Monday, March 31, 2014

Cathy Daniel Giveaway

I received some great giveaway mail on Saturday from Cathy Daniel,
a great way to start a birthday!

I got to choose any item from her housewares shop! How cool is that! As you can see I chose an apron with the bear claw pattern on it. She has lots of patchwork items (mugs, coasters, and aprons).

So for the record, here I am pictured on my 50 birthday!

What is Cathy Daniel really famous for you might ask?
Cathy Daniel Ceramics
She made these beautiful buttons! You should really check out her shops!

Thank you Cathy for the terrific gifts!

Create and be unique!

These are a few of Cathy's designs I am in love with!
Think I might just have to have to send hubby a big hint for Christmas!
Photo's are borrowed from Cathy's Gallery! Go see!

Friday, March 28, 2014

ALYOF - March Finished

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 goal 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 March - ALYOF - March Goal

My goal The Madaline Dress ePattern Not one of the easiest experiments I have done since I started sewing but I definitely learned quite a bit about garment construction. I also completed one of my yearly personal goals by making Zoey this dress ALYOF Yearly Goals!

I also made Zoey a little Easter Basket Buddy

I haven't gotten any of my blocks done this month so I am behind but I am determined to continue what I start this year. Double the blocks for April!

My handsome boy earned his first tip in Tae Kwan Do! We are very proud of all his hard work!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be Unique!

The big 50 on March 29th! Been a hard month my friends
I will get back in the groove in April!

Linking with Sew BitterSweet Designs

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Block Magazine

I love books and magazines! I read them, collect them, and if nothing is in them I am going to create I donate them to my local library or give them to the local Senior Center. I have a few magazines I have kept 12 years. Most of those, I had cards I made that where published.
A tidbit of my life before quilting.

Back to magazines! I don't think I have ever seen one with no ads?
Have you?

Most of these where in a basket by my chair or by our bed! Now, with digital magazine and books, I feel like something is missing. I could pass around a good book to everyone I knew, not with digital! Most digital books and magazines cost as much as a paper one but I cannot share an article with you or another friend. The colors on a digital magazine looks beautiful on my iPad but if I print it off - it uses a lot of ink and is
not professional looking at all!

Most magazines cost between $9.99 - $14.99, I won't say I am not buying them, but I am trying to cut down on what I spend and get more for my money!

So when I was offered a copy of the new Block Missouri Star Quilt Co

I said yes please, but for $5.99 an issue you can't beat the price or $34.95 with a one year subscription and there is no shipping cost. What a deal! They even have a Money Back Guarantee!

It is square like a quilt block, how cool is that!
It means it will fit in a 12" x 12" craft (plastic) box
when your working on a quilt!

10 beautiful quilts that have online video, plus step by step instructions! The photography is amazing. More like handling a book than a magazine!
It is beautiful with no ads! You heard me No Ads!

In the back of the issue it shows you each quilt with the information it!
10 pages of gorgeous quilts as a reference! Including the youtube address!

So order BLOCK and start enjoying a new kind of quilting magazine.

Do it for yourself!

It cost less
Beautiful photography
Great writing about the development of each quilt
Easy step by step instructions
A great reference tool for quilts

I say it's a keeper for years to come!

Create and be unique!

These opinions are my own! I was compensated with a magazine!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Baby Buddy

What a sweet little Easter gift My Baby Buddy pattern available for free at Craftsy! But that's not where I got mine preprinted.

Have you ever ordered fabric from Modern Yardage? When you do they print free projects on the side of your fabric!

Such cute extras for nothing! Just another great reason to order from Modern Yardage. My baby's clothes are designer
Strands in Multi Gold by Designer Mary Tanana Love it!
Had to find the pattern to share it!
Make a few for your favorite little person for Easter or just for fun!

Create and be Unique my friends!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Think Ruffles Winner

And the winner is ...


gpc March 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I follow your blog! :)

Congratulations! You win the $25 Gift Certificate from
Pink Chalk Fabrics!

I will be contacting you by email!

Thank you
Pink Chalk Fabrics for sponsoring this giveaway!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dress Experiment Finished

A Friday Finish

I appreciate all the encouragement I have received during this experiment! I think it has worked out great and I am very pleased with the end result. The test dress is done and now I hope to complete her Easter dress! But first I have another project to complete for a friend for April.

Now, I just need to get my little model to put the buttons on! I might just use hooks or snaps to make the bodice a little tighter if I need to? What do you think?


When I finished sewing the skirt to the bodice I realized that were they were sewn together it might rub on Zoey's delicate skin. So, I added a small piece that covered the stitches and increased the lining a little longer!

Please ignore my gold thread! I am glad somethings are hidden from the outside world.

The finished results

The back!

The front

Dress Stats
Pattern: Me Sew Crazy
Fabric: Wild Things by P&B Textiles
Made By: Elizabeth Johnson (Me)

I received this pattern by joining The Sewing Rabbit Pattern Member
You can become one too for $10 a month you get (3) patterns a month. You download them, they are yours to make when you want! There is also a Forum to ask questions and share what your working on with other members. I decided to pick the dress this month but I also have patterns for a knight hoodie and travel bag to make later!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway from one of my favorite shops!
A gift certificate for $25 to

Pink Chalk Fabrics

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dress Experiment Update

Why didn't someone tell me clothes creation is a whole different ball game than quilts! Ugh! I picked out fabric from my stash that I bought for pillowcases. I am glad to because I would have been sorely disappointed!

This is just the bodice and it took four days!

It looked so easy in the pattern! But low and behold it is not! I ripped and redid those flaps (5) times before I finally got it right! (The white belongs on the inside)!

Tip to new garment sewist: Use the same fabric for the lining as you do the outside it will save you a lot of grief and frustration. Worry about different fabric for the lining after you learn basic dress construction.

Yes, I thought it looked great, with the stitching around the arm holes then when I went to the next step! I found I had done it to soon. The bodice is going to look like a pincushion before I am done! Ripped it all back out! Now!

The perfect arm hole!
The bodice is done! Thank Heaven!
Next on to the skirt!

Is it just me or was your first dress so hard?
If anyone knows of a great garment sewing reference please leave me a comment or link (I could use the help).

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Please take a minute to enter the Giveaway!
Pink Chalk Fabrics!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winner Giveaways and Thank you

Stitch on Prints Winner for February

I would like to thank all those who entered and left such great comments! You are all winners in my book, but there can only be one who takes home the prize! Mr. has chosen


Gill February 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM
GFC follower!
. Thank you for being a longtime follower!

Congratulations Gill you win 2 small spools of Aurifil 12 wt. Thread!

Expect an email from me this week!

Giveaway Alert!

I found an amazing artist, who makes incredible pottery, and she is having a Giveaway!
Cathy Daniels @ Patchy Details
the Giveaway is open until March 22, 2014, so follow the link and enter today!

Open In The Boon Docks Giveaway!

Yes! There is a giveaway for the
Think Ruffles Blog Hop (click on link) The prize you ask? A $25 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics! Please come by and enter!

Thank you! Thank you!

During the Grow Your Blog Hop I won these beautiful earrings that
Carolyn @
Sew.Darn.Quilt made. I received it in the mail today!

Look how tiny this jewelry bag is! Little did she know I love little bags - so when this arrived with a pink tape measure and a notepad! I was super excited! Great Gift!

The inside is even detailed! Love it! Thank you so much Carolyn!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Friday, March 7, 2014

ALYOF - March Goal

A Lovely Year Of Finishes - March Goal

One of my year goals was to make "Zoey" a dress. I got the pattern from Pattern Member @ The Sewing Rabbit For $10 a month you get three patterns! I thought what a deal! One of the first patterns is a girl dress that usually sells for $6! Practically paid for itself this month! The dress is called The Madeline Dress by mesewcrazy1

I know the fabric is a little wild but I wanted to make a test dress before I cut into the beautiful yards I bought for her summer dresses! Working with directional fabric might be my undoing! I have it almost cut out all in the right direction. I think it will be quite a challenge!

I have two giveaways going on at In The Boon Docks!
Please stop by and enter!

1). Win Aurifil Thread
Stitch On Prints

2) Win a $25 Gift Certificate for Pink Chalk Fabrics Think Ruffles Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Linking up with

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Think Ruffles Blog Hop and Pink Chalk Giveaway


This Giveaway is closed! And the winner is ...


gpc March 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I follow your blog! :)

Think Ruffles Blog Hop

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks" and Day 1 of the "Think Ruffles Blog Hop"! My name is Lisa and I am so happy you are here today to see my quilt with ruffles! I have to thank Madam Samm @ Sew We Quilt and Amy (Head Cheerleader)@ Sew Incredibly Crazy for arranging this great hop!

What is a ruffle? There are lots of different kinds and Madam Samm left it open to interpretation. She showed us how to make some and at the time I was thinking; ruffled bloomers, ruffled dresses, ruffled pillows. Then I saw a quilt in a magazine with what looked like ruffles! I kind of browsed through the issue of Quilt-it today, March/April 2014 issue and left it in my rocking chair and went to work. The second time I read the "Garden Path" pattern by Ann Baxter, (I had already made the quilt), it read "ruching", you don't know the horror I felt at that moment. They are made the same way! What is up with that? Then, I did some research on the internet and ruching is ruffles or plates. So, I am saved! I got my ruffles on!

Quilt Stats

53 1/2" Length x 33 1/2" wide
Pieced by: Elizabeth Johnson (me)
Quilted by: Quilt As You Go - Elizabeth Johnson
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 White (my most used color)
QAYG: top - Aurifil 50 wt. #2692 Black; bobbin - Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 White
Fabrics: Kit By Pink Chalk Fabrics included -
(3) Joel Dewberry, Bungalow, FreeSpirit charm packs
Solids - Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Kale, Dark Violet, and Glacier
FreeSpirit Flamingo; Moda Bella Solid Berrylicious;
In The Beginning Modern Solids Gold
Backing: white fleece
Binding: a combination of each of the solids above

Please take the time to visit the other bloggers, who have worked so hard to make really beautiful projects to inspire you!

March 5, 2014

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Malini's Quilting Adventure

Missouri Mel

Just Quilt It

In The Boon Docks (you are here)

On the Banks of Frog Creek

Sparrow In Flight

A quilt, not a big one, just one for Zoey's playpen she sleeps in when she stays with us. I chose a Joel Duberry kit I purchased Pink Chalk Fabrics months ago, the kit included (3 charm packs and (6) 1/2 yards of the solids) and I used every bit of all of it except (4) charm squares!

Pink Chalk Fabrics

In 2008, Kathy Mack @ Pink Chalk Studio launched Pink Chalk Fabrics with the mission to provide the best cloth, pattern, and tools available for modern sewists. Their motto is Do What You Like, Like What You Do. The entire Pink Chalk Fabrics team is dedicated to making your sewing journey a happy one. They appreciate the opportunity to provide you with an experience that will exceed your expectations.

I would like to thank the store for sponsoring today's giveaway!

A $25 Gift Certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics

How to Enter

This giveaway is open to everyone! No matter where you live!

1. Go to
Pink Chalk Fabrics and tell me what you might buy if you win! Be specific, the store has fabric, patterns, tools, and notions!

2. If you are a "In The Boon Docks" follower leave another comment!

2 chances to win

This giveaway begins today, March 5, 2014 and ends on March 16, 2014 at midnight! The winner will be announced on March 17, 2014!

Thank you for stopping by and entering the giveaway!
Create and be unique!

Happy Birthday to my daughter Kristin who turns 23 today!
Dad and I love you!

This Giveaway is Closed!