Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Small Quilt

Some call them mini quilts, mug rugs, and small quilts. I call them works of art. This little mini was created by Laura Ann for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop.

No, it did not come with the green fabric or frame. When I saw it in all it's loveliness, I knew it had to hang on the wall. It is just to cute to get dirty, so in a frame it went.

She also sent me dot fabric (so love it) and a sewinista button (love this too)! So lets see I collect fabric, buttons, and now individualized small works of art. Sounds good to me! I love handmade! Thanks again Laura Ann @ The Fuzzy Hat Quilter for taking the time to make this beauty as a giveaway!

So, my husband comes in and see this little quilt and says to me "since when is quilting cheap"? No matter the cost quilting has helped me through some difficult times in my life. I think I will keep sewing for a very long time. I do have a stack of projects I need to get to soon. Hopefully my body will be agreeable, if not the next week never give up.

What do you do with items you win from blog hops?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out In The Boon Docks. Lisa

Friday, September 28, 2012

Japanese X and + Block.

Scrappy? Sew bee it!

I completed my first block for the Scrappy So Bee It! I was so nervous and excited! I hope Carla really likes it. Does anyone else get that way when sewing for someone else? Just curious, it would be nice to hear that sewing makes someone else a little crazy! It was a successful pattern to me. I had wanted to sew the block for over a year, and very excited to finally done it: Japanese X and + block.

Carla's quilt will be really beautiful, I will be excited to see block placement, and the finished quilt. Until Later, Lisa

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Craft Book Month

September is Craft Book Month at Craft Buds.

I love to read craft books and get inspiration! I will show you a few of my favorites books after I share my entry with the help of my grandson and niece.

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds


I made these dishcloths to practice new stitches. I learned to properly make these 2 stitches "extended single" and "double" crochet. It is a lot of fun and the resulting dishcloths will be donated to a local group for their craft/bake sale.

"The Crochet Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden is an excellent go to book for learning new stitches. It has over 200 stitches in it, with detailed easy to follow charts. The photographs walk you through each step. Deborah at Simply Miss Luella gave me my copy. What a great prize!

It is pumpkin picking time In The Boon Docks. These two little ones loaded up this table with all these pumpkins out of Pappaw's garden. My hats are getting well used, it has started to get cold at night here. I had to make a few for my babies. I am still making hats but I only have a pamphlet of instructions. No craft book. But, I am proud of my hats and thought I would show you a few more. Still using my Knifty Knitter to make them that makes 9 so far to donate.

Now for my two favorite craft (quilt designing) books:

Quilting Modern techniques and projects for improvisational quilts by Jacquie Gering & Katie Pedersen

I think Jacquie is one of the nicest bloggers I ever communicated with through a blog.Jacquie @ Tall Grass Prairie Studio. She is the one who inspired me into joining a Modern Quilt Guild. One of the pioneers in Modern Quilting she is on the executive board for the National Modern Quilt Guild. A lot of talent is poured into one book.

Quilts from the house of Tula Pink by Tula Pink

I was happy to see Tula's book highlighted this month during Craft Buds Craft Book Month Craft Buds Highlights the Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. The interview with Elizabeth Maxson tells you all about the photography for the book. Excellent! Elizabeth Maxson is very talented photographer.

Tula Pink's book, designs, and fabric are awesome! I have to say she is my favorite fabric designer.

Hopefully by next years I will have the courage to make something from one of them. I believe that any book that teaches you anything new is wonderful. Until later, Lisa

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thank you!

Dots on Dots Blog Hop Giveaway the winner is SUZE. She has been contacted by email. Random Org picked 168. I personally went through and counted, if you had more than 2 comments (some of you did) I only counted the the first two. I removed my comments of course and Suze was #168. Thank you all for playing.

The population of of followers has grown so much that I find it thrilling. Thank you all for reading In the Boon Docks Blog. I was so happy when I just knew that one person was reading and might find it entertaining. Happy Dance! Thanks again!

Internet Pickles I won these pickles months ago from Thearica @ Pig Tales and Quilts. They just got ready to mail, it worked perfect. The pickles are crisp, crunchy, and delicious sweet pickles. Unfortunately, they are almost gone because everyone in the house is eating them up. Thank you Thearica

Pincushions and Batiks Squares I won these from the wonderful Rachel @ The Life of Riley Thank you so much Rachel, I love pincushions.

Modern Scrappy Bits Swap These two photos are what I received my secret partner Karen @ capitolaQuilter I just love my Tula scrap bag, pincushion, and scraps. She is a really talented quilter. The Swap was on Flickr and I had so much fun I want to do it again. Thank you Leona @ LEONA'S Quilting Adventure for having the Swap. The best part is it cost me no money, it is like a trade of talent and toys.

PINCUSHIONS - I love pincushions, it just brings me such happiness to have just a little creation someone else has made to look at and use. They also do not take up much room! Riley Blake Pincushion Club - every Friday. Last Fridays Course Instructor: Kimber Mitchell of HEIRLOOMS by ASHTON HOUSE was just so cute I wanted to share it, so you could find it.

Please go and take a look if you like pincushions Riley Blake Designs also has many more!

Until next time, may God keep you safe, Lisa

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dots on Dots Blog Hop and Giveaway


Welcome everyone! I hope you enjoy your here In The Boon Docks!

I am excited to be participating in the Dots on Dots Blog Hop which is being hosted by
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt and Corrie @ Quilt Taffy. Thank you both for all you have done!

I kind of broke the size rule! I hope Madame Samm doesn't ban me from her blog hops because I really love blogging in them and hopping to all the other bloggers sites. So far this hop has had so many gorgeous projects I would love to make.

Dresden Plate Block

My block is 24" x 24", the fabrics I used to make this Dresden Plate are Ombre Dots by Riley Blake and Kona Cotton Solid Coal by Robert Kaufman.

I followed the directions in the EZ Make A Dresden Plate Quilt Ruler by Darlene Zimmerman. The directions are very easy to read and simple to do! So excited I completed it. But last minute Lisa waited to long to write her post, so rushed the photos! I did iron it!

But I have to admit it went out the window when I saw pins! I avoid pins. When I use them I always get stuck. I hate blood on my fabric. So my favorite item is still Elmer's Glue! I just sprayed it on the wrong side of the plate and place it on the back ground fabric. Holds it in place perfectly! Love it!

I did not want to Zig Zag around the outside so instead I machine sewed each petal. After I completed the flower and glued it to the base of my fabric I used my sewing machine to secure it. I think it worked quite lovely! I did zig zag around the center circle! The back looks pretty well done.

It would make a nice apron!

I think my daughter has decided on a wall hanging for their baby room or a quilt. My daughter and Michael found out Thursday, "It's a GIRL", so we are all excited.

Make sure to visit all of the others participating in the hop today to see more fun Polka Dot blocks and projects and also to enter even more giveaways! Here is the list of today's participants click on each name to visit their blogs!

Debbie Kratovil Quilts
Quilting Fiesta
Pig Tales and Quilts
Sew Me Something Good
Archimedes' Bathtub
Simple Sew
Patchouli Moon Studio
In The Boon Docks - You Are Here
Debuko @ Quilts My Way

You can find the full schedule of participants by clicking onto the Dots on Dots button on the Quilt Taffy blog.

GIVEAWAY - ends September 20, 2012

33 Jelly Roll Strips - they are all pre-cuts from different Moda collections and a few from Connecting Threads!

To Enter:

(1) Leave a comment answering this question: Do you have a pet? If yes, what is it and what is it's name?

(2) If you are a follower (new or current) leave a comment saying that you are one.

If you are a no-reply blogger you cannot be found unless you leave a email. I have to be able to email you.

This giveaway is as always for everyone everywhere! If you win and have an address I will mail it to you!

I always try to answer each comment but I have learned during Blog Hops, I usually cannot keep up. So, if you don't hear from me! Know that I do read each and every comment you write to me and appreciate them all.

Please enter and have fun! Thank you for stopping by! Lisa



Linking up with Connie's Freemotion by the River. See you there! Lisa

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where Were You?

On September 11, 2001, I had snuck away from a photography course to use the restroom. Class was on the second floor of an old brick building in Portsmouth, Virginia. The bathrooms were on the first floor. Coming out of the restroom, on an empty security desk, was a television. I saw the image of the second plane hitting the twin towers, I thought it was a trailer for a movie at first and stood there staring. When I realized that no the United States of America was under attack, I ran up the back stairs to the darkroom and turned on the lights. My teacher yelled "how one thoughtless act had destroyed everyone's work". I yelled back that "two planes just hit the twin towers". My teacher, dismissed class and everyone huddled around a 13" color tv trying to figure out what to do next. Eleven years later I still remember that day like yesterday. But does my 7 year old grandson understand or even know of this day? Tonight, I will try to explain, so that day is never forgotten. It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents to let our children know what happened on this day so hopefully it can never happen again.

Many people died that day because of terrorist that believed all those who were different from them deserved to die. They were out to kill as many innocent people as they could! I think of "How one thoughtless act had destroyed everyones lives". Today our country and many others are still fighting terrorist. Young men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect our countries! Including a beloved prince because it is the right thing to do. Lets teach our children respect for their county, diversity, and the men and women who protect them everyday.

I would love to hear were you where on this day in history! Please leave a comment below.

It was not just the United States that lost citizens in the bombings but the world. God Bless! Elizabeth Johnson, YN2, United States Navy Veteran

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dots on Dots a little History

This quilt top belongs to Ms. Joyce Williams, (my mommy), she has owned it for many years and agreed to show it during this event. Quilt makers have used dots for decades to beautify their quilts.

I thought it was interesting that the maker of this quilt did not cut off the salvege before using it in this quilt. My mother is not sure were she got the quilt top, but believes it came from one of my three great-aunts, the last one having pasted away two years ago at age 92. So how to date this quilt?

The history of the Cranston Print Works Company

I found some information on Youtube about one of the plants. This video shows the machines at Cranston Print at work Cranston Print Works

Got any ideas on how old it is please let us know.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Knifty Knitter School

I love blogging! Today I spent sometime with my friend Stacy who went out and bought a knitter after reading my blog! How cool is that! She needed a little help and now she is working on her first hat! She would like to use this as a ministry to provide hats for the homeless! I am so excited that In The Boon Docks influenced someone. Plus, I got to visit with my friend.

To make the hat band do 14 rows and bring up the first row back on your knitter! Then continue on knitting until your hat large enough. Like Stacy has done here!

Thanks for stopping by In The Boon Docks Stacy I had a fun afternoon! Have a great weekend everyone! Lisa

Friday, September 7, 2012

Scrappy? Sew bee it!

I am really excited to have been invited to join a group of very talented people in a "Sewing Bee". I am a little scared but excited for the challenge that this opportunity will bring. Scrappy Sew Bee It. Each month a member choses a new block for the group to sew. Then the blocks are sent to that person for their own quilt. I am looking forward to August 2013 when I think it will be my turn to chose a block. Until then I will look forward to completing new blocks with someone else in mind and color combinations I might not have considered. I cannot wait to get started. My mother informed me that when she was young these where called "Friendship Quilts". This is just on a world level. WOW

I have the blocks from my Great Aunt Caroline's friendship quilt from "1932". I would like to be involved in this to share with my grandchildren a completed quilt that showed woman from all over the world working on a collaborate effort and it is in "Nana's living room". Hopefully this will not just be a one time experience. But open other doors into things I would like to do.

I just want say thank you to the other members of Scrappy Sew Bee It and I feel honored to be able to join you.

Now I just have to figure out where to get a button for my sidebar.

And do my first block for Carla using this tutorial Japanese X and Scrappy Quilt Tutorial by Amy@badskirt

I know it will be fun! Don't be afraid to ask others about things your interested in, something I said months ago to another blogger Lucy lead to this for me. Thank you so much Lucy your the greatest pal a gal could have, even if you are an ocean away. Lisa

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Scrap Attack

I bought the fabric for the "Low Volume Swap" from Hawthorne Threads and when I did I purchased a scrap pack! This is what I got!!!

I alway love to buy a scrap pack because usually there is such a variety and the prices are always right, 2 yards for less than the cost of one. You cannot beat that! I love those little gnomes, I would never had thought to search it out, but they are so cute! So check it out, and treat yourself to variety! It is so much fun!

So have a SCRAP ATTACK!


Nope, no one ask me to say anything about Hawthorne Threads I just like there scrap packs! Lisa

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party Winner

I tried out True Random Number Generator and it gave me number 136 who is:

BizyStitches - she lives in Kansas and is 63 years young.

I have sent her an email for her address. Thank you all for participating!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I want to thank each and every one of you who entered the Giveaway, to me you are all winners. I enjoyed trying to keep up with all the comments but I failed. I am still working on it!

Come back on September 14th for my day in Dots on Dots and we will have another Giveaway. Opened to all of our friends near and far, I will find something you all will want just as much. Thanks again for stopping In The Boon Docks and visiting for a while! Lisa

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hats - anyone wanna make one?

It is not to late to enter the giveaway HERE. You have until September 3rd to enter.


I am in love with the "Knifty Knitter", lots of companies make them, mine is made by "Provocraft". Joann Fabric and Craft Stores Online have it on sale for 25% off for $17.24 this week or you can purchase one at your local craft store. This is the loom set you want to make all sizes of hats! It comes with the looms, hook, and instructions. There are lots of things you can make using the looms!

I have had mine for a few years so they are not the same color! I can make a hat in a couple hours while watching T.V. They are lightweight and easy to carry in a tote with yarn to work on for a few minutes in a doctors office or on the bus!

This yarn by Universal Yarn is selling for $8.00 a skein on internet sites today. I found it at the local "Ollie's" for $3.49 the other day and bought 4 skeins to make hats with, it is a little heavier, soft, and not itchy (very important when making hats for kids) Ollie's Bargain Outlet here is a link to see if you have one near you. I went back yesterday with my husband and bought 6 more skeins. Warm hats to be made for the local mission and a few kids! I love a bargain!

My two handsome male hat models!
The one in the orange hat is ours.

Best Friends are wonderful things to have, when you need an extra model!
The blue hat is Universal Yarn - Classic Chunky Impression!
The orange yarn is just some leftover and itchy, I was told!

My awesome husband found this panel in the discount fabric at our LQS, and someone just had to have a new pillow cover. Yoda has come to save our galaxy!

These are my finds - Knifty Knitter and Chunky Yarn; and completes - 3 hats, mom would not model for me, and a pillow cover, for the week. No one offered me anything to tell you my true feelings on the products above. If you are looking for a place to donate the hats you make, your local homeless shelter could use as many as you can make in the next few months.Thank you for stopping by, Lisa