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

Paper Doll Sew-Along #7

Hi lovely quilters, it’s time for the next instalment of our Thermoweb Paper Dolls Sew-Along. Click on the photo below to download the file, or pop on over to our Paper Dolls Sew-Along page where you will find all of the instalments and more. Row 2 is now complete, Autumn/fall is next to come!

I’ve had a lot of requests in recent weeks for the old Flower Fairies pattern so I’ve uploaded it to our free pattern page for a limited time. Keep in mind this is an older pattern and I haven’t updated it yet. Please take care with the wing and body templates, make sure the overlapping pieces do overlap properly, especially around the hair.

I’ve been unpicking this old quilt top I found in my scrap bin. I was never entirely happy with it and being in lockdown has given me the time to revisit the design. It’s been trimmed, pressed and re-set in plain framing strips. Now to fix the borders! This is a procrastination project, I can’t quite get the sloth quilt right and it’s driving me crazy LoL.

I hope you’ve all been well and taking care. Are the lockdowns easing where you are? I’m hoping to be able to stock up on fabric in the coming weeks as the stores start to open again, my stash is seriously depleted LoL. Love to all, toni xx

Bears, Daisies & Nine-Patch Blocks

I’m having a late night sewing session. Warm colours, fun shapes, and a toddy for the body – perfect!

My sweet Janome has sat idle for so long, she spluttered a little before she found her groove. To be honest I spluttered a little too.

I’ll need a quick trip to Peppermint Stitches tomorrow to buy some fabric. Why is it that the fabric you decide will anchor your project is the piece you have least of?

I hope Stacy and the crew have the fabric I’m looking for otherwise I’m going to have to do a LOT of unpicking! Wish me luck and have a great weekend, toni xx