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

100DaysofAurifilThread

 

 

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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