Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Finishing your EPP Quilt.

Almost every time that I finish a mystery, I get the question "How do we finish it?".
The reason I do not blog about it every time is that I've already blogged it before. But, just like you, I didn't want to search through my blog and find it.

On the other hand, I haven't finished a quilt for several years. I always get them pieced just enough to show the pattern, then I move on to the next. I have come to realize that I am a "designer" not a "quilter". So, frankly, I don't quilt!  Nope.

But, its not that I don't know how to. In fact, since I took a step back and re-evaluated my quilting life, I have decided that I really really want to make an effort to finish quilts from now on. That way I'll have shop samples for when every single one of you ask your local quilt shop and guilds to have me come teach a class. Yes, that is my now goal.

Now as for finishing your last mystery quilts. ACK it's got those odd edges??!! What to do???

Well, since its a table runner you can take the easy way out. You could just back it with WOOL felt (not the cheap stuff). You could whipstitch the felt to the bottom of the runner. If you wanted another layer of batting for this I'd use flannel. I like flat table runners, not fluffy. It's hard to put little candles and such on fluffy.

Another method you could do is create pieces as a border to make your quilt have a straight edge. (I know I've shown this on some blog post around here....) . Just be sure to add enough that you have seam allowance to turn under. You might want to add just trianges/diamonds to square it off, and then another small border that you can turn under. This works well.

Since I don't have sample photos this time around, I've done some YouTube looking and found these for you.

This first video shows a couple of methods to finishing hexagon quilts with the unusual edges. I REALLY like the second method she shows. I've never tried that method but its basically the same as adding the shapes only she turns them under. Nifty!

This next method is much faster and will make you machine quilters happy. Since I have to come to grips with the fact I'll never get time to hand piece AND hand quilt (at least at this point in my life), I am happy with hand piecing and machine quilting. She really does a nice job of teaching you how to deal with the pesky edges by creating a "facing".

I hope this is at least a bit helpful.

P.S. The Hillbilly is back. I had my little breather and I am ready to go! I cannot wait to get going again.

The next mystery will be announced very soon. Super excited!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Your gift is on the way!

I don't remember what I have blogged and what I haven't, and using this device I am not even going to try to go back and read them. I HATE blogger for mobile. It is awful.

Anyway, what I am getting at is, I left. I flew the coop. I gave up the ship. I WALKED AWAY. Yes. Yes I did. I shut my businesses (yes plural) down and just took a hike. I seriously needed a break. Things on the home front have been crazy (I know that is SO redundant of me... but seriously it's the truth. There is always SOMETHING going on here that is so out of the ordinary that I think many have decided we live for dramatization and make things up. But, nope. Not the case. We just like extreme living I guess.

ANYWAY (didn't I already say all of that? )

I am on the way back. I am working my way back around. I am finding my little place in my new world.

I DO HAVE ANOTHER MYSTERY! Yes, I do. And I wanted to give it to you TONIGHT! As a Christmas gift. Well I at least wanted to announce what it was all about. But, I cannot. Soon, but not tonight.

I've been sewing on mine and its very pretty. You will like it.

And that is all I am going to say about that. I guess it is sort of like a box of chocolates. I like boxes of chocolates. Sort of. I don't like the growth that also comes with them. Oh gosh, now I totally want a box of Russel Stovers Orange centered chocolates... ever had them? My ex husband used to buy them for me. I should totally call him and tell him I need some. No, probably not. Still, Santa must not think I was very good cuz he didn't bring me any.

AnYwAy (I got distracted again), I will be back soon.
I know you want to know how to finish the last quilt and I know you want to know about the next mystery. I JUST NEVER HAVE TIME ALONE.
Oh THAT is my Christmas wish. Not much time... just enough time to get the business up and going again. That is a huge wish because I had to remove my son from his little one day Academy so there goes ever any hope at all of me ever having time to myself ever again for 10 years anyway. Maybe Santa can swing it for me?

After Christmas I am going to have a little sit down with my husband and we will find that time for me. Because frankly, I have all these patterns in my wee little head giving me a headache because there are so many wanting free!

Therefore, Merry Christmas all and I'll see you soon. Very soon. Only not tonight. I need to go not put my orange candies into my stocking. ( I didn't buy myself anything... I am just sticking some knitting yarn down in there and hoping that satisfies my young son into thinking it was from the jolly man in red). I will, however, enjoy a certain plate of cookies and milk. Someone has to, right?

I'll be back soon. Thanks for the break. It was kind of you. You've all been super patient.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

About mysteries, life, and more. (wordy post: beware)

So, our mystery is done.
I have made a personal vow to myself to sew up three of this pattern. It might take me some time but I REALLY want to start selling real patterns. Real live patterns like a real live quilt pattern designer. And real patterns need real photos of finished quilts. So I AM going to get three sewn up someday.

Only, as usual, my so called life gets in the way. So I am considering how to move forward. Do I stop here and sew up three before offering the next mystery?

NO NO NO. I am WAY too in love with our mystery quilts for that. Plus the next is already designed and ready for me to begin. I can't wait to tell you about it. I will, maybe even next week.

So that leaves me with sewing up three of the Space Journey pattern plus sewing up two of the next mystery plus at least 2 of another I am designing.

HOW IN THE WORLD? i have no idea. but it will happen because I am tired of putting MY dreams away and this is my dream. so it will happen.


I need to spend a moment talking about my so called life so you know why I am sometimes slow to post etc. I mean I know you know that I work full time outside the home now. And I sell stuff online. And my husband is sick. And I homeschool a 6 yr old boy. But there is more..

and because someone bought my mystery and I never sent it because i was overwhelmed I feel like I need to explain the more... so I am going to.

Really I grow weary of talking about my life...but then I feel bad when it takes me half a century to ship an order I feel like I need to say why. So, here goes nothing...

Sept/Oct were some of the worst months we've had in a long time.
1) My husband went to a disabililty hearing (finally) but the lawyer forgot to get the evidence of the hospital records from when he had his 9 strokes, so the hearing was put on hold and we still wait. And wait.

2) My ex husband decided to convince my oldest son to drop out of school so that the ex would no longer have to pay child support. For real, it happened. Because of this sudden loss of income, I've been unable to make my car payment. This Friday, Dec 2nd, they will start proceedings to repossess my car which I willingly surrender with tears in my eyes. I could care less about the car but my credit I will cry over. And I have to find some way to drive 60 miles a day for work. Ive been working feverishly to find a way to save this but it's time t say goodbye and to start my credit life all over again. sigh. But even worse than this is the choice my son made.

3) When I was promoted at work, my medical insurance changed which caused my husband to obtain new insurance from the market place. Well his deductible is now $6400. Which means we've been unable to afford his life saving meds. His meds total $1700 month. I don't even make that much money. We've been contacting companies and now he has insulin for a month, but what about the liver meds, chrons meds, blood thinners, water pills... all these very important meds for him... I cannot provide them. THEN to make matters worse we have had to cancel two very important medical procedures that could actually be life threatening if we put them off too much longer. But what can I do?

4) I have a machine that cuts my paper pieces for my mysteries but the stupid machine had a hiccup that took me forever to fix. Due to this ( and me trying to work every single minute that I can), it took almost a month to get one mystery papers order ready and the customer ended up losing her very patient patience and I totally understand but it devastates me. I am trying so hard to build this business so that maybe someday I can 'come home" when things get too bad with hubby... and these hiccups need to not happen. Word of mouth can be very bad for business too.

5) Ive been to either the ER or Urgent care 6 different times since mid Sept. I had a reaction to ibuprofen and then my body reacted to anything and every thing it wanted to. So that when I got sinusitis and bronchitis I ended up even having asthma and being sicker than a dog.

6) I made the difficult decision to shut down a business which is costing me thousands of dollars....which I wont get into but it is. Thankfully some good hearts has made this easier.


So all of that has happened since September. People ask how I keep pushing and doing so much. How can I not? I HAVE to every spare moment I can.
I need to sell off anything not tied down.
I need to design patterns and sell them.
I need to sew quilted items and sell them.
I need to sell laser engraved items. (and actually its doing well).
I need to do this and that and and and

So that is why folks. That is why sometimes I am slow to post. That is why I wish to sew much faster than I do but I don't. But all the above is why I need to keep stepping one foot in front of the other for my dream.
The dream used to be to own a shop but now I want to travel and teach EPP workshops, including mystery workshops. Would you quilt shop or guild enjoy that?
 Dog gone it anyway. That car that I bought? We actually measured the thing before we purchased. We made sure it could hold my display walls for shows. It is perfect for coming to guilds. But it will be history in a week. I guess I work too much anyway so pfft. Later. That dream is for later.

Am I down? a bit. You surely can understand.
But I am taking all these step backwards right now and surely at some point I'll hit a bump that will toss me forward!

And the one thing that keeps me smiling (besides my bright and sunny precious little son..the young one still doing school) is my mysteries. I love them so.
I think tonight I might shut myself in my room and start gluing the next up. I will TOTALLY enjoy that.

Space Journey Solved!

I know I was silent about the finish but as soon as I saw that a couple of people had the mystery almost solved (they posted in our mystery facebook group), I clammed up and gave them the chance to figure it out.
Then suddenly Elizabeth B. posted this photo and she had the mystery solved and finished!
This is a photo of her finish: 

I want to point out a couple of important things for you to note:
1) The little hexagons are positioned with every other one to make the pattern more symmetrical.
2) The center of the design looks a bit "funky" so to speak and some might wonder why I didn't plan to contiue the star all the way around with the same fabric, (such as the same design in the metriods as in the shooting stars). Well, the reason is I was trying to work with just those two fabric panels so we had to have enough to go around, so the elements had to be changed a bit.

If you see the pattern as just a pattern, no fabric, you should be able to see other fabric possibilities.
I even would like to make a smaller version to match of just the one large hexa-flower (like half the runner). 

I also want to sew a couple more versions, one of them with less wild fabric. 

I REALLY enjoyed this journey and hope you did as well.
Please leave comments, good and bad.
About the design, pattern, mystery, whatever. I need feedback! 

Soon I will blog ways to finish your mystery.
In the mean time I am going to make another blog post right after this one.
We have the future to discuss! Mysteries and More!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Space Journey Post 16: Expand the Super Novas part 1

It is time to start wrapping up our Space Journey.
It has been fun and I think we have all had a BLAST! 

I sure have.
I know what you are sitting there thinking.
"But all we have are all these random pieces! "
Oh for sure, but all these little pieces fit together to make our beautiful creation, just as the real stars do. 

Today we are just going to expand our Super Novas.
Then next Wednesday I'll give a clue that will probably solve the mystery for many of you.

You are going to sew four of those shooting stars from way back on post 8 to your super novas.
Sew 4 of each shooting star to each super nova.
Here is what one looks like. Yep, the bottom is a bit "unfinished".
We will deal with that on Wednesday.
Make 2 of these: 

Your pieces won't lay flat until you take the paper out of them.
No bid deal.
And you can start removing papers if you would like. Those middle stars can be removed since they are totally surrounded. Or wait until the end. Whichever. Personal preference.
See you Wednesday and I am super excited to do so because I think some of you will solve the mystery with the next clue given.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A fun day of quilt teaching!

As most of you know, I chose to homeschool Stephen (my first grader) this year.
As a mom who has homeschooled for years now (my oldest is 26 yrs old and also homeschooled), I know the importance of homeschool coops and activities.

Sadly, Stephen wasn't allowed to join any local homeschool coops. Why? Because his father is disabled and his mom works. Yep. It's true. Because it is a "coop" you are expected to help at said coop if you want your child involved. I simply cannot take on such a burden right now and my husband can't even navigate the stairs usually at a coop much less help all day. No way he could. So, after much looking and Stephen being denied multiple times, I finally enrolled him Discovery Homeschool Academy.

It's a great school. He goes once a week, is in a class with other children his age, ( the coop is popular enough that it has 3 classes of just first grade alone and a waiting list to get in! ) We have to drive an hour to get the Academy so it is a good thing it is only once a week, but well worth the drive. He takes classes for Science, Social studies, PE, art, music, and Spanish.

The primary social studies teacher (she teaches 1st-3rd grade), is just starting a unit study of pioneers. She plans to do several hands on projects the same way that the pioneers would have and she wanted to kick off the unit with a study of quilts. I was invited to teach what quilting was like for pioneer families. So, today I taught 6 different classes of 1st - 3rd graders; 120 children. It was a perfect fit for me since I piece by hand!

I took all the supplies to show them the process, but didn't end up having time to do that. Rather, the teacher started off the lesson showing the kids photos of things children used in the old days, having them guess what they were. Then she turned the class time over to me. Remember all those wonderful hexagons you all sent to me when I had my shop? Well, I used several bulletin boards in the room and hung the hexagons on them. This one was neat because the word friends was already there and I just added the blocks around it.

Then I handed out paper pieces for each child to create their own block. Yep, I used ahhhh packets from my shop.
It was a challenging puzzle for most of them. We stuck to 'beginner' level and the teacher had me giggling because she was challenged by the 'puzzle' multiple times over! That actually made my day because it shows that quilting can be much more challenging than it looks!
After they had their block glued down to a back ground, they colored them.
This was one of the easiest blocks they could choose from.
Some chose harder ones, and some chose to create their own design from the pieces I provided.

I could have hugged the boy that made the block in the photo below.
He raised his hand as he was working. He asked if I had ever heard of Star Wars TIE fighters.
Then he showed me the block he had designed himself, telling me that it is a TIE fighter:

Do you know I hugged him right then and there, and walked over to my sewing bag and grabbed out my own TIE Fighter? If you are doing the Space Journey mystery, then you will know that is EXACTLY what I called this block .

 Seriously. In fact, here is the blog post telling about it:
It made me so sad when the little boy was packing up to leave class because he cried since his teacher wouldn't let him take his TIE fighter home. She is going to put all the blocks into one big laminated quilt and hang it up for the parents to see at the Christmas Program and Art Show in December.
I ran over to my supply bag and grabbed him some more pieces so that he could re create his TIE fighter at home. He still had tears because he said that he couldn't remember exactly how he made it, so I drew it up for him real fast, showing him exactly what pieces he used. That helped and he left with a smile. I'll go to sleep tonight smiling about that boy and how proud he was of his TIE fighter, especially when I showed him the one above that I just happened to have with me!

Below are a couple of photos of some of the finished blocks that the kids made.
I will try to get a photo of the finished quilt too.

I had originally dreaded teaching today. I am not much into working with children below the 4th grade level and prefer teens more than any. But, the kids were great today and they had such a fun time putting their blocks together.
It made me miss the days of being a full time quilter/blogger/teacher.
I am praying that SOMEDAY I can return to that.
I would simply LOVE to travel the country and teach at guilds, schools, etc.
Oh and to design a lot more than I get time to do now...
Yes that dream is huge for me.
Today revived the dream. I needed that. Badly.

For those of you wanting the next clue of the mystery, it won't be until tomorrow night. I normally sew on Tuesdays but I taught these quilt classes all day and then my body went into another allergic reaction as I was driving home from the Academy. I took a heavy dose of drugs and put myself to bed at 6 pm. I actually slept for three hours straight. I couldn't sew when I woke because my hands were super swollen. Typing this post has been a challenge and I took several breaks while typing. I have  very fat hands right now.
I just took another dose of drugs and my eyes will be closing again shortly.
I've had multiple reactions since Sept 9th, resulting in 5 ER/or urgent care visits. But, I am now under the care of a specialist. I've been doing much better of late, and I am quite happy that this current reaction has been better controlled than previous ones. Regardless, in the past two months I've taken a dangerously high amount of steroids, so it is good things are getting under control.
Anyway, I work during the day for the next two days, but I will try to get your clue tomorrow night. Unless the reaction is still messing with me, then it will take until Thursday night.
So, sorry about that.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Space Journey post 15: Making Space Rovers

 If going on a space journey, how are you going to explore without something to explore with??
Well then I guess we best make us some Space Rovers. 

You know, this hillbilly knows all how to make Space Rovers.
You need 10 hexagon triangle thingies.
(You should have 12 left. 6 + 6. You will be using 5 of one type and five of another.)
You also need 10 TIE fighter (enemy ships.)
What better way to use an enemy ship than put it to better use? 

Sew one hexagon triangle onto one TIE fighter enemy ship, then look at that!
Your own Space Rovers.
Make 10.
5 + 5

Friday, November 4, 2016

Space Journey post 14: Super Nova!

A Super Nova is an exploding star. 

Beautiful, huh?

Let's make our own Super Nova's. 

Make 2.

See ya on Wednesday.
Be sure to share your progress among EPP and other quilt groups, spread the word for me!
Thank you!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Space Journey Post 13: A Space Station

You know, I was thinking about what to call the clue this week. We've had stars and fighters and constellations and so on . But this week, all I could think about was the connection made by man in space.
Remember when man first started exploring space?
 It was a race between the Russians and the Americans.
But now look what it is today, universal man working together.
Here is a picture of the Mir... perhaps the most well known of all space stations.

Let's make our own space station.

Use just two of these:

Stitch them together. 

And stick your constellations on the end.
See? Your own space station! 

Since this was a super easy, fast clue,
I'll be back on Friday with another!

Have you figured it out yet?
Ha! I thought not!
(* Ms. Hillbilly is having too much fun with this one *)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Space Journey post 12: Making Buddies.

It is so exciting to see you all post on the facebook group, thank you!
I do think you will enjoy this week's stop on our journey thru space.

Do you remember these little guys?

Well, pair them up!
They need a fighting buddy to watch their back.
So sew them up like this: 

You should have 12 pairs when you are finished.

Now some might say: Why didn't you just have us make those little triangles into a diamond and save us the sewing?
When you sew multiple blocks together, it often makes larger pieces. In non EPP quilts I've sewn rectangles at the edge of quilt blocks that suddenly became squares, and vice versa.
All these little triangles were a HUGE part of this mystery. Their purpose was to show you the many new and exciting ways that you could assemble tumbling blocks together.

If you decide to repeat the pattern, then certainly you may stick a little diamond where those two bottom triangles form a diamond
You might even want to make them two different colors!
Who knows? As always, the possibilities are endless.

Until next week,
Have fun!
~ Ms. Hillbilly ~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Space Journey post 11: Constellations!

Absolutely we MUST have constellations!

Take a look at your little hexagon triangles. Remember that I said you could make 12,2 or 6,6,2 or all 12 alike? If you made 2 that were different than the rest these are the two you will use today. If you made all of them the same, then just pick 2 of them.

We are going to add triangles to the other sides and make these into hexagon stars.
JUST TWO of them. 

Now you should have 6 last tumbling blocks.
Add them to three sides of your stars, and suddenly you have your own constellations! 

If you have not joined us on this mystery and would like to join in,
soon I will be starting all over again and you can sew along with me.
I want to make one with different fabric, I am not even sure what yet!
But I'll pick it out soon.
If you would like to sew with me, you can go to the Space Journey tab up at the top of this blog and look at all the posts so far. The very beginning has the fabric requirements.
I won't be starting until the end of this mystery, because there are some working through this one that might enjoy making a second one once they see how it is all laid out.

I just wanted everyone to have a heads up so they could start thinking about their fabric selection.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Being Intentional

A few days ago I was busy cutting fabric. Or maybe I was taking a shower. One of the two cuz those are my thinking places. Seriously the shower is the best thinking place ever invented.

And since I was doing some thinking I decided to put my thinking to good work and really focus on my businesses. And I made me some decisions.

First I thought about everything going on in my life, and decided then and there: It's too much.

So next I thought about what to purge so it wouldn't be too much. First I thought about my business: what I like and what I don't like. What is good to keep around and what is just taking up space. I actually love to purge. I am not a 'keeper of things'. I actually rather enjoy the sense of freedom I get when I purge things out of my life.

So I commenced purging. 

One of the biggest things I am purging is pretty much all of my inventory. My family no longer needs to live around a large inventory of fabric, patterns, thread and floss. So when I have had time, I've been listing it ALL for sale in my fabric group. I've been slowly changing my website into what I think both YOU and I will like better. And what I would like better is for the website to be nothing but just my stuff. You can find floss and notions and patterns and fabric all over the place. But you can only find Hillbilly patterns, pdfs, pattern packs and kits at Hillbilly Quilt Shop, and that is how I want it to be. Because my life is too crazy for anything more anyway.
I have so many patterns I want to release to you! So many beautiful designs that I think you will LOVE!

For Hillbilly Quilt Shop, this is my goal.

After the purge is complete, then I need to think about the direction I am headed in.
As a creative person I tend to flit from project to project like some butterfly playing in a field. I go from this to this to this. Usually I am a one project kind of gal, but since my life got insane a few years ago, I have found that there are so many projects I wish I could complete, but can't, so I hop from this to that to feed my creative urges. But then I get frustrated because then I have too many places to feed upon! I mean what do I work on next??!!

I was thinking about all of this during that shower. I must have been in there for hours.

But then it HIT me.
The one word wonder.


That word. 

It says to me: be intentional in your creative talents. 

It says to me: be intentional in your moments with God. 

It says to me: be intentional with your family. 

It says to me: Quit hopping from place to place looking lost and feeling hopeless that you will ever accomplish anything. 

And then and there, this person became INTENTIONAL.
In so doing I found even more things I didn't mind purging from my life.

This has been good. Very good.
I feel so much better.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Space Journey post 10: The enemy ships!

First of all before I post I want to thank ALL OF YOU. Every single one of you have been so kind and not complained AT ALL, as in NONE about my late posts. I am feeling MUCH MUCH better this week.It turns out that all my illness goes back to a tooth extraction on Sept 9th. It caused me a FULL MONTH of illness! I will tell you more about it another day. I am too excited to move on with the mystery now. 
So let's get on with it! 


No space story is complete without space craft. And if we are going to have Wing Fighters, I guess we best have enemy ships as well. It totally made me laugh as I was planning this mystery to realize that each of these pieces seriously resemble either something from space or something from Star Wars! 

Recognize this? 

It is Darth Vader's TIE Fighter.

Today we are going to make our own TIE Fighters to battle with our Wing Fighters.

Make 12 of these:

Note that the matching colors are in the middle, the opposite single pieces on the end.
When stitching these up, I like to work from inside out. I find I line up my centers much better that way. I am still not perfect. Well my pieces aren't. I guess me either. *grin*

My friends, you have been so awesome. Thank you. You are the most understanding people of anywhere.
If you get the chance, please share your journey with me.
Whether via fb or pinterest or blogs or email, I would really love to see how you've done so far!
I'll see you next Wednesday.
For real this time! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

When I left you last...

I was quite hopeful that I could pick up where we left off and begin our mystery again. But then I took meds. And they made me sicker than a dog. I mean really really sick.

So I took a couple of days break from them, which will cause all kinds of people to preach at me. I'm not trying to act like I know more than the doctors, or to ignore the doctors orders, etc. Nope. I just am the only healthy parent my child has. He is only six years old. So I did what I had to do because I was getting worse and worse. I took a couple of days break from the meds. I was the mom he needed me to be for a few days.

 Today I feel great! I got orders caught up, I've worked some on fabric and will as my son does his schoolwork.

The only problem is, I had to get back on my meds today. So I don't expect it to last.

THEREFORE, I think I am going to pre blog the entire rest of the mystery. My pieces will not be sewn together, but I can show you what it looks like, and it will be fine. That way you don't have to wait on me because if it's anything like last week... I'll be a mess and will get worse as the week goes.
I can always edit my posts if I get them sewn up before its time for them to post for you.

Lesson learned: no matter how far ahead you are of the rest of the folks, never begin a mystery until the quilt is its entirety. So the entire thing can be blogged in advanced. Then one doesn't have to worry about it. So it will be awhile before the next mystery. Just sayin'.

Anyway, tomorrow we will get back on track and the mystery will begin again. I look forward to it, because I actually love this Space Journey. If I get kind of spacey in my posts... just ignore and call it steroids instead of meteoroids.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The post before the post: AKA a family update

I know that I've been a horrible mystery host this time around. I haven't even felt like blogging and telling what all is going on. I know if you are friends with me on Facebook, then you know the last three weeks have been super hard on this household. For those of you that don't know, I would like to explain a little so that you understand why I've been such an awful mystery host this time around.

We will start with grandmother:
My grandmother is/was a hard woman. She pushed everyone that ever got close to her out of her life. For good. Up until a month ago, I had heard nothing about/from/concerning my grandmother for 12 years. She was the type that if you did attempt to call or show up she would call the sheriff on you and file harrassment charges. She lived out in the country and has called the sheriff on every neighbor who ever tried to help her. She hasn't had running water for several years, and her home was horrid. It was literally infested with so many rats and mice the furniture was all eaten , stuffing all over the floor as nesting places. The remotes, phone, everything was covered in feces. Since it was in the country, no matter how many places we called, there was nothing we could do. (Myself and neighbors tried.)
Well, then grandmother fell and hit her head very badly, and she is now in a demented state. Only she never signed any power of attorney, etc. So, me being next of kin, the last few weeks I've had to deal with getting her moved to a nursing home, legal issues, etc. In fact, I cannot even afford to take it to court and make myself her legal guardian. So the nursing home is seeking guardianship of her (because they want paid.)
This year I SO looked forward to every single Tuesday. It was to be my all day sewing/me day. I drive my son to a school that is over an hour away that day, and it was to FINALLY be my down day. But, instead, I have grandmother in a home there in the same town as my son's Tuesday academy, so the day is spent dealing with the nursing home, etc. That is one of my only two days off a week. The other day off is reserved for my little boy, so the sewing gets neglected.

And then there is Jerry. For a year now he's been so very very stable but that is no more. Last weekend he had another TIA. (Mini stroke). And all week he's felt so awful. In fact, one day he had to get up and get dressed so I could get to work and he literally fell asleep getting dressed. It left me scrambling to find a sitter so I could get to work. He has so many different things wrong with him, it is hard to know what is hitting him at this time. But, regardless, all of his conditions are life threatening, and we've had such a quiet year, this was to be expected eventually. Now more than ever I needed my business(es) to work out because I need to be home. But, sadly, my fabric business is a wash up. I've pretty much given up on it. I don't have time to deal with it anyway. And my design/pattern/website... I really want to get better about it but not while my life is in such turmoil. I've not touched a needle in thread in so long I think I've just thrown up my hands and given up...yet I really can't do that because I have bills to pay... so I'll pick it back up again soon. Maybe. Depends on what is going on with the hubby and it's time to get him back into docs and figure out what we need to do before he gets much worse.


And finally, there is me. Usually I am the healthy one. I never have alot wrong with me, like ever. My bloodwork is usually very good, and I stay pretty healthy. Except for the last three weeks. And those three weeks I've been quite a mess. I have been having very strong allergic reactions, only we don't know to what. I've had to rush to the ER multiple times. I am on very strong allergy and steroid drugs, yet even with those I have big flare ups every few days.
The itchy areas are not like normal hives at all, and act sort of like Erythema Multiforme. Yet they go away without ever creating a real sore. Also when in the middle of a severe reaction, my upper body goes into extreme pain. Like disabilitating pain. My hands will curl up and into myself. I'll shake, and it is just awful. Last night I had a reaction and my face swelled. Last week my throat was awful. It moves around... and is the weirdest stuff. But the worst, it wipes me out. I am exhausted. I sleep alot more than I normally do. Some mornings are really tough and I feel bad for Stephen. I am powerless to hold my eyes open so we make it a movie morning while I sleep off the previous nights drugs.
Originally we thought my body was reacting to strong ibuprofen doses I had to take due to a bad dental extraction. But since it keeps hanging around, we just don't know. My doctor is trying to get me into a specialist so we can get to the bottom of it. In fact, I think they totally expected the problem to end by the end of the week...but yet it remains so my doc will be really on top of it next week.

This morning, as I type, I am coming off of a bad reaction. I have a mystery blog to post, and I have a very patient lady waiting on me to get her some diamonds shipped out. But first, I have to rest. Thankfully, the day is long and I don't go into work. So I'll work on my work at home all day, off and on as I can.


And that my friends is why I am such an awful mystery host this time around. Between myself, my grandma, and my husband I just can't find a moment. Not a single moment. But I am looking for one.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Space Journey 9: Wing fighters

 Make 24
(Make sure the diamond of the third color is on top; the matching diamonds on the bottom).

Okay so they don't really look too much like wing fighters...

Ya, I know its Friday, not Wednesday and I know I broke a promise.
Tell my life to calm a bit. I did take a couple of days off. It was by force because I had an allergic reaction to meds and ended up spending a day at the ER this last week, but hey, it was a day off right?

anyway, see ya next wednesday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Space Journey post 8: Shooting Stars

First of all let me apologize for being a couple of days late again. I've much going on with my family and much to consider about my business. I've had some personal very minor health hiccups too. But all that aside I should've just preposted the blog posts because then they would be done for you!

Now, as for the mystery, there is VERY LITTLE sharing and posting going on. Please please share what you are doing, this will encourage me to do more. If I don't see people activily responding, at least to a blog post then it looks like no one is doing the mystery and isn't very encouraging for me to carry on with a new mystery. So, please, let me know if you are out there enjoying or hating. Whichever let me know!

Ok moving on...

I think there might only be one or two completely finished with tumbling blocks so lets move back to big and easy this week. We are going to make some shooting stars.

Using the final 16 matching diamonds, sew them up in pairs.
You should have a total of 8 "Shooting Stars" when you are finished:

I'll see you next Wednesday, and this time I promise because I am going to pre-post it!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Space Journey post 7: little triangles and what they can do

I am sorry I didn't get my blog post out yesterday. We've actually been undergoing a family medical crisis and I totally forgot. (No it's not my husband this time. I'll blog about it in a day or two.)

I have to run to the hospital so no time for a fancy blog post this morning, but I will tell you that we are going to begin using our small triangles along with our tumbling blocks to make several different settings.

Only today we are ignoring our tumbling blocks and are going to add them to our small hexagons first.

You need to place triangles on three sides all opposite of each other. If done correctly, you will turn your hexagon into triangle itself.
Do this with all of your hexagons and I'll see you next Wednesday. (well for the mystery anyway. I want to get around to blogging a lot more about life, etc so maybe I'll find the time this week. I really used to enjoy blogging and would like to get back to it. )

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Space Journey Post 6: Lots o' rocks

Lots of them.

We are going to turn all your small diamonds into tumbling blocks. To do so, use two of your first tonal and one of your second tonal (which makes total sense since you have double the amount of the first tonal.) 

While it might take a while to sew all these tumbling blocks, we can move on in the mystery before they are all sewn together. The tumbling blocks will be used in different settings. I love this part of the mystery because we will be thinking outside of the normal tumbling block settings.
So lets work on the blocks for a week, then I'll show you the first setting we will use.
See you next Wednesday!
Don't forget to keep posting progress in the Facebook group! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Space Journey Post 5: Making Meteorids.

As you all know that when I do a mystery quilt series, I always like to add in a little twist that makes mine different than the normal quilt mystery. That would be because I am just all around different.

For our Space Journey, I decided to make it a bit of a learning series. So today let's learn about Meteors.

Did you know that a meteor is not the same as a meteroid? And then there is a meteorite.

After consulting the above chart, I decided our next pieces couldn't be called showers.

 Nor could they be called meteorites because they are not in the earth's atmosphere.

We are floating out in Space here folks, so today we are going to make us some Meteroids. 

They are really simple to make.
You are going to take 12 of your sideways fussy cut diamonds
and you are going to place them as such to make a hexagon:

Of course, you again have a decision to make.
Which direction will you go with?
Either way is fun.

This is the direction I chose.
Don't they look nice with my stars?
You WILL HAVE 2 extra pieces.
Save them for later. Much later.

The question has been asked about the stars:
"Can they be pieced the opposite. So one goes one way and one goes another."

You are the quilter. I am just a means to the end. You can do your quilt however you like.
Will it look ok? Yes.
If you do the same with the meteorids will the look ok?
Yes. Your quilt might not be as uniform as ours.
But it's yours. And that is ok.

I'll meet you back here in a week for your next clue!