Monday, July 9, 2018

Meet Friends

The point of social media is to meet new friends!  But how often do we actually go out and meet someone 
we talk to daily on social media.

This is my wonderful friend Leona! 
I talked to her on Flickr, her blog, and Instagram for about 5 maybe 6 years.  I can honestly say it was so different to meet her in person.  It has changed that friendship into something greater. 

 I am so happy we went a couple of hours out of our way on vacation to met her and her son.  Best trip just for a conversation in real life and a few hugs. It will last me until next time.  When I will make a point to add her to our trip!

I also caught up with a quilt shop owner and friend Karen! My sister in law took me to her shop 2 years ago while we where visiting her.  We kept up a friendship on Instagram.

Karen owns Fabric Smart in Gulfport, Florida!
Her shop is a Modern Quilters Dream! She has all the latest and greatest! She also has on hand everything to make clothes, bags, and all kinds of sewing projects. 
Classes for everyone.  
If you find yourself in the Saint Petersburg Florida area stop in and make a friend!
Best part is she is really a great person.

My point besides sharing the joy I felt seeing these 2 women. Not all of us get out to meet friends or just people who share the same interests! Social media becomes our only way to converse with like minded people. 
If you get the chance to meet!
Do it!
 Meet in a public place for safety. 

For me it was scary and out of my comfort zone.  We almost didn’t stop!  Then I saw Leona’s smiling face and heard her cheery voice. She was just like the person I had shared my ideas and fears with over the years.  I am so delighted to call her my in person friend! Also, that she didn’t run after meeting my family!

Now, I just have to find a way to Australia to meet my IG friends there!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please leave a comment

Hi I am Lisa and have been blogging since 2012! The comments came to my email and I would answerones that I could and read them all.  Then one Update and they stopped coming.  It was happening to everyone and all bloggers are very displeased.

Now, I think it might be fixed! 
Not sure so that is where YOU come in!  
Could you leave a comment saying 
anything “nice” of course.
Not about me but about anything you like.  
Just to see if I get it. 
It would be very appreciated!

Here are a few pictures of what I have been doing!
We drove for 2 days to get to SIL in Florida!

Sign that makes you kinda scared at a rest stop

Sitting in car, keeping my hands busy!

Finished this buck from Heidi Boyd I love her kits!  
They come with everything you need to make her delightful creatures.  
Except the Aurifil Floss (aurifil snob) I admit it!

I am doing something I never thought I would try again.
Making Hexi’s, in issue 61 Love Of Patchwork and Quilting they gave away the papers and a pattern.
  Matthew of Mister Domestic has a great tutorial on how to glue baste.  
Sew my hands aren’t cramping before I start.

This is the only magazine I have delivered to my house.  
In the states, it is easier to get a subscription than hunt the issues down in book stores.

Well you are caught up on my heartache and car ride.
Now, please leave a comment!
All my heart!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Retreat Bag 2.0

I love Santa Fe by Sara Watts as soon as I saw it in the Culcita box I knew I wanted something special.  My husbands birthday was coming up so I decided on a medicine pouch! It had to be big and different!

I saw a post on IG for the Internal Wire Frames for the Retreat Bag 2.0 by Emmaline Bags it said the pattern was free. I am sorry I don’t remember the shops name.  The frames for the large where $4.00 so I bought 4. I figured if it proved to hard I’d sell the rest. But if I liked the pattern I had them on hand to make more! Do you ever do that? Sometimes I end up with a bunch of junk I will never use.  But not this time! He loves the bag!  It is big and roomy!

It has two pockets.

 Problems for me 

Never sewn a zipper on the outside of a bag before. So, I searched on YouTube and found a video tutorial on sewing the bag by Birdcage and Thread. She does a great job explaining everything you need to do to make the bag.

The hardware intimidated me! How in Heaven was I going to sew bars into the bag? It turned out to be very easy!  You just unpick a small seam and slide them in!

All in all this is a great big bag! They also have a smaller size and they are both on the same pattern.  Here is a link to download the pattern free! 

The Retreat Bag 2.0

I am not associated with any of the products in this post! I really love this bag! So try it! I looked up a place that sells the frames!

Style B Frame $4.75

Have a great week! Lisa

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Day 1

For months now many people have been working 
on all kinds of flower projects to inspire you!  
Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks is our hostess and
 I am grateful to be able to participate in this blog hop.

I went through a bunch of fabric trying to figure out what I wanted to make. 
 At the time my oldest daughter had her second daughter in less than a year.
Carla said we could make anything as long as it has flowers!
So, I did a little creative thinking!

Having been killing time at doctors appointments and 
at the hospital I had been watching a lot of online classes and Youtube videos!
 I came across a sewing course on 
Creativebug called 

Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Tunic No. 1

Using her -  #100 Acts of Sewing Patterns
(Which are free with the course)
By Sonya Philips

Flower Tunic 1 

This fabric is by Anna Maria Horner and comes in 4 colorways!
I think it is gorgeous!
I did not alter the pattern at all on this one.

Flower Tunic 2 - Tula Pink Fabric

I loved this Tula Pink print so much I have had it in my stash just waiting for the right project!

 I brought the neckline up on this shirt and added a 1 1/2” strip around the neck!  
To bring it in more!
 I really like that the patterns are easy to modify for a beginner such as myself.

A complete blog hop list is available at Carla’s of  Creatin’ in the Sticks , Where Flowers Bloom Schedule !

Please visit the other blogger’s in the blog hop today!

Monday, June 11, 2018
In The Boon Docks - your here
                                                                            Seams To Be Sew

I hope you enjoyed my post I love to sew!
I want you to know if you want to make your own clothes there are options!
Creativebug Instructors have taught me to sew many different kinds of clothes, including knits. 
 They have a 2 week free trial! Try it out and let me know what you think.

I’d love to hear from you please leave a comment!
Thank you for stopping by: Lisa

Side note:  I have no affiliations with Creativebug or any of there Partners.
  I just thought I’d share about something I like and works for me. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Patchwork Petals Sewing Party

Have you heard about the sewing party with 
Matthew of Mister Domestic and Sheri of Whole Circle Studio

The Patchwork Petals Sewing Party will run for eight weeks from June 18th – August 12th. This is a sew-at-your-own pace party! You are not required to sew all four blocks. 

Every week, just by participating, you will be eligible to win some awesome gifts from the sponsors. All you need to do is post a work-in-progress photo on Instagram using the hashtag #PATCHWORKPETALSQUILT. 

You can get the pattern Sheri made here 
Patchwork Petals Pattern If you signup for Whole Circle Studios Newsletter this week Sheri has included a discount code for the pattern! Link to signup Newsletter

I am really excited about starting!  It will be great fun come join me!

Hope to see you there! Lisa

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Memory Pillows

Memory Pillows - Part 1

When a friend asked if I could make a couple pillows out of her Grandmother’s shirts for her Mom I said yes!  I have never done this before but I thought I would give it a try. There is a woman on Instagram who makes gorgeous bags out of loved ones leather coats! @piprobins - Gillian Hyde

I began by deconstructing the shirts.  Trying to get the most usable material as possible!

Shirt 1 - a kind of woven stretch material 

Shirt 2 - denim stretch

Anything can be useful as long as it is not frayed (worn out)! Including these buttons and the front!  I am going to use these as the closure on the back!

I was looking for a pattern and remembered a heart pillow I made years ago.  I will post a link to it in part 2.  I don’t remember what I did with the pattern so I looked at the pilllow and made it up!

So far this is what I have!  The pink fabric I starched and starched so it didn’t stretch to bad as I sewed, and it worked pretty well!  

This is as far as I got yesterday and I have another project that is time sensitive! Part 2 is coming! 

Hope you have a great weekend!  
Thank you for reading - Lisa

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

My husband’s Uncle George died in service before he was ever born.  His mother’s brother!  

Thank you!

Hope you had a great weekend! 
Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Micro Mini Tested

Micro Mini Quilts

Micro Mini Quilt
4” x 4”
Made by: Elizabeth Johnson
Fabric: Dapple and Stars, Patrick Lose, RJR Fabric
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt #2021
Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt #2250

All the rage on Instagram 
made with Foundation Paper Piecing 

I was super excited to be asked by @mel_is_a_swapaholic over on Instagram to test her new foundation paper piecing (FPP) pattern!  I think it turned out very nicely!  

Don’t be frightened by the small pieces because it sews together perfectly!
I gave to my husband and he love it at 4” x 4” it is perfect to hang on a wall or use as a coaster.

Side note:  The Red Aurifil matches the patriotic reds in these fabrics perfect!  I am using all these fabrics again on something bigger!

Hugs to all of you!
Happy Mother’s Day too all!

Another note Elizabeth is my given name!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Barn Block Quilt with Sew Sampler

April 2018 Sew Sampler Monthly Subscription Quilting Box included all these items!  I enjoy getting surprises in the mail and since the first one it has been great fun!  It is not very expensive compared to other subscription programs! This month was the 2nd year Anniversary Box.  

Marking the beginning of a new year of blocks!  Each month a new block pattern arrives in the box.  I have decided to make each one of them!  I have always loved Barn Quilts.  The patterns are sponsored by Moda and Aurifil.

This is the first Barn Block Recipe!
12 1/2” x 12 1/2”
Fabrics - Andover scraps
Thread - Aurifil 50 wt. 2600

Lilly, my granddaughter, sorting scraps!

Would anyone be interested in showing your blocks each month? Leave a comment and let me know!
Thank you for following along! Lisa

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hideaway Quilt Finished with Sarah

Everyone needs Unicorn Love!

These blocks are super easy for a beginner and the quilt pattern is available for free.  

The  Hideaway Quilt Video with Kimberly Jolly is available to help you!

This is the AGF Stitched Quilt Hideaway 
with a FREE Pattern!

Along with the pattern, the Fat Quarter Shop has the Hideaway Quilt Kit and matching Backing Set that features Capsules Nest by AGF Studios for Art Gallery Fabrics. The Quilt Kit features the Capsules Nest Make-A-Wish Panel that truly delightful for any child.  All the blocks on the panel showcase the animal themes that are featured throughout the collection.

I finally got the binding sewn on and realized it is a big quilt for an infant!

It will last a long time as she grows!

My daughter took these photo this morning for me to post!  Sarah is a really beautiful baby!

Thank you for reading! Lisa

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Nesting Box

Need a little fun in your life?

Fat Quarter Shop has a great treat for any of us!

The Nesting Box 2018 Limited Edition Mystery Box Reservation
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

The mystery box includes 11 charming mystery items including fabric, notions and more will put the Spring back in your step, so get yours today and settle in for a “dove-ly” surprise! 

This box retails for over $120 which is a $45 savings!

You will be charged a $4.99 reservation fee today and $69.98 plus shipping when we ship your box in April 2018.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Aurifil March Designer of the Month Block

Aurifil Thread Designer Of The Month Block Of The Month
March Designer
Jo Avery

Each month Aurifil has a different Designer create a block for there BOM! 
 You can find this month’s interview and block by Jo Avery

My block is made with Flutter and Cotton & Steel scraps of basics.

Each month if you link a picture of your block with the monthly post you have a chance to win FREE thread.  That’s right Pat Sloan gives 12 free spools away each month!

I have a few more blocks to catch up.  Things have been crazy at my house but are starting to calm down now.  My daughter has had her baby Sarah Elizabeth Proctor and Lilly is learning to be a big sister.

Being a Grandma just gets more wonderful each one you get!
Hugs to you all!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hideaway Quilt

I was so excited when Fat Quarter Shop invited me to participate in AGF Stitched with Kimberly
When I began working on the project my thought was to use this beautiful fabric and make my new granddaughter who was due April 1, 2018 a grand quilt.

These blocks are super easy for a beginner and the quilt pattern is available for free.  

The  Hideaway Quilt Video with Kimberly Jolly is available to help you!

The AGF Stitched Quilt for this Thursday
 is the Hideaway 
with a FREE Pattern!

Along with the pattern, the Fat Quarter Shop has the Hideaway Quilt Kit and matching Backing Set that features Capsules Nest by AGF Studios for Art Gallery Fabrics. The Quilt Kit features the Capsules Nest Make-A-Wish Panel that truly delightful for any child.  All the blocks on the panel showcase the animal themes that are featured throughout the collection.

After quilting the last 7 years this panel is one of my favorites 
(I am buying a few extra’s for future baby quilts)!

Then look at this print!

Yes, I did actually got the quilt top finished!
Piecing done with Aurifil 50 wt. thread!

I was even quilting this one myself!
I was doing so well straight line quilting with Aurifil 50 wt. thread!
2600 Dove
Ahead of schedule
but then!

Somebody decided she wasn’t waiting 3 more weeks to be born!

Quilting has been put on hold because I am at the hospital writing this post!

Meet the newest member of our family, 
Sarah Elizabeth Proctor
born on Pie Day,
 March 14, 2018, 
at 10:40 am, 
9 lbs 10 ozs, 20 inches long

Isn’t she beautiful!
Thank you Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for the opportunity!
This quilt will be well used!
Hugs everyone! Lisa

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spelling Bee Sew Along Week 23

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

The Sew Along features 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! 

Lasting 44 weeks, the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. 

Check each week at the 

It is Week 23, my name is Lisa and I have Capital R!

Welcome to Spelling Bee Saturday!

“R” is for Rotary Cutter!

I am very excited that the cutting and sewing instructions are easy!
The block went together quickly!
  I plan to sew up the other letters to spell out my husbands name for a quilt.  

Lori Holt, Modern Minis is the blue - Riley Blake Designs
Lori Holt, Bee Background is the white - Riley Blake Designs

Aurifil 2600 Dove

1. Buy a set of 
Alphabitties when you order the book!

2.  After making the R, I added a 2 1/2” border on all 4 sides!

Have a Roaring good Saturday!
Thank you for dropping in! Lisa

This book is a must have for every quilter’s library!
Check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Now back to the 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sign up you blog for a fun blog hop

Sign ups are open
Where Flowers Bloom blog hop 
over at Creatin in the Sticks with Carla this June!

If you love to create check it out!
I’ll be there!
Hope to see you there!  Lisa

The Granddaughter is due on my birthday but I don’t think she will wait that long!