Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter and 49

Hi All! Well it is official now! I am 49! David told me I wouldn't be old until I was 50, little does he know I feel like a little girl most days playing and learning with him! I am so lucky to have him and the rest of my family. My cousin and his family came to celebrate our birthdays, (his was yesterday), and have Easter together. My youngest daughter and her family will be here tomorrow night. A full house for Easter, I am so grateful. I feel really blessed. It has been a great day in the boon docks today!

Here are my finished Easter bunnies hiding for now for the kids's baskets. These are so cute, you still have time to make one for someone. You can find the pattern and tutorial at Revoluzzza Let Sew It.

If you want some really soft baby yarn this is the greatest. I bought mine at Walmart and JoAnn's

The big finish for this week is Zoey's crocheted blanket for her Easter present.

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" and have a Happy Easter and safe travels! I got some really neat gift to show you next week! Lisa

An awesome giveaway is going on at 2 Bag Full called The Vera Grateful Giveaway! Go sign up and read her blog! I am sure you will enjoy it!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Bunny

I think everyone can find a special someone to make an Easter Bunny! These are so cute, make one today at Revoluzzza Let Sew It. I needed an Easter Gift for the older kids after I decided to crochet a blanket for Zoey.

one more left to sew! I told you they are cute. I am going to link up with Connie

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" please come back anytime!
Create and be unique, Lisa

Monday, March 25, 2013

Simple Joys

"Simple Joys in Life"!

My family is my life. My husband - I love him so much I feel like I could burst sometimes! My beautiful daughters bring me joy just talking to them. My grandchildren are so delightful and fun just to hold! But David keeps me much busier than that! I don't know were my life would be without him!

Yes! These two are family and part of the simple joy I have everyday!

I love making things even if it is not a quilt, sewing little things to give to or swap with others! It brings me such joy sending off things for someone else to get a surprise in the mail. I have yet to be disappointed on what I received in return! The look on a child's face when you give them something you made just for them! (Last weeks starts and finishes).

I love fabrics - to look, hold, pet, buy, create! It gives me so much pleasure just going through my fabric containers looking for the next project! Big joy comes when going to quilt stores!

The daffodils poking their heads up through the cold ground to show Spring is on it's way!

I enjoy taking care of my birds (chickens), they have such simple needs, and give you eggs!

I am linking up with Deborah from Simply Miss Luella for the lets get acquainted Monday Link up! Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"! Create and be unique, Lisa

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Pot Holders

I was stocking my Covert Robin and one of the things she has pinned is "Easter Pot Holders", the tutorial and pattern are available for free and you can pin it at
Miss Mary Sewing Class
or visit the blog Miss Mary Sewing Classes Blog

David just had to demo how to use them! Just in case someone out in Blogland hasn't used a pot holder before. Here is how to hold your pan with the pot holders on! The tutorial is excellent! The instructions are easy to follow and the pattern very simple. Just the way I like it. The only thing I added was a layer of Warm and Natural Batting with the insul-Bright pieces of the pattern.

WVMQG met this afternoon and we had a swap. I thought the pot holders would make a great swap gift. So I made a set of them with these little Elephants for my partner. (Scraps). Sarah really liked them. Yippee!

Sarah of COOPCRAFTS made me this really cool Key Fob! She has a great tutorial on her website on how to make "Ribbon Key Fobs". I just think it is so great, I will never lose the keys again!
Now, to find some keys to put on it!

I decided to make a set for my other partner to add with her bag! Now I have enough handmade items for her, so in the mail it goes on Monday! Thank all of you who responded for your help in deciding. I would rather have to much than not enough. Plus, these are really great "pot holders" to use in the kitchen. I plan to make some for my own kitchen. Maybe you should try a few?

Create and be unique, Lisa

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bloglovin or Feedly

I think it is a personal choice on which reader you choose to use when Google Reader gets dumped. In a way the news has made me do some research on which was best for me. I use an iPad 3 as my primary internet device. On many blogs today, I read "follow me with Bloglovin". I say, follow "In The Boon Docks anyway you want just please still read it"! I do feel you should know what your getting before you have to load a app or program on your computer. This blog post seemed pretty on point on what I found and thought I would post a link to it for you here Nosh On It.
Psst! I like feedly so far, let you know more as I find it!

Can you keep a secret? I made this large pouch for my partner in the Covert Robin and I have no idea if this is enough? Don't tell on me for asking! I will post about it later in the month! Do you think this gift is worth $20 - $30? Trying to figure out if I need to make more for her? You are my go to friends, so leave me an honest answer. Thank you! Create and be unique! Lisa

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Repairing Utilitarian Old Quilts

First, I just have to show you Apple Jack Cotton, by Tim and Beck, from Moda. Isn't this fabric line so cute! I won a jellyroll during the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop from Sharon @ Vroomans Quilts! Thank you Sharon, you have such great taste in fabric, I plan on something fun for my littlest baby girl! The next blog hop will be "April Showers" with Madam Samm!

I bought this old quilt at a yard sale for a $1.00. It had no batting, just a piece of muslin sewn on. One day I planned to deconstruct it so I could practice Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) that day has arrived!

Repairs needed to be made where it had a couple of little wear holes. I grabbed a couple of scraps and went to work.

Cut a scrap bigger than your hole. Then iron all 4 sides over about 1/8".

Cut out a piece of "Heat Bond", I used "Lite" because that is what I had on hand, that fits almost to all the sides (to big and you get yuck on your iron). Now, iron the "Heat Bond" down on your scrap.

I did one little piece. Let it COOL! Then lifted up the edge, slid my next tiny piece under it and ironed the second little square. Do not remove the cover sheet completely. Why? Remember the yuck (glue)! I wanted as close to the edges as possible.

Iron your patch over the hole! Which is good enough for my purpose because eventually I will FMQ right over the top to further secure it. For a finished repair - do a blind stitch around it. That way the edges will not lift up later, and the patch will last for a very long time.

Also, Dritz Quilting Curved Basting Pins Size 3 are the greatest for pinning. They are easy to handle and they don't poke you! I bought mine at a LQS. I found them at Amazon for $9.76 and this shop sells them for $4.99. But instead of paying shipping look in your LQS.

Create and be unique, Lisa!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chickens for my birthday

My husband and grandson went to Tractor Supply and brought me home an early birthday present. Six little chicks, the lady told them they were all going to be hens. My husband made them a little house out of one of our old aquariums. I present them here for your viewing pleasure!

Now, really are down "In The Boon Docks"! Create and be unique, Lisa

International Quilt Day

(He is green, so you can't pinch me)!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, was International Quilt Day! What did you do? Well I had a day of enjoyment!

I started the quilt "Cascarone", pictured below, which is on my list for a new March start for , 2013 NewFO Challenge.

For the beginners out there: when you look at this page, you are looking at 4 templates; (2) for a small triangle block and (2) for the larger. First draw out your larger, then the smaller. Write down fold line and other important information so in 6 months or 6 years you can us them again.

Using your cheap plastic mat, tape the page with the template facing the mat, and hold it to a sunny window. I find a permanent marker works best to trace the lines for the template you need on the page. After your done marking it let it dry for 5 minutes. Or, you might experience smug...and then redo! I use my heavy duty kitchen scissors to cut them out but any full size scissors you don't cut fabric with will do the job!

Storage of Templates: put them in a clear Zip Lock (I buy a cheap off brand and keep them just for this reason). In permanent marker write, magazine, name of pattern, issue and year, on the bag. Now some people hate what I going to tell you next! Rip the article and pattern out of the magazine fold it in half and put it in the bag all together.

I don't know what you do with your old magazines but I give mine to the local senior citizens center! They don't care that I took a pattern out of my $6.99 magazine! They are happy to get to look at it and maybe find one for themselves.

If I am going to remove more than 5 or 6 I just keep the magazine or throw it away. (I don't make templates until I am going to use them). Sometimes if there is just one I will rip it out and put it in my project book and pass the magazine on.

I think I am going to mix triangles in with the Lorax Quilt! Today I made (4) large triangles and (4) more Lorax blocks (Until I ran out of the fabric I order it last week, which will be in Monday)! So, I am slowly chugging away!

I hope you all had a fun International Quilt Day! I did have fun even when I cleaned the chicken coop, no one escaped! Yippee! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"! Create and be unique, Lisa

Friday, March 15, 2013

Beat the Winter Blues Winners

I would like to thank Mishka @ The Quilting Gallery for hosting Beat the Winter Blues – Quilters’ Blog Hop Party. It was great fun! Now for the winner, Mr picked:

#2 - Littlehouseonthedairy who said I follow in google reader

I have e-mailed her to let her know she won!

I also decided since I have never had 452 comments ever that I will giveaway another Aurifil Sampler Pack and Slice cutter to one more lucky winner.

#452. Aunt Bonnie who said :My favorite birthday gift was when I told my husband I wanted a diamond ring for my 40th. He, not being a jewelry buyer himself, said he had given me the only diamond he was ever going to and I had a job I could buy myself what I wanted. So I did! (He really is a sweetie and buys me other things, just not jewelry.) I follow you on google.

I will email her as soon as I post this blog!

Congratulation Winners!

I want to thank everyone for signing up for the giveaway! Welcome to all the new followers to "In The Boon Docks".

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What's Going On

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

The Beat the Winter Blues – Quilters’ Blog Hop Party will end soon. So, spend a part of you day entering to win! That is what I am going to do! Nothing better to make your day than WINNING something! If you haven't entered mine make sure you enter today! It ends at midnight tonight, March 14, 2013.

Le Challenge

A new challenge each month to interpret any crafty way you want. Check it out! Lucy @ Charm about You, is a true talented artist and a whole lot of fun and her friend Nat I am sure is too! The first challenge will begin Friday, March 15, 2013, and your creation is due the following month on the 15th. I am going to try it out and see!

Amanda @ The Cozy Pumpkin came up with the "Year of the Stash" button to remind impulse fabric buyers to think before you buy. You know what? I think it helps! So click the button and check it out! It is so nice to know I am not alone!

George, (2), chihuahua smooth, Brandy aka Puppy, (15) pug/beagle mix, awaiting their boy to come home from school. Notice that old crochet blanket? I crocheted that on the plane on my way to California to wait for David's birth, 7 1/2 years ago. It has been loved to death but held up well. I just found a pink/yellow mix to make one for little Zoey.

Found these at Walmart for around $4.00 a skein! They make great soft blankets for the lil ones.

the covert robin button

Stalking my partner on her blog/flickr/Pinterest for ideas on what to make for her special gift! If you have any ideas please let me know what you think! I am open to suggestions, $20 - $30 handmade gift!

I started David's Lorax quilt. I showed him last night what I was planing to do and he asked me "Can't I just have them and hang them on the wall"? So when I am done with all the blocks, they may end up mini quilts all over his walls. I wonder where he got that idea from? I am off to enter giveaways have a great day! Create and be unique, Lisa