EZ Printing.

Hi y’all,

How’s things in your neck of the woods? We’re crazy busy here. This semester’s Uni schedule is brutal and we have been on the run seven days a week, dawn til late. It all culminates in Kate, our eldest daughter, heading off to France for a university study tour… and then we can all get some down-time during the mid-year break :o>

For me it means scheduling my work around three different Uni timetables – and five work timetables if you count me and my partner. I know, Mum stuff, but I’m feeling knackered.

koala 1

 

The weather is finally cooling down as we slide into Autumn. Our few deciduous trees are losing their leaves and the days are getting shorter. I was able to slob around in track pants today. Kate had a study day so we bought giant coffees and made chocolate chip cookies. Bliss!

Anyways to work… I’m slowly putting together a Koala/Aussie animals quilt. As always I’m not sure where this will end up… in the bin, a big quilt, little quilt, or a “what was I thinking it’s huge” quilt. I’ll just keep sewing and see what happens LOL.

koala quilt

Have you come across these printable HeatnBond fusible webbing sheets in your quilting travels? You pop them in your INKJET printer and print your applique shapes. No tracing! There is a catch of course, you need to separate the shapes.

heatnbondeazylite

 

That’s where I’m hoping to come in. I’ve been experimenting with the pug quilt – I’ve separated up the shapes and set them up so all you have to do is pop the right amount of sheets into the printer and then press go!

 

When I have the pug templates finalised I will add the downloadable file to the listing in the Etsy store. You will be able to use the traditional applique pattern to trace the templates by hand or use the EZ-Print templates to print the shapes directly on the EZ-print fusible webbing.

**If you’ve already purchased the pattern and would like a copy of the printable templates please message me.

bordered exampleI’ll be completely honest with you, I’ve never used these printable sheets – for no other reason than I haven’t had the time. I’ve had some great feedback about them though, and the lovelies in the Red Boot’s Gang are keen to give it a go. I’m also going to have a talk to my friends at Thermoweb to see if we can get some samples to giveaway.

If this is successful, I’ll add the printable templates to all new patterns, and then slowly work my way backwards through the existing patterns. Oversized shapes will still need to be traced by hand.

That’s it from me, Rem wants my seat. Yep, the weather is definitely getting cooler, he wants to snuggle on the lounge. He’s not content with sitting beside me, he wants the warm spot where my butt is, and he will sit and stare until I move. Lucky I’m a big softie and a complete pushover. Have a lovely Monday, toni xx

remzoar pugs

Happy Quilts 2?

Hi folks, this week I’ve been working on a quick little (free) pattern for the lovelies at Therm-o-Web (the makers of my favourite fusible webbing – HeatnBond).

cushion close up

 

I’m a little obsessed with cushions at the moment so I thought I’d indulge my squishy passions by making a sweet little cushion cover to add to my collection.

cushion 1

A little bit of hand-stitching and the correct sized insert (I can’t believe in my collection of cushions I don’t have the right size on hand!) and it will be done. On a side note I’ll be including a quilt pattern using the block too.

close up cushion 1

While I was sewing today I had a thought. How would you feel about a Happy Quilts book for adults? Fun, bright, happy quilts but with a more adult turn. Designs like my little Spring cushion. I would make happy quilts with matching cushions or something similar. I asked to be released from my publishing contract last year so I’m on my own for this one – would you be interested if I self-published? toni xx

Winners and Freebies.

Hi y’all, how was your Easter break? I must admit I’ve spent the better part of my life thinking that you all (those of you not living in Oz) get a long weekend/public holiday break for Easter. I didn’t realise that for a lot of you Easter is just part of a normal week.

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We’re (very) lucky to get a four-day public holiday weekend. In recent years this has been eroded by the retail sector, but in general everything outside retail/food shuts for four days. Easter also coincides with our school/University holidays in Queensland so we get a long break. Bliss.

This year the Universities are closing for an extra study week because of the Commonwealth Games. Is anyone going to the Games? We’re not far away but we’ll be (sadly) giving it a miss.

Commonwealth-Games-2018

Today I’ve been working on my free Therm-o-Web pattern for this quarter. I’ll get the pattern up later this week. Rem has taken my absence from the sewing table as an invitation and has settled his furry little kitty butt on it – thus preventing me from doing any further work tonight LOL.

thermoweb project spring

 

I’ve finally managed to find a minute to do the giveaway draw for March… drum roll please… Julie P. won the newsletter giveaway and Regina L. won the Red Boot’s Gang giveaway. Congratulations Julie & Regina! thank you for being a part of the Red Boots family and for your continued support.

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April’s giveaway prize for each group is a (1) copy of the Happy Quilts book and (1) starter pack of Heat-n-Bond Lite. You can find details on how to enter here.

happy quilts with frame

Nite guys, I hope you had a lovely Easter, toni xx

January + New Monthly Giveaway

Hello lovelies, can you believe it’s the end of January already? I had so much planned for this month and then the January blahs took over.

I’ve been (slowly) working on a space quilt, a pug quilt, a giraffe quilt, an update to the Honeybee Bears quilt, and a new ABC quilt. I’m hoping that I have all five finished before the end of February.

As you might remember, last year we closed our Birthday Club due to internet (ro)bots. This year we have decided to give our monthly giveaways another chance and do them differently. There are two ways you can enter the prize draw.

Firstly you can become a member of The Red Boots Gang which is our Facebook Group. This is a closed group where you can chat, ask questions, and generally have a bit of fun.
Please pop on over, join up, and say hi!

As a member you will be automatically entered in our monthly giveaways. I’ll draw a winner from the member’s list on the last day of every month and notify them via messaging.


The second way to win is to subscribe to our newsletter. We are planning on sending (2) newsletters a month in 2018 so your inbox won’t be spammed. I’ll draw a winner from the subscriber’s list on the last day of every month and notify them via email.

This month’s prize pack consists of (1) 1.25 yard pack of HeatnBond Lite plus (1) pack of Pressing Sheets. One pack will be given away to each group. Good Luck!

Thermoweb Giveaway

I know that some of you must be wondering why I’ve haven’t included our standard Facebook page, blog, and Instagram accounts in the giveaway draws. The answer is very simple, it’s extremely time consuming and confusing to run the giveaways across so many platforms and I can’t afford a prize (or the postage) for each platform. By consolidating the entry points to two platforms so much of my time is freed for sewing and you receive a better quality prize pack.

Why do I have so many social media accounts? Well it’s not by choice LOL, it’s a requirement of working in this business. Did you know that I have to report my social media numbers to the businesses/publishers I work with. It’s a vital and compulsory part of my work. It does however mean I can’t please everybody despite wanting to, I hope you all understand.

I hope your January hasn’t been too hot, too cold, or too full of the blahs. toni xx