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I hate to write this but please don’t show up at my house unannounced. My neighbour is particularly nasty and he confronted a lady at my door this morning and told her I wasn’t home (amongst other things). Please ALWAYS message me. xx

Sunday Afternoon Notes

Hey y’all, how has your weekend been? It’s a soft day today, overcast with showers and cooler than usual. It’s been quite lovely to be honest.

I’ve been putting together some framed Nine-patch blocks made from a giant box of mixed, mostly yellow and cream scraps I found in our storage room. They’ve been sitting there, getting in the way, for the best part of ten years and I nearly bundled them up to send to the thrift store. I was giving them a quick press (before I sent them off) when I realised they looked real pretty together. Vintage, soft, delicate.

I don’t usually get time to sew for myself but I’m trying to make a little time each week to have some sewing fun and this was the perfect project – no pressure! It’s been making me surprisingly happy and a lot more creative. Who would’ve thunk it LoL.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who’ve popped some money in my tip jar or bought me a coffee. Thank you. A lot of time and hard work goes into our free projects and your generosity makes it easier for me to continue doing so. xx

Paper Dolls Sew-Along #1

Hello lovelies! and welcome to the first instalment of our Paper Dolls Sew-Along. Did you know that instalment is spelled differently in different countries?

Click on the photo below to download the file for Blocks 1 and 2. I will also upload it to the Sew-Along page as listed in the menu. You will be able to download the files for a full year for free. After that the pattern will revert to a paid pattern (February 2021).

Click on this photo to download the file.

Our Paper Doll Sew-Along is brought to you by the lovely people at Thermoweb, the makers of my favourite fusible webbing HeatnBond Lite.

The next instalment will be uploaded on the 6th March. Have fun everyone! toni xx

Fabric – 2020 Sew-along

Hey lovelies, some of you have asked about fabric requirements for the new Paper Dolls sew-along. I don’t have a full requirements list as yet however you will need (35) pieces of fabric measuring at least 8in x 12in. You can use the photo below as a guide.

A full requirements list will be provided on release of the sew-along. This is a guide only for those of you who want to make a start collecting fabrics. You will also need an assortment of solid skin-toned fabrics.

You will notice that I haven’t gone with the original design. It was becoming too complex and bulky. I feel that this new version will not only be easier for the beginners who follow along but a more fun quilt in the long run.

toni xx

2020 Free Sew-along

Our paper doll sew-along will be starting soon thanks to the lovelies at Therm O Web.

This year we are going to run things a little differently. I will release (2) new blocks every fortnight on the dates set out on the website here.

There will be (35) blocks plus (1) set of finishing instructions released in (18) fortnightly (every two weeks) instalments. The start date will be the 21st February – more details soon! toni xx

Back on Deck

Hello lovely quilters, how has your week been?

We’re back on deck, off the couch, and almost ready to get back to work. Hubby’s surgery went well and the virus I picked up from the hospital is finally on the wane.

In between it all I managed to get my fabric bins sorted. They were in a horrendous mess. Remember my thread box? Well the fabric wasn’t much better. Twisted and tangled and quite the dog’s breakfast. It feels wonderful to have it sorted into colours and projects – ready to slice, dice, and sew.

The paper dolls BOM is taking shape. I have a bit of catching up to do, but it will be ready to go late February. I’ll set up a page for it shortly.

Later this week we will be releasing the second quilt in the Speedy Racers series. If you have the Happy Quilts book you will be able to adapt the pattern (in the book) to look similar to this.

Remember to download the “This Little Piggy” (free BOM) pattern before the end of April. It will revert to being a paid pattern on the 1st Maya girl’s got to make fabric money :o)

Well that’s it from me today, take care lovelies and be kind to each other. Happy quilting, toni xx

Honey Bee Bears

Hey lovelies, how are you all this weekend? We’ve had some glorious rain and storms. The plants and wildlife are happy and so are we. Rem and Spud have been sulking, neither like thundery rain!

This week we’ve put together the prize packs for the 2020 Paper Doll BOM. A big thank you to the lovelies at Thermoweb for their ongoing support. I’ve used HeatnBond Lite fusible webbing for about seven years now and I can genuinely recommend their products.

We’ve updated the Honey Bee Bears pattern to the new format and have given it a fabric makeover. It’s the last of the available patterns to be updated and it’s slightly bigger than the old version.

Over the years I’ve had so many emails requesting the 16-patch blocks be square rather than rectangular so I’ve changed it to suit. This has made the quilt a couple of inches bigger than the old version. What can I say, I went through a rectangle phase years ago LoL.

Both the PDF and printed Honey Bee Bear patterns are on special in our Etsy store this week – 50% off the PDF pattern and 20% off the printed pattern which includes postage.

I’ve also included a star template for the border if you prefer. As always, email me at redbootquilts@bigpond.com if you would like an update to your pattern. Proof of purchase is required.

We’ve been working on getting a Speedy Racer pattern ready for upload to Etsy. The original Speedy Racers quilt is in the Happy Quilts book and this will be the second quilt in the racer series. I’ll let you know when it’s finished.

Have a fantastic week everyone, we have a huge week or two ahead of us and I’m stressing about it before it begins. January is one of those months don’t you think? Take care and happy quilting, toni xx

Paper Dolls…

Hey everyone, how has your week been? It’s back to work for us, the Christmas break being over all too soon.

First up, I’ve moved the donation links for the Aussie Fires to their own page. You can find the links by navigating the menu at the top of the page. The header is “Aussie Fires”. If you have a link you’d like me to add please message me. Links to craft/quilting groups are welcome.

I’ve been working hard to get our new Paper Dolls BoM ready. I’m hoping for a start date some time mid-late February. More details to come. Enjoy your week! toni xx

Coming in 2020!

Hello lovelies, thank you for being part of the Red Boot’s family in 2019 ❤️

We will be doing a new free BOM in 2020 thanks to the lovelies at Therm O Web ❤️

Want a hint? It will be a paper doll quilt with a Red Boot’s twist!

Have a wonderful, New Year everyone. Our thoughts are with everyone in the fire zones, please stay safe and remember to have an evacuation plan in place. Love to all, toni xx