Monday, November 26, 2012

Traveling Stash Pass It On Giveaway

The Pass It on Traveling Stash Box is jam packed with fabric, patterns, and notions! The best part is opening the box and finding so much stuff with the feeling you could remove everything and repack it with any thing you want for the next person. Only problem with that is it could be quite "costly", a whole lot of things fit into this box. So, my cousin and I careful looked at each item, which was fun. Their family came for Thanksgiving and deer season. Which means our husbands and kids where all out hunting when this box arrived the day after Thanksgiving. This was in the box! Yippee! I really love this stash box concept!

I fell hard for these things!

And this pattern - not the kid's mess on the table!

I am adding these patterns and notions to the box!

I pulled these fabrics from my stash to replace the stash I wanted to take out.

Urban Farm - Short Stack by Keri Beyer, In the Beginning Fabrics; 9 quarter yard cuts (2 1/4 yards), Pink Polka Dots - 1 yard, (2) 5" Minkee Brights charm packs by Benartex, Butterfly fabric - 1/2 yard, Quilter's Quarters - DS Quilts Collection - 1 yard, 10" Daisy Cottage Layer Cake - Riley Blake

And I added 5" Charm pack - Crazy Daisy by Benartex Sampler!

See anything you like? Want to get in on the fun?

Here’s how to win the Traveling Stash box:
1.) Due to quick turn around times, you must live in the U.S.
2.) Must be an active blogger
3.) Must be willing to replace what you take out with similar quality/quantity of items, hold a drawing and ship it back out.

That’s it! If you want to put your name in, here’s what you can do…

1. Leave a comment telling me "What your favorite sewing notion and why"? Mine is my new Gingher scissors - nice and sharp.

2. For an extra entry, be or become a follower of this blog and leave a second comment telling me, how you follow "In The Boon Docks".

I’ll use Mr. to draw a number next Sunday and will announce the winner then! The giveaway will remain open until 12:00 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

I wish you all could win it has been so fun for me! Lisa. So hurry up and leave a comment!

If you are interested in signing up for the other traveling stash boxes click on the box on the right hand side and it will take you there!

Fabric Basket

Traveling Stash Update

Have you heard about the Traveling Stash? I have a box I will be sending on to some lucky winner! If you are interested please click HERE and leave a comment. U.S. only due to mailing costs!

Fabric Basket

I got all my scraps together and made this little basket! I modified the pattern I used for the Patchwork Fabric Basket (that I blogged about here) by using 3 1/2 inch squares, (3) on each side (instead of the patchwork). I hope my partner in Modern Scrappy Bits Swap! Round 2 likes it as much as I do! I made this basket with scraps and have no idea who designed the fabric but I love it!

I hope you decide to try something new this week! I would love to see it! Leave me a comment and I'll stop in and have a look! Thank you for stopping at "In The Boon Docks", Lisa!

It is Tuesday so I am linking up with Connie @ Freemotion by the River. Thanks Lisa

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Patchwork Fabric Basket

A good friend sent me a pattern so I could make a fabric basket. Fast forward a couple months and I have finally made my first one. I say that because I plan to make some more! I am in love with this pattern! It is well written, great photos, and super easy to follow. It makes a perfect Christmas present for a few of my friends.

Here is the front!

and the back!

I used this fabric I won at Patti's blog PS I want to quilt too!. Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan 6" pack and it is really beautiful fabric! Feels so soft, all the Rowan fabric I have does!

Pattern for the Patchwork Fabric Basket by Ayumi Takahashi. Just click on the word "pattern" and download it. I think it is the best. I found it at Sew Natural. Thank you for the link!

Please stop by tomorrow for the "Traveling Stash Giveaway"! Happy Sunday! Lisa

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Quilting Gallery Birthday Blog Hop

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

December 10 - 15, 2012, In The Boon Docks will join others in the celebration of the Quilting Galleries 5th Birthday. Giveaways will be available during the Blog Hop so be sure to stop in and hop around. This hop will be open to US and International participants. That means everyone!

If you have a blog and would like to be in the blog hop sign ups are HERE

We will be having a GIVEAWAY for the Traveling Stash on Monday which will be open to all Participants within the United States.

Have a great weekend and I see you here on Monday! Lisa

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Traveling Stash is coming!

Please continue to sign up for the Book Giveaway

The traveling stash is on it's way to "In the boon docks"! Yippee!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Giveaway UPDATE

UPDATE: The winner of the book giveaway is # 7. Congratulations Carla you win! I will send you an email and mail it right out to you!

Carla November 15, 2012 9:40 PM
You show up in my google reader.

Thank you all for entering and come back for the "Traveling Stash Giveaway". It should be here any day now! Unfortunately, the "Traveling Stash Giveaway" is just for participants in the United States.

Happy Thanksgiving to US citizens here and abroad!.

Everyone near and far, I hope you have a great weekend! XX Lisa

Here in the boondocks I get a lot time to read when Mr. D (7) & Mr. R (45) are both in school. I purchased (2) copies of this book, one for me and one for the WINNER of this giveaway.

I'll wet your appetite with some project pages!

It has interesting quilt blocks and fun projects. I bought it to see about making t-shirt blocks. My youngest daughter must have a hundred shirts she has saved. Since moving into her own home, she wants me to make a quilt with them. So goes the research to find out what I need to do make one.

Quilt Blocks and Quilts from your favorite fabrics, Recycling fabrics as you learn to quilt, by Kate Perri. @ Kate Perri Designs


1. To enter this giveaway leave me a comment on "what you might want to recycle and who it belongs too". Mine would be " my daughters t-shirts". That simple! That is one comment.

2. Extra comment for all followers - tell me how you follow

3. Extra comment if you share the giveaway with on your blog, tweet, or on Facebook! Just tell me how you did it, so I can see!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! No matter where you live am grateful for all of you. So this giveaway is open to everyone all over the world! If you are a no-reply blogger leave an e-mail address in your comment. If I cannot reach you, you cannot win!. This giveaway will end on November 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ghastlies have arrived

Vicki @ Quilting Lodge had a giveaway of 2 yards of "A Ghastlie Night" The Alexander Henry Fabric Collection. I won yippee! She also put in a yard of this other "Ghastlie" fabric, which is beautiful! Best part my momma loves it. She can be a bit hard to please when it comes to fabric (does not sew) she thinks most of it is boring. Not the Ghastlies! laughing she ask me what I was making for her. Thank you Vicki you gave me an awesome prize.

I Love This Line! It is just fun!

Speaking of Vicki, she just won "Best Appliqué Quilt Category" from Blogger's Quilt Festival @ Amy's Creative Side. So when I tell you she is really talented check out her blog "Quilting Lodge". When I emailed her the other day she told me she is working on a new pattern that will be coming out soon. I am sure it will be a winner.

Anyone besides me love this "knitting group"!

My husband's favorite cousins two children and their spouses had babies three days apart last month! So of course I made them each a hat! I really love making the baby hats best, I will try to get pictures with the babies to post.

The want to thank everyone who commented or emailed me about the vote on baby bibs or burp cloths. The burp cloths won!

Thank everyone for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"! Until next time Lisa

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tips about making pattern templates

Patti @ P. S. I Want To Quilt Too!!! is having a super Giveaway! So follow the link and sign up!

I am using the template pieces from Anna Maria Horner's pattern feather bed quilt which is available as a free .pdf at her website. I have loved this quilt since I saw it! But I scared myself into believing I had to be an advanced quilter before I attempted to make a feather. Not anymore, thanks to Scrappy? Sew bee it! Flickr group! It is really getting me to try new sewing projects.

A lot of patterns today come with templates that are digital. The pieces must be printed and put together to be used for the pattern.

I use the following to make templates:

Scissors that will cut cardboard - mine are cheap kitchen scissors
Glue stick
Paper template pieces
Cardboard - clean boxes work really well

First cut out the paper template pieces (sometimes you may have 3 or 4) that you need to attach together to make into one piece. When making templates try to find a cardboard piece big enough to fit the whole template. Glue the paper pieces together on the cardboard. Read the pattern carefully: some will tell you to glue under one, some just say line up. If you have a template that does not have a 1/4 seam allowance, using a ruler you can add it now. Cut out the template following as close to the outside lines as possible, do not cut into the line, follow the outside line like I have done here.

There are times you will find you have to flip the template over to cut out the mirror image or a left/right side. Mark on your template which is the left side and which is the right side. This saves you trouble later. I also mark all my background pieces.

See the directional lines on the template above those are used to line up the template on the sewn lines of your fabric. If you are using the template to produce a mirror image, you need to transfer those lines onto the back of the template opposite to the way on the front to line it up!

If you don't you could end up with your feather cut like the second feather below. Unusable!

When you want your feathers to all line up! Like the ones below.

I use my rotary cutter with my templates (faster for me) but you can also a use pencil or the Pilot Frixon ball pen, I would not use this pen to make quilting lines (read about testing here). but it is great for drawing template lines on the fabric (less chance of cutting your fabric wrong). Then using a pair of fabric scissors (nice & sharp) to cut the fabric pieces out.

I hope my tips can help you! Thanks for stopping by "In The Boon Docks", please come back again. Lisa

The pattern is also in Fons & Porter Quilty Magazine, Winter 2012. I just bought the digital issue yesterday! All kinds of articles and quilts with modern looks.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Not Sew Lazy


Anna Maria Horner feathers for Lucy @ Charm About You with my signature block for
Scrappy? Sew Bee It! I love this Flickr Bee!

A block for me!

Works In Progress

Binding for the Halloween Quilt

Fabric cut out for baby bibs or burp cloths for two new babies. Which do you think I should make?

I was going to link up with Works in Progress at Freshly Pieced but I having difficulty with my cut and paste! Argh! That is how the cookie crumbles some days.

Let me know baby bibs or burp cloths? XX Lisa

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In The Mail

I just love walking to the mailbox! Just to see if there is something besides BILLS in it. Today I got three packages and I am so excited! Two of those goodies are winnings from giveaways I entered last month! It is uplifting to win things!

The Winnings

First package is hand dyed fabric from Cynthia, a talented designer and awesome artist! She designed the fabric I used in my infinity scarf is Kona Modern Quilts, Merlot Color-story, and blogs at Cynthia Frenette. Pretty fabric that I will use in something special. Cynthia has a great blog and very nice giveaways, check her out! Thank you Cynthia, the fabric is beautiful and I love the little extra, so nice of you to have this giveaway!

Cynthia is so sweet she threw in some rick rack and a little heart! It is always fun to find something extra in a package!

My second package was from Joanna at Shape Moth, Unique Textile Art. Another very talented woman, her giveaway was through the Fat Quarter Shop, 10 fat quarters of Lemon Cosmos by Laura Gunn, Michael Miller Fabric! I just love this line! What a great giveaway! Fabric to pet on, it is so soft, eeek, I am in love! Joanna has a very modern blog and her work is amazing please take the time to look at her pillows she just made! Thank you Joanna and her sponsor Fat Quarter Shop!

Shopping for Deals

I am a real fabric junky! My hubby says more fabric comes in than quilts go out! He is right, patient, wonderful, and I love him. My stash needs to start getting used up! The problem is I may buy several 1/2 yards of one line on sale, then wait for another line to go on sale before having enough for the quilt. But I cannot afford to purchase designer fabric at full price. If I wait for sales I can purchase designer fabric at almost the same price as at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart. I still shop at all three but if I can buy designer on sale, I will!

Pink Chalk Fabrics has some great sales. I got 1/2 yards of each of these, Storybook Lane Cuckoo Clocks, Creative Thursday Santa Claus is Coming to Town Red Robin, Echino Decoro Frame Pink, MoMo Oh Deer Blossom & Bright Sky, and 1 yard of MoMo Oh Deer! Enchanted Forest Creamsicle for $36.70 before shipping.

***Kathy Mack the owner of Pink Chalk Fabrics has a wonderful blog Pink Chalk Studio. She is having a Giveaway of things she got at Fall Quilt Market!

These are all fabrics I have wanted for awhile so I waited! Yippee! Now back to making swaps!

Other great places to watch for sales are Hawthorne Threads, The Intrepid Thread, Fat Quarter Shop, and Missouri Star Quilt Co.. Well I better get back to my stack of stuff to do!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Pin It! Sew It! I Did It October

Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric Pile O' Fabric October Pin It, Sew it! Link Up is the woman behind "Pin It, Sew It".

I said this Here "You pick things you would like to make and do it! I think it is great! I will be happy if I can make one thing in October to pin in my "Pin It, Sew It, I Did It"! Proud to say I completed my goal for this month and linking up with Pile O' Fabric!

Pile O Fabric

The fabric I used is Kona Modern Quilts, Merlot Colorstory, by Cynthia Frenette that I bought from Craftsy! They have great deals on fabric and yarn everyday! Sign up for the deals to be sent to your inbox daily on CRAFTSY. After blogging about the completion of this scarf I got to know a little bit more about Cynthia. Check out her blog, Etsy shop, and her Spoonflower Fabric! Some really great stuff at all three. She is very personable and sweet! She even left me a comment on my scarf. Which was exciting for me I admit! Not bragging just sharing, first time that happened to me, made me giggle!

At the end of September Rebecca @ making rebecca lynne announced the release of her pattern. I Pinned It! I Sewed It! I Did It! As you see above, I really love my scarf! Mine maybe a bit bright for others tastes but for me it is perfect. Make one yourself and make it your way! The beauty of creating our own treasures is they really are ours!

Thank you Rebecca! Everyone: I found the directions in the pattern easy to follow and when I first made it and it was to small or was it I was to big. Rebecca helped me make it my size. Where can you get customer service like that? No where but in blogland.

I am glad to announce that In The Boon Docks has power, phone, and internet service once again! Big shout out for all those power people all over the East Coast working so hard! Thank you, you are awesome hardworking people! Lisa J.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Out of Power

All is well in West Virginia, but I live in the Boon Docks. So, of course I have no power!! I hope you are all ok. Power is out until Sunday but Mr. Hubby as always has us hooked up but no internet or phones. May god watch over you all and keep you safe. I will be back next week! Lisa