Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 13: The Climax!


I have SO SO SO much to tell you, but tonight first and foremost is the mystery! Since we have been moving along a bit slowly I decided that tonight I would provide a bit of excitement. Because every western has a climax before it heads off into another direction so lets have us a climax tonight! 

p.s. Shouting out to Jill... when you read my other blogs that I will get around to writing in a day or two you will know why I haven't emailed you back yet but I'll get to it very very soon and thanks for joining! 

Ok SO The CLIMAX episode in our mystery is like one of those extra long episodes, like a two hour special or something. I am going to give you several clues, and using those clues you will probably be able to figure out a few blocks of your quilt... but not all because, you know, there is still mystery left to go. So let's take the climax in THREE parts tonight. 

PART ONE: Squares. 
Take one dark background square and sew it to two light background squares so that it makes a little pyramid type thing. Like this:




You need to make 16 sets of those square pyramid things shown above ^^.

CLIMAX PART TWO: Small Diamonds
Remember back when we stitched up your small diamonds, that we had several of them leftover?
 (64 to be exact).

We are going to use your A2 and B2 Tonals and baste up all the rest of the small diamonds.
You will need to baste 32 of each color.
THEN if you get bored, you can even sew one of each pair together. (I don't have mine stitched together yet, but this is just freebie busy work I am tossing out at you. )


CLIMAX PART THREE: Little Houses
We are going to use C2 Tonal to baste our little houses. You have 32 houses to baste. 




I've given you a TON of work to do this time.
That is because we are coming up on July 4th here in the states which means yet another busy time at work for me.
 ( I am telling you, Americans seriously do eat way too much... do you realize how many hot dogs and brats I've already sold this summer??!! blech. )
So I thought it best to give you some busy work while I am busy at work.
I tend to like to meet with you all on Wednesdays, but two weeks from now is July 5th.
That would be why I gave you enough work for three weeks... July 12th is three weeks out.
I think you should have enough time to stitch up the background pyramid type things, plus baste up all of your A2, B2 and C2 pieces... and if you get really bored you can stitch up pairs of your A2/B2 pieces.
I am super excited to see this progress. In the facebook group someone shared their progress and it was so beautiful, please if you don't want to share on facebook but you tend to share on a blog, comment and let me know! I LOVE to see the progression of these mysteries!

Until we meet again, Happy shooting! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 12: Squarin off again

Ok so I promised this post by Wednesday, and by my time I still have 45 minutes to go so we are all good! Whew.
I cannot wait to tell you about some things that have happened, GOOD things. But no time at the moment cuz we need to square off some more!

Take out your 8 Shooters SET TWO. It is the one that has the first background squares going around it. Now add some colorful squares out of the lighter back ground color. Mine isn't sewn (you all are used to me by now), but here is what it looks like. You have 4 SET TWO 8 shooters so make sure you do this for all 4 of them.


One day while I was at work Stephen had like 4 kids in the house. (Jerry wasn't sure exactly how many... that's scary.) I guess one of them made their way to my sewing area. Stephen and I share an "activity room" that has all of our stuff: computer/school/clothes/toys/fabric/sewing tables and machines. So I understand kids coming to get toys but after what I found a couple of days ago when I went to sew for this post, the neighbor children are no longer allowed to play in our activity room.
One of them had taken my entire mystery and unbasted it. I didn't have them all glue basted all the way, but I had them all tacked down. I do that in the very beginning when decided fabric requirements. I glue tack the pieces to the fabric and cut them out, then finish basting later.

Only now I got to sort papers and fabric all apart and tack them all down again.
This would be why I didn't sew this week.

I sure hope you got to sew this week.
I asked people to post in the mystery group their progress so far and only two posted so those two one a prize. (Yes both of you...FB message me your address and I'll send them out first of next week. )

You really should become more involved there.
Because I am going to start just giving away lots of stuff.
I have lots of stuff to give.

Ok, I better quit jabbering and post before I run out of time before midnight!
See you Monday with the next post. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 11: It's beginning to come together

I know that we still have much to baste, but if you are good at putting two and two together, from here out you will begin to see things come together a bit.
You'll soon have some "Oh that's the block we are making" moments.

For our lighter background colors, let's begin, as usual with our SET ONE.
Get out your partial shooting stars, the 6 point ones. They already have the darker background square sewn to them.
YOU HAVE FOUR OF THESE. 


Now let's stitch lighter background triangles to them.
In the photo, my purples look almost the same color, but the triangles are actually lighter than the square. 



Sew the little triangles to all four sets of your 6 pointed shooters.
Let's see, today is Thursday, so let's plan on meeting back here on Wednesday.
You should have plenty of time to get these sewn on by then, and those that started late or had to catch up, I am hoping my little life hiccup has helped you catch up a bit! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Why things are how they is: in other words, where I've been a hidin'.

That's hillbilly talk. I've not talked Hillbilly in a very long time. You see I lost Ms Hillbilly. I told you that and I just cannot decide whether to find her again or not. Lemme explain. I know I've explained alot but new developments have happened. There are always new developments. If anyone knows how to do crazy life, we do at our home. Let's do a quick person by person so you understand.

STEPHEN
is a happy 7 yr old boy. But a couple of months ago something happened that prompted us to change our world forever. Things can happen, even in little tiny towns of 400 people. Things can happen right out in the open, in the backyard with parents not far away. An older boy, age 12, decided one day that he would have some fun making things happen. And he decided to target my 7 yr old son and a 5 yr old girl. Only he thought it would be more fun to force that little boy and girl to do things that no child of that age should have a clue about. I was at work when it happened and had to rush home. You cannot run from all your problems but given our situation, we just felt that our son had to get out of there. So in just a couple of weeks time, we moved 80 miles south to be in the same town my daughter lives in.

And that is why I disappeared so fast. I may have told you some of this before, but there is the reason all right out in the open. Well, part of the reason. The other is financial. Medical issues put people in the poor house. It's happened to many. It has happened to us. *shrug shoulders*, I don't even care anymore. Just as long as we have a bed to sleep in at night, and food for the boy I am happy. We have those and then some so all is good.

JERRY
is an exhausted, sick man. He has the following:
Chrons Disease
Diabetes
Liver Disease (medical induced).
Colon cancer survivor
Stroke (x 10 ) survivor
and the newest as of this week: Kidney disease.

I am pretty sure all of that explains it all. If you want to research the ins of outs of each disease and see what they cause on the body, by all means, you should! But, he's a walking miracle time bomb and each day he's exhausted. Literally every minute I am not at work I have to be with our son so that my husband can rest for when I am at work. He's declining in health bit by bit and this is emotionally, physically, mentally exhausting on all of us.

Ms HILLBILLY
That's me, sort of. When we moved we had to downsize BIG TIME. So its been really hard to get that done. In the midst of trying to move I had my mystery all figured out then when I was at work my daughter was kind enough to pack and move and entire load, and buried my entire sewing area, mystery and all under boxes!!
You see we had to downsize so fast and so much that we don't even have room to walk in our home. We are giving things away on Swap shop right and left and trying to make space to live.
TODAY I UNEARTHED my mystery. FINALLY.
I was so happy. I am so so so so so so sorry that I've been an awful host again. I don't mean to be. Would you please tell my crazy life to calm down so that I can have some sewing time? Pretty please?

I have been so undecided what to do about the future of Hillbilly Quilt Shop. And I still don't know. I think I want to close it down for good since I cannot keep it up like I'd like. But then I think I'd like to just step back and produce patterns on occasion. Because I have a multitude waiting for that.

Then I think I should pull my website and go just with Craftsy. But then I wonder if I should even bother, and maybe go away for good. Then I look at these patterns and think, "no I do not want to do that. "

So I don't know.

Here is what I do know. My husband is declining. During this time, I won't host another mystery. As much as I love them, I do give up on them for awhile. Just a little while. And I'll start producing patterns as I can. And I'll just wait. Wait on the answer. If you have answers for me I am all ears.

Now I need to get onto the mystery post that you've been waiting for.