Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Life Happens and some Giveaways! Sign up now

My husband and I are at Clark Medical Center in KY waiting for our youngest daughters transfer to the University of Kentucky Hospital to maybe have surgery. So, if you don 't hear back from me if you leave a comment please know I am reading them but cannot respond.

Please keep my daughter in your prayers for me and for a fast transfer. The nurses say it can happen in ten minutes or 3 days, depending how backed up the hospital is right now. The wonderful waiting game.

Thank you all and have fun at the festival! Don't forget the
Giveaway, and our friends at Modern Yardage are having a giveaway of Facebook for the Autumn Breeze fabric I used in cool breeze Modern Yardage Facebook Open until Friday at 5 pm!

Thank you for stopping by please come again!
Create and be unique,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Win a Baby Lock Melody Sewing Machine

Baby Lock Melody Sewing Machine

To enter the giveaway at Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Festival I need to tell the world why I need a new "Melody Baby Lock" sewing machine.

Well my current sewing machine, Martha, is second hand and has been used to death. Who wouldn't want a new state of the art sewing machine.

Mine is 10 years old and they don't make it any longer. So once it breaks, parts will be impossible or very expensive to repair.

I go on a hope and a prayer each time I turn it on.

I can give you (8) great reasons I need a Melody Baby Lock! I promise If I win I'll name her "Amy"!

Advanced Needle Threader

Threading a needle has never been easier than with this innovative threader. With just a few simple motions, your needle is threaded and ready to use - it’s so easy, you can do it with one hand!

Quick-Set, Top-Loading bobbin

Avoid the struggle of changing your bobbin with the Quick-Set feature. Simply drop your bobbin in the machine, pull your threads through the slot, and let your machine do the rest of the work.

Quick-Set Bobbin Winder

The Melody takes all of the hassle out of sewing - including winding your bobbins! The winder seat holds the thread in place and stops automatically when the bobbin is full.

Push Button Features

With a suite of push button features, your sewing projects have never been easier to complete. Position the needle up or down, reinforce any stitch with the reverse sewing button, or sew without a foot control using the start/stop button.


Projects such as quilting, home d├ęcor, and crafts require specialty stitches. The Melody includes dozens of built-in stitches that are perfect for the projects you choose to create and you can even sew extra large decorative stitches with lateral feed.

Built-in Accessory Storage

You’ll never run out of choices for new machine accessories, and now you’ll never run out of room to store them! Keep your accessories organized and at your fingertips with this built-in storage unit.

Quilting Extension Table

Allows you to extend your sewing surface to provide extra support for perfect stitches on even the largest quilts.

Knee Lift

Effortlessly raise the presser foot with a tap of the knee, leaving your hands free for control and precision in your sewing.

My income leaves me at a disadvantage when it come to purchasing a "Melody Baby Lock" sewing machine!
So to win one would be a lifesaver!

Just think of all the beautiful things I could create! I am not to proud to beg and I would make Baby Lock proud with my creations.

Thanks to all who stopped in and played along! The best part is if you have a blog and write a post you can enter too! Just follow the link above to Amy's and get busy writing your own post!

I would love to create and be unique on a

Melody Baby Lock Sewing Machine!

Wouldn't you!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2013

The Blogger's Quilt Festival is at Amy's Creative Side She hosts it twice a year to coincide with the Spring and Fall Quilt Markets. It is a great chance to see some amazing quilts all in one place and if you enter, there are lots of prizes and giveaways! Blogger Quilt Festival

Cool Breeze

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks"! I appreciate you stopping by to have a look at my latest quilt! I really love hexagon quilts and this was my way to make one with the
10" Half Hexagon Template. Amy always says to enter your favorite quilt and "Cool Breeze" is my favorite throw quilt.
I hope you like it too!
Please have a look around and come back often!

Quilt Stats

Cool Breeze
57.5" x 67"

Piece by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)
Quilted by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)
Binded by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)
Category: Throw Quilt

Hexagon Blocks - Poetry In Motion, Autumn Breeze Colorway, Karen Harris, Modern Yardage
Background - Ash, Kona Solid, Robert Kaufman Backing: Sage, Kona Solid, Robert Kaufman; 2 1/2 strips from Merlot & Pacific Jelly Rolls; green scrap (older than my color chart), Kona Solid
Piecing - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #2024 White
Quilting - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #2600
Binding - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #4662
Hexagon outline - Aurifil 12 wt. #5004, #2235, #1231, #4663

Each hexagon is outlined with Aurifil 12 weight (wt) threads for a little color pop! Adding stitching to a quilt is something I wanted to do for a long time. When I received the fabrics from Modern Yardage, I was excited to find color matches in my stash of Aurifil threads. I knew it was time to try it out and I'm very happy with the results.

The back is a combination of Kona Solids from two jelly rolls, some left over yardage from another quilt, and a beautiful chunk of sage. I bought two yards when purchasing the binding, it matches the greens in the blocks, and I love this shade of Kona! My husband said I made two tops. That is his way of saying he really likes it!.

For more detail on this quilt please look at my post on Modern Yardage and enter the current giveaway!

Thanks again and here is a link back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Modern Yardage

Modern Yardage is an online company offering quality, affordable fabrics that are unique (digital printing) and designer quality. Modern Yardage uses environmentally friendly inks. All their fabric is printed in the USA. Customers choose design, size and scale of the fabric and it is printed upon purchase. Giving the consumer the ability to mix and match scales, choose colors and come up with something truly bold and beautiful on their own! Most impressive Modern Yardage was voted by Martha Stewart, American Made, a 2013 Technology Finalist
. Winning the Technology category!

I approached April Cobb in August about making a quilt from the Modern Yardage fabric. We discussed several options and decided on a quilt made from designer Karen Harris' fabrics. She said she had never seen a quilt made with Karen's fabrics and agreed to let me choose fabrics to include in the quilt. I was very impressed with the owner of Modern Yardage and the internet site. First you choose the design/color options you want, then the scale (small, medium, large), and size of fabric you want to purchase. I used some of each option to give this quilt some variety.

Karen Harris, of -ize on design
Modern Yardage October Feature Designer

Karen's work is modern and bold. She loves shapes and the space between shapes. Second only to shapes is her love of color. Karen says, "It is my goal to be the 'go to' place for all things big, bold and graphic. My prints and patterns are always abstract by design. Everyone gets to identify what they see in the design; it makes each design very personal to the individual. It makes the design more of an experience than just an aesthetic and I love that. I develop my unique motifs and silhouettes from my original pen & ink drawings…and translate them into energetic two-dimensional and three-dimensional art for products and spaces.
(Information taken from the Modern Yardage Newsletter).

Poetry in Motion, Autumn Breeze Colorway

I hand stitch with Aurifil 12 wt. thread around each hexagon to help color pop the quilt! The Modern Yardage fabric took a lot of abuse from my needles, hoops, and scrunching. It took it and held up great. Much better than most fabrics. I was also impressed that there was very little or no fraying! Which is awesome! I will definitely use this fabric in the future and I hope you will too!

Quilt Stats

Cool Breeze
57.5" x 67"

Piece by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)
Quilted by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)
Binded by: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)

Hexagon Blocks - Poetry In Motion, Autumn Breeze Colorway, Karen Harris, Modern Yardage
Background - Ash, Kona Solid, Robert Kaufman Backing: Sage, Kona Solid, Robert Kaufman; 2 1/2 strips from Merlot & Pacific Jelly Rolls; green scrap (older than my color chart), Kona Solid
Piecing - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #2024 White
Quilting - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #2600
Binding - Aurifil thread 50 wt. #4662
Hexagon outline - Aurifil 12 wt. #5004, #2235, #1231, #4663

April has graciously offered a set of 5 quilt tags made by Modern Yardage designers as a giveaway!

To enter Giveaway!

1. Like Modern Yardage on Facebook - Please leave a comment saying you liked!

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

3. Sign up for the
Modern Yardage Newsletter ( At the bottom of their homepage)!
- please leave another comment

3 chances to win!

If you made it this far, thank you for reading today! I highly recommend you try this new innovative fabric and support Made in America!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is up in the boon docks

Hello welcome to In The Boon Docks
Things have been a little busy around here and I still cannot talk about it for a few more days. I have created something can you guess?

Craftsy has a new class I signed up for late last night. Camille Roskelley - Playful Piecing Techniques! You get 4 downloadable patterns! I like Craftsy courses because I can watch a little, do a project in the course, and then come back weeks later and step back in where I left off. I love Camille's Swoon pattern and her book Simply Retro. I will share what I learn. If anyone signs up let me know and we can have a little show!

Sew We Quilt t Blog Hops

In November, I am participating in both of these hops and I have some great giveaways coming your way! I hope you will join me for a little fun!

The big Halloween dance is Friday night! My husband and I always like to go to what the kids come up with each year and see the latest dance moves! Our guy is ready to dance all night to bad it ends at 8:00 pm.

May the force be with you!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Destash Sale For a Friend take a look!

Debra Lee @ Needle d is destashing some great stuff at responsible prices!

Shipping on all items to be determined by zip code and will be shipped on by UPS.

Janome Magnolia 7325. This item is new in box so she is selling it for $450.00 or best offer.

Brother Lock 1034D Serger $175.00 or best offer!

Slice Fabrique System and Many Cards and Accessories. This was used very little. Selling for $400.00 which is a great steal. It comes with the following a lot of extra items: check Debra's blog for the list of slice accessories

Singer Confidence Quilter for $250.00 of best offer

If you are interested in any on these items please make the jump to Debra's blog @ Needle D and leave her an email. I have checked around on her pricing and the items are fairly priced.

I have a "Go" coming next week that she had listed and I am EXCITED! So if you are in the market please consider helping Debra, she can no longer sew due to health issues.

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scissors Giveaway

Giveaway Alert

Hello Everyone,

I am posting about scissors at my house to try and win a pair of Gingher scissors because they are one of the best sewing scissors on earth and usually very expensive but Thearica is having a giveaway sponsored by Ken's Sewing Center! I have to admit I would love to win! But what is a giveaway without others entering and I get an extra chance just for sharing with my friends! Please go and enter the giveaway, you will be very happy if you win!

Thearica @ Pig Tales and Quilts. You know her, she does blog hops with Madam Samm's and is a Head Cheerleader! She makes beautiful creations and also has an online store.

We have two pairs of scissors in the silverware drawer! One pair for the young man in our home and a pair to cut bags and paper! What a messy drawer!

I have 2 pairs of scissors for sewing! The little ones I just bought for snipping threads. The others are old and my husband tries to keep them sharp to cut fabric. They are not to great! Do you like my holder it is all that is left of my old dishwasher that broke last month and pretty handy for sewing tools! Always recycling!

That makes for a total of 4 pairs at our house!

How many pairs do you have?

Ken @ Ken's Sewing Center is the sponsor for the giveaway!
Sew if you don't win a pair you can buy a pair!

That makes for a total of 4 pairs at our house!

How many pairs do you have?

Sew to win a pair of 7" Gingher scissors would be so exciting! Please join me and jump over and enter

Pig Tales and Quilts

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vote for Madam Samm Please Read

Hello all you lovely people!

My blogging friend Madam Samm of
Sew We Quilt is in the second round for the Craftsy Awards for Best Photography in Quilting! Please go vote! She runs most of the blog hops I participate in and you win giveaways from!

Vote for Best Photography in Quilting So if you would scroll up on the link and vote for Sew We Quilt!

Thank you!
Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Stitch on Prints for October Winner

Stitch on Prints for October
Congratulations #9

Quilting Tangent said...
I watched the video.

October 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I have a visitor again slowing me down a bit! But she is wonderful fun! Thank you all for your understanding. My daughter is ill again so we all do what we must to help her get better! I hope you stop by at the end of the week! I hope to have a big finish!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival


Get your quilts out and start looking now for your favorite! Pick out a great giveaway and get ready for traffic through your blog. Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Festival is one of the best way for new and old bloggers to get noticed for their talents. Every quilt blogger should enter a quilt. Even a small quilt counts!

Yes, the competition is tough and you are going up against seasoned designers but it is a way to learn, plus there is no judging and anyone with a blog can join in.

Get your best set of photographs and take another set to compare then pick the best. Figure out which category you can enter your quilt into for the best chance at maybe winning a prize. Exposure!

Write a practice post and read it several times! Make sure to get your facts straight on fabric, thread, techniques and size. Write a short biography about yourself. It is a wonderful way of picking up new followers and friends. I hope to see everyone of you enter some kind of quilt!

Then get ready to be inspired!

Until next time
Create and be unique,

Please enter ""Stitch On Prints" October Giveaway"

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stitch On Prints October Giveaway

Stitch on Prints

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks" monthly hand stitching projects and Aurifil giveaway. Each month, I show you my latest stitching projects and those of some others that entered the month before. You enter and try to win Aurifil 12 wt. thread, which is perfect for putting those extras on any sewing project!

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

As you can see in the photo above, I sewed on my lines before attaching the strap to the purse. This way the knots are not seen once attached! A single strand doubled and knotted.

To achieve the stitching around the top of the handbag go threw the hole in the bottom of the lining. Start in the corner and stitch, hiding the knots between the outside and inside fabrics. Then sew your lining closed. Giving you a more professional look to your handbag.

Sharing Space

A few of the items shared by participants in last months giveaway! Enjoy checking out others links in this giveaway. A lot of very talented people enter the giveaway for Aurifil the best thread on the market!

Rachel @ The Life of Riley "A Wise Old Owl" used 156 hand pieced hexagons. What an art quilt!

Barbara @ B & G Quilts go look at her beautiful pillows and this little bee! Isn't it just the greatest!

Tammy @ Tammy's Sew N Life. I love this block house or is it house block? Either way it is cute and homey!

For your viewing enjoyment

I ran across this on YouTube - Northern Quilts visit to Aurifil . There is an awesome Portrait Quilt of Alex by Luke Haynes in the Aurifil Headquarters!

Aurifil 12 wt. Thread Giveaway
#4668 - Spotted Variegated (red)
#2326 - Sand
#4658 - Limoni de Monterosso translated from Italian (Lemon of Monterosso)!

If you are interested in finding out about lemons in Monterosso, Italy were they have the lemon festival, check it out Here

How To Enter

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

1. Go look at Alex's
Running Spools and please give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it on YouTube! Then come back and leave a comment!

2. If you have any hand stitching to share! Leave a separate comment with a link! I love looking and sharing your makes! If I didn't share it already you may leave a link to one you used in the past or a new one.

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 lucky winner will receive the (3) spools of Aurifil 12 wt. thread listed above!

This giveaway ends Sunday, October 13th at midnight and winner will be announced October 14, 2013.

A special thank you to Aurifil for providing the beautiful thread for this giveaway!

Thank you for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

Until Next Time,
Create and be Unique,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Sew & Show Blog

Today I am writing to you about Madam Samm's Blog @ Sew We Quilt. She has a new button that she wants to spread around blogland! For doing it she will enter you into a giveaway for $250 in vouchers for different stores. Not only that, she gives you different ways to earn up to 8 chances to win. To get the code for the button and find out more go HERE!

The very first blog hop I participated with Madam Samm in was the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop, on July 6, 2012.

I made one block and I was so proud of my accomplishment. Madam Samm has really gotten me to stretch my imagination over the last year and a half. My last entries, in the Pin It Blog Hop, were these items.

Hilda Hen won most creative on our day! I was so happy, just for the title!

Madam Samm thinks up all these great hops. Participate just once and you will be hooked. It is awesome to create and show with designers from around the world.

Thank you Madam Samm for encouraging me to be the best I can be! You are the best CHEERLEADER! I think you are great fun and I love the giveaways.

So go over and grab the button, put it on your blog, and next time you see a hop you might like sign up! You will be glad you did!

Until next time,
Create and be unique,