Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dare to Dresden

Dare to Dresden Blog Hop

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I am Lisa and I am forever creating something! You never know what you might find when you stop in here. Today is Day 3 of the Dare to Dresden blog hop sponsored by Madam Samm @ Sew We Quilt and Cheerleader Christine @ Quilt Monster In My Closet Thank you both for your excellent advice and giving us all a place to showcase our work!

I have lived off-line since January 10th due to the living in KY with my daughter and her fiancé waiting for the arrival of my granddaughter. I then stayed to help my daughter for the last week. I arrived home today around 6 pm. I had my sewing machine and a few thing but I didn't have my dresden ruler so my first attempt at making my own I went a little wrong. So I chopped off the triangle point and started again.

These cutting mats (3 in a pack) are cheap and great for making templates! You might want to pick up a pack next time you go to Walmart!

See this is how they look when you fold them right sides together and sew the top! It doesn't work if you cut them into that shape when you start.

Sew them side by side right sides together!

I picked up 5 yards of teal decor weight fabric in a shop in KY (no other info available, just rolled up with a price tag) to use as background fabric. The dresden plates fabrics are Metro, Half Moon Modern, by Moda and Type, by Julia Rothman, Windham Fabrics.

Now for the giveaway!

This truly fantastic teal pouch with a red zipper and 2 dresden plates on the front, which will finish at 12 1/2" h. x 15" w., it is lined in the same teal fabric, with a boxed bottom. I hope you like it! It would make a great travel bag!

This giveaway is open to everyone, just like this blog so no matter where you reside you can enter and I will mail it to the winner. If you are a no-reply blogger please leave an e-mail address in your comment. If I cannot contact you - you cannot win!

To win

1. Leave a comment telling me (yes or no) if you have ever sewn a zipper into something and what it was?

The reason is I am curious. I have quilted for 6 years now and never sewed a zipper or a pouch until this month. It makes a nice gift and it really not that hard. But me I was scared to death to try one. I could make all kind of purses but if it had a zipper, I wouldn't even think of making one! Now, I love making pouches.

2. If you are a follower you get an extra comment entry because you earned it this month. If you are a new follower please write - "new follower" in your comment.

This giveaway will close on February 3, 2013 at midnight and a winner will be chosen randomly on February 4, 2013. It will be announced on this blog and the winner will be notified by e-mail.

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you come back again soon. Now hop on over and visit the other bloggers scheduled for today! There is plenty of inspiration and more giveaways! Lisa

January 28, 2013

A Reformed Heath'n
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
Stitch Duchess' Crazy & Sane Quilting World
Grammie Q
Bumbleberry Stitches
Sunshine Girl
Butjenter Quilter
Blooming Where I am Planted
Quilting Lodge
The Tilted Quilt
Life In Scrapatch
Pretty Bobbins
In The Boon Docks
Sew Much More and More
Threading My Way
Pink Ribbon Quilts

Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog Giveaway

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

The winner of this Giveaway Pouch is
Coffee Break Whatever

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks"! I am Lisa and I am so happy to be part of "Growing Your Blog". Thank you Vicki @ 2 Bags Full for all your hard work to make this happen. Here I write about living in a rural area, children, family, and crafting. When I say crafting I mean sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting! I love blog hops and meeting new people online! Giveaways are done at least monthly to entertain me! Normally giveaway prizes are sewing items (books, fabric, tools) today's giveaway is a pouch I made just for one of you. I love creating unique gifts with fun fabric. My style is modern but I love traditional!

I am a member of the West Virginia Modern Quilt Guild. My quilts are listed under the Quilt Tab at the top of the blog if you would like to look at some of my work from 2012. I began blogging just over one year ago to document my quilting journey and in addition found a whole new world of like minded souls. I participate in flickr swaps and Bee's. I love it!

So now for the Giveaway! It is open to all people from anywhere in the world. If you are a no-reply blogger please leave a email address or you cannot win! You have (2) ways to enter!

(1). Leave a comment answer this question "If you had a baby girl today what would you name her"?

(2). If you are a follower of "In The Boon Docks". Leave a second comment saying so! New followers are always welcome. Please feel free to sign up as a email subscriber or through Google and remember to leave a second comment for an extra chance!

This Giveaway will end on February 1, 2013. I will email the winner and post an update to this blog of who was the winner!

This pouch is made with fabric from both Metro, Half Moon Modern, and Momma Said Sew, Sweetwater, by Moda. It is 10 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" tall.

Currently, I am not home due to my youngest daughters pregnancy! In fact my daughter is being induced today January 19, 2013. I hope to enjoy this blog hop during the long hours of labor. I am currently living off-line due to no internet in their home in Ky. Please take a moment to wish her a healthy baby!

To my current followers please check out a few blogs at Vicki @ 2 Bags Full there will be other GIVEAWAYS

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" and good luck in the giveaway! Forever Sewing Lisa

Zoey Renee Fishman has arrived! Dad, mom and baby all doing fine. She was born 1/19/2013, 9:57 am, weight: 6 pounds 3 oz., height: 19 3/4". Thanks you all for your prayers.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pouch for Princess

Woke up this morning to find all the tree's frozen.

After my daughter saw the new pouch she had to have her own for herself!

The ornamental fabric that I used inside the pouch and on the front id B45-LP!-P07, 2011 Brother Sister Design Studio.

I find Pellon Fusible Interfacing, for light to medium weight fabrics is excellant to iron on in between the layers. You should try it yourself!

These owls just scream "Happy" for my daughter's pouch the fabric is B34-OL!-P05, 2009 Brother Sister Design Studio. Besides I love these owls too!

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" we are all excited about tomorrow (Thursday) to see the OB Doctor hoping he help "Zoey" on her way. Please pray, send good thoughts, or anyway you commune with our creator for a healthly baby and mommy. My greatest concern right now. Forever sewing, Lisa

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Linen or Not

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

I have looked for a linen tablecloth in thrift shops for months. I cannot justify the cost of linen until I am a better sewist. I found one for $5.00 at the local thrift store here in Ky. Now to cut it up and making pouches and see how I like working with it. If it is not really linen please tell me so!

I am in love Type, by Julia Rothman, Windham W Fabrics! I spent 10 years as a Yeoman (secretary) in the US Navy and typed on a typewriter just like that one back in the 1980's.

The butterflies are so pretty in Metro, Half Moon Modern, Moda. Both lines went so well with my cut up tablecloth don't you think?

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" temporarily displaced in Kentucky. Please keep praying for a health Mommy and Baby! Forever Sewing, Lisa!

Spent Time Creating

I spent time making Ollie (daughter's dog) a bed and some toys out of scraps.

The flower looking toys are just the scraps from burp cloths stacked up and sew down the center 3 or 4 times. "Ollie" throws them around and plays with them. I bought the fabric for his bed at a thrift store for $2.00 and he is actually laying on it.

The Baby Burp Cloths Pattern I always use is a free download from That Patchwork Place.

All the flannel is very cute, soft, great quality, and bought at JoAnn fabric and craft stores. My daughter was really pleased because she picking out the fabric over the last 3 months. My favorite is this quilting cotton I bought somewhere by Deb Strain! Love the baby feet!

Michael, Kristin, and I are walking a lot to get this baby moving. As we were walking through Walmart I told them if her water breaks grab a jar of "pickles" off the shelf and break it! I was kidding but I did hear that many times over the years. A visit on Monday to the maternity ward showed that she has not dilated past 2 cm. They were both disappointed when we were sent home. Help me cheer them up! Do you have a story that made you laugh that last long month of pregnancy? Tell me about it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blog Anniversary Giveaway Winner

Number 48 is the winner of my Bog Anniversary Gift, according to Mr.

Jennifer Gail of Hoodies and Flip Flops @

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Out Of Touch

Well Thursday our very pregnant daughter called saying she was having contractions 4 minutes apart pretty steady and her Dr. told her and her fiancé at her appt. that the baby was coming in the next 48 hours. Please come now she was afraid!

So Friday the contractions slowed down, my husband had her out running around hoping they would start again. He will probably go back home Saturday to stay with David until Zoey is born if she doesn't make an appearance soon! Me? I will be right here. Michael works 12 hour days and my daughter is alone at home without a car. Funny thing is I don't drive! But sometimes in a woman's life she just needs her Momma! The look of relief on her face last night as she flew into my arms took me back to when she was little and in need.

Well I have finished my halloween quilt for all the world to see and first thing my daughter's dog (Ollie) does is lay down on it! He knows a comfy spot when he see's it!

The front (don't have details today) the fabric info is sitting by my machine at home!

The back! I loved this panel (also by the sewing machine) I picked up at a little quilt shop in Northern, West Virginia.

I always have Peaches and Cream to keep me occupied while we wait! I am sorry that I will not be doing my blogging job for a week or so, but I will try to get to someplace with wi-fi this next week. Thank you! No baby yet! I will try to keep you posted. Pray for a healthy Momma and baby for me! Please hang with me! Lisa

Zippers and Pouch

I made my first pouch today (really 2 days ago), and cut my first zipper down! It is not perfect which goes to show you just because I write a blog doesn't mean I know always what I am doing. I am always interested in learning new skills by making mistakes. I used the FREE Cratsy Bag Making Basics with Kristin Link Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch is excellent. I also used a Craftbuds tutorial called: Easy Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial. for additional information on zippers.

See my mistake it didn't line up! Still useable!

I was packing up my sewing things to go to our daughter's house (who has no internet - so I am not sure when I will get to someplace with wi-fi), back to my story. I took my new pouch and filled it with zippers. My husband comes by and picks it up and asked if he could have it! Big shock, he is very supportive of my sewing, quilting, blogging, swapping world wide, and spending his money, but never has he asked for something like for hisself(take that back he ask me to buy some fabric he found in a quilt shop 15 years ago and make him a quilt, it took 12 years for me to learn to quilt it). So I opened another bag that was going with me and threw those zippers in it and gave it to him! He but his medicine in it to take on our trip. I am so pleased. Looking forward to read your comments when I get back to the internet. Lisa

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dress Up Onesies

With my daughter receiving a lot of white plain Onesies I decided to dress some of them up! Babies spend most of their time living in them so lets have fun with them!

Picked up this set for $2.00 at Walmart with patches and iron-ons. You can find iron-ons at any craft store. Follow the directions that come in the package! For a cotton ironing cloth just use a cotton scrap larger than the iron-on to place over the iron-on while you iron.



My daughter did this one herself!

On the sleeve! Anywhere you want!

These look so much more exciting now than just boring old white. Total time to make about 30 minutes. Good way to dress up a shower gift!

Whats' Up?

Be sure to sign up for my blog anniversary GIVEAWAY

I just entered Beauty & the Beast into the Quilting Galleries "Favourite Quilt of 2012"
Quilters' Show & Tell. So don't forget to Vote this week! Why not enter your favorite today!.

Thank you for reading "In The Boon Docks". Lisa

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thought Provoking Blog

What are your talents? What are your gifts? Why should others look up to you?

Do you ever find your self wondering about these things? I know I do and I put my answers in as "I can sew" as a talent. Instead of "caring of others" I sew to cover the ones I love and some I don't with my love in the form of a quilt. Finding the true talent!

Recently my Orthopedic Massage Therapist and friend Angie started a blog about her battle with RA Angie's Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not always your nice happy blog but her wisdom is incredible. Over the last 5 years she has kept me mobile from my injuries and my head on straight when I thought I was the only one. She never complains and is an expert in her job.

Now, as she vigorously battles this disease she writes her observations on the world, life, and hope. While my injuries from almost 13 years ago are not life threatening they are crippling. Without the use of her talents I wouldn't be able to do so much more but I find the thought of not having the ability to talk with her on a regular basis more disturbing than finding a new therapist.

When she listed these three question on her blog I thought to share them as a way to get you thinking about yourselves. Quietly, in my own self I will try to answer these questions and find inspiration from my friend and mentor on being a better person. So if you need a little thought provoking please go visit her blog and see what I mean. You might find yourself asking those same questions. Not fearing to step outside the box to give your life purpose and meaning.

One Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway is still open please signup HERE

Sunday, January 6, 2013

One Year Giveaway!

Welcome to "in The Boon Docks". It has been one year today that I started this blog and we are both still here. So lets have a giveaway! It is opened to all International and her at home in the USA.

1. You get "ONE" entry by leaving a comment! What is your favorite quilting thread? What wt do you

If you are a "no-reply blogger" and leave an e-mail address in your comment. If I cannot contact you if you win - you lose and I go one to a new number!

In The Boon Docks has enrich my life and helped me keep track of projects that I might have not been able to do without communication with other blogger. So I take this time to say "Thank You" to those Ladies and Gentlemen bloggers who have mentored me over the last year to keep it going.

The first is a 2" Moda Candy! Just right for tradional quilts

The second is a 5" charm pack that I think any Modern sewist would enjoy!

I have purchase the charm pack and will be here be this week.

Giveaway starts today January 7, 2013 and ends January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Good Luck

I am linking with Connie @ Freemotion by the River

Handmade Baby Shower Gifts

I was really impressed with how many beautiful handmade gifts my daughter received yesterday at her baby shower. I thought I would share some of them with you! Next time you go to a shower it might inspire you to make a handmade gift!

Well she was handmade by God!

A crib sheet

She really likes this gift (2 pieces of fabric stitch together and stitching around the outside). John Deere reminds her of home.

Of course the baby's name stitch on it makes it extra special

Kristin's friends mom made (2) crocheted sweaters with booties on the way! These are beautiful!

One friend wrapped the diapers in a handmade crib sheet with a ribbon and bow. (Since crib mattresses are a standard size making them out of soft material will keep a baby's skin from chapping). I will ask for the pattern for to share.

This is my first quilt finish in 2013! I bogged about it HERE

My daughter was ecstatic with all her gifts purchased and handmade. Zoey will be here in less than 3 weeks! Thank you for reading, Lisa!

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Night Before A Baby Shower

My husband left early this morning to drive the 2 1/2 hours to our youngest daughters house to pick her up and bring her home. He was home in time to take David to basketball practice. My little girl is very uncomfortable being large with child, just 3 weeks left! While the guys were gone she decided I needed my hair dyed red and laughed and giggled while fixing me up. It was well worth it to see her happy! Then we worked on table decorations for the shower. These are Martha Stewart Lanterns that I bought at Ollie's (3) in a box for $5.99. We used glitter chipboard for scrapbooking ($1.29) and glued them on with tacky glue.

I made this little snuggle blanket using a picture from Amy Butlers Little Stitches for Little Ones. I should have used the pattern but I didn't! So, I learned "Minky" stretches when you sew it to cotton! Everything looked alright in the end but I wasn't so sure it wasn't going to become a UFO about 8:00 pm. My daughter thought those "Isabella" fat quarters were just to pretty to leave in my stash and the green minky was so soft. I don't know about you but I Just couldn't tell her no. Again, at the moment anything that makes her smile.

I remembered seeing somewhere about making the inside piece an inch smaller around. Sewing the left and right sides together, then top and bottom (leave and opening to turn). Sew up the hole. Press cotton over and sew all the way around on the cotton. It turns out about 29" x 29". At least when I got done that is what it was. The blocks started out 10 1/2" (9) and the "minky" was 29" square but as I said it stretches, next time it is fleece for me baby. I might also read the pattern and follow it! Lesson learned: daughter thinks it is beautiful - priceless

Thanks for stopping at "In The Boon Docks"! Tomorrow we are having the baby shower, I hope all goes well! Have a great weekend! Lisa

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Holidays are over?

Not here! Look what my friend Rie @ Crafty Rie sent for Christmas! She has become one of my favorite pen pals (Momma calls it that and it works for me). I suppose I will add a few Zakka Style projects to my goals for 2013. Thank you Rie! Yes, I did scream Eek, when I opened this package!. Behind the awesome book is a bag of Cadbury "Freddo", chocolate frogs, which David just loves. Timtam's are my favorite, if I can keep everyone else in the house from finding them, they may make it a couple days. A FQ of unique fabric I have never seen before to pet! Yummy! The friends I have made through blogging are the best and have brought such Joy to my life.

The blocks for Rosa from the flickr group Scrappy? Sew bee it! I finished up this morning (12) for her. Low Volume is more difficult than I thought it would be. I hope she likes them!

Of course, I need a few for me for my ever growing block collection.

I really wanted to use a few strips of this fabric I bought off "eBay" but would never want to offend anyone so I didn't! It is really fun though isn't it?

So tell me would you use this fabric in something or does it offend you? Be honest, I am curious. When I bought it I thought of using it to make a pouch for one of my grown daughter, they think I am a prude.. Sew funny! Lisa