Thursday, September 14, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 21: Shoot sharply

My ride is down! 

Well actually my ride is a super old Buick and its due to break down again. Thankfully it happened before I started the new job.  But yesterday I was tied up trying to get rides to work and trying to figure ways to drum up money for repairs so that I CAN start my new job here in a week and a half and FINALLY make some decent money.

Anyway, when the new job happens I'll get more time to sew.
(Take the current work schedule for instance... I'll be working 8 days straight... who can find time to sew in that??? my son will be so desperate for my attention by the time the 8th day rolls around! )
But its all good... the new job I'll work a set schedule and get real live days off. Like the same every week.
Anyway, all my rambling to say that I, again, didn't get to sew so you'll just have to take my unsewn lined up photos and do what you do.. make beauty!

First you need to get those two toned 8 Shooters... the last ones that you made.

Attach the little feather thingies to four sides, but
all the way around, dark to light and light to dark.
Well, not all the way around, just on four sides.
Do this four ALL FOUR of your last 8 shooters. 

Then attach one feather thingie to the half shooter.. again light to dark and dark to light. 

Take the half shooters and now attach single trapezoids to the sides as below.
Again, match light to dark and dark to light.
Do this for all 8 of your half shooters.

Finally we are going to do the same for your double shots.
Attach a trapezoid, matching light to the dark and a dark to the light.
Do this for all four of these double shots. 

This should be enough to keep you busy for two weeks.
I certainly will be busy for two weeks.
I am guess you know what these pieces will become in the final steps.
We are almost there folks. 

By the time we meet again (Wed the 27th I think), I will be at my new job!!
I can't wait to see what it is like! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 20: Studs

You know, since we are winding down and finishing up, getting ready to ride off into the sunset before long... it's time to fancy up a bit.

Are you all about bling?
If you were to have star-studded shoes, would you wear these? 

Or is this more to your taste? 

This hillbilly would never wear any star studded anything I am afraid. 
(I might put a star in the outhouse door). 

Ok so do you remember these half shooters?
You've got a pile of them.
16 in fact. 

And you've got a pile of these studs.

Not those kind of studs.
THESE kind of studs :
(I know they look more like triangles but just work with me here...) 

Now you can turn your half shooters into half star studded.. um... shooters?
So, yes... make all 16 of these star studded half shooters. 

I know I know...
All you can think about is riding off in the sunset with your stud... 

I'll just see you in a week.
I would say ten days but I totally messed that up last week and forgot the Saturday thing.
I blog this on Tuesday usually (my day off) and set it for Wednesday.
So let's just stick with next Wednesday.
See you then. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 19: Small Town Charm

This was a crazy week! I don't know about you but I was right in the path of Totality, and that created craziness!  

The craziness was from ALL those out of town people coming into our little grocery store and buying it up. The lines were long and it lasted for DAYS!!!

So I never got to sew this week at all. Then I was rushing home from work tonight to at least get this posted, only to find out that tomorrow my husband has to be at KU at 7:30. Awesome. Didn't know that. I am going to get to bed about 1:30 am and have to be up at 6 am.

THEN tomorrow night there is a big sale at work. A six hour sale. Those usually bring people out in droves. I mean, seriously the grapes are 89 cents a pound. Who wouldn't want that?!
So it was going to be my day off, and now I am working overtime. Money is good. Grapes are good.
It's all good.

Except that on Saturday I am going to a sale to try to sell off all my business supplies. So I have to be up at 6 and gone after not getting home til midnight Friday night.
Then right after the sale I head straight to work. So I'll be gone that day from 6 am to midnight. Same as I'll be gone tomorrow from 6 am to midnight.

And I dont have another day off until next Tuesday.
And I gotta school the boy.
This is going to be one tired shooter.

And I am trying to get the new website up for those of you wanting the mystery PDF. I just don't know as it can happen this week. I just don't think it can. Because I wont be home hardly at ever at all, but I'll see how much I can do on the go. Maybe I can get it working via mobile tomorrow.
I might have to give up on the sale on Saturday. I just don't even know at this point.
Anyway let's get to the point.

Clue 19!

Let's work on our western town. 

Mine was just slapped down and the photo shot.
I didn't get to stitch it yet.
But you can stitch it up while I am all over The Wild West of Kansas City this week.
Use your 8 Shooter Set 3 and give it some buildings!
You will have 4 Western Towns to make.
Sort of like this but not just slapped down for a photo shoot.

I think it is rather awesome. Can't wait to sew mine.
See you in ten days for the next clue cuz I just cannot make it back to this one horse town any faster than that. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 18: Shooting Cross?

A few notes before we get to the clue:

1) THE WEBSITE has been shut down permanently. It was costing me too much a month and losing money each and every month. My family (with all its changes) simply cannot put money into this right now. I WILL BE OPENING an etsy shop very soon, so stay tuned.

2) I haven't written on the blog about the family in quite some time. I am sorry, I just sort of rely on Fb for that and don't blog about it very often anymore. The short of it is Jerry is for sure doing worse, has spent time in the hospital and we will be traveling back and forth to KU a lot for a while. But, we are quite used to that and have been on an up and down coaster for a long time with him now, and now I don't even worry. I expected him to be gone a long time ago, and we are grateful that he has been given much more time and probably years to go! Modern medicine is amazing. BUT, this also means between work, and schooling and spending time at the doctors and doing all the house work (he used to help some but can't right now), I AM A BUSY BUSY person. So I am slow to respond and such, and I am sorry.

3) With the changes and with me losing a good portion of my business I've been back and forth about closing down for good, but that WILL NOT HAPPEN. I cannot let the last little spark of my dream be squelched. So, I am fanning that tiny, ity bitty spark and I still have ideas and such on the way. Just be patient with me, slow and steady.

4) Give aways. I tried to do a giveaway of supplies in my facebook group but I've not been able to swing the money to ship their winnings yet. I am sorry, money is so super tight and my co-workers and friends have been buying groceries for us even! So until this disability mess gets straightened out, I cannot even host giveaways except PDF files, because I simply cannot afford to mail them out to you.

5) Lets get to the good stuff. PDF files will make a greater comeback and they will be in the ETSY shop, but I'll host random freebies in the facebook group so be sure to join the fun!!!!




This week we are going to use your 8 SHOOTERS SET TWO.
You have four of them.
You will also need your matching DOUBLE SHOTS arrows.
You have 16 of them.

Join the "arrows" to the 8 shooters, being sure to join on the square that is the Matching background square, not the Main. (see the photo, you will understand what I mean.)

It looks like a cross of sorts. An 8 Shooter cross.
(and it looks rather cool I think)

Make all four of these up and I'll see you in a week! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 17: Let's start putting it all together.

Any good western has a great ending of either the Cowboy riding of in the sunset with his new gal or his buddies off to a new adventure.

So let's get ready for that ride today. It will still take us several weeks, but we prepping for that sunset ride!

Lets start with SET ONE of your EIGHT SHOOTERS and matching 6 SHOOTERS.
(You will have one set ONE eight shooter and 4 matching 6 shooters).
Sew 'em all together like this: 

NOTE: The middle of the 6 shooter L's line up next to the MAIN solid background.

I am SO excited to see how yours look.
So here I go begging again.
GO SHARE YOUR SET one's once they are stitched up!

This was a quick sew. See ya Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 16: Feathers and Friends

 A few weeks ago we had us a little play of
"Cowboys and Indians".

But you know, often cowboys and indians would become friends.
They would team up to fight the rotten government or outlaws. 

So today lets team up with our friends and make some feathers.
You need to baste ALL of your trapeziods.
You will be using your other SOLID MATCHING BACKGROUND set.
Baste half of the trapezoids in the darker color, and half in the lighter color.

Then make little "feathers" by stitching  some of them together in pairs.
You will need ONLY 24 pairs.
Leave the other basted trapezoids as single pieces. 

For those of you that glue baste, this shouldnt take too long, but we need to give the ones that hand baste time to keep us so I'll see you in ten days.
Not this coming Saturday but the one after.

Have fun making feathers and friends this week!
Did I say please?
Do I need to dig out my sharp shooter?!
Hi Ho Silver Away! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 15: The BIG shoot out!

Get your guns cleaned up and loaded!
Cuz here we go. Time for the BIG shoot out!

lets do some fussy cutting!
I am so in love with these.
Who ever thought a western shootout could end up so cool??
(Ok so maybe the guys always think westerns are cool...)

For the following, ALWAYS make sure that the lighter of your two colors is on the left, and that the darker of your two colors is on the right. ALWAYS.
This is very very important to the over all design.

First you will fussy cut four LARGE diamonds from each print ( Use the exact same fussy cut from
Both fabrics to make the mirrored image ) , and sew them together as double shots.

Now you are going to use the same fabric and fussy cut 16 LARGE diamonds of each , both the light and the dark , then make 8 half shots ( four diamond each ) as below . 
Remember to us the lighter color on the far left. 
Aren't these wonderful ?! 

Now let's make some more 8 Shooters! 
Again using both colors,
Make a total of four out of the LARGE diamonds. 
I couldn't decide which fussy cut version that I liked the best so I made two of each . Why not ?! 

So this week you will be fussy cutting , basting and stitching up some large diamonds.
You will be making 4 double shots , 16 half ( 4) shots and four 8 shooters.
You can certainly make all of these out of one single color as opposed to two but I think the two colors will look much more interesting. And fussy cutting is not necessary if you don't want to . 

I'll see you in tenish days. Not Wednesday but the one after as I think it will take some ten days to get all of these finished . 
I don't know the date as I'm sitting here in the dark at midnight writing this post . I'm so angry that I didn't get it done before midnight but you see, the power is out. And I was trying to hook up a hot spot and that wasn't going either .
I gave up and decided to finish this blog post mobile from my phone . Thank goodness I had started it early this morning before I went to work because for some reason blogger does not work good mobile and I can never get photos to work right . 
If it worked mobile then you all would get a lot more blog posts than you do now . Drives me batty that I can't blog well from my phone . 
Anyway ... have a blast shooting this week . 
I'm gonna sit and listen to the thunder and my husband's snores while I wait on power to be restored. I mean seriously I cannot be expected to sleep well without a fan. Can't happen. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

8 Shooters: Inventory Intermission (Photo Rich!)

Hats off to you if you have made it this far in our mystery!
I am super excited to keep going because I am ready to begin fussy cutting again. If you know me well, then you know I LIVE to fussy cut. Totally my passion.
So I decided to stop on these background pieces for awhile and pick up my awful perty blue coordinating prints.
But as I was sewing along, I realized...
we cannot piece these until THE VERY END.
Oh so sad! But exciting too because we will finish with a BANG for sure!

Only I am getting ahead of myself in excitement.
As I was sewing along, I noticed I have to keep referring back to my pattern just to make sure I am not more lost and confused than what is normal for me.
And then I realized you all do not have a pattern to follow and you are blindly following me so it would really not do well for you all to get lost and confused either!

So I decided it might be best to take a tiny (and I mean very tiny) Intermission.
I would like you to spend the next couple of days just taking a little inventory of what we have so far.
That way we can make sure we are all on the same lost and confused path to being the star of our 8 shooter show.

If you go way back in the beginning you will remember we started with making 8 shooter stars along with some coordinating stars.
As we went along we added some background pieces along the way, which brings you to the following:

Of Shooter set ONE you should have ONE 8 shooter that has been pieced with some background pieces:

And 4 coordinating 6 shot stars also with background pieces attached.

Of our SHOOTER SET TWO you should have four 8 shooters all with background attached. 

And 16 double shot arrows.

Our Shooter Set THREE should have four 8 shooters with backgrounds attached.

And 32 single shots just waiting on us to show them some love.

At this point, we have used a lot of background but we still have the following already basted but not yet stitched to our quilt yet.

you should have 36 Jumbo triangles basted and waiting. 

Oops forgot our little sqaure pyramid. These are made of both solid matching background set one squares. You should have 16 of these.

Of the lighter color you should have 64 small triangles basted.

and of the darker color you should have
4 medium basted triangles and
32 small basted triangles.

Next we moved to our coordinating A2, B2 and C2 tonals.
From the A2 and B2 we made sixteen of these 4 Shooters.

And from the coordinating C2 we made 32 little houses.

Finally lets take a look at what we haven't used yet.
Of course we have the coordinating A and B matching prints (mine are blue) that I showed at the top of this post.
A darker and lighter of each.


There, are you all fixed up and on the straight path or more cornfused than you was before you read this post?

I'll see you Saturday. Let's do some fussy cutting.
I'm all for it.
there is a button up top that says "8 Shooters" and it will take you step by step through the mystery.
Also there is a Facebook group where we like to share our progress.
Come join the fun!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 14: Colorful Half Shooters

How is your shooting coming along?
Are you getting all caught up?
I haven't sewn in weeks, yet I was able to catch all up in the last couple, so those of you just joining, NO WORRIES!
Just go to the beginning (see that little button up top that says "8 Shooters"... it'll take you thru ALL the clues, and get to shootin'! 

Last time we met we basted all of our Tonals.
Today we are going to work with our A2 and B2 Tonal diamonds: 

You should have a pile of these diamondback rattlers:

I'm not a fan of rattlers so lets turn them into Half Shooters... you know, half shooters have FOUR pieces and look like this: 

You will be making 16 all together.

You will have TWO weeks to make them, but actually we will be back in a week with a mystery post.
I want to do a little inventory post for you, showing all the steps thus far in ONE post so that you can check mark all off and see how you are doing.

So next week we will do that, then the week after...
Yippee Skippy we are GONNA FUSSY CUT again!

I so love fussy cutting.

This is a twisty turny mystery with more excitement on the way.
Stay tuned and keep shootin'!