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The Aussie quilt pattern is almost ready to send out. Expect it in your inboxes late tomorrow afternoon/early evening. I’m just waiting on a proof-read or two. My son says I need to make y’all a Dingo template!
Thanks everyone for ordering, your response was amazing, I’m humbled, thank you. xx

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$4 Friday + Aussie Quilt

Howdy folks. As my son would say – it’s me! ha ha. How has your week been? I’m sitting here chatting with my daughter who right at this moment is at Paris Disneyland. Don’t you just love technology. There is 16,540 kilometres between Brisbane and Paris and we’re able to talk and squeal over Disney souvenirs LOL.

First up, instead of $4 Friday, everything’s on sale this weekend. Pop on over and grab a bargain in our Etsy store.

kennel-club-etsyThe Aussie quilt is almost done. I had some unpicking to do, I really botched drawing the possums. After a fair bit of unpicking, I got the top put back together this afternoon. You can pre-order it in our Etsy store this weekend. The pattern will be emailed to you on Monday, 11th June AEST. It measures approx. 54 1/2in x 58 1/2in (unless I add a smallish final border).

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The cold weather has crept in today and I’ve dragged out the flannel quilts. I’ve always been drawn to the soft, luxurious feel of flannel and I love working with it. This quilt is king sized and is actually made from scraps. It has four giant Sawtooth Stars and is so warm and snuggly. It’s also a cat magnet – the fur, oh the fur!

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Flannel is absolutely fabulous for making the animals and critters on your quilts ‘furry’. The textural difference between normal cotton and flannel is fantastic. Flannel works fine with fusible webbing too. I would recommend using a machine blanket stitch though.

The Scrappy Daisies quilt is actually made from flannel and the (fusible) applique has stood the test of time. The quilt is about 10 years old now and has survived many a machine wash (did I mention the cat fur!?).

Ps. The Scrappy Daisies pattern is free and you can find it under the ‘Free Patterns’ menu tab.

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I have totally lost my train of thought (don’t you just hate it when that happens) so I’ll say goodnight. Enjoy your weekend lovelies, toni xx

 

It’s $4 Friday!

It’s $4 Friday!

Fun at the North Pole, Camp Grizzly, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, The Wild West, and Frosty’s Christmas are all on special this weekend. $4 for the PDF patterns $11.50 (incl. postage) for the printed patterns.

Our Aussie quilt is coming along. I’ve spent all day today trying to get an echidna right. I’m not sure whether I’ve cracked it yet, we’ll see how it goes. I’ve also found that wombats need their eyes and noses placed just right otherwise they look like fat koalas LOL.

The white background fabric is still giving me a little trouble from a (lack of) colour point of view. I’m thinking of adding some colour and texture via some hand-stitching. This quilt could be adorable but it could also go very wrong. I’m actually finding it very difficult to get right.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’m hoping to get some sewing done, but there is so much to do around the house, I don’t know where to start. toni xx


Our Therm-o-Web giveaway for May is almost due to be drawn. You can find the details on how to be part of our monthly giveaway here.

May-giveawayHappy Quilts is still on super special on Amazon. It’s terrific value for money so grab a copy before they are all gone.

 

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.

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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

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The Australian Drop Bear.

Have you heard of a critter called the Australian Drop Bear?

The Australian Museum describes them as “large, arboreal, predatory marsupials related to the koala.”

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Drop Bears are an Aussie joke. We like to pretend to tourists that our koalas are fearsome creatures that deliberately drop out of trees onto the heads of unsuspecting tourists. Koalas are not the cuddly creatures portrayed in tourism ads though – they fight, snarl, and are wont to pee on you at the zoo.

I’ve been working on a koala quilt for three or four years now. I start, stop, throw it in the bin, and start again. This time around I’m determined to get it finished.

If I add some extra Aussie critters, what ones would you like to see? I’m not sure where I’m heading with this quilt, it may end up being just koalas, but if I add some friends, what would you like to see?

Happy Friday lovelies, toni xx

Ps. The ‘Flamingo Dance’ pattern is on special this week. $4 for the PDF and $11.50 for the printed pattern.

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