Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Hello lovely quilters! How has your week been? I’ve been diving into my scrap bins, getting creative with recycled materials, and catching up on admin. I completely forgot our wedding anniversary last week, not that we really celebrate beyond marvelling at how we’ve put up with each other for so long. Ha ha ha! But it shows that my mind has been elsewhere.

I’ve put together a sweet little (medium sized) quilt made from scrap fabrics and an old, recycled sheet (for the borders). Rem has claimed it for his own, but I’m really pleased that something so.. so happy, can be created from left over scraps. If you look closely you can see where I’ve joined fabrics to make whole shapes.

My local supply/fabric stores have been closed under the Coronavirus lockdowns so I had to get creative with fabric, especially for the borders. I found an old, orphan sheet in amongst my linen; I gave it a good starch and pressing and took to it with the rotary cutter. Voila! a finished quilt top!

It’s been pressed, de-furred and packaged up ready for quilting. I’ll have the pattern uploaded to Etsy in the next day or two. Now to make a proper start on the Sloths. I wonder if I have another orphan sheet somewhere to cut up for borders LoL. Have fun, take care, stay healthy, give someone a virtual, virus free hug. Much love, 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 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

Blast Off!

Hey lovelies, the Nine-Patch Rockets and Daisy PDF quilt pattern is available for $2 in our webstore now. I can’t load it to Etsy because of a site-wide glitch.

The pattern is also available as a printed pattern which is on special for $11.50 including postage for this weekend only. xx

Hello lovelies.

Hello lovely quilters, how are you all this week?

I’m slowly getting back my equilibrium. There are twinges of creativity that I’m nudging along. I’m getting a lot of work done behind the scenes, Terri and I are 3/4’s through updating the patterns. I think we’ve edited about 60 out of 80 patterns. They now have clearer instructions, more coloured diagrams, coloured templates etc.

The ‘Pretty Little Kitties‘ pattern has been uploaded to our Etsy store and our web-store. I’ve put the PDF and printed versions on special as part of our Friday Favourites promo. You won’t need to purchase this pattern if you own the Happy Quilts book. This is the second quilt in the Pretty Kitties series.

Farmhouse Daisies, Boot-n-Skoot, and Catnip are on special too. 20% off the printed patterns 40% off the PDF patterns.

Have you downloaded last month’s Little Piggy block yet? Remember to enter this month’s competition to win a bundle of goodies from me and the lovelies at Therm-o-Web.

All you have to do is to leave a comment telling me what your favourite movie is. My daughters have put ‘To Catch a Thief’ on the TV tonight. Don’t you just love the costumes at the end of the movie in the big costume ball scene!

I always loved the deep blue velvet of Jessie Royce Landis’ dress best. The contrast of the silver against the darkest deep blue. It’s gorgeous!

One day I’d like to make a quilt from velvet. It would be so heavy, but so decadently gorgeous too. The closest I came was the Bohemian Rhapsody quilt which was made out of the heaviest, velvet-like flannel.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Oooh there’s that little spark of creativity again, it surfaced for a minute in a thrill of fabric-y anticipation.

Lastly, Terri and I made the executive decision to re-write the Spooky Sleepover pattern so it’s just a quilt. We’ve renamed it Sleepy Hollow and I’ve fixed the horrendous border instructions. How the heck did a stuff up a simple border like that? Don’t panic if you already have the pattern, the border is fine if you follow the instructions. However, damn! what was I thinking. I plead lack of sleep, neighbourly stress, and the need to make the measurements of the quilt fit the parameters of a quillow LoL.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone, I’m heading off to google where to buy velvet! toni xx

Day 4 – Patchwork Elephants

Hey y’all,  it’s Day Four! and our special is Patchwork Elephants.

Patchwork Elephants is on special for $3.50 for the PDF pattern and $11.50 for the printed pattern (with free postage worldwide). These prices don’t include local taxes.

This special will last 24 hours only and then go back to the normal price until the New Year. You can find the pattern in our Etsy store (PDF – Printed) or in our Red Boots store (please use the search function). 

Please share this post where you can and pop on over to our Facebook page for daily giveaways. Have a happy Wednesday lovelies, toni xx

$4 Friday!

It’s $4 Friday!

Canine Capers, Hound Dogs, The Kennel Club, and The Bunny Bunch are all on special this weekend. $4 for the PDF version, $11.50 with free shipping for the printed version.

The Space Quest quilt pattern should be finished this weekend. The pugs are still ongoing.

We are still without internet and it doesn’t look like we are going to get it back anytime soon. Our Telco won’t commit to a timeframe and are avoiding answering questions. It’s not a great situation, and I’m getting pretty grumpy with them.

pug meets tula

I’m taking some time out tomorrow to attend a lino cut printing course. I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks, but now I’m feeling a bit nervous. What if I make a complete arse of myself? I figure I’ll buy a jumbo bucket-o-coffee, swallow my nerves, and jump in feet first.

Speaking of coffee, it’s time for a late night cuppa and a cookie. Enjoy your weekend lovelies, toni xx

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