Four Dollar Friday

Hello everyone!  It has been an amazing two weeks here at Red Boot Quilts, so much has happened and I’m so excited about where Red Boots is heading in the future.  Unfortunately I can’t share my secret just yet, but I promise I will be able to soon.

This week’s Four Dollar Friday is a little different.  I’ve put up a 33% off coupon which gives you 33% off all orders including printed patterns.  Simply enter the code FRIDAY8 at the order page/checkout to receive your discount.  You can find the website here.

Remember to pop over to the website to sign-up for the Birthday Club!

Each month you will go in the draw to win a free pattern and a $25 quilt store e-gift voucher from one of my favourite stores.

This month we are giving away a couple of extra prizes to celebrate my youngest daughter’s birthday.  I’ve got two cute little bag toggles from Lynette Anderson Designs to giveaway.  One is the little bluebird pictured below and I think the second one is a cute red toadstool.  Remember to sign up before the 31st August, 2014 to go in the draw.

lynette toggle

Due to some of our winners not responding to emails, and not claiming their giveaway prizes, we are going to put a time limit on replying to your winning email/notification.  If I haven’t heard from the winner of the Birthday Club Giveaway for any particular month within seven (7) days of the email notification being sent we will redraw the prize.  Thanks for your understanding. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I have to go fabric shopping, what a chore *giggle*.

toni xx

Photo courtesy of Lynette Anderson Designs.

On my head.

Hi de ho Happy Campers,

That’s a bit rich coming from old grumpy bum here isn’t it. Yeah I admit it, I’ve been a right old grump these past couple of weeks. Snickers bars may have been mentioned *giggle*.

You see I’ve had some wonderful news. It’s turned me on my head. It’s so epically huge that I’m a little frightened of taking it on. Thrilled but terrified at the same time. 

panda on his head

I’ll let you know when I pick myself up off the floor.  toni xx

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Putting my money where my mouth is and saying no, you’re wrong, to misguided Australian newsreaders.

MND receipt

Not all charities are equal.  Some charities feed, cloth and provide medical treatment for the poor and disadvantaged; some provide disaster relief to communities;  some provide funds for research into disease; and some are blatant money making tax dodges for less than ethical monsters.

If this newsreader had spoken out against the McGrath Foundation (as an example of a charity with a high media presence) would there have been such a chorus of assenting voices?  Some commentators have even had the gall to say that Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) is not a real disease.

Some have said it is just a bunch of celebrities using ALS to self-promote.  Of course they are self-promoting.  It’s what creative people have to do to be seen.  Do you think the studios want an actor who isn’t social-media visible?

Donations to the ALS/Motor Neurone associations have increased ten-fold around the world because of this challenge.  Last year a little less than $20 million dollars was raised for MND research.  This year it is close to $60 million and that number is increasing by the day.  In this case self-promotion has achieved fantastic results for charity.  It has achieved something positive and worthwhile.  I’m not even going to touch the wasting water excuse.  Really?

So ask yourself this before you jump on the negative Aussie soapbox.  Has it harmed you?  Has it provided great exposure for a little known and talked about disease? Has all this self-promotion achieved results that benefit the sufferers of this disease and their families?  Yes, it has.

And quite frankly who doesn’t want to see their fave celebrity hottie get wet!

So this is my Ice Bucket challenge to you; the quilt makers, designers, shop owners, distributors etc. etc.  Donate to ALS – MND research.  Do it now.  This is a terrible disease.  It doesn’t discriminate, there is no treatment, there is no cure.  Prove to the rest of the world that Aussie’s are good people too.  Prove that we can still have fun, be fun, and participate in fun charity drives.

Australian donations here.

US donations here.

Peace.  toni xx

  • I have nothing against the McGrath Foundation, they were just an example of a large, well-known charity that gets a lot of media attention here in Australia.  Donate to as many charities as you can afford.
  • ALS and MND are the same thing.  The US calls it ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the UK and Australia call it Motor Neurone Disease.
  • Frankly $100 was more than I could afford.  That’s how strongly I feel about this.

A persona.

I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

Have you ever had that ‘I’m cranky before I’m even out of bed’ mood? You don’t know why you’re cranky, but you are. It’s a momma bear, rip someone’s head off cranky; I’m truly a horrible person cranky.

Could it be that my lazy, can’t be bothered with hormones, ovary has woken up from it’s deep slumber and is having a party? Seriously. After all this time you are going to give me PMT!?  Really???  And on a Thursday!?

This crankiness has me thinking. I was recently asked about my social media persona. Ok, I have to laugh at the absurdity of that one. A persona. Seriously? Me? ROFLOL.

Then I though… mmmm…. I could be the cranky quilter! Oscar the Grouch with a sewing machine.  But a nice Oscar the Grouch… maybe with flowers. And double chocolate brownies. I’m gonna have a t-shirt made! xx

oscar the grouch



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Pattern testers and sample makers wanted.

Hello everyone!

Have you ever thought of becoming a pattern tester? I’m looking for some lovely people to test out my patterns and to make some quilts, softies and stitcheries for me. Pattern testers are an important part of the design process, they proof read instructions, suggest the necessary tweaks to the instructions to make them more user friendly, and they usually make a sample of the design.

There’s a catch. There always is, isn’t there? :0] Most indie (small independent) designers like me just don’t have the necessary funds to pay testers for their time. And I’m firmly in that bracket.

How about I list what I need and what I can do to reimburse you for your time.  Pattern testers can live anywhere in the world. I can email the pattern to you as a PDF and postage won’t be a problem. But sample makers must live in Australia. The cost of posting materials and finished projects back and forth between countries could bankrupt the average quilter.

Also I am a cat owner; and with cats come cat hair. I cannot control my kitties (short) fur. It is an entity in itself. Having said that I would not allow my cats to sleep, sit or play on your sample projects. I would also use a lint/fur remover to remove any stray hairs before I sent the project back to you. But cat hair is cat hair. If you have an allergy to cats or worse, hate cats and their furry ways, please don’t apply to be a sample maker!

This is what I need -

Pattern testers. You would be required to proof read the pattern for spelling and/or grammatical errors, suggest any tweaks to the pattern, and make a sample of the design. This is a unpaid job. I would provide you with the preliminary pattern instructions and it would be up to you to provide all materials and time to make the design.

I would send you a free copy of the finalised pattern when it is published and a small gift of fabric and chocolate as a thank you. You would also receive a copy of each new pattern as it is released, whether you tested it or not, for the duration of your time with me.

I would also ask that the pattern tester send me a photo when they finish a sample. The time frame I would be looking at is approx. two weeks to test/make a softie and two to four weeks for an average sized quilt. Large or complex projects could be negotiated regarding time.

Sample makers (Australian residents only). I have an enormous backlog of work I want, and need, to do. I sold most of my quilts and softies to fund a trip away for my youngest daughter. I should have had them photographed professionally before I did but hindsight is a wonderful thing. I need some of my older patterns remade and some new patterns put together into quilts and softies. This is an unpaid job.

I would send you the preliminary pattern, the materials for the quilt top, the binding and the batting (wadding) only. You would provide the backing fabric, the thread and the necessary notions to complete the quilt including fusible webbing. In the case of a softie pattern I would provide the preliminary pattern and the fabric. The stuffing and general notions necessary to complete the softie would be left up to you.

The sample would be made in my choice of colours and the fabrics provided may be scraps from my stash. See the note about cat hair.

I would require you to mail the quilt or softie to me so I could photograph it. Once it is photographed I would send the project back to you to keep. It would belong to you.  The time frame I would be looking at is approx. two weeks to test/make a softie and two to four weeks for an average sized quilt. Large or complex projects could be negotiated regarding time.

I do ask that the pattern tester/sample maker keep my designs to themselves until the official release on my blog, Facebook or website. You can then post about the project and share pictures of what you have made wherever you like. Please link back to my site for the pattern. The sample project would of course belong to you.

When I need something tested or made I will send out an email to all the pattern testers and sample makers who have joined my band of merry men with an outline of the new design or sample I need made. You can then contact me (only) if you are able to make the project in the time frame necessary.

You may only want to test out one or two of my designs when you have the time, or you may want to test out all of them. It’s up to you.

As far as sewing experience goes, I prefer if you have a decent set of sewing/quilting skills. I don’t mean you have to be an advanced quilter who can appliqué, cook and babysit simultaneously, but I do need you to be able to think on your feet. I need you to be able to work through any errors and have the confidence to tell me where something doesn’t work or the instructions don’t make sense.

If you are making a sample for photography, I need the project to be well made and the borders reasonably flat.

If you would like to sign up to be a pattern tester or sample maker, please email me at and let me know. Please only email me if you are serious about doing the work. If you have a blog I would love to see it.  I’ll then email you about my latest design and if you’re interested I’ll send you the pattern and you can start sewing!

Please feel free to share this and pass it on to anyone you think might be interested!

Thank heaps, and I hope to hear from you soon! toni xx

Ps. A big thank you to Jody Herbert of Jody’s Crafty Creations who let me plagiarize her pattern testing post.  I’ll be putting up some piccies of Jody’s fabulous designs later this week. xx