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

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.

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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.

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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

Catch ups.

Howdy Folks, how are things in your neck of the woods? I hope you and your families are safe wherever you may be.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Red Boots household. No. 3 daughter has just finished her Uni (College) entry exams and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that they’re done. All we have to do now is sit back and wait to see how she went. She wants to do Biomedical Science, but there are plenty of bridging degrees she can take if she doesn’t get in straight away.

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I’ve been painting the laundry, it’s actually been quite stress-busting. We’ve lived in this house for 22 years and the laundry has always been a dark, scary pit full of plumbing, snakes, and other assorted wildlife. When the boiler blew a few weeks ago we leapt at the opportunity to move everything out and now I have a big open room that I can turn into a real laundry/mud room. Bliss!

On the quilting front, things are coming along nicely. After a few false starts, the dog quilt is under way and I have a free project coming up for the lovelies at Therm-o-Web. Stay tuned for that one, it will be released in October. I’m thinking of making a Quillow for sleepovers.

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Christmas is coming upon us fast. Is there anything you would like me to design/make in time for Christmas? Let me know. No promises, but I’ll try.

Remember I was growing my hair out of it’s very short, cropped style? Well I’m starting to look like something from a Playdoh Fussy Pumper Barber Shop. It’s not quite long enough to look anything but messy at the moment but I’ve resisted the urge to lop it off – which is somewhat of a miracle. I’m the ultimate pick up the sewing scissors and cut my hair at midnight kind of person.

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I’m sad to say that the Birthday Club may have to end. Too many people have signed up who aren’t really interested, people who enter giveaways for the sake of it. Hardly anyone replies to their ‘winning email’ and it’s becoming pointless. Maybe we can do this a different way? Perhaps we can combine it with a Red Boots sewing club? I haven’t forgotten about the sewing club, I’m just not sure of the best way to do it. Link me to any ‘sewing clubs’ you know about so I can see how it’s done (please).

While I think of it, Therm-o-Web are having a flash sale on HeatnBond Stretch this Thursday (US time for US residents only). Pop on over to their website to grab a pack or two at this special price. This fusible webbing is for use on stretch fabrics which makes it’s perfect for t-shirts! It’s really soft and doesn’t make the tee stiff. I’ll do a post about it later this year. Can someone give me the gift of more time? please? LOL.

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Well it’s almost midnight and I have a hundred and one emails to reply to before bed. Thank goodness Daughter No. 1 has supplied tonight’s chocolate to keep me going. I swear my children will be the death of my diet. Honeycomb Maltesers… it’s not fair, I can feel my tummy wobbling in anticipation LOL. toni xx

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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!

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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.

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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