Monday, September 30, 2013

Selfish Sewing and Birch Fabrics

This last week sewing for myself was extremely fun! Each day getting up and trying to decide what I was going to create. I hope you got to do some Selfish Sewing!

If you are interested in purchasing any Birch Fabrics
fabricworm looks like they have the current designs. I noticed last night that a lot of them where on sale!

Fabric: The Grove Dusk, The Grove Decor, Birch Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. White, Aurifil 12 wt. #3910 variegated Yellow
Hand Stitching: purse and strap
I just love this yellow!

My friend Debbie gave me this big (25" x 27") pillow. It needed to be recovered and she just didn't feel like doing it. So, I gladly took it home!

Pillow Cover Front
Fabric: Patch Blocks, The Grove Decor, Birch Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. White

Pillow Cover Back
Fabric: Miscellaneous Zebra Canvas

Boys having thinking time!


Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Craft Book Month

Over at Craft Buds it is Craft Book Month. Lots of books are being given away. I love to link up for fun and prizes. You might want to follow the link and see all the creations and signup for a few giveaways along the way.

To link up I need to write a blog post about a craft book and a project I made from it in 2013! So, here goes!

Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi is one of my favorite books! I bought the book to participate in Zakka Along 2.0 : Patchwork Please Sew Along
As always with me, after a few projects, 10 other items needed to be made or taken up and I fell behind. I have still followed along and enjoyed everyone else's beautiful makes. My favorite items I made are the "Bell Pepper Hot Pads"! In the book they are coasters but the expert for that week Penny @ Sew Take A Hike showed us how to make hot pads!

There are still a two projects left if you are interested Zakka Along 2.0 : Patchwork Please Weekly Project Links!

Thank you for stopping by,
Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Linking to Craft Buds

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week Day 2 & 3

Day 2 & 3

Birch Fabrics makes beautiful fabrics that are wonderful for sewing! I am loving working with them this week.

Today I made a clutch purse using "Elk Grove Patchwork", a fat quarter of Kona solid fabric, white Aurifil 50 wt. thread, and the
Pretty Little Framed Purse Tutorial again. The tutorial has directions for both a coin and clutch framed purse. I recommend it highly for making both projects!

Elk Grove Patchwork
Elk Grove
Birch Fabrics

The tutorial calls for a 10" square to be folded in half to make the clutch but with directional fabrics, the back ends up being upside down. I fussy cut (2) pieces 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" (so it has a little extra), then I sewed the two bottoms halves together to make one piece. I then cut it down to a 10" square, so when it is folded it will have the two tops, and both sides are right-side up.

Side 1

Side 2

I used this lovely green/blue Kona solid for the inside!

I sewed the frame with Aurifil 12 wt., a gray variegated thread #4670!

Tip: After sewing the fabric to the frame on one side for 3 hours, I decided it might be easier to sew the thread through the metal frame only and glue the fabric to the frame. The glued side only took about an hour and most of it was drying time!

I tried to load this post on Tuesday but Google is not cooperating. On Wednesday, I will not be sewing but taking a selfish day to learn how to make cheese!

Thank you for stopping by!
Until next time
Create and be unique!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week Day 1

Today is Day 1 of Selfish Sewing Week @ Imagine Gnats. Rachael is a hoot, and I love participating in the things she thinks up! One reason, she and her friends are fun! The other reason is there are always plenty of giveaways going on. After you read my post hop on over to Rachael's and signup for them.

I just love Birch Fabric the way it feels so soft. They were nice enough to send me a little and I saved it for Selfish Sewing Week to make a few things for myself.

Isn't this fabric so "In The Boon Docks"?
It looks like it was just made for me!

In The Trees
Elk Grove

Birch Fabrics

What to make for myself was really hard to decide. I make lots of things but usually for other people. I got to thinking about what I needed. It occurred to me that I didn't have a coin purse. My change is just floating around in the pouch I carry around. This morning I found the Pretty Little Framed Purses Pattern from the Moda Bake Shop, .pdf in my ibooks, that I had downloaded and made me one. Yippee!

I went through my Kona Solids until I found a green to match my fabric for the lining. Then I looked in my thread box for the right color Aurifil 12 wt to sew my frame on #1231. They match perfectly. Can't get much better than that!

Tip: When sewing on the frame you start in the middle and down one side, back up, down the other side, and back up again. One strained of thread then looks like two and secure the knot under the frame.

Until Next Time,
Create and be unique,

Saturday, September 21, 2013

When I

When I reach for a spool, I grab for Aurifil!

When you need to have the best for your
lifetime memory!

Piece with Aurifil 50 wt!

Start today with White, Beige, and Black, then realize your piecing dreams.

Look for the Orange plastic thread holder! Available in 252 colors!

This has been a Saturday Sewing Announcement by
Lisa @
In The Boon Docks

Fine print this my own opinion and no one has paid me to say it!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pin It Winner

Pin It Pincushion Blog Hop Winner


Quilting Tangent September 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Maybe a jack o lantern pincushion.

Congratulations! I will contact you by email!

Thank you all for hopping along with us! So many blogs and pincushions!

Enjoy your week! I am still a little busy! Hope to sew some on Sunday!

I started reading Simple Retro, the second book by Camille Roskelley of Simplify. It is quite informative and has some of the most amazing patterns! I let you know what I think when I am done.

Tip: See a new book you just got to have! Check prices on amazon, barnes and nobles, then do a search on ebay. Normally, I find it cheaper on ebay with free shipping!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Quilters Candy Unwrapped for September

Mr. picks

Linda September 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM
HELLO, my favorite is "Scrumptious"!
Thanks for sharing!

Abakhan Projects on a Budget

I ask Mr. to pick and he chose

Margaret September 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM
I do follow Lily Quilts by Bloglovin

Congratulations Ladies! I have already notified the winners by email!

Still one open, get in while you still can!

Pin It Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Until Next Time,
Create and Be Unique!

PS I have a visitor for a few days!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Take a few minutes to signup for all the "In The Boon Docks" open giveaways!

This one closes at Midnight tonight 9/15/2013!

Quilters Candy Unwrapped for September

This one closed tomorrow night Monday 9/16/2013!

Abakhan Projects on a Budget

Then this on will close on 9/18/2013!

Pin It Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pin It Blog Hop and a Giveaway

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks"
I hope everyone is enjoying the Pin It Blog Hop! The pincushions from the hop so far are awesome. I'm a little chicken to show you my own creations!

Thank you Madam Samm (The Blog Hop Queen) @ Sew We Quilt
and Head Cheerleader Kristen @ Meadowbrook for arranging all the fun!


Last night I saw this amazing pin on Lori Holt's. bee in my bonnet. The flower is just so cute, I got up this morning and made this pincushion "Petals". I improvised a bit but I am so happy with it! Lori Holt has a great blog and is so talented! She inspires me which I think is the greatest reason to follow blogs. One idea can take you in a new direction!

Hilda Hen

I spent my time working on Hilda Hen and I just wasn't quite happy. I must have change her five times. I promised my Mom I would let you see her and decide for yourself. She will be moving into Mom's room after the blog hop, Hilda likes this old box to nest in.

Please visit the other bloggers in the hop for today!

September 12, 2013

Cherry's Prairie Primitives

in stitches & seams

Sew and Sow Farm

Domestic deficit disorder

A Geekie, Crafty Life

Moosestash Quilting


Quilter in Motion

In The Boon Docks - you are here

Hill Valley Quilter


Callender's Creations

Kreatywnie by Editha

Sew New To Sewing

Pieced Brain

Sheila's Quilt World


I am sharing some of my new buttons, a notepad, and a
Everlastings 2.5" charm pack!

1. Leave a comment - what kind of pincushion would you have made?

2. If you follow "In The Boon Docks" you get another chance
(new followers always welcome) - please leave another comment

3. Follow me on Pinterest (wvlisa) click here
- please leave another comment

3 chances to win!

Good Luck! Happy Pining!

Until Next Time,
Create and be unique,

(2) other giveaways open this week

Quilters Candy Unwrapped
Abakhan Projects on a Budget
Please Enter!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Abakhan Projects on a Budget

Abakhan Projects on a Budget

I am excited to be guest posting at Lily's Quilts so if you came over from Lynne's blog Welcome I hope you see a few things you like and stay awhile. Everyone else welcome back and after you enter the giveaway take a moment and check out the tutorial on recovering a footstool.

Thank you Lynne @ Lily's Quilts and Abakhan for giving me the opportunity to recover something old and make it new. It delighted my mother! Which always makes me happy. I enjoyed the challenge.

The order came with enough fabric that even giving some away, I will have plenty to complete Mom's pillow cover and back rest for her rocker.


Would you be interested in winning a 12" x 58" piece of each canvas fabric! (That's enough to make three tote bags)!

This giveaway is open to all! It ends on September 16, 2013 at midnight!
If you are a no-reply blogger please leave an email!

1. The question is: What would you recover if you had the chance?

2. Follow Lily's Quilts and come back leave a separate comment. (If you are already a follower tell me in a comment)

3. If you follow "In The Boon Docks" you get another chance. Just leave it in a seperate comment!

Three possible chances to win!
One winner will receive (3) pieces of canvas.

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"!
Until next time,
Create an be unique

I have another giveaway if you would like to enter it
Quilters Candy Unwrapped
also for a chance to win mini charms!

Stitch On Prints August Winner

Tomorrow please stop in at Lily's Quilts where I will be quest posting on her series Abakhan Projects on a Budget

Current Giveaway

Quilters Candy Unwrapped

Please stop in and leave a comment for a chance of (2) mini charm packs!

Pin It Blog Hop

Starts tomorrow over at Madam Samm's Sew We Quilt and my day is the 12th!

Stitch On Prints for August 2013

We have a winner #33

Katie PetrossAugust 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM
I am a follower!!

So glad you are a follower!

Congratulation you win 4 spools of 12 wt Aurifil thread!

Katie please email me!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Quilters Candy Unwrapped for September

Quilters Candy Unwrapped for September
Welcome to "In The Boon Docks"!

For September There are four new Moda fabric lines spread out for you to see and possible
WIN two mini charms for yourself.

I am a member of the Fat Quarter Shop Mini Charm Pack Club! I found some 2.5" projects to share with you!

Madam Purl created this great bag made from 2.5" squares and using a tiny twister ruler! Thank you for sharing you beautiful bag!

Twister Weekender Tote
The link will take you to Madam Purl's blog with complete directions and tools you need to make this awesome twister bag!

I just received this pouch in a swap from Elizabeth or on Beadqueene @ Flickr. I think it is beautiful and a great way to use 2.5" squares.

Simply Style
Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.

30's Playtime
Chloe's Closet

Civil War Jubilee
Barbara Brackman

Collection for a Cause
Historical Blenders
Howard Marcus Dunn


Our sponsor is Kim from the Fat Quarter Shop! Thank you so much for your support Kim! If you are interested in 2.5" mini charm packs just click on the button and the nice people at the shop will take care of your needs!

Open to everyone (if you are no-reply leave your e-mail in the comment or you can't win).

FQS What's New - Fat Quarter Bundles click on the link and tell me which is your favorite new bundle?

2. Share a link with us to a project you have made with 2 1/2" squares!
(Need a link for this entry)

3. If you are a follower of this blog you get an additional chance! Please leave a separate comment! New followers are always welcome!

That makes (3) possible comments per person!
(You can edit a comment after you post it)!

The one winner will receive (1) 2.5" Civil War Jubilee and (1) 2.5" 30's Playtime
This giveaway ends Sunday, September 15th and winner will be announced September 16, 2013.

Sorry, I haven't been around much or answering e-mail I have a horrible chest cold. Been to two doctors and am finally getting better. Stress can do it to you every time. My daughter is feeling much better, thank you all who asked and prayed for us.

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes - September Goal

For months I have gotten e-mails from bloggers all doing "A Lovely Year Of Finishes"! It only took me 9 months to try it myself! Let's see how it goes.

The one goal for the month of September 2013 will be to quilt "Meet The Lorax" so David can put it on his bed when it gets cold. Usually, I send my quilts to a good friend who quilts them for me at very little cost. I have thought about just sending it to her so it would be perfect but inside I think I really want to do it myself! Nothing fancy just some straight line quilting down the rows maybe 3" apart. So, I make this my goal for the month and we will see if I can get it done or run off to the long-arm quilter if I have to pick it all out. I will keep you posted.

I don't know Zoey, you think I can quilt it myself? Nana is sure going to try!

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"!
Until next time,
Create and be unique,

I am linking up with Shanna @ Fiber of All Sorts

Don't forget the latest Giveaway is still open
Stitch On Prints

My Button

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day: August 2013

The month of August went by so fast with good days, like visits from "Zoey", (2) birthdays, and bad, daughter in the hospital. Now, rushes in September but before that happens I will recap the last month in pictures.

We are ready for September! Lots of project will be coming out of "In The Boon Docks" this month!

Don't forget the latest Giveaway is still open
Stitch On Prints and Aurifil Giveaway

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day @ Lily's Quilts

Lily's Quilts