns..so that I can keep them packaged and ready to fill orders? Not that I have them all packaged but I do try to keep up. Well here is the
"Wall of Ahhhh"



Stupid camera. It is a bunch of little drawers. Also in the paper piecing zone I have my little counting table, and the other paper pieces that I often work with. The shot is kind of sideways but I was trying to show you all my drawers FULL of paper pieces!

Coming back from behind the curtain I do have a design wall but I had to cover it up for the photo session. I have a book project up there currently. 


And while she doesn't get used often, I do keep Lydia..my Janome Horizon... neatly covered and ready for quilting.

Now on the above desk beside Lydia you will see the reality of my "other job". Isn't it nice when your "job" is also something you are passionate about? Anyway, those two priority boxes are receipts. One for fabric, etc and the other devoted entirely to shipping receipts. I get so many receipts here I fill several boxes a year. They are all shipped to my friend Helen who does my accounting for me. (There goes another I am loved button).

Now my work desk is always strewn with spreadsheets but only current ones that I am working on. I keep the pre orders tucked neatly away in notebook until the fabric comes in and then I pull the spreadsheet and start cutting.



As for those spreadsheets: I get bolts of fabric in each week that are already sold. They are stored on shelves until I am able to cut them. (My usual Late at night fun!)

After they are cut then they go into boxes stored for the buyers. I do not ship upon order but rather I hold packages until they are full. This allows the buyer to save a LOT of money on shipping, especially my friends around the world. While I have a lot of US shoppers, much of what leaves my house goes to Canada, Australia and Norway. Speaking of those packages.. lets have a look at them..
This is the large and medium box section. The mediums that are sitting on top "out of place" are envelope customers that had to temporarily move up to a box due to a larger purchase.




Then I have these areas devoted to envelopes. I turned my phone sideways for the photos so it looks like they are horizontal but they actually stand vertical.  Envelopes have to be my least favorite part of my job. They are a pain to pack, store and even ship as I cannot ship them via paypal like I do the rest of the purchases. I am usually ecstatic when a buyer 'moves up' to a medium.



I didn't photo my shipping areas this time but just under the design wall is my holding area. That is for the boxes that I have filled that day and ready for me to invoice shipping. Then after I invoice them, they get moved over in a small space by the door. This is the area for packages awaiting buyers to pay their shipping invoices. Finally, next to Lydia in a tiny space is my outgoing area. Any packages that I printed labels and I am just waiting on pick ups from the post office go there. The holding, staging, and outgoing areas are very small since rearranging for the video equipment. So I try to shuffle shipping through as quickly as I can.

And now you know where I spend almost every spare moment I have. When I catch a moment I head down to work on something! Many have asked why Stephen doesn't just play beside me while I work? Well he does..sometimes. But he tends to try to ride bikes or skateboards through or shoot arrows (we lost one in the large boxes one day and had to go digging for it. I think it was in Terry's box..she knows who she is...), or the worst, he will BEG for fabric. He loves fabric and gets quite agitated when I sell of bolts of ones that he likes. I am always hiding fabric from him!

I forgot to photo my stash but it's in a room next to The Wall of Ahhhh. I keep my fabric in plastic tubs sorted by collections. When I have made the project that I set the fabric aside for then I sell the rest off and usually have folks waiting to grab it up.

I hope you've enjoyed your Hillbilly tour.
stupid camera. 





Thursday, August 28, 2014

145-152

Ok so don't get mad at me but over the next few days you are going to get HIT with lots of Ahhhhs. I am trying to just get them released as fast as I can. Jerry's doctors have warned us that he is going to get MUCH worse between now and Christmas so I've got to push out all the work that I can while I can. Therefore, I am hoping to just get them all listed!
I'll spread them out on the blog here though. 8 per day I hope!

After they are released I'll go back to your secondary patterns for you :) There are going to be some pretty ones for sure!









Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Howdy!

Long time no yodel, huh?

Didn't think hillbillies yodeled did ya?
Yep, check this out:


Anyway... I am not really hear to yodel. (Here's a secret for you.. I can't yodel!)

But I can do some quilting and designing. I've been working on a wonderful little project. Here is a sneak peek :




I can't release the pattern yet because I just realized that I have not yet released the ahhhh within the pattern!
So I am going to work on on ahhhh releases straight away. :)


Now for those of you that dont know where I've been or why I disappeared off the face of Hillbilly Quilt Shop earth, my husband has been VERY VERY ill. And sadly, we have heard news that he will not continue to improve for anytime soon. The treatments he will have to undergo will make him feel worse before better.

You can read more on my personal blog over at HillbillyHandiworks.blogspot.com
When I disappear for awhile I update the health issues over there.

In the meantime, the Hillbilly could really use to see some photos of your finished ahhhhs to share around and maybe share on pinterest if you don't mind.

Ok back to work for me! I need to get you some new ahhhhs released!
Oh and p.s. my new video filming area is ready to go. Just waiting on my teen son to have the time to film them! 



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hidden surprises

Without having book deadlines, and with the situation at home (refer to the Hillbilly Handiworks blog), I made a decision. One that takes a LOAD OFF MY SHOULDERS!
Do you know what that decision is?

NO MORE DEADLINES. None. Not for now at least. I always work every spare minute I get anyway, so I am not sure how deadlines help..anyway..what THAT means is this...

I have a plan that I made, and I stick to that plan. I don't give myself timelines until my husband is better. I don't promise to do other things because there is too much on my plate as it is. I do what works for the Hillbilly!

What does that mean for you and for that ahhhhs?

Well I work through my checklist that I've been chiseling at but its been hard as I have to go from here to there to there and back and forth trying to catch up. Instead..I just work through it.

Yesterday I did number 1 on the list: I updated all of the ahhhs to include discount pricing.

Number 2) I get secondary patterns drawn up. That means...I am not going to release any new ahhhhs until they are done! Seriously...don't die. But if I hold their release it is so much smarter, as I can show secondary patterns as we go. When I do get back to releasing, they will have all the secondary patterns and such included in the release all at once. Now that is much better.

So, therefore, I better get to drawing! Check out these secondary doo dads. A couple of them I just love!!

Number 36: Sliced Hexagon
is a super simple ahhhh. and popular because of that. Rainbows are also popular so I just colored one like a rainbow and showed you how the pattern looks if you leave them all the same direction (top) or twist them (bottom). 


#37 Sun Stone
Is another one of those popular hexi settings. I colored them all the same here and twisted every other one to create a little flower pattern in the centers. 


is the first little hidden surprise today. It's not a popular choice but look... this might change some minds.


is similar to a couple of others but very unique in its own way. I have shown it both directions. 


Number 40: Snooker
 is probably your biggest surprise this week! I have always loved this one and the fun that it can create.
I used the same ahhhh over and over and did three different layouts with that ahhhh.
Isn't it amazing? 



Just play folks. Amazing awaits you! 



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Who is going to have a go of it?

Today I worked through the website and got the discounts on every single ahhhh. That sure took time! But now if you choose 6 or more of any ONE pattern, it will auto discount. This way if you enjoy the secondary patterns, you can purchase how ever many you would like to make your own secondary patterns.

I will happily draw them up if you have a design in mind. Just let me know!

 I've only had one person tell me they have attemped number 35 Pernicious. She is still working through it, but when she gets it finished I'll share it!

Being a productive day, I also drew up secondary patterns of numbers 31-35 for you... lets work through them (dont forget I also keep these up under the page tabs for easy viewing)

Number 31: Outside the box 
is a simple hexagon, quite a common tumbling block pattern. Perhaps have some fun with shadowing?


Number 32: Snapshot
is a common setting for hexagon quilts. Consider color choices and secondary pyramid patterns. 


Number 33: Thorn in my Side
has the makings of a fun geometric quilt paired with some 3" hexagons. 


has been around before when I shared the Duck, Duck, Duck pattern pack. I thought you might like to see it expanded out a bit. 


Number 35: Pernicious
so many ways to color it in!! How about a nice diamond pattern? 


Or I took a Star pattern, added some little hearts... kind of cute, huh? 



35 can be drawn out in so many ways...
But who is willing to sew it?
I will...someday. So many more to do first. But I will. 



Friday, August 8, 2014

The NEW hexagon, huh?

Well, guess what? I found the BOOK. The one that made mine a non exist. See there is this thing where I, as a shop owner, can find these things before they come out. What is really REALLY irritating is this:

It size right in the description "Learn the GLUE basting method"

Hmph. I looked at the photos. I can't steal and share because I don't want to get into trouble but look under

Martingale Publishing
The NEW Hexagon
by Marik, Katja

It makes me sad. But I press on. And sew. And know that it wasn't meant to be because my husband and my family are so much more important.

HEY, how about this? How about I film a video tomorrow? Yep I think I will..its been ready for WEEKS!
Yay, now I am cheered up.


Had to share this time...

I have not been putting anything personal on this blog, but then I haven't even been blogging!

I feel that I need to share this blog post with you from my other, personal blog. It is important as it shapes the future of Hillbilly Quilt shop, although I don't know how yet. I just know that from now until Christmas, I'll be a space case and ask that you all be patient with me.

Here is the long but important read:

http://hillbillyhandiworks.blogspot.com/2014/08/coming-to-terms-and-how-i-deal-with-it.html

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I can't do it!

I just can't bring myself to sit down and list all 300 ahhhhs. But that's ok. Someone pointed out to me that there is no way this lady has 300 designs in her book. And if they are public domain designs..it doesn't matter. No one can copyright the designs, and anyone can make patterns from them! Therefore, I am doing what I want to do. I like to be organized and it bugs me to no end to have all those released ones sitting there with no secondary patterns! So..I've been busy drawing them up first.

The newest ones I have finished that I haven't shown you are numbers 13-25.

Number 13- Stepping Stones- is probably the easiest Ahhhh there is, and with the setting it is fun to fussy cut. This layout is very pretty and I think I need to sew it up. Each ahhhh is the same, they are just rotated to create the pattern. 


Number 14 -- Triangle Star-- can be colored a variety of ways since it is just triangles. I think many might like changing the colors of the stars for each block. 



Number 15-- spinning star-- is so intriguing. If you purchase this one print out lots of copies of the coloring page and play around. Lots of options!



Number  16-- Ozark Native-- is another super simple one but it sure creates an awesome secondary pattern. Bet you didn't realize it created this did you? This is a prime example of WHY I want to get secondary patterns up for you! (I do think I am going to add them to each photo on the website too. I like to stay busy I guess.) 


Number 17-- Pie and Ice Cream-- can also create star patterns if you are choosy with your design. 


Number 18-- Aunt Mollies Umbrella-- is a fun pattern. Add a bunch more and choose carefully and you could have stars or pyramids. 


Number 19-- Tilt a whirl-- is one more of several with a sliced layout. I've shown here how just turning the block will change the pattern of the layout. 



Number 20 -- Inspiration Point-- is very pretty in the star layout. 


Number 21-- Reflections-- was an interesting one to play around with. Looks like mountains here!


Number 22-- Diamond Engagement-- is just a pretty little pattern. Shown here I colored each block exactly the same. I think I need to sew this one up too. 


Number 23 -- Razor Sharp-- is insane, that is what it is. I about went crazy coloring it this way or that. i finally went with just a few tossed together to show you the little pyramids. But carefully chosen design will give you pyramids upon pyramids if you want it to. 



Number 24  -- The Hidden Star-- lends itself to playing more with the individual ahhhh, having fun with that middle section. It does, of course make a nice star pattern when matched up. 


Number 25 -- Granny's Spring Tonic-- is a common paper piecing setting with a bit of design change added in. By adding those little extra pieces (shown in the darkest blue), it makes for a pretty pattern that isn't quite like the seven sisters or star pattern you see in a lot of hexagon settings.