Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ALYOF - February Finished

if you are looking for Stitch On Prints February Giveaway

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I hope you see something that inspires you! A Lovely Year Of Finishes is a place to set your monthly goals and try to keep them! I find lots of different ideas that I would not have thought of without going through the blogs. Take the time to stop by a few and leave encouraging comments on what you see!

I set my goals for February ALYOF - February Goals

Found a way to make some ruffles but I can't show you more yet!
Visit March 5th for the big reveal and a great giveaway!

The pouches got finished and all the blocks and I even participated in Le Challenge!

Zoey got her pillow and it is almost time to come and visit again.

Extra this month - Finishing David's new crocheted blanket was a big hit! When kids get a little older instead of a baby blanket they need a throw of their own. At least that is what he told me!

In the end I think I set to many goals so for March I might just list one.

I am linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes - February 2014 Finishes Party
Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be Unique!

I made it through the month of February not buying any new fabric but I did get some for Valentines Day! Yippee! I am still a fabriholic!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stitch on Prints February and Giveaway

Stitch on Prints

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks"! 2014 is going to be the year of Experiments. "Stitch on Prints" is taking a turn from hand stitching only to include experiments in the use of different weights of threads along with varying stitch sizes on your personel sewing machine to create unique looks!

The Giveaway of (2) 12 wt small spools of thread is provided by Aurifil
Please visit our sponsor sales links provided below when you need a new spool.

Let's Learn about Threads

Something different - take a few minutes and watch a few YouTube videos about threads. When I started sewing I knew nothing about threads. When I had trouble with breakage the ladies at my LQS said change brands. Then I learned about Aurifil and I will never turn back.

Quilty: Different types of thread for quilting

Recently, Aurifil and the wonderfully talented Pat Sloan have released several videos

Thread Overview

Machine Piecing

Machine Quilting

Machine Applique

Machine Embroidery

Hand Piecing

Hand Quilting

Hand Applique

Hand Embroidery

Featured Projects

Linda Douglas - Sage to aqua blends to make a 26" square cotton wall hanging; machine pieced and top stitched with Aurifil 2024 #40wt. and hand embroidered Aurifil 2850 #12wt. for the bird block image.

I was super excited when Rachel @ Stitched In Color agreed to let me share her photo of her quilting with 12 wt. thread! She is one of my favorite bloggers.

A mini quilt from my very talented friend Amy @ [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans made for a Doll Quilt Swap!

This beautiful hand work was done by Gina Happy Go Lizzie from flickr. Her photostream is filled with items I would love. She has a real talent when it comes to color and creating!

Look what it did for this pillow!
It is a treasure everyone would like in their home!

How To Enter

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

1. Every year Aurifil has a Block Of The Month by some of the best designers in the world (including a free pattern and prizes if you complete the block) and I love all the information you get on the block designer for that month. So for a chance to win in the draw, visit the Aurifil Blog and tell me what you learned about the designer for February? Amy Gibson, Designer of the Month (I even gave you a link)

2. If you have any hand stitching or experimented with any thread on your home sewing machine please share! Leave a separate comment with a link! I love looking and sharing your projects!

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

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

The one lucky winner will receive the (2) small spools of 12 wt. Aurifil thread!

This giveaway starts Monday, February 24, 2014 and ends March 9, 2014 at midnight and winner will be announced
March 10, 2014!

Cannot wait to buy Aurifil!

Follow That Thread - USA Sales

Always Quilting - Australia Sales

Thank for you stopping by!
Let's create and be unique!

My block for February!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What's Up Thursday

I finished the red pouch for the winner of the Grow Your Blog, Val @ Val's Quilting Studio. I hope she likes it! She has a great blog and could use some new visitors! Maybe some of you could drop by and take a look. It was the Grow Your Blog Giveaway.

As I have done before, I used Aurifil 12 wt. thread in my sewing machine to accent!

Now I have this pink pouch I finished and have to find a use for it! Do you use pouches to keep your things in around the house or a ziplock bag? I have been going around looking for the ziplocks and replacing them with my pouches! Looks so much neater.

Speaking of Aurifil threads I moved all mine into this great Nuts and Bolts holder from the hardware store to have it all together right by my sewing machine. Looking at the hardware store for storage options can be very rewarding. The craft stores have similar products at twice the cost. You would be amazed at what you can find.

Finished my block for the Aurifil Designer of the Month This months designer is Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock! Hurry up and get it done and in the Aurifil Thread Flickr Group

Each month they giveaway free thread to one winner! Isn't that worth making the block! I think so! So join me and the others!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fabriholic February Check In

Hello everyone, my name is Lisa and I am a Fabriholic! The other members and I are on a fast to buy no new fabric until July 2014 and use only the fabrics we have in our stash for the next 6 months. One month is almost over and I am here to share my results with you today at Fabriholics Anonymous!

I am sad to say I failed miserably and fessed up to it publicly so that I would try harder in the future! So everyone knows I posted here more for myself than for anything. That was the end of January! Since then the only thing I bought was my Moda Candy Club (club I was in before I joined) that is used for the
Quilters Candy Unwrapped and FQS Mini Charm Giveaway! We cannot buy fabric but you can win it!

Karen @ CapitolaQuilter
is sewing from her stash to save money to go to QuiltCon 2015, so make a goal to reward yourself!

For Valentines my awesome husband paid for Free Motion Quilting A Sampler with Leah Day The fun part is he ordered the fabric for it from Spoonflower. It pays to complain you have no one local to teach you something. Craftsy is my friend!

It is a cheater fabric by Amy Gibson from the first BOM on Craftsy! 3 yards to practice on during the course! I was really proud of him! Hopefully I can start working on it an get a little better at my quilting! You make a beautiful quilt top and then you work hard (at least I do) to quilt it and disappointment. It looks so easy for everyone back to school for me! I really enjoy and do learn from there online courses!

It is amazing what you find in your stash when you start digging to make projects! So, my goal for March is to use up just as much fabric as I can! Good luck everyone!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique,

I am linking up with all my Fabriholics Anonymous Members with Rebecca @
Making Rebecca Lynne

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Grow your Blog Winner

I really enjoyed the Grow Your Blog Blog Hop this year!

After visiting over a 100 blogs some I already follow and at least 87 new (that is how many I have in my new Bloglovin group)! I am still going through the comments to make sure I follow each new one that followed
"In The Boon Docks"!

GYB Winner


Valerie Reynolds January 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM
Red all the way!!!

Congratulations the red pouch it is! I just sent her an email!

Thank you for entering! Lisa

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I am so glad for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge it makes it easy to decided what color to do and to sit down pick out that color and get it done! Great idea Angela @ So Scrappy! Thank you for reminding me each month how much I want to make a rainbow.

I have wanted a rainbow quilt since I started quilting and was determined this year I would make one! I know I am suppose to use scraps but I have accumulated quite a few mini charms in every color. I made 16 patch blocks for pink and blue. Last month I kept forgetting to link up so today I have both January and February's blocks to share.

February Blocks - Pink

January Blocks - Blue

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! I just love seeing those little 2 1/2" blocks in quilts. Why not join me! It is free and fun!

Create and be unique,

Linking to ScrapHappy Saturday

Friday, February 14, 2014

Le Challenge Rising Sun

Welcome to In The Boon Docks
For Le Challenge - Rising Sun

(Look hardly any snow left from yesterday, but more expected tonight)

I made this quilt for the "Wake Up To Kona" Blog Hop! I named it "No one is Perfect but God"! The reason for the name was a discussion David (8) and I had over a mistake I made on this quilt. He was very disturbed that I mixed my yellows on the bottom row insisting I make it perfect! I told him nothing is ever perfect if you look hard enough you can find something wrong with everything. So, we should always try to look for the beauty in everything and everyone we look at and not for the mistakes. My color mixup was just a happy accident and that "No one is perfect but God". I don't know if I should have told him all that over a quilt but trying to teach children to be kind to all and there is beauty in everything (even with mistakes). You do not need to strive to be perfect just do your best. One persons best may not be as good as someone else's best! Etc..

Now about this quilt, should I rename it? I have another problem, I quilted it and I am not happy at all with my quilting but I love the quilt top! Do I pick it all out and send it to my longarmer friend and get it professionally quilted? You will not hurt my feeling and I appreciate the advice!

Quilt Stats
"No One Is Perfect But God"
Size: 59" x 52"
Main Fabrics: Robert Kaufman Solids Sunrise FQ Bundle
Background: Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Coal
Backing and Binding: Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Steel
Pieced and Quilted: Aurifil #2692 Black 50 wt.

Each month anyone can link up for their interpretation of whatever subject announced for the month at Le Challenge put on each month by
Lucy @ Charm About You and Nat @ Made in Home it is a lot of fun! Also you get a chance for a $25 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop just for linking up! But it only last for a couple days so link up today! Tomorrow they announce the topic for March! Get on the list so you have until March 14th to make something! If I don't see your project this month there I hope to see you next!

Let's have some fun!

@ Quilt Matters and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day from
In The Boon Docks!

I wish you all a wonderful day with family and friends! Think I will stay in today out of the snow.

Thank you for following
Create and be unique,

My Husband said if you are praying for snow - please stop we have had enough - Lisa.

Stay warm and remember animals who live outside need fresh water twice a day. Their water in the bowls are frozen! Thank you!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sew Kitschy February Block

Sew Kitschy Cookie Jar Block

Quiet Play

On her blog Kristy talks about these first two patterns being easy. I agree, but for me it is humiliating that something so small could cause me such trouble so I kept at it and finally finished! My seam ripper is my friend. For newbies like me don't get discouraged anything worth learning is never easy. I have looked at many other patterns and Kristy's are excellent and these two are much easier than others. I just hope I have learned a few tricks by the time we get to Miss Betty or I might never finish! This is the year to Experiment so I am in til the end. How do you think Miss Betty would look with her head on backwards?

Thank you Kristy for such a great BOM!

I went over to read what some of the other participant's in the BOM were posting on their blogs and was happy to find it is not just me (that always makes me feel good) that is a beginner! Yippee!

I also found this poster at Jules from
Key Elements hopefully she doesn't mind if I post it since it is a seam ripping good time doing this BOM.
Thank you Jules!

Thank you for suffering through my experiments in paper piecing!
Create and be unique,

Anyone stopping by for the Grow Your Blog
(Click on the link to sign up)!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February Am I getting anything done

The Grow Your Blog Giveaway is open until February 15th! If you haven't entered please stop by and enter to win a pouch made by me!

I thought I would share with everyone my progress with my February Goals and blocks. Our sweet beauty has returned to her parents with her pillow and things are getting back to normal. I am not blogging as much lately due to medical issues. I assure you that I am fine - on occasion medical doctors like to change medications on patients to make sure they are receiving the best care. This usually causes discomfort and headaches on my part (the patient). So, let's get started!

I have started on the Ruffles project and am about half way through! I will show you a peek but don't tell I did! Who says you can't teach an old dog a few new tricks!

Over at soscrappy the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month of February is "Pink"! - digging out the pinks

I haven't started my block for the Designer BOM over at Aurifil. The February Designer is Amy Gibson!

I have worked all evening on my Sew Kitschy February block from
Quiet Play and I am still not finished. I really love Kristy's patterns even if I have to rip it out at least once each time. Please just remember I am learning and what maybe hard for me will probably be easy for you!

Did you know? I didn't - each month you link up your block you might win a prize! I was so excited when she contacted me and let me pick three of her patterns from her shop. Kristy's Craftsy Shop download February's block for free until the end of the month! Thank you Kristy! She has a hedgehog!

BOM @ QADesigns

Here is another Paper Piecing BOM that is free if you download the pattern off Craftsy each month or pay $3 for the pattern after the pattern month. I don't know if I will be doing this one the patterns are more advanced than I am at the moment but she really has some beautiful ones. I know I will be at least watching I think the quilt is going to be pretty awesome. You might want to click on the button and take a look around.

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentines at Sew Mama Sew

Digging in my stash I found a Valentines Panel. I thought "Zoey" loves red and likes to play with pillows. I used Aurifil 12 wt. #2530 Blossom Pink to stitch her name on one side!

The Blossom Pink matches the flowers color on the front! Bright and beautiful!

Now I just have to think of something for my one true love! Got any ideas please share?

Thank you for stopping by,
Create and be unique,

I am linking to Sew Mama Sew Little Gifts of Love Challenge! What can you make to link up? They have prizes! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Lovely Year Of Finishes - February Goals

if you are looking for the Grow Your Blog Giveaway!

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I hope you see something that inspires you! A Lovely Year Of Finishes is a place to set your monthly goals and try to keep them! I find lots of different ideas that I would not have thought of without going through the blogs. Take the time to stop by a few and leave encouraging comments on what you see!

The link to the party is here - February Goal Party

February's Goals

1. If I am going to meet my Quarter Goal - I will need to make a quilt each month! I also need to make something with ruffles, so maybe I will combine the two? Have you seen many quilts with ruffles?

A little Joel Dewberry! I think this will work perfect!

Valentines Day is coming!

2. Zoey is in love with red so I am going to make here a personalized Valentine this year!

I need to finishes up these two pouches one for the winner of Grow Your Blog and one for my what knots!

I need to keep up with my BOM's and get my blocks done!

I really enjoy participating in Le Challenge! This month is "Rising Sun". Come join me for the fun and Link up on February 15th! It can be any craft or sewing project as long as it has what you consider Rising Sun.

I am linking up with A Lovely year of Finishes!
Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be Unique!

My biggest goal this month is not to buy any new fabric and I almost made it in January until the last few days! Because I am a fabriholic!