Paper Dolls Sew-Along #4


Hello everyone! It’s time for the next instalment in our Paper Dolls Sew-Along. Click on either photo below to download the files. They have also been uploaded to the Sew-Along page here.


Congratulations to Vicky who is the winner of last week’s Therm O Web giveaway! Your prize is in the post Vicky! Thank you everyone who entered.


In further news, it’s looking increasingly likely that I’m going to have to close the business/shop because of the C-19 virus. Before you send me dozens of emails – the Paper Doll Sew-Along will continue regardless of what happens!

I’m hoping it will be a temporary thing and that by the end of the year we will be through the worst of this awful situation we find ourselves in. Regardless of whether I close the shop or not, I’ll still be here and on our Facebook pages. I’ve been sewing since the dawn of time and I won’t be giving up anytime soon. Take care lovely people, toni xx

Laugh of the Day!


This is your belly laugh of the day… see this spider. Gruesome isn’t it. What if I told you it is bigger than my hand. Now what if I told you they jump… like a premier league NBA player!?


This is me. Sans jeans. Screaming like a girl.

Said NBA playing spider jumped, landed on the cuff of my jeans, and promptly ran up the inside of my jeans leg. Up my leg. On the inside of my jeans. I couldn’t get those pants off fast enough. I didn’t care who saw my white wobbly butt, as long as the spider and I were separated!

Hubby-of-mine gleefully took a photo of me cowering and sent it to everyone! Revenge will be mine LoL. Except he isn’t afraid of spiders.

Hope I gave you a good laugh today, toni xx

Ps. those jeans are in spider quarantine. We couldn’t find what happened to Aragog but it’s going to be a while before they grace this chickadee’s body again!

Hello, Hello, Hello!


Well hello lovely quilters, how are you all this week? We’re living in uncertain and scary times aren’t we.

We’ve been juggling work commitments and self-isolation. Hubby’s work is considered an essential service and he’s been informed that even in a strict shut down they will be required by the Government to keep operating. Great news from a financial point of view but worrying on the health front.

My eldest has been stood down from her job of seven years and my youngest is facing daily abuse (at work) from frenzied and angry hoarders. They are hiring a security guard to keep the staff safe – normal, everyday people are becoming abusive and violent over laundry products for goodness sake.


I’ve been experimenting with some new designs. One of the most requested themes has been sloths, so I’ve been working on a sloth template. Now to decide on fabric and layout.


I’ve unpicked this quilt and am re-purposing the blocks. I don’t know what I was doing with this one LoL. Sometimes you’ve just got to bin it and start again! I actually enjoy unpicking things (yeah I know I’m weird, no need to tell me).

I had originally thought on expanding the Canine Capers quilt but it didn’t come together. If you like the dog templates and layout, they are the same as the Canine Capers templates. The only thing missing from the pattern is the star block.


That’s it from me today. Take care of yourselves okay, listen to the experts, wash your hands, be safe. Much love, toni xx

Saturday Check-In.


Hello lovely people, I wanted to check in and see how you were all coping with the news today. Are you okay? Please reach out and let’s talk to each other and get through this.

I’m struggling a little with my anxiety, which is in hyperdrive right now. In between panic attacks I’m dumpster diving into my scrap bins. The plan is to hunker down as best I can and sew myself through this thing. Take care okay, we’ve got this. Much love, toni xx

Paper Dolls Sew-Along #3


Hey lovely quilters, the next instalment of our free Thermoweb Paper Dolls Sew-Along is ready to go! Click on the photo below to download the file. You can find previous instalments and information here.

This week is giveaway week and we have a fantastic bag of goodies to send out to one lucky winner! Leave a comment on this post to win – tell me your favourite flower. I will choose (1) random winner from all entries on here, Facebook, and our newsletter.



In further news this week…. the C-19 virus. I would love to avoid this topic, I think we’ve all just about had enough media saturation this week don’t you? but I need to let you know about our printed patterns.

We are still sending out printed patterns, it is safe to do so and we are following all CMO (CDC) guidelines. However delivery times are going to be extended. If you wish to purchase a printed pattern please keep this in mind.

I will not be refunding money due to slow delivery times. Lost mail is a rarity, please be patient. We will be updating the status of our printed patterns every few days. If necessary we will stop selling them for a short time. Thanks for your understanding.



PDF patterns are a great alternative. They are half the price of a printed pattern and you only need print the templates. Use the draft printing option on your printer and you’ll save ink too. It works out at approx. 10c a sheet to print a pattern on a normal home printer (including ink and paper).

If you’ve ordered a printed pattern and it hasn’t arrived yet please message me. I can send you the PDF pattern via email so you can get started on your projects.

That’s it from me tonight. I’m feeling scared and unsure and I want to curl up on the lounge, eat comfort food, and watch something reassuring on the TV.

I’m sure that most of you are feeling the same way and you don’t need me rabbiting on any further. Take care of yourselves, tell your family you love them, we’ll get through this together. Much love to all, toni xx

Funny Sunday

Howdy folks, how are you all this funny, sunny Sunday? The news isn’t good is it. Life is getting a little scary for us all.

This morning I’ve been cleaning up the mess in the storage room. Ughhh, it’s disgustingly dusty from the dust storms and fires at the beginning of the year. There are also far too many cobwebs under there. We know there is a giant Huntsman spider living in there and I keep expecting it to jump (they jump!) out at me.

I’ve been trying to avoid doing it (cleaning) but I’ve lost a quilt top. I can’t find it anywhere and I’m starting to think it may have been binned by mistake. It got packed away when we had the house on the market and it’s not where it should be. Damn and blast! as my Grandma used to say.


I’ve also been playing with some scrappy cats. I don’t know where this will lead, I’m not sure I like it anymore. It may end up in my scrap bin, who knows. Maybe it’s the colours that are turning me off – I think if I make all the cats ‘real’ colours it might come together. Who am I to argue with the way my brain works LoL.


The next instalment of the Paper Dolls Sew-Along will be released this coming Friday. This week will also be a giveaway week thanks to the lovely people at Thermoweb. I’ll have some HeatnBond, patterns, earrings (made just for you) etc. to giveaway. More details to come!


My grumbling tummy is telling me that lunchtime was an hour ago so I’d better go and eat. Take care everyone, wash those hands, stay safe, much love to all, toni xx

Reminder! there are only a few weeks left to download the free This Little Piggy BOM from last year. It will revert to being a paid pattern from the 30th April.


Plant Sunflowers

Hey y’all, how are you this week? I have a Post-it note stuck to my monitor telling me to plant sunflowers. I’m not sure who put it there but I think it’s a great idea, don’t you?

I’ve spent the past two days updating the website. Everything should be much easier to find and follow now. Please let me know if you run into any difficulties.



You will see multiple “Buy me a Coffee” buttons across the site. Please don’t feel intimidated by them. It’s up to you if you would like to show a little extra support or not.

If you can share my website with your groups, Guilds, and quilty friends it would be wonderful and do so much towards allowing me to continue making you smile with happy quilts.



The next instalment of the Paper Dolls Sew-Along will be released late tomorrow afternoon. Yay! Have you got your fusible webbing and scrap fabrics ready?



I’ve also been putting together some framed Nine-patch blocks with the intention of using an entire bin of small fabric scraps that would’ve normally gone to landfill. I’ve even cut up some old clothes to recycle. It’s turning out so very soft and pretty.



Well I’ve been sitting at the computer for the better part of nine hours today. My back is aching and I’m craving a coffee (and two panadol). See you this time tomorrow with the next instalment of the Paper Dolls. Much love and thank you always, toni xx