The Kennel Club.

Hi y’all,

Today I’ve been working on getting the colours and background fabrics right for the dog quilt. I think I’ve finally cracked it. Once I get this bit right, it will be full steam ahead for the rest of the quilt.

dog quilt

My internet access is still very limited but should be back in full on the weekend.

Take care wherever you may be. Between heat waves, bushfires, and hurricanes we seem to be in a bit of a mess. We won’t even mention nuclear crisis! toni xx

Weekend WIPs.

Hi y’all, another week as sped by, propelling us faster and faster towards Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I’d very much like the days to slow down a little, giving us time to take a breath, to stop hurtling us towards 2018.


Today is the first day of Spring (for those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere). The days are already starting to warm up, and soon we will be complaining of living in a blast furnace; until then I can’t wait to feel the Summer warmth on my skin.


This weekend I’m planning on tackling the dog quilt again – I know there’s a good quilt in there somewhere, I just need to crack the design. I also need to start work on a freebie for the lovelies at Therm-o-Web (the makers of my fave fusible, HeatnBond Lite). My to-do list is a 100 miles long and I may not get everything made before the end-of-times.

Pop on over to our Etsy store this weekend to grab a bargain, we are having a Labor Day Sale and everything is 25% off. Etsy has a new format, my computer is showing me the sale prices, but I’m not sure whether the price will be automatically adjusted at the checkout. If not, please use the coupon code HAPPYQUILTS at the checkout to receive your discount.

Have a lovely weekend, toni xx

Freaky Friday.

I woke up to this this morning. Frank apparently didn’t appreciate having a kitty butt on his face all night ROFLOL. Look at all that kitty fur! Winter has come to an abrupt end and we seem to have been plonked right into the middle of Summer. It’s time to shed ALL the fur!

pug 1

I think I’m almost on track for the design of this quilt, I spent some time with it last night, auditioning fabric, trying out blocks. I have lots of ideas for the applique, for me that’s the easy, enjoyable bit. Getting the colours, fabrics and especially the layout right can be a total pain in the toosh though; it can be extremely frustrating LOL. Thank you for all your suggestions, I love you guys.


Sewing aside, it’s been a mundane, chore filled week for me this week. I’ve had to renegotiate our electricity plan, buy new sheets, and return flammable laptops to their manufacturers. I’ve also had nine phone calls, two letters, and one email from real estate agents, local and interstate, wanting to list our property (and trying to talk us into 1-2 year contracts with development companies). I’m completely over it right now.

Nasty neighbour is (allegedly) vacationing at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a few short months for an (cough, alleged, cough) armed robbery. It buys us time to paint that side of the house and do some much needed maintenance. I got to hang the sheets on the clothesline today – first time in more than a year – without heckling and jeering! I’m looking forward to the smell of sun-dried sheets tonight – *YAY* for small victories!

Have a gorgeous weekend lovelies, I’m looking forward to a sleep-in tomorrow. Bliss.

toni xx

Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Frank (the Pug).

These shapes are all experimental ‘do-they-work’ shapes. Some will end up in the actual quilt, some will end up with their orphan mates in a drawer somewhere, and some, well some will end up in the bin never to be spoken of again.

840 frankI hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We went for a long drive out to Somerset Dam. Somerset is one of my favourite places on the planet. I completely de-stress when I’m out there, I can think, and breathe. There are no neighbours, no school, no work; just peace and quiet. It’s (such) a quintessential Australian landscape don’t you think? xx

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