$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.


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”.


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

The Kennel Club…

It started with a fabric audition. Colours and patterns, light and dark.

dog quiltA week into the project and I decided the layout and colour choices weren’t quite working, so I pulled everything apart and started again. The green background blocks were removed.

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Zig Zags became an obsession. The green fabric was re-introduced.


Week two and it still wasn’t coming together. The dogs had to go! There was some serious late night un-stitching happening LOL. It nearly ended up in the bin.

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We did some familial brain-storming and No. 1 daughter had an idea that solved all my problems. Hallelujah! I was still trying to fit Frank-the-Pug in somewhere, but she (also) took a firm stand and set him aside. I promise he will be back!

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Daisies were stitched.


Mess was made.

IMG_1300Kitties got in the way. I mean he REALLY got in the way, I had to cut out my applique shapes around him. There is a cat shaped hole in the middle of my Heatnbond.

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I ran out of fabric and had to make compromises.dog stitch 3And finally a gloriously happy quilt emerged.


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It’s off to be quilted… as soon as the cat removes his furry little butt and I remove all the cat fur! Fiona I may have to send him up the hill with the quilt, he seriously won’t leave it alone LOL.

toni xx