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

Paper Dolls #9


Hey lovelies, Instalment #9 of the ThermOWeb Paper Dolls Sew-Along is ready to download! Click on the piccy below to download the file.

Please let me know if you have any difficulties with the file, I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with my publishing programme all day. Have a lovely weekend, toni xx

Happy Sunday.


Good morning lovelies! How are things in your neck of the woods this not-so-sunny Sunday? My arm is finally healing from a surgical procedure; the bruising, which got much worse, has gone, and the strength is finally coming back.

I’ve nothing much to show you, only a week ago a coffee cup was too heavy to hold and I was still typing with one hand :o) I have about six quilts that are half made and many more on the drawing board, so I guess it’s time to get back in the saddle and get stitching!

Y’all take care of yourselves; be healthy and safe, be kind to your fellow humans. Much love, toni xx

Shipping Delays to USA


Hi, I’m letting all my US customers know that there are currently severe shipping delays within the US due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Because of this shipping times may be extended to anything up to 12 weeks, possibly more.

Unfortunately I can’t control this or give a delivery estimate as each State has different pandemic protocols in place. Tracking is NOT available on standard letter post from Australia.

If you would like me to send you a PDF version of the quilt pattern/s you have ordered – to get you started on your project – please message me with your invoice and email details.

Thanks for your understanding in these trying times. Stay healthy and safe, toni xx

J’s Scrap Bin Sheep
J’s Hound Dogs