Hello sweet people, thank you for your very kind messages and comments about my previous post. I haven’t had a chance to catch up and reply just yet, life continues to be disrupted, hectic, and just a little crazy in these trying times. How are you all coping? Here in Australia we’re watching Victoria go into stage 4 lockdown and curfews, while in Queensland we are hoping we’re not heading in the same direction with the recent quarantine breaches and outbreak. Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone.

I’ve taken a much needed mini-break from Red Boots this week and helped hubby take apart Dave-the-scrub-turkey’s nest. Remember Dave’s nest? In the end it measured about three metres square by one metre high. It took three days to dig it out and redistribute the dirt and debris. I feel so guilty, poor Dave, he’s angry with us. We’ve done our best to make him a nice spot further down the back hill, and I’m hoping we can entice him to stay there. Aussie scrub (or bush) turkeys are very, very destructive, nothing survives their scratching and nest building. Last year he went a little scrub turkey crazy and destroyed all of our gardens, a good amount of potted plants, plus most of the lawn. Our yard is a mini Alcatraz with wire fences and barriers everywhere.

Once we cleared the nest site we had to think of something to put there to try and discourage Dave coming back to that spot – they are very one track minded. We have a stunted lemon tree on nasty neighbour’s side of the house that we’ve never been able to look after (for obvious reasons). This is where it gets really silly, we had to wait for Mr. Nasty to go for his daily half hour walk, then we bolted out the front to (frantically) dig up this enormous tree. We had lookouts at the ready to shout when he came back LoL. I think we broke the world record for digging out a semi-mature tree; it took 10 minutes flat! Now we have to pray the poor thing survives the shock of being transplanted and Dave’s wrathful turkey anger. Fingers and toes are crossed.

So there we have it. When life gives you turkeys, plant lemons ;o) Well sweet things, I hope your coming week is a happy one with lots of sewing, coffee, and cookies to keep you busy and content. I’m back to work this week, wondering where to start with my many half-finished projects and patterns. Much love to all, stay safe, toni xx

Paper Doll Sew-Along #12.

Howdy folks, how are you all this week? It’s cold, damp, and very gloomy here in our little part of Australia. Despite the gloom it’s been a productive week overall and I’m finally starting to feel good about myself and what I do again. It was a huge blow to lose out on a big job which I was highly recommended for because I don’t make ‘real’ quilts only children’s quilts. It threw my confidence in the scrap bin along with the dozen or so projects I’ve started this year. Phooey!

My daughter gave me a big kick in the pants earlier this week and reminded me of the hundreds of children, grandchildren, sick children, sad children, and adults who have sent me letters and photos of (themselves with) their quilts and soft toys over the years. She also reminded me that the CEO of a corporation doesn’t speak for everyone. Smart cookie my daughter. She may have also told me to stop being stupid and to get on with it ha ha! What can I say? I’m a sensitive soul and these things hurt like crazy and send me spiraling into self-doubt.

So here I am, it’s Friday afternoon, and I’m drinking my 20th cup of coffee for the day. I promise it’s decaf LoL. The sloths have been dragged out of the bin, and believe it not, so have the Paper Dolls. I just didn’t have the heart to finish anything. I’ve unpicked the border on the Paper Dolls quilt (which I didn’t like) and now it’s ready to be finished and sent off to be quilted.

Over the next few weeks you will be given extra templates to add to the paper doll blocks. For eg. I’ve given a couple of the beach girls ice cream cones, and one little guy is holding a balloon etc. I haven’t put up any finished photos because of the high incidence of theft that is occurring at present. Please be patient xx.

Instalment #12 of our sew-along has been uploaded to the web-page here. You can also click on the drawn image below to download the file. As always the Paper Dolls Sew-along is sponsored by my lovely and wonderful friends at Thermoweb. Their HeatnBond fusible webbing is the best on the market in my opinion and I don’t use anything else. I prefer the HeatnBond Lite, but I know a lot of you love the HeatnBond Featherlite.

As mentioned the sloths are back on the sewing table. I’m a little lost with these guys, I can picture the quilt in my head, but I can’t quite get a layout right. I’m hoping to get them done asap though, I’m so behind. Curse the idiocy that is my crushed hurt feelings LoL.

Okay, that’s it from me today. Everyone is due home from work soon and I need to work out what to feed the hungry hordes. I hope you are all keeping safe and well and taking good care of yourselves. Everything is so scary and messed up right now isn’t it? Are you as done with politicians as I am? All of them! Much love and thanks always for your support, even when I’m being ridiculously silly, toni xx

Fabric Kits & Starter Packs

Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of enquiries about fabric kits and starter packs for my patterns recently. I’m too small (a business) to offer kits at this time but the lovely people at The Patchwork Angel and Peppermint Stitches are happy to put together a fabric pack for you.

If you are interested please contact them directly, I’ve provided details below. Please keep in mind that they won’t be able to exactly match the fabrics I’ve used. All transactions are between you and the store concerned, I’m not involved beyond providing the pattern.

I’ll add these details to the “stockists” page so you can access the info at any time. If you know of a US store who is willing to provide kits please let me know. toni xx

The Patchwork Angel,
343 Mons Rd, Forest Glen, Q. 4556.

T: (07) 5477 0700

W: https://patchworkangel.com.au/https://patchworkangel.com.au/
E: info@patchworkangel.com.au

Peppermint Stitches,
133 Sylvan Rd, Toowong, Q. 4066.
T: (07) 3161 6606
W: http://www.peppermintstitches.com.au/ 
E: stacey@peppermintstitches.com.au

Paper Doll Sew-Along #11

Hi lovelies, how have you all been? I hope you are staying safe, healthy, and well. Our hearts go out to everyone being impacted by the C-19 virus around the world. Huge hugs and support to our fellow Aussies in Victoria who have gone back into lock-down with ever increasing cases.

I’ve uploaded the latest instalment of the Thermoweb Paper Dolls Sew-Along to the main page as well as below. Simply click on the images to download the files. You will see that I’ve also uploaded a bonus block – originally I was going to make a ‘these are the people in my neighbourhood’ quilt but I ran out of time. I’m seriously thinking of extending the sew-along into next year, adding more pick-and-mix blocks as I go. You will get a finished quilt this year as planned, but I will add bonus blocks etc. beyond that time.

Remember to download our other two bonus packs. You can click on the images below or use the main menu to go to the Paper Dolls Sew-Along page. You will find all of the instalments there. I will draw a stethoscope to add to the medical staff and upload it shortly. Remind me if I forget!

Oh, before I forget – I’m very forgetful at the moment ha ha! – I’ve included the flower template that is appliqued on the tree blocks in the latest instalment (#11). As you can see from the photo below, it is centred and fused on the left-hand side of the trees. That’s about it for me, everyone is wandering in from a day at work and there is coffee and gossip to partake in. Take care won’t you, much love, toni xx

Skin Tone Fabrics

Hi lovelies, I’ve had a few requests regarding plain skin tone fabrics. I mostly use Kona Cottons and I’ve listed some colours and stockists below. Pick and choose the ones that suit your tastes. You can also purchase colour cards which are very helpful.

Kona Peach – Kona Ice Peach – Kona Bellini (flesh) – Kona LT Parfait – Kona Shell – Kona Eggshell – Kona Caramel – Kona Earth – Kona Honey – Kona Leather – Kona Suede – Kona Latte – Kona Raffia – Kona Straw – Kona Tan – Kona WheatKona Sable – Kona Mocha – Kona Coffee – Kona Brown

US stockists – Fat Quarter Shop, Fabric.com
Aussie stockists – Patchwork Plus

White fabric & Applique

Good morning tra la la! I meant to put this photo up last night but time got away from me. I’ve had a lot of questions about dark fabrics showing through white/light fabrics when you are fusing your applique.

It’s not always possible to completely hide the shadow of the overlap but when I’m shopping for white or lights I look for a print that has some body to it. See the hearts on the fabric, they are a good solid print and disguise most of the overlap.

This particular fabric is so good at doing it’s job I bought the remainder on the bolt! Another trick is to buy a white fabric with a fine (sparse?) coloured print on it. It will still read as white but the print will distract from the shadow. I’ll try and find some fabrics in my stash that fit this description and post them on the blog. Happy sewing everyone! xx

Paper Doll Sew-Along #10

Hi lovely people, how are you on this chilly Friday? It’s been a long week and we took some time out today to go for a drive through the mountains to de-stress. One of the benefits of my husband’s work hours being cut is that we have Fridays off work. I swung by Peppermint Stitches on the way through and stocked up on fabric just in case we go into lockdown again. I managed to snag some of the new Tula Pink True Colour’s fabrics. My phone takes lousy photos but these fabrics are yummy! Sloths and Llamas are next on the sewing list.

It’s time for the next instalment of our Paper Doll Sew-Along, brought to you by the gorgeous people at Thermoweb. Thermoweb make my fave fusible webbing, HeatnBond Lite, as well as hundreds of other quality sewing and craft products. Pop on over to their Facebook page and say hi! from everyone at Red Boots.

Click on the image below to download the file for instalment #10. You can find all of the instalments on the Paper Doll Sew-Along page.

I’m very please to say that I’ve finally been able to buy the extra fabric I needed to finish the border (thanks Covid-19) and I’ll be able to get it quilted soon!

I’ve been a bit naughty and have changed one of the blocks in the quilt. The cat block was being problematic and my lovely friends kicked me up the butt and told me to bite the bullet and change it. Don’t hate me!!! Click on the image below to download the new templates. If you prefer to keep the kitty in it’s original form, please message me and I’ll help you adapt the remainder of the quilt to fit.

I have been meaning to tell you that we have some new stockists! You can now find my patterns at the Patchwork Angel in Qld, Busy Needles in NSW, Anne Arbor Sewing Centre in Michigan, and Fiddlesticks Fabrics in Northern Ireland. You can find their details and links here. Welcome to the Red Boots family everyone!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, hubby just walked in with pizza and beer, he’s a keeper! Stay safe and healthy. Much love to all, toni xx

Catch ups.

Hello lovelies, how have you all been? This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and catch up with you all. There’s a sink full of dishes to be done, but I’ve made a coffee and I’m taking five minutes out from my chores.

I’m feeling great today because I’ve finally finished another quilt. The recent lockdowns came right when I had run out of fabric to start any new major projects and online shopping wasn’t really an option. To fill the void, I delved deep into my scrap bins LoL.

I had 64 ragged and fraying Flying Geese blocks and 11 bear blocks to work with. I’ve unpicked, starched, pressed, trimmed and reassembled them all. The end result is the Scrap Bin Bears quilt. I think they turned out really well for a quilt made from blocks that were going to be binned (two bears didn’t make the cut).

Next out of the scrap bin are these panda blocks. The original quilt was a failure from my point of view, so I unpicked the entire quilt and I’m putting it back together again in a different layout. I haven’t sorted out the borders properly yet but that’s my job for tomorrow.

I also have an enormous amount of soft blue Tilda scraps, among others, that I’m putting together into log cabin blocks. They are gorgeously pretty and I love how they’re coming together.

Peppermint Stitches opened up fully this week and I was able to pop down on Friday to grab some new fabrics. I’m planning on spending the next couple of weeks finishing up the scrap bin quilts, then I’ll pull out the stops with some new projects.

I hope you’ve all been safe and well in these difficult times. Much love to all, toni xx