Monday, June 25, 2012

QuiltCon Challenge Block

A couple months ago I won the QuiltCon Kona Cotton Solids FQ Set from Pink Chalk Fabrics it is still available for $18.95. I was very surprised when I won and knew then I would have to enter, I had no excuse! Plus, the Kona solids in this set are really beautiful together. The only fabric I added was the stripe of Kona Cotton Solid "Snow".

I challenge others in Blogland that are interested in the Modern Movement to create your one block and submit it before August 2012. Who knows it might end up on the QuiltCon Quilt or going to children who need to be kept warm next winter, either way you win the satisfaction that you tried it. There is also a Flickr site on the main page to look at all the blocks being submitted.

This is my QuiltCon Challenge Block called "Fractured", I don't know if I should really name a block or not but this time I did. I got the idea for it from the Craftsy BOM. QuiltCon is being presented by the The Modern Quilt Guild. I am a member of the WV Modern Quilt Guild, here we have a guild for our state, but a lot of large cities have one. If you check "The Modern Quilt Guild" main page there is a listing of all the guilds listed by country and states to find one near you. I plan to do more modern pieces in the future. Like a whole quilt instead of just one block.

Do you name every block or quilt you submit to a challenge or contest? I am curious to know. Thanks for stopping by! Lisa

Friday, June 22, 2012

Natural Bug Zapper & Some News

Meet my little friend who lives by my porch! The best thing about toads is the eat bugs, so do little lizards, we have those too but as of yet, I haven't gotten a picture of one. Why because they are to fast. Mr. Toad was sunning himself this morning when I snapped these photos.

Craftsy BOM Block 10 is a Wonky 5-Sided Log Cabin

I have all May's blocks done now! Woot, woot! I know, I know it is June. Look for Junes two blocks next week. I want you to know I did follow all the directions and still ended up with a 4 sided block. How did that happen?

July 1, 2012 - July 16, 2012 will be the Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop

I have completed a 12 1/2" block using Moda Prairie Paisley II for the blog hop. Hoping some of you choose to make it. "In The Boon Docks" featured day is July 6, and a page will be dedicated listing all the dates and blogs involved. A giveaway will be held during the blog hop.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

BEETS, anyone for beets! UPDATE

UPDATE! The two men in these pictures are my father-in-law and my husband. They did help us a lot and did some jar packing. We are lucky women to have these two men in our lives! Love you honey!

Well I haven't got much sewing done this week. The little ones allergies had him coughing, so the doctor is where we went Monday morning. His Dr. Is a nice woman, has six kids of her own, and a lot experience. She put him on Singular at night and he is doing better. On the way home, we stopped at the park and walked around the lake, until we got a call for cheesecloth from my mother-in-law, she had beets, a lot of them. Could we please stop by with cheesecloth and help. She had (5) five gallon buckets of beets.

There is a lot of work to canning beets. Washing, cut tops to 2", boil once until the skins will slide off, cool in cold water. Cut the rest of the top off, then peel (if they have boiled long enough most of the skins will slide right off) don't boil to much or they will get mushy and you have to eat them in a day or two. Cut the bottom root off.

Next stage: You slice them into slices or chunks to fit in canning jars. Then put the slices in a large pot. This is were cheesecloth comes in, you put your pickling spices (you can find the recipe in any canning book, my mother-in-law likes the Ball canning book) in the cheesecloth and put a rubber band around the top. Put enough water in the pot to cover the beets. Once the pot comes to a boil, simmer 10 minutes. Then they are ready to pack into jars. You see I said HOT so be careful, you can really get a nasty burn if you get the hot liquid on you. Use a spoon with holes in it to scoop the beets up and put them in the jars. Then when the jar is full use a ladle to fill the jars with the juices in the pot to just below the top. Use a clean rag to make sure there is no juices or anything on the rim of your jar. (it will not seal if anything is on the rim). Now your lids should be simmering in a little pot of there own. Use tongs to pick one up and put it on the jar. Then use a ring to secure the top and put it aside to wait for the "POP". That means it is sealed. My mother-in-law recommend letting the jars sit overnight on a towel, before moving them. I recommend wide mouth pint jars. I found out the larger slices go in better.

This is just what I learned canning beets! If you are interested please get a canning book and follow the instructions, not mine. I might have left something out. But, wear old clothes beet juice stains anything it gets on. It can be a family affair and a time for everyone to help out even the menfolk.

We have 25 jars of beets that should last both our families little while! If you hung in this long maybe you should learn something new too! My mother-in-law teaches me new things all the time and I enjoy the time I get to spend with her. Until Later Lisa

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Precious Gifts

This little sweater is so beautiful in person! I want to Thank Joanna from That Thing I Made for her first ever Giveaway prize. I really enjoy giveaways with a handmade gift as the prize. This little sweater will be passed from grandchild to grandchild. It is so darling wished it fit me. The workmanship is superb I am honored to receive it. Joanna has lots of good ideas on her blog. She is very creative you should all take a look at her blog.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Awards are so exciting!

The very sweet and talented Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy has nominated "In The Boon Docks" that's me, for two awards.

The "Sunshine Award" is for positively and creatively inspiring others in the blogosphere. Wow, it makes my heart sing to know someone thinks this of my blog! Thank you Amy you made my month.

The "One Lovely Blog" Award is just what is says your blog is lovely. Sweetest thing to say, even when I blog about moths and goats. Now, Amy's blog is really lovely she makes the coolest things!

In order to accept these awards I have to answer the following questions:

Favorite Color - Aqua

Favorite Animal - Puffins (they are the cutest bird ever)

Favorite Number - 14 (my first child's birthday and my anniversary date)

Favorite Drink - Ice Tea

Facebook or Twitter - Facebook

My Passion - God, Family, Country, Sewing, and Quilting

Giving or Getting Presents - I love to give the perfect gift for the right person, it's as good as eating chocolate. I love receiving a present, it is exciting, even little things, it means someone cares! Feel the love!

Favorite Day - With my disabilities everyday I can get out of bed is my favorite!

Favorite Flowers - Blue Bonnets

I would like to thank Amy again and award these honors to the following blogs - because I enjoy them, think they are all lovely, and they inspire me to be creative and artistic. Please take a few minutes to stop by and look around.

So ladies if you are interested in these awards you just need to answer the questions in a blog post and nominate others to receive the awards. Think of it as your follower getting to know you a little better. Plus they are such pretty buttons.

Cherie @ I Be's Cheraldine

Karen @ Quilting, Losing, and Tea

Libby @ Truly Myrtle

Lucy @ Charm About You

Rie @ Crafty Rie

Sue @ Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I think you are all so wonderful and you have made my blogging experience so much more enjoyable. Thank you Lisa

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sophie's Twister

Sophie's Twister Is #81 at Ellison Lane Summer Sewing Contest

This quilt was a labor of love for me. The idea of cutting up a quilt after you had just sewn it together was mind-boggling but the results are well worth the additional effort. I used the "Lil Twister" ruler on this project. I love Moda's Vintage Modern and the "Twister" rulers. I bought some more fabric and ordered the larger size "Twister" ruler from CS Designs before I finished the quilt.

Sophie was born May 16, 2012, at the beginning of summer, so it only made since to enter "Sophie's Twister" in:

Go to Ellison Lane Summer Sewing Contest and look at all the entries!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Go to the Quilting Gallery and become a Quilting Blogger

Quilting Bloggers Logo

I just went to the Quilting Gallery which is hosted by Pat Sloan and Michelle Foster. They have a huge database with links to thousands of blogs that all quilt. Last night I went on it looking around and found 8 other bloggers in my state. I like the idea of finding possible new friends who enjoy what I do to maybe go to a quilt show or sew with. So, follow the link, sign up, and grab a button!

While at the Quilting Gallery take a look around, I like the Learning Center. They just started a Beginner's Quilt Along, if you want some extra fun join in. They also have a Weekly Quilting Contest and they always need quilts and help with the voting. I like it because you get to see quilts from all over the world and all the different styles. It is easy to do and you don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to have fun at 1:00 am in the morning.

Come on go check it out! When you join come back and leave a comment with your blog name on it and I will join any blogs I haven't already joined that are followers! If I get more than 10 comments we will have a drawing. Later, Lisa

Thursday, June 7, 2012

An exciting thing happened today

My daughter came to visit today and we were sitting on the porch talking. When all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a hummingbird stuck in a coffee can. Loud buzzing if you live anywhere that has hummingbirds you know what I mean. So we started searching the porch and this is what we found!

Hawthorne Threads Pre-cut Sale

Hi Everyone, I hope your all doing well. I have been busy shopping at Hawthorne Threads They have the latest and greatest fabric, a blog, a weekly giveaway, and terrific sales! I got everything you see here for less than $50.00. Enough to keep me busy for a little while. So, next time you are looking for a great deal head over there and look in the pre-cut sale section and clearance section. Oh, this is just my opinion, nobody sponsors me. I just like beautiful designer fabric and don't have a lot of money. I look for good bargains where I can find them and I consistently find them at Hawthorne Threads. Thought I would pass this along to my friends out in blogland. Have a good week!

Later I will show you my progress on Miss Sophie's quilt. Later Lisa