Hi lovely quilters, it’s time for the next instalment of our Thermoweb Paper Dolls Sew-Along. Click on the photo below to download the file, or pop on over to our Paper Dolls Sew-Along page where you will find all of the instalments and more. Row 2 is now complete, Autumn/fall is next to come!
I’ve had a lot of requests in recent weeks for the old Flower Fairies pattern so I’ve uploaded it to our free pattern page for a limited time. Keep in mind this is an older pattern and I haven’t updated it yet. Please take care with the wing and body templates, make sure the overlapping pieces do overlap properly, especially around the hair.
I’ve been unpicking this old quilt top I found in my scrap bin. I was never entirely happy with it and being in lockdown has given me the time to revisit the design. It’s been trimmed, pressed and re-set in plain framing strips. Now to fix the borders! This is a procrastination project, I can’t quite get the sloth quilt right and it’s driving me crazy LoL.
I hope you’ve all been well and taking care. Are the lockdowns easing where you are? I’m hoping to be able to stock up on fabric in the coming weeks as the stores start to open again, my stash is seriously depleted LoL. Love to all, toni xx
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
Hello lovely people, I wanted to check in and see how you were all coping with the news today. Are you okay? Please reach out and let’s talk to each other and get through this.
I’m struggling a little with my anxiety, which is in hyperdrive right now. In between panic attacks I’m dumpster diving into my scrap bins. The plan is to hunker down as best I can and sew myself through this thing. Take care okay, we’ve got this. Much love, toni xx
Hey lovelies, how are you all this weekend? We’ve had some glorious rain and storms. The plants and wildlife are happy and so are we. Rem and Spud have been sulking, neither like thundery rain!
This week we’ve put together the prize packs for the 2020 Paper Doll BOM.A big thank you to the lovelies at Thermoweb for their ongoing support. I’ve used HeatnBond Lite fusible webbing for about seven years now and I can genuinely recommend their products.
We’ve updated the Honey Bee Bears pattern to the new format and have given it a fabric makeover. It’s the last of the available patterns to be updated and it’s slightly bigger than the old version.
Over the years I’ve had so many emailsrequesting the 16-patch blocks be square rather than rectangular so I’ve changed it to suit. This has made the quilt a couple of inches bigger than the old version. What can I say, I went through a rectangle phase years ago LoL.
Both the PDF and printed Honey Bee Bear patterns are on special in our Etsy store this week– 50% off the PDF pattern and 20% off the printed pattern which includes postage.
I’ve also included a star template for the border if you prefer. As always, email me at email@example.com if you would like an update to your pattern. Proof of purchase is required.
We’ve been working on getting a Speedy Racer pattern ready for upload to Etsy. The original Speedy Racers quilt is in the Happy Quilts book and this will be the second quilt in the racer series. I’ll let you know when it’s finished.
Have a fantastic week everyone, we have a huge week or two ahead of us and I’m stressing about it before it begins. January is one of those months don’t you think? Take care and happy quilting, toni xx
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.
Hey y’all, ‘Home Sweet Gnome’ is now available in our Etsy store for the usual special introductory price.
I’m not able to get decent photographs at present, I just don’t have the mental fortitude to deal with my nutty neighbour. It’s something I’ll sort out in the New Year. Thanks for understanding. Have a lovely weekend everyone, toni xx
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 neighboursto 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
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 patternswith 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.
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
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.
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