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

Space Giraffe

Hi guys, another week has flown by and I’m still trying to get motivated. I’m working, but it’s coming in fits and starts. Everything is fine and I’ll be back on track soon; all of those 2am finishes in December took their toll and I’m not quite back on top of things yet.

I have giraffes, rockets, and pugs on my work table this week. I need a shopping trip to Peppermint Stitches to buy some more background fabric, I’m down to scraps in my stash.

My sweet boy turned 21 today. Twenty-one! I’m not sure where the time has gone.

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You know how they say never work with kids and animals? Kate found this on her phone. Rem is the devil when it comes to quilts. If I put a quilt on the floor, he does this (even without the laser). Have a lovely weekend everyone, 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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