Monday, March 28, 2016

How many days til Friday??

I cannot believe we are getting down to the wire, yet it still seems like FOREVER until Friday.

My work schedule is so much better this week, yet my little man is still on Spring Break until Wednesday so my time is limited until then. As for my fabric group, I have so many shipments arriving this week, you in the group will be in shipping invoice heaven. I best sharpen my cutting scissors.

In spite of all the busy my life is,  you do not even know how badly my pudgy fingers itch to keep designing the next mystahhhry (after The Center of Attention.) It is a table runner, and my glue pen keeps beckoning to me. I have part of it glued up and ready and cannot wait to glue some more.

 I actually have the next mystahhhry after that designed too. I am on a roll. Well, that is what happens when I decide to ditch the book and just offer the patterns. It is exciting to see that you all are loving the patterns.

Have you seen some of the finishes from the last mystery? I'll post a few at the bottom of this blog post. Also, if you are wanting to purchase any of the Baltimore Spring fabric panels, I just received another bolt, but it was a small bolt, short of several yards. In other words, this is it folks. I cannot get anymore.
You can find them RIGHT HERE and remember, you will need two for the mystery.

Alas, I have to go get ready for work now. The grocery store was crazy busy over the weekend, and usually Mondays are insanity too. Monday's are usually our busiest day at the grocery store.

Here are some lovely finishes of Shindig that people have posted in the Mystahhhry Along With Hillbilly Facebook group. If you wish to do "Shindig", the papers are still available HERE. or if you care to cut all those little diamonds yourself, the pdf file are available for purchase HERE.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A month, New fabric ideas, writing hillbilly style and other ramblings

Did you know I have a very firm, ultra strong, super duper huge dislike of :

No, not aliens. Can't judge them cuz I've never met them.
But I've met plenty of UFO's in my own little
OUTTA THIS WORLD world of quilting.

And I don't like them.
The OLD hillbilly that used to blog over at that other blog would have stressed over them and boxed them up and mailed them away for someone else to have fun with.
But the new Hillbilly,
 (that is me, the NEW Hillbilly),
has decided that she wants to eventually make each and every quilt her own piece of art.
So, therefore, each and every UFO is getting tucked away into a box until some point they can be pulled out one at a time and finished exactly how I want them finished.
I won't be sending them away to be quilted.
I will quilt them. Someday. It might take years.
But I really WANT to finish them. MY WAY.
(To my children: When I die please just sell them at the Amish quilt auction in Jamesport. That is if I don't sell them there first. They accept quilt tops at the auction, you know. )

So why not just finish them now?
Ha! You are joking, right?
For the last 21 days straight my only days off from the grocery store job have been working Ozark fabric.

So, until my life slows just a little, I get a quilt done JUST ENOUGH to release the pattern, then it is tucked away until I can sit down and finish it right.
 (Goodbye peacocks. I am trying to not cry over you and your lack of borders. But you are nicely tucked in with my Atlantis quilt that I love but don't have the time for at the moment.)
Peacocks meet Atlantis. Interesting.

It truly is a month away from the big day when we begin our new mystery!

When I was cutting fabric for Ozark last week I was looking at various prints that would work well with this mystery.

Look at this print from Jason Yenter. It is called Dreamscape. It would make a good leading role, matching the colors for the other "characters" in our mystery: 

Or then there are my famous peacocks.
Wouldn't he look great as the leading role? I was going to use him but decided on something else I'll show you in a moment.

When I was cutting for my fabric shop, I came across this panel.
It is called "Baltimore Spring".
It would work really nice for the next mystery. The large block is perfect for your leading role.
Then the smaller blocks could work as your co stars and part of your back ground even.
I actually have at least 3 people working on this very quilt for the mystery so I decided I would make this as my second quilt and take anyone that wants to step by step through the project. 
 So, I  ordered another bolt just in case anyone else wants to join us.  It won't arrive until Mid march.
Since this panel will work for the Leading Role, Co-Stars, AND part of the background... then we need some color balance so therefore ALL OF THE SUPPORTING ACTORS SHOULD BE THE SAME FABRIC (not two different ones) if using this panel.
You will see what I mean, trust me it will work out beautifully and seriously, how hard is that?

A Recap if using the panel above (which I bought more for those interested):
You will need the following:
TWO Baltimore Springs Panels (Leading role, co-stars and background.)
ONE print of 1/2 yard for your Supporting Actors.
An 1/8th of a yard for your Minor Actor. It would look best if your minor actor were of the same color family as your Supporting Actors.
(For instance, supporting actors darker purple, minor actor lighter purple.)

It can't get any easier to pick out fabric selections than that folks!
I'll let you know when the fabric panel has arrived and is placed up for sale on the website.


nope. they are not. I've had several people email and asking.
Sorry, but I need a bit more time to have them ready and I don't want to release them too soon.


A word about my blog and the Hillbilly style.
I like to write. At one time I received awards for my writing.
And every single work that I won an award for was written in the middle of the night when I just "let it flow" and was under no pressure.

This blog belongs to me.. the Hillbilly.
I write it how I want and I don't worry AT ALL about punctuation. Sometimes I edit.
*shrugs shoulders*.
 Sometimes I don't.
Cuz it is not a book. It's a blog.
A Hillbilly blog.
And if you are copying my blog into word and getting errors, 
well, please understand, this is MY blog that you are copying and if you get Word errors, then I am sorry, but usually I hit publish and run to my next task on my list.

Someday when I have more time on my hands then maybe I'll pay more attention to editing instead of just letting whatever flies out of my head flow out of my fingers.
But that would mean so many things.
 If I had more time, my dear husband would have probably passed on, because we all know he is still living only by the Grace of God. 
 Or my sweet son will have grown up just as his siblings before him. (I have two adult children. I know they grow too fast. )
So, for now.. lemme fly by the seat of my pants publishing as fast as I can in between tasks.
And if you find grammatical errors in my blog post, then be thankful you have the time to do so, but just let them go.
I don't apologize for my lack of time in correcting errors, because for me, life is too short even for the tiny things to matter.
(Did you know that I made straight A's and LOVED grammar and LA in school and wanted to be a high school LA teacher? I know my grammar. I even... get this... I even LOVE to diagram sentences.) But time changes things. The world changes.
And my blog matches me, because I have changed.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, then carry on and ignore this last section.
Thank you.