Hello, Hello, Hello!


Well hello lovely quilters, how are you all this week? We’re living in uncertain and scary times aren’t we.

We’ve been juggling work commitments and self-isolation. Hubby’s work is considered an essential service and he’s been informed that even in a strict shut down they will be required by the Government to keep operating. Great news from a financial point of view but worrying on the health front.

My eldest has been stood down from her job of seven years and my youngest is facing daily abuse (at work) from frenzied and angry hoarders. They are hiring a security guard to keep the staff safe – normal, everyday people are becoming abusive and violent over laundry products for goodness sake.


I’ve been experimenting with some new designs. One of the most requested themes has been sloths, so I’ve been working on a sloth template. Now to decide on fabric and layout.


I’ve unpicked this quilt and am re-purposing the blocks. I don’t know what I was doing with this one LoL. Sometimes you’ve just got to bin it and start again! I actually enjoy unpicking things (yeah I know I’m weird, no need to tell me).

I had originally thought on expanding the Canine Capers quilt but it didn’t come together. If you like the dog templates and layout, they are the same as the Canine Capers templates. The only thing missing from the pattern is the star block.


That’s it from me today. Take care of yourselves okay, listen to the experts, wash your hands, be safe. Much love, toni xx

Coming in 2020!

Hello lovelies, thank you for being part of the Red Boot’s family in 2019 ❤️

We will be doing a new free BOM in 2020 thanks to the lovelies at Therm O Web ❤️

Want a hint? It will be a paper doll quilt with a Red Boot’s twist!

Have a wonderful, New Year everyone. Our thoughts are with everyone in the fire zones, please stay safe and remember to have an evacuation plan in place. Love to all, toni xx


A Happy Dance for Happy Quilts

We’ve done it, we’ve updated all of the patterns and they’re just waiting to be print checked. It was a marathon effort, one we don’t want to repeat anytime soon! Thank you to Terri and everyone who has been helping me out, I appreciate it so much. I can now get back to the job of making happy quilts!

This is Jill’s Gnome Sweet Gnome quilt, isn’t it gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Jill.

You can find loads of our ‘seconds’ (printed) patterns in the Esty store. Most of them are $7.50 including postage. The seconds patterns are simply misprints. They look the same as normal printed patterns – the only difference is they may have typos or misprints in them. A spelling mistake, an extra space, or a format error. Most, almost all, errors you won’t even notice.

Jingle Bells

Hey lovelies, how has your week been? This is a quick check-in to let you know that our Christmas PDF patterns are 40% off in our Makerist store for the next 24 hours. The sale is on Berlin time so if you are after a bargain, jump in quick.

We will be running a Black Friday sale in our Etsy store this week/weekend too. You will receive 20% off all patterns (except the seconds/misprints). I think that starts tomorrow (US time) 26th November and runs until 4th December, 2019. I’m currently working across three international time zones and in three languages so I’m a little confused LoL.

There are more seconds patterns in the Etsy store today. Keep checking back because I’ll be adding more over the coming weeks.

I’m sorry there’s nothing new at the moment. Terri and I have been working hard all year to get the patterns updated and were thrown a huge curveball with the black printing problem. Curse changing technology and the lack of consistency across the various devices and apps we use!

We’re frantically trying to get everything done before the end of the year so we can start 2020 with a clean slate. We’re both just about screaming with the frustration of it all but we can’t take Red Boots to the next level until everything is sorted out. Thanks for your patience xx.

A pig in mud.

Well hey everyone, how has your week been? Mine has been one great big jumble of weird work schedules, uni (college) exams, end of semester parties, visitors from the US, and the horrors of the house being re-wired. Add nutty neighbours to the list and you get the gist. I sat down to have lunch today and woke up two hours later with my sandwich stuck to my shirt LoL.

I worked like crazy today to get the final instalment of the This Little Piggy quilt done only to realise that I’m a week early. Ta Da! Surprise! ha ha ha. I’ve uploaded it to the website so you can download Month 10 (our final instalment) now.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us in our little piggy adventure. We will be running a new BOM next year starting in February – the theme will be announced early January.

The gnome quilt pattern is almost done. I would have had it uploaded last week but our nutty neighbour made trouble while I was trying to photograph it. I ended up drawing it out instead which took a couple of extra days. I’m planning on having it uploaded to the Etsy store tomorrow morning.

I can’t believe how quickly this year is disappearing. The university year is finished (thank goodness) and Kelly had her last exam at dawn o’clock this morning. Being the nice Mum that I am, I volunteered to drive her into campus this morning before breakfast – hence the unscheduled lunchtime nap LoL.


The weather has suddenly heated up and Dave the scrub turkey has been hit with a fresh surge of turkey hormones. His nest is now at least four metres wide by two high (4 1/2 yards x 2 1/2 yards) and what was left of our garden is now the plant icing on top. He is very, very lucky we consider him to be part of the family.

The water dragons are out in force and have started laying their eggs in what’s left of the garden. Dave has done them a favour, the soil is dug over and soft, and they don’t have to do much work LoL.

The warmer weather has brought all the wildlife out of Winter hiding. I can hear the flying foxes (bats) squeaking in the trees as I’m typing. They make a heck of a noise, quite loud, and it’s very distinguishable from the other wildlife. The mango tree is finally getting fruit and they are coming in to feast. I was driving home at dusk on Tuesday night when one swooped down towards the car and pooped on my windscreen. Bat poop is disgusting!!!

Best of all the birds are back. The cockatoos are demanding seed and the rainbow lorikeets are screeching in the palm trees. Aussie birds tend to be very, very noisy and screech a lot – a bit like our politicians but much, much nicer :o)


Anyway lovelies, have a fabulous weekend. I’ll pop in tomorrow and let you know when the gnome pattern is done. toni xx

It’s November!

Hello lovelies, it’s the 1st of November and I am, as ever, stunned at how fast the year is flying by. I thought I’d pop in and let you know where I’m at right now.

I’m almost finished the pattern for the gnome quilt. I was hoping it get it listed this weekend but it depends on photos (and it’s raining). I’ll let you know as soon as I’m done.


I’ve spent most of this year working with Terri, an editor, who is helping me upgrade the patterns with the view to eventually securing an American distributor. Just when we thought we were finished, the black background (PDF) printing issue cropped up and we were sent back to square one.

This Little Piggy Free Block-of-the-Month

Thankfully we’ve figured out the best way to overcome the problem in the majority of cases but it’s very time consuming. I want this finished before the end of the year so I can dedicate my time to actual designing, sewing, and pattern writing again. A huge thank you to the lovely people helping me out with test printing. xx

Windy Hill Farm Quilt Pattern

This month we will finish our ‘This Little Piggy’ block of the month quilt. I hope you’ve enjoyed sewing along with us. We will be running another free BOM next year and we’ll release details early in 2020.

Maria’s Land Down Under quilt. Thank you Maria xx

I’m hoping to release a couple of Christmas patterns in the next couple of weeks, but no promises at this stage. Anyway it’s heading for midnight, it’s raining a little, and I need my anti-wrinkle sleep (ha ha ha). Have a fabulous weekend, toni xx

Scrapelicious failure?

The feeling you get when the scrappy, happy border you’ve been planning looks great in real life but absolutely garbage in the photos.

I want this quilt to be so happy it makes your face hurt from smiling. I’ll add the third row/border and see what happens but I think I may have a date with a unpicker!

In the words of my Grandmother… damn and blast! xx

This Little Piggy Block #9

Hey y’all, guess what? it’s Friday and it’s time for the next instalment in our This Little Piggy block-of-the-month! You can find all of the blocks, including Block #9 here.

Can you believe that we only have one month to go and then we’re finished our little piggy adventure? I hope you’ve enjoyed stitching along with me. I’ll have to get my skates on and come up with an idea for next year’s block-of-the-month. Feel free to message me with your suggestions!

To celebrate my birthday all PDF patterns are 50% off in our Etsy and web stores this weekend. The price is automatically adjusted in our Etsy store but you will need to use the coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY in our webstore.

The winner of last month’s Thermoweb giveaway is Danni C. Your prize will soon be on it’s way Danni! I’ve been a little slow getting the prizes away this month, apologies for the delays everyone xx

Enter this month’s Thermoweb giveaway by commenting and telling us your favourite holiday season.

Contents of prize pack may vary.

The gnome quilt is almost done. A few more tweaks and it will be ready for photographing etc. Ughhh, photographs are the worst part of the whole pattern writing job description. It makes me sooo frustrated and cranky LoL.

I hope you have a lovely weekend everyone. We’re hoping for some rain tonight and tomorrow. It will be a great relief to fill the water tanks and have the gardens and surrounding bushland watered. It’s been so very dry (drought) this year (or two). Take care, toni xx

Clearance Sale! our Little Mermaid pins are 50% off this weekend in our Etsy store!

The Gnomes in My Garden

Hello happy quilters, how has your week been? We’ve had some lovely Spring weather here in Brisbane and we even had our first storm of the season; it was absolutely fantastic to hear the rain on the roof.

The warm weather has brought the wildlife out of hibernation. There are loads of butterflies, native bees, and lizards. Our nutty neighbour has been chasing snakes all week, so I suppose they are awake too LoL. Dave the scrub turkey is still tending to, and increasing the size of his nest; we also had three blue tongue lizards come say hello.

The blue tongues have a real attitude problem. This guy was about 30cm (12in) long and was really cranky. He took a swipe at Martin, nipped Rem, and chased Kate. They open their mouths and hiss like crazy. They are super fast too.

My favourites though are the water dragons. They live in abundance in the creek behind our house. They climb the trees, sun themselves on our patio, and lay their eggs in the gardens. They crash through the bush making a heck of a noise and frequently scare the living daylights out of me when I nearly step on them. This photo was taken last year, he’s sitting on the branch of a tree a good seven metres from the ground.

I’ve been working on the templates for the gnome quilt (in between chasing lizards and neighbours) adjusting them here and there, getting them just right.

The first gnomes weren’t quite right. They were cute, but they didn’t fit in with Esmerelda and she is too sweet not to use.

I think I’ve got them right now, which means I can finally get cracking on finishing the quilt and pattern. So much of this job is trial and error, false starts and frustrations, followed by the pure joy of creating something that makes people happy.

Don’t forget to download the latest instalment in the piggy BOM. You can find the patterns by clicking on the “This Little Piggy” tab in the menu at the top of the page. Have a fun weekend everyone, I hope you get some time to work on something special. toni xx