Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sewing with Knits


Yesterday, I decided to sew with knits. Had to change the sewing machine needle to a Jersey 12 and find some poly blend or polyester thread. That's right no Aurifil but Coats and Clark makes great all purpose thread. The only time I don't use Aurifil is to sew knit fabric.

Little Lilly is due May 1st and I really wanted to make her a Little Geranium Dress (link to free dress). The pattern is for a cotton dress (0-3 months), I wanted to use knit and changed things a little. Made the bodice like the pattern,using snaps instead of buttons since I bought a snap kit a month ago from Amazon. I'll wait to place the snap until she is born. The skirt section, I just cut a piece of knit fabric and gathered the top of it. Then with right sides together I started sewing 2" down from the top to the bottom. Pinned and sewed the bodice to the skirt. Still working on sewing the bottom. A friend on Instagram suggested making it 26" long. Then pinning to make a casing for elastic at the bottom. It will be more like a gown but the pattern by Made By Rae - sewing patterns, tutorials and projects by Rae is excellent. I will use it to make a cotton dress for the baby too! Recommend this pattern. If you need a bigger pattern she has it available for sale Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern PDF | Made by Rae!

PDF or Paper Patterns

I personally like .pdf patterns because many patterns come in multiple sizes. I can print whatever size I need but if I buy a multi sized paper pattern once I cut it I only have the one size. Just something to think about when you a starting out sewing clothing.


Poppy Troll is wearing the babies mittens that I made. The pattern link is in the last post In The Boon Docks: Simple Little Things Babies is great! They are so little and cute. I really recommend it! The pattern is well written and easy to follow.


This morning I jumped out of bed, at 4:30 am and decided to sew a band to the bottom of my Pandalicious shirt. I made it last year but don't wear it much because the hem kept rolling up, which wasn't very flattering! So now it looks like this and I love it.



Hopefully, we will be on our way to our daughter's house tomorrow! I am so ready to go. Have a great week and I'll post when I can. Definitely going to get a picture of us in our Pandalicious Fashions! Hugs Lisa


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simple Little Things Babies

So this morning, honestly, I am operating in panic, wait mode! Baby Lilly is not due untl May 1st! At the stress test yesterday Momma was having contractions and is starting to progress a little. Up at 6:30 am, very unusual for me, so I started to pack not my clothes of course but my sewing things. I have to make a few baby dresses and those little mittens, so she can't scratch herself. By now, I have pulled out my clothes bags and started my laundry.

I found this little dress - free and looks to be easy enough I can do it!



Free! Little Geranium Dress Pattern - Made By Rae. This is 0 - 3 months and there is a pattern you can purchase for more extras and bigger babies and girls! When I went seaching the internet for an easy dress, this one kept popping up! So, it comes highly recommended by lots of bloggers!


Mittens - you wouldn't think they would be hard to find but they were! Started on Pinterest and every link I clicked on was no good! Did a search and still couldn't find what I was looking to make. Finally, on Craftsy!

Quick and Easy Baby Mittens | Craftsy


Hope my searching helps another Grandmother or new Mom find these handy patterns! Hug to all, Lisa




Monday, April 10, 2017

Petit Four Baskets

The Fat Quarter Shop and ByAnnie got together and made a fantastic video on how to make these sweet little baskets! Great for holding all kinds of things including Aurifil Floss!

How to make a Petit Four Basket with ByAnnie and Fat Quarter Shop - YouTube


I made these (2) baskets with my favorite Alison Glass 10" x 10" squares! Each basket only takes 2 squares and some Soft and Stable White Project Pack ByAnnie #PBASS20PP | Fat Quarter Shop


So make one or a 100!

They make great gifts!

Go watch the video!


Then get sewing!

Thank you for stopping by today! Lisa


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Controversial or Not



I cannot tell you which blog I first watched this video on but I can tell you it sure did make my husband look at me sideways and laugh. Which I think was the intent of AccuQuilt | The Best Fabric Cutter Machine For Quilting : AccuQuilt

So God Made A Quilter - YouTube

Society seems to control what is right and wrong. Trying to make more of something than was intended! Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Please remember "Kindness Matters" meaning please if you are displeased just say it and don't shoot the messenger. Lisa


Wednesday, April 5, 2017




I am joining in with Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson for #the100dayproject. If you haven't heard of it you can find more info here but basically you chose do to something for 100 days and document it on instagram with a unique hashtag. My unique hashtag on Lisa Johnson (@intheboondocks) • Instagram photos and videos will be #100daysofAurifilThread

In the last couple weeks I kept seeing on Instagram what others were going to do and kept trying to think of something original I could do even though I wouldn't be home for much during the next couple months! I always carry some thread around with me! I know I am a little weird but it comes in handy!

You see my oldest daughter is due to deliver baby Lilly May 1st! So, I will be going to Norfolk, Virgina to stay a few weeks. Then in June, my youngest daughter will have major surgery on her panaceas again! We will go to Cincinnati, Ohio for the surgery and a hospital visit for a week or two. Then back to her home in Lexington, Kentucky until she can get around on her own. Which means climbing the stairs to the second floor of her home. Last year it was only a few weeks but the surgery was just repairing the hernias from the spleen rupture of 2015. Keep us in your prayers!

I don't know what I would do without my wonderful Mother who stays home and helps care for David or my Husband who drives me, drops me, then rushes home to help at home! I am lucky I have a great family support system that helps at home that includes my In-Laws.

Day 1 #100DaysofAurifilThread


My oldest today!

I will be posting while I am gone! So keep your eye open to see what I can think up to do with Aurifil Thread! The company has sponsored me for years! I love the product and it has so many uses! Be prepared for fun!

Thank you for following along! Lisa


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fat Quarter Shop Sale

Have you been shopping yet? I ordered last night!


Write down this CODE before you go!

Sale includes everything not already on sale! If you need something, NOW is the time to buy! Quilting Fabric, Quilt Fabric, Moda Fabrics, Quilt Kits, Online Quilting Fabrics & FREE Quilt Patterns | Fat Quarter Shop

Enjoy the sale! Lisa

Even Aurifil Threads are on sale! Been wanting to try 'Aurifil floss' | Fat Quarter Shop or some 'Aurifil 50 wt' | Fat Quarter Shop get it at 20% off!



Winner of the Barry Hendricks Seam Ripper is Lori. Congratulations! She has been contacted and I will be mailing this week! If you would like to order a seam ripper or a pen, they make great gifts! Take a look! Thank you for sponsoring!


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bella Skillbuilder Month 3


It is April 1st and time for a new block Bella Skillbuilder Month 3 - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber this month we are making "Pineapple" blocks!

Are you ready to get started on month 3? Let's grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits! Kimberly and Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life walk you through the Pineapple blocks in this YouTube video! Be sure to download the free April 2017 pattern!


The quilt along requires new skills and rulers, at least for me! This month the ruler that we are using is the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool Creative Grids #CGRJAW3 !

The way I make it work for me: Download the free pattern and order the ruler that is being used. Since I didn't order the kit, I decide what colors I am going to use bella solids yardage and order it at the same time it is averaging out to about $25 a month! Some rulers are less and if I use a fabric I already bought no cost! I love the non slip on the bottom of the rulers. It is an investment in the quilting tool box. You will be able to create all kinds of quilts with these rulers once you have finished this one quilt!


Remember this months pattern you are making (7) blocks all at once and they are easy to chain piece. I have seen this block done other ways that are really hard. The ruler makes it really easy and gives it that perfect finish look when done.


I started cutting my (7) blocks 3 weeks ago and will finally finish this weekend! I am so glad I used Pink Alphabitties® Specialty Marking Tools It's Sew Emma #ISE-701 when I cut them out. Otherwise, I would have to measure all the blocks again to figure out which pieces to sew. I can wait to see your blocks after they are done!


Please stop by the other Bloggers quilting along!

We all have excuses when things don't get done on time. It has taken 2 doctors visits in 2 weeks to determine we have a house full of people with "Strep Throat", kinda put a damper on my sewing. The refrigerator breaking and being in pieces all over our kitchen did help either. So, just like you, I am human and have things happen that always work themselves out and I am back to sewing. Antibiotics work wonders! I love this quilt along and hope you continue to create these gorgeous blocks along with us! See you next month! Lisa


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Don't Forget To Enter

I have this great seam ripper to giveaway to one of you! Don't miss out!



Click the link to enter: In The Boon Docks: Seam Ripper Giveaway

Thank you for stopping by - Lisa


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Seam Ripper Giveaway

Barry Hendricks is a true artist in his field creating gorgeous one of a kind pens, letter openers, and my favorite seam rippers! You can visit his Etsy shop by following this link Gorgeous Handmade Seam Rippers by BarrysPens He sent me this acrylic and chrome seam ripper (above) to give to one of you! It is the prettiest Red and it sparkles when you turn it! Barry makes all his items in his backyard shop in Texas!


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

Note to Google+ users if your email is not in your profile no one can reach you - so leave an e-mail.

1. Tell me in the comments what do you collect? Me, I love seam rippers!

2. Go checkout Barry's Etsy Site Barry's Pen's and More by BarrysPens on Etsy

3. If you follow "In The Boon Docks" you get an extra chance!

Three chances to win!

Giveaway end March 31, 2017, at Midnight!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Spellbound Quilt Along Part 2

Spellbound Quilt Along

The Spellbound Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop was last week Spellbound Quilt Along - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber and I am a few day late due to a number of things. I wanted to share my completed quilt top with you before I send it off to a longarm quilter to be finished. I love piecing quilts and quilting small quilts but I cannot do the patterns and designs on anything this large or anywhere near what Irene Hensley does with her long arm! So off she goes!

Fabrics: Robert Kaufman Kona Pink Flamingo, Highlighter, and a mystery Maroon Kona ; Alison Glass: Sun Print 2017 - Amaranth Overgrown, School Bus Overgrown, Citrus Link; Aurifil 50 wt. thread: 2115 (Yellow)

The Pattern: Spellbound Downloadable PDF Quilt Pattern Fat Quarter Shop

Ruler 1: 'Creative Grids 90 Degree Double Strip Ruler Creative Grids #CGRDBS90'; I enjoy using all kinds of rulers in my sewing and this one is terrific! You can really get creative with it and I plan to use this one often! Where else can you cut up to (4) perfect blocks in minutes!

Ruler 2: I just recently purchased Creative Grids Stripology Squared Ruler Creative Grids #CGRGE2 if you cut strips very often, you need this ruler! This quilt is strips and if you don't buy Jelly Rolls that is at least (40) 2 1/2" strips. You can cut all kinds of sizes of strips with this ruler.

To read my tips I learned while making this quilt please read In The Boon Docks: Spellbound Quilt Along Part 1! Also, listed in the blog post is all the links to the other Bloggers in the quilt along. I really recommend looking at all the different variations of the quilt before deciding on fabrics! Well thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back soon! Lisa


I really just had so much fun making this quilt and my Granddaughter is going to love it! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for including "In The Boon Docks" in the Spellbound Quilt Along!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spellbound Quilt Along Part 1


Spellbound Quilt Along

Hi Everyone, welcome to In The Boon Docks! I am almost done with my Spellbound Quilt and will have it up tomorrow! An few unexpected hospital procedures and running out of a primary fabric kind of threw me for a loop!


1. I use small Wonder clips to show what side to sew on and a large Wonder clip to hold each section together! This helps when you are chain piecing!

2. Use a 1/4" sewing foot on you machine and Chain piece - even the strips it will go faster that way.

3. Get the Creative Grid 90 Degree Double Strip Ruler you will find lots of uses for these and other blocks you can think up. It is a great investment and so easy to use.

Check out the Spellbound Quilt Along - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber then watch the Youtube Video to see just how easy these beautiful blocks are to make. I am making this quilt for my Granddaughter and am super excited about getting it finished.

Please stop by the other bloggers in the quilt along and see the variety of ways this quilt pattern can look by just colors placement!

Denise from Pieced Brain
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Nettie from A Quilt is Nice
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

I will have my quilt online tomorrow! Until then - Lisa


To follow Fat Quarter Shop’s social media and keep up with all of the fun projects!

Monday, March 13, 2017

We did it

Thank you!


The fundraising has been a success and the new sewing machine has been order for @blossomandbev!


If you donated thank you! You have made a difference in a persons life!

I appreciate everyone of you! No more donations are needed! Hugs Lisa


God is good!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Help Me Raise Some Money


Could you think of a day when you didn't have your sewing machine!

I sew when I am happy, sad, mad, just about anytime I want!

Others sew to raise money for the rent, electric, or just enough to have lunch out once a month!

I have a story to tell of a blogger I followed for about 5 years then one day she stopped blogging. Her quilts are beautiful! She was always willing to help new quilters! Always made the world seem a little better! She always wrote at the end of her posts

"Cheery Wave Bev"

Not long ago I was having giveaways for Impressions, Orange Peel Templates, I notified one of the winners and guess what she signed "Cheery Wave Bev"! I was shocked! I asked her where she had been and found out she had been through some bad times! Her 25 years old sewing machine had died. She had used sewing to supplement her Social Security. It had been broken for months which hasn't helped her situation.

I feel "God" puts people in your path and it is your choice if you help them or not! I feel he wants me to help her and I hope you might help too!

I am running Auctions on Instagrams and have others planned! Quilters Square in Kentucky Quilter's Square | Lexington, KY | BERNINA Dealer has offered to collect donations! It makes it all legitimate!

To donate - use PayPal to send money to

In the notes please write: Blossomandbev

Send a little or a lot!


It is a good cause to help another quilter get back on her feet.

Whatever money we raise will go to a sewing machine if we go over the quilt shop will send her a gift certificate to their online store!

Everyone needs to know someone out there in the world cares! Let's show her we do! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading! Lisa


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Orange Peel Templates and Patterns Winner


Well today we find out who won Orange Peel Set of Impressions Quilting Templates It's Sew Emma #ISE-719 | Fat Quarter Shop and the (4) It's Sew Emma Patterns! The templates and patterns are all available for sale through the Fat Quarter Shop!

Round Robin Impressions Quilt Pattern It's Sew Emma #ISE-301 | Fat Quarter Shop

Grapevine Impressions Quilt Pattern It's Sew Emma #ISE-302 | Fat Quarter Shop

Goldie Impressions Quilt Pattern It's Sew Emma #ISE-303 | Fat Quarter Shop

Jewel Impressions Quilt Pattern It's Sew Emma #ISE-304 | Fat Quarter Shop

I really enjoy using my set of templates for the Bella Skill Builder Month 2 - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber, it is not to late to join this free block of the month.


Drum roll please the winner is Dana!

Congratulations Dana! I have already sent you an email to collect you gifts!


I'd like to thank the Fat Quarter Shop for providing this set to giveaway!


As always thank for following along! I cannot wait until the block for April! Lisa


Monday, March 6, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Month 2 and Giveaway

Today is March 1st and here in West Virginia we are under tornado warnings and thunderstorms! Flooding is occurring and the news is talking about snow on Friday. I am happy to still have power, lots of homes don't.

Now on to the blocks for March which are available over on the Bella Skillbuilder Month 2 - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber for free! I do recommend that you watch the video by Kimberly and Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life - a quilt blog show you how to use the "Orange Peel Templates"!



I didn't really know what I was doing when I started and had only seen the way others had made "Orange Peel Block" so my first block started out like this and then I watched the video and had my "ah ha" moment!



I have fallen in love with making Orange Peels! Just a change in color or arrangement you can change the look of your block! Best part it is easy!

On the first two blocks I used Bella Cotton Solid Mango #9900-222 (dark orange) with Aurifil 50 wt. thread #1104 for appliqué and Bella Solid Amelia Orange #9900-161 with Aurifil 50 wt. thread #2150 for appliqué! As you can see they match quite well!



After some voting on Instagram Lisa Johnson (@intheboondocks) • Instagram photos and videos it was decided this was the best color arrangement for this block! My husband chose these colors: Bella Cotton Solid Imperial Blue #9900-307 with Aurifil 50 wt. thread #2730 for appliqué and Bella Cotton Solid Sunflower #9900-221 with Aurifil 50 wt. thread #1135

Tip: On the block below - I used 4" background blocks to give myself a little wiggle room. The look is the same but the block is a little larger!


If you are loving the Orange Peel Set of Impressions Quilting Templates It's Sew Emma #ISE-719 | Fat Quarter Shop they are available for sale at the Fat Quarter Shop! They also have four pattern available: Jewel, Grapevine, Goldie, and Round Robin Orange peel patterns' | Fat Quarter Shop!


Please stop by the other bloggers and see all the various color differences!

Paula from The Sassy Quilter

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Erin from Sew at Home Mummy

Erin from Why Not Sew
Marni from Haberdashery Fun

Natalia from Piece and Quilt

Julie from 627 Handworks
Kaye from Miss Print
Charise from Charise Creates
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts




How would you like the chance to win a set of templates and all four patterns. This giveaway is sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop!

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