Happy Everything

I heard a guy on TV say that to someone in parting… instead of goodbye, he said ‘happy everything’. I thought it was pretty cool.

I wanted to check in today and say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to everyone. We don’t do anything special, my kids asked me what I wanted and I said a French cheesecake. I may have eaten far too much… a slice for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea LOL. I hope you had a lovely day with your family. Extra hugs for those of you who do it tough today. I know a lot of you do.

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We have a fabulous Mother’s Day giveaway here.

Mothers-Day-GiveawayAmazon has my Happy Quilts book on super special at the moment. It’s as cheap as chips so pop on over and grab a copy before they’re all gone. I’m not sure whether the publisher will do a reprint – as far as I know, once they’re gone, they’re gone. It’s great value for money with (20) patterns included. If you don’t have a CD reader in your computer never fear toni is here. Message me and I’ll send you the PDF’s via email (with proof of purchase of course).

I’m off to the supermarket to find something for dinner. After 30 years I’ve run out of ideas. Whatever happened to that space age idea of the meal-in-a-pill? I could always have cheesecake ha!

Happy everything lovelies, toni xx

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.

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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.

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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).

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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