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.