Friday, October 30, 2015

Please go vote

Hello, this is me asking you to go vote!

Here is the link Blogger's Quilt Festival - Vote Here! Voting is from October 29th through November 5th for your favorites. I don't care if you vote for me or someone else. But here are my two quilts in the festival.

Pop Plus Quilt - Original Design Category

Tiger - Mini Quilt category

Amy of Amy's Creative Side works really hard each year to put the Quilt Festival together for quilters. Take the time to scroll down and look at each category and choose 3 by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner.

Thank you for assisting me in trying to inspire new quilter's to enter next year and giving recognition to the quilters who have entered.

Sew On - Lisa








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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2015


It the beginning of the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side!

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I am Lisa, and if you have come over from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, please feel free to look around. Thank you, Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side for thinking up such a wonderful way for us all to share our quilts! I am entering this quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Design Quilts Category - Amy's Creative Side


Quilt Stats

"Pop Plus"

Size 72" x 84"

Pieced by: Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson

Long Arm Quilted by: Irene Hensley

Prints - Assorted Cotton+Steel from my stash

Solids - 26 FQ Cotton Supreme Solids, RJR Fabric

Thread - Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)



This quilt was created for the "What Shade RU"? Blog Hop for RJR Fabrics Quilting with Love ! I love solid colors they can stand alone or help a print "pop"! My answer to "What Shade R U?" I have to say I love all colors! It was really a thrill to be asked to participate. It is a quilt that you have to use a design wall to lay everything out for placement of colors. Our best pal "George" loves it!

Please take a moment to go view my "Tiger" in the Mini Quilt Category In The Boon Docks: Bloggers Quilt Festival - Mini Quilt

Please if you like my quilt take the time to vote for it Nominations for Viewer's Choice - Amy's Creative Side

Now back to Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Design Quilts Category - Amy's Creative Side for more beautiful quilts!

Thank you for stopping by - Lisa

If you are looking for In The Boon Docks: Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop - it's my day







Bloggers Quilt Festival - Mini Quilt


Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I am Lisa, and if you have come over from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, please feel free to look around. Thank you, Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side for thinking up such a wonderful way for us all to share our quilts! I am entering this quilt into the Mini Category that I made for a Instagram Swap that now resides in New Zealand!

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Mini Quilt Category - Amy's Creative Side


Quilt Stats


Size 24" x 18"

Pieced by: Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson

Quilted by: Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson

Prints - Assorted Tula Pink fabrics, Tiger Face from Eden, from my stash

Thread - Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove) piecing & Aurifil 40 wt. #2024 quilting


The inspiration for this quilt was a swap partner. She is a very talented quilter and I was a little awe struck when I saw her beautiful work. I had just attained the Tigers from Tula Pink's Eden and I knew I had to use it for the mini quilt swap. I was also intimidated by her work and worried I could not possibly make something she would want. Ever do that? But this is how we grow in our skills and our confidence. This woman is a tiger in life and likes hexagon quilts. I cannot do a lot of small hand work due to arthristis but I couldn't let that stop me. Using the Hex N More Ruler I cut out the big center hexagon. I cut 1 1/2" strips from all the different lines I own. I think the black background and blue stripped binding of "True Colors" really made all the colors "pop"! I hope you like it!


Thank you for stopping by and if you like my Mini Quilt please consider voting for it! Create and be unique - Lisa

Back to Amy's to look some more beautiful minis Blogger's Quilt Festival - Mini Quilt Category - Amy's Creative Side




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop - it's my day



Hello everyone, welcome to "In The Boon Docks" today is my day for the Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop! I am so excited to share a little history and some new Halloween projects I have been working on for this hop!

Thank you Marian of Seams To Be Sew for organizing this great hop! I love being back with so many familiar blogs. Many of us have done hops for years together! I am enjoying the new blogs too! So much talent in this hop! I appreciate what you have taken on for everyone's enjoyment!

Favorite Costume

My Mommy (Joyce) and Daughter Ashley

In 1990, my Mom came for Halloween. I was pregnant and had nothing for my daughter to wear for Halloween. I had never seen my mother sew anything! In a day, she dyed a white sheet and a long sleeve shirt orange. She went shopping for ribbon, elastic, green and black felt. Made a pattern out of newspaper for the pumpkin face, green around the neck, and a hat. Sewed it into this awesome pumpkin costume for my oldest daughter Ashley!

What a great costume! Five other children would wear it before I put it in a keepsake box. See that little green hat, all made of felt and a piece of ribbon. So, if your looking for a easy kid's costume idea this is it. I am sure if you spend the time to make a costume for your child you will cherish it later!

What did I make for the blog hop?

Living with to guys (husband and grandson) I try to find skull fabric whenever I can. When my hubby saw this fabric he wanted a new pouch to keep his medicine! I thought well it is a little Halloweenish.

The mini quilt was made by cutting a 3" hexagon in half and making cardboard templates! I think it turned out just scary enough for Halloween!


This little pincushion came out really cute don't you think? I really love Spellbound, by Cotton and Steel! It all started with a 2" hexagon.

Marian has arranged a daily drawing for a Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate at her blog during the blog hop. (Awesome)

So stop by: Seams To Be Sew to enter!

Please visit the blogger's for today! Wedsnesday, October 21, 2015

Tea Time Creations

Grandma's Stories

In The Boon Docks - Your Here

Just Because Quilts

Just Let Me Quilt

Thank you for stopping by! Create and be Unique! Lisa


Marty, if you stop by today, I am home and have been waiting for you for 30 years! Back To The Future Rules! Today is the day!




Saturday, October 17, 2015

Week 3 - Farmers Wife 1930 Sampler Quilt


Week 3

Hello Everyone! I am really enjoying the linkups each week! So many beautiful blocks in all kinds of fabric combinations that you can view if you join the Facebook Group or follow the link to the Link Up Party. There will be (4) weeks over the next year when I will be a Blogger of the Week.

Week Three - Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along Link Up Party - GnomeAngel. This week tutorials and From Marti Michell Quilting Blog: Belle Block, 1930s Farmer's Wife Sew-along, From Marti Michell Quilting Blog: Coral Block, Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along conversion charts were released for blocks 13 and 24! I have linked to each Blogger's Farmer's Wife post so if you need the tutorials later they will be here.

The Bloggers for Week 3:

Melissa of The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew Along - #13 Belle - Paper Piecing Y Seams! - This tutorial is excellant!

Erin of Why Not Sew?: Block No.24 Coral - Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along

Angie of Belle is Block 13 of Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - GnomeAngel and Coral is Block 24 of Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - GnomeAngel

I used the Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) technique this week on both my blocks included in the book. I do not have much experience with FPP but I am learning doing this sew along. Practice, practice, practice, is the only way to master a skill. The solids are for both my blocks are Cotton Supreme Solids, RJR Fabrics and print for Belle (13) is an Andover scrap I have been saving forever. The print for Coral is from Tula Pink's line Eden. Do you ever do that? Save a scrap you find along the way? Keep it for just the right block! I don't even know the name. If you do let me know in the comments.

I only piece with Aurifil 50wt. thread! If your using the best fabrics you should use the best thread!

Block #13 Belle


Block #24 Coral


Thank you for stopping by to look at my blocks! I am going to linkup with Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along Link Up Party - GnomeAngel! Why don't you come by the linkup with me and see all the different ways to do these two blocks. The combinations are amazing!


The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt | it's on sale.

You know it is not to late to join and it is lots of fun! Your definately going to learn a lot and the book is lovely to read on its own!

Think about it!


Thank you for stopping by! Lisa






Friday, October 16, 2015

Tools in My Toolbox - FPP Add-on

Tools in My Toolbox - FPP

Welcome to Tools In My Toolbox FPP you can read about the other tools in these prior posts on Foundation Paper Piecing Tools:

In The Boon Docks: Foundation Paper Piecing - Why The Tools

In The Boon Docks: Tools In My Toolbox - FPP

Today's tool is something you may already have in your home. After reading Melissa's of Ms Midge tutorial on block #13 Belle The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew Along - #13 Belle - Paper Piecing Y Seams! I recommend you read her tutorial if you are going to do any FPP.

In Melissa's tutorial she recommends "The best tip I can give you for paper piecing is to rip the paper off the seams you will be joining as you go. This will reduce the bulk in the block at the end, and in this case – will allow you to continue with your Y seam much easier."

I discovered I wasn't done with tools. When trying to remove the paper from the back on the seams on a FPP, I found my fingers are just to big, no fingernails, to grab a hold of the tiny sliver and went looking for a pair of long slender tipped tweezers!



It makes it so much easier to remove the little strip of paper!

If you like what you read please consider following by email or Bloglovin. They are listed on the left side column. Thank you Lisa







Halloween Haunts 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015 starts today October 16th.

October 16 - 28, 2015

You can find the link to all the Bloggers involved right here Halloween Haunts on Halloween Haunts Starts Today Are You Haunting With Us? ||. She has done such a great job organizing everything for the hop.

My day is October 21st and I've been working a few things for you.

The Fat Quarter Shop will be giving daily gift certificates each day of the hop. That's a lot of chances to win! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for your support! I will be poping in daily for my chance and some excellant ideas!

So please come support the

Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop

It will be a spooktackular time for us all!

Create and be unique, Lisa


Monday, October 12, 2015

What Shade R U? Winner

I was really honored when RJR Fabrics asked me to participate in the "What Shade R U? Blog Hop" on there blog: Quilt With Love: Whatshaderu with @intheboondocks - ! I just love that they gave me enough fabrics to put together a bundle for one of you In The Boon Docks: What Shade R U? Giveaway. The "Pop Plus" Quilt turnered out so nice! You haven't seen it shucks I quess I have to show you again!

Currently, it is hanging in our local library! The fabrics are tough, sturdy, well constructed and I love using them in all my sewing! Now, you all had a chance to enter to win for a 26 Cotton Supreme Solids Bundle - but only one person could win.

The Winner is?
  1. I follow your blog by email.

    Congratulations, I am sure glad you do! I sent you a email!
  2. Giveaways are a good reason to follow "In The Boon Docks". To pick your favorite way to follow just look on the left sidebar! I appreciate each and every one of you for entering giveaways and leaving comments! I can't wait to see what Amanda makes with all those colors! Lisa
  3. If you are looking for the posts on FPP tools here they are:
  4. In The Boon Docks: Tools In My Toolbox - FPP
  5. In The Boon Docks: Foundation Paper Piecing - Why The Tools



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Foundation Paper Piecing - Why The Tools

The other day I made a list of In The Boon Docks: Tools In My Toolbox - FPP and today I will show you what I use each for when doing FPP.

If I am printing a digital fpp pattern from a CD or off the internet on my home computer to my printer I use Carol Doak's Foundation PaperC&T Publishing #10985 (it is thinner) and then other times I print on out of a magazine and I use copy paper.


Clover Regular Wonder ClipsClover #3156 to clip the pieces together. But you could use a large paper clip.

The pattern below shows you light/dark but the patterns we are using in the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt are not. To give you an example of what to have on hand find some colored pencils or crayons and mark your blocks to remind you what fabric goes in which place. Honestly, most of my mistakes happen by sewing the wrong fabric in place. Giving each fabric a color and marking each block is worth the time. Better than ripping seams out.

Sewline Fabric Water Soluble Glue Pen - BlueSewline #FAB50012 is a great tool. You will want to purchase a refill when you buy you first one. Never put the glue on the fabric when FPPing, put it always on the paper, then place your fabric on top! First piece of each section glue the first block to the paper and you only need a small amount!

By gluing in the 1 spot it will not move around and is perfect for fussy cutting!


Set your sewing machine on a 1.8 stitch length! I forget all the time. The closer the stitch the easier it is to remove the paper when it is time.

This is a new tool to me the Clover Finger Presser (I could only find the one I own on Amazon), but I love it. You can also use a wooden presser or even a small wooden wallpaper roller. It is better to use one of these items than your finger to press. Your fingers get dirt and oil on them that can transfer to the fabric. Press each seam as you go!

Add A Quarter 6" RulerCM Design #CM06 is shown below. Just fold the paper, line up the ruler and trim! Bam you have your quarter inch! Then line up your next strip, fold the paper back open, sew, and repeat. Trimming reduces bulk. #1 tool for FPP besides a rotary cutter. I really like the small Olfa 18mm Rotary Cutter Olfa #9657 when working on such small pieces. I want to keep the tips of my fingers. The pink cutting mat is 10" Rotating Cutting Mat Sue Daley Designs is worth the investment. I am using a wooden TV tray as a work station to hold all these tool, finger press, and cut right by the sewing machine.

Fold the numbers on each row before you begin sewing the row! A reader (Sew Surprising) reminded me that this is were you should take a postcard and fold the paper over the postcard to creese the line. Before putting the ruler down.

Keep the needle on the lines!

One reason everyone should own a seam ripper is because most of us cannot stay on the lines. You will know when you do the fold over for the next row, if you went a stitch to far. Pick a stitch if you go over.
Very frustrating! You get on a roll and place the fabric facing up, sew it down and flip it up and it is backwards! Pick, pick, and pick again! It happens to everyone so don't give up!

A small ruler! Mine is 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" but a square will work too! Make sure it is wide enough to keep those fingertips away from the rotary cutter!

Doing FPP blocks you do a lot of trimming! But the end results are beautiful and worth the effort to learn the technique!

This block is 3" square and all Tula Pink!

I had the pattern for 3 months and never did it because I was afraid. After sewing the foundation paper piecing blocks in the sew along. I have become more confident doing more proficient at the technique. Everything takes practice and the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along is a perfect way to learn new ways to do lots of blocks.



Don't forget if you decide to get some new tools and are part of the sew along to use the code!

Thank you for reading, create and be unique! Lisa