Hello, Hello, Hello!


Well hello lovely quilters, how are you all this week? We’re living in uncertain and scary times aren’t we.

We’ve been juggling work commitments and self-isolation. Hubby’s work is considered an essential service and he’s been informed that even in a strict shut down they will be required by the Government to keep operating. Great news from a financial point of view but worrying on the health front.

My eldest has been stood down from her job of seven years and my youngest is facing daily abuse (at work) from frenzied and angry hoarders. They are hiring a security guard to keep the staff safe – normal, everyday people are becoming abusive and violent over laundry products for goodness sake.


I’ve been experimenting with some new designs. One of the most requested themes has been sloths, so I’ve been working on a sloth template. Now to decide on fabric and layout.


I’ve unpicked this quilt and am re-purposing the blocks. I don’t know what I was doing with this one LoL. Sometimes you’ve just got to bin it and start again! I actually enjoy unpicking things (yeah I know I’m weird, no need to tell me).

I had originally thought on expanding the Canine Capers quilt but it didn’t come together. If you like the dog templates and layout, they are the same as the Canine Capers templates. The only thing missing from the pattern is the star block.


That’s it from me today. Take care of yourselves okay, listen to the experts, wash your hands, be safe. Much love, toni xx

Happy International Dog Day

Good morning, good morning, tra la la la la, happy Monday everyone!

It’s International Dog Day and all dog themed PDF patterns are on sale in our Etsy store for the next 24 hours only.

We’ve had several dogs over the years. I don’t have any photos to share because it was pre affordable digital cameras (OMG I’m sooo old). Sweet little Rosie dog was a black & white patchy bitzer named after my daughter’s kindergarten teacher LoL. Then we had Daisy the totally insane golden labrador who had a penchant for eating sunglasses and barbie dolls, then came Sammy who quite literally tried to eat our timber house. Years later we’re still finding teeth marks – he actually chewed through our stairs at one point.

I love dogs but we don’t have the time, or a fenced yard, to own one right now. I’m also dog poo phobic – yeah doggy do do makes me squeamish like you wouldn’t believe LoL.

So instead we have two gorgeous ginger kitties who are fat, mostly lazy, and adorable. I was telling everyone on Facebook about Rem on the weekend – he likes to get up on my desk (which is in my bedroom) and rake his claws across the keyboard at 3am in the morning to get my attention. It works. Every. Single. Time. He makes such a racket.

If I ignore him he turns my hubby’s computer on, which is feet from my face, and I wake up to a screen saver staring at me. The crew think it’s funny to take turns putting leering faces on it. Currently it’s Nic Cage and I jump every time LoL.

One of these days, when we move house and have a fenced yard, and we’re not so busy I think we’ll get another dog. What breed to choose? A rescue dog? Who can I pay to scoop the poop!?!?

In the meantime I’ll make myself a pack of doggie soft toys and console myself that they mightn’t be as warm as a real dog, as loving as a real dog, but at least there’s no poop and they won’t try and eat the house! Have a fun day lovelies, toni xx

Ps. I just have to share this weird bit of news this morning. I’ve just had the Harry & the Hound Dogs quilt pattern banned on Facebook because it’s sexually implicit. OMG save us from artificial intelligence! I win the internet this week and yes I’m laughing my head off!

Friday Favourites.

Hi y’all, it’s Friday and it’s time me and my slightly scuffed red boots got back on the metaphorical (quilt-y) bike.

$4 Friday is back but it will now be called Friday Favourites. For those of you who are new to the blog (hi, and thanks for following) each Friday I’ll choose a few patterns to put on special. You will receive approx. 40% off the chosen PDF patterns and 20% off the chosen PRINTED patterns.

This week’s Friday Favourites are – The Kennel Club, Patchwork Elephants, Harry and the Hound Dogs, and Harry and Miss Kitty. You can find them in our Etsy store under the “Sale” menu tab and in our webstore.

I walked in today to find this on the notice board. Has your house caught the Game of Thrones virus? I’m pro Tyrion, possibly just because I’ve been a Peter Dinklage fan ever since Death at a Funeral and the Space Pants skit on Saturday Night Live.

That’s it from me tonight, the Nine-Nine is on the tele and there’s ice cream on the kitchen bench. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, toni xx


Canine Capers.

Grog has been helping me send out our Birthday Bash giveaway prizes today. A big thanks to Therm O Web for their continue support and fantastic products!IMG_0806I’ve also been updating the Canine Capers quilt over the past couple of weeks. Some blocks make you happy when you’re sewing them, and this is one of those times. I had the tiniest strip of the red and white spot fabric in my scrap bin and I just had to use it.IMG_0816IMG_0784Grog has done his work for the day and like all good monsters he’s heading back to his rightful place under the bed, for that is where all good monsters live. Right?IMG_0815And it’s time for me to head to bed too. Happy Monday, and almost Tuesday everyone, toni xx

Dog vs. Dog

Hey guys, I’ve had an awful lot of requests for templates for different dogs breeds. How would it be if I made a template pack to go with the Pug’s Life / Kennel Club quilt patterns? You could insert your preferred dog breed without me having to make a new quilt each time. xx

For Sale – Hound Dogs.

Hi Y’all, I’m working my way through my sample quilts and putting them up for sale. Our ‘Hound Dogs’ quilt is next on the block.

Approx. 59 1/2in x 59 1/2in. Professionally quilted.

$120 including postage within Australia. Please message me for o/seas postal quote. You would be looking in the vicinity of $60 to $80 Australian dollars.

You can find the pattern here. There is a printed version too.

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It’s $4 Friday!

Hi y’all, it’s $4 Friday!

The following quilt patterns are on special this week for $4 for the PDF and $11.50 for the printed pattern (excluding taxes). As always we offer free worldwide shipping on printed patterns.

The $4 Friday patterns, and the ‘A Pug’s Life’ pattern, will remain at the low prices until Monday AEST.

Last but not least, our giveaway prize for April consists of (1) copy of my Happy Quilts book and (1) pack of HeatnBond EZ-Print Lite – it’s HeatnBond fusible web that goes through your printer!
Pop on over to our webpage to find out how to enter.

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That’s it from me this week. Have a fantastic weekend everyone, 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.

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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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It’s Five Dollar Friday!

We have three patterns on sale this week! The Kennel Club, Catnip, and Isaac the Robot. All three patterns are $5 each (plus local taxes) in the Etsy store for this weekend only.

My day has been spent helping our No. 1 son make a jellyfish costume for a Halloween party. We put LED lights in the top of the Jellyfish so it glows. He’s six foot one so you can imagine what it looks like when he’s wearing it LOL.

He says that because he is limping – broken toes! – the jellyfish will blob up and down as he moves. I LOVE his sense of humour, especially since he is in a lot of pain. He actually snapped the bones, completely severing them from each other. Eeeek! Too much information? LOLjellyfish costumeIt’s been a long week this week and the weekend is going to be even busier. I don’t think we will get a chance to sit down until Sunday night, after we pick up No. 1 daughter from the airport. Come 9pm Sunday night I will be joining Spud on the couch.

TGIF

Spud’s name came about because he’s a fat little couch potato. However yesterday, while he was downstairs, he decided to go crazy and tear around the house three times at full speed. He runs like a rabbit, back legs moving together, and for a spud, he’s very, very fast. I swear I could run him in the Melbourne Cup and he’d give the horses a run for their money.

He’s back on the couch again, flat on his back, legs in the air. A picture of ginger and white innocence. I think the exercise was too much him! xx

I sometimes forget…

I sometimes forget that it can be difficult to convey nuances and humour via a blog post. I have a wry, self-deprecating sense of humour and sometimes y’all take me seriously. Not your fault but mine.

I had a lovely birthday, I’m not really counting backwards, and I’m not worried about my jiggly bits – okay I’m totally lying about that one! A little less time sewing, a little less cheesecake, and a little more time exercising and all’s good.

She says as she’s eating cheesecake, drinking hot chocolate, and drooling over watching “Chef”.

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Two quilts have gone off to be quilted – the dogs and a free Halloween/Fall project for the lovelies at Therm-o-web. I’m going to spend the weekend tidying up the horrendous mess I’ve made over the past couple of weeks then it’s back to work for a new design. Not sure what’s coming next, we’ll see what takes my fancy. I’ll let you know when the new quilt patterns are ready.

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Every morning, while I’m drinking my second cup of coffee and eating breakfast, I’ve been going through boxes of mementos and scanning them into the computer. The plan is to bin (most) of the disintegrating drawings and papers and have them put into photo books or stored in e-format.

Some are too precious to throw out and I’ll have them framed, but you can’t keep it all, especially not in this climate. Too many paper munching bugs!

What do you do with all your memories/mementos? Are you ruthless and toss it out after a couple of weeks, or do you keep it all?

Have a wonderful weekend y’all, toni xx