This Little Piggy – Block #4

Hi y’all, the next instalment (No. 4) of ‘This Little Piggy’ is available for download here. Congratulations to Bronwyn H. for winning last month’s giveaway. Bronwyn’s favourite movie is ‘Titanic’. Thank you all for entering, I loved reading about your favourites movies.

Enter our Month #4 Thermo-o-Web giveaway by emailing us and finishing the following – Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…. fill in the blanks and make sure you add noises LoL. You know what I mean, quack quack here, quack quack there etc. Any animal, living or extinct. Have some fun.

We have an amazing pack of Therm-o-Web products to giveaway, including a pack or two of my favourite fusible webbing Heat-n-Bond Lite.

I’ve not had a great week this week, I still haven’t picked up a rotary cutter or turned on the sewing machine and it’s getting me down. Actually it’s downright terrifying. I’m so.. blank. This little black kitty is making me smile though. Step by step, day by day right?

Help nudge me along by commenting or messaging me to tell me what you’d like to see me design. Kids or adults quilts, it doesn’t matter. Whilst I adore making kids quilts, I’d love to make some quilts along more adult themes too. Thoughts?

Our Friday Favourites this week are Panda Party 2, The Lion King, and The Wild West. The PDF patterns are 40% off which makes them approx. $4.50 and the printed patterns are 25% off which make them around $11.60 depending on taxes etc.

All patterns are on special in our Etsy store – look under the Sale menu on the left-hand side of the page – and in our stand-alone web-store.

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Have a lovely weekend everyone. To all you Aussies out there, have a great democracy sausage type weekend.

toni xx

Harry and the Hound Dogs

Hello lovelies, how was your weekend? Today was beautifully sunny, a real Autumnal (almost Easter) day. It was a bit of a zombie weekend for us, none of us got much sleep. We mowed a bit, cleaned up a bit, and yawned a lot LOL.

‘Harry and the Hound Dogs’ will be available later this week. It’s quilt No. 2 in the ‘Hound Dog’ series of quilts and artworks. The first quilt in the series appeared in the Happy quilts book.¬†

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My sewing machine is still sitting idle this week. My 100 blocks fabric hasn’t arrived as yet. I’m hoping it will arrive tomorrow so I can make a start. I need to make a trip to Peppermint Stitches to pick up some basics and some flannel; I have the urge to play with some gorgeous wintery flannels. Do you like sewing with flannels? I adore them!

Remember to download Month 1 and 2 of the This Little Piggy BOM. Oh and remember to enter this month’s competition. Entries close at the end of this week. Month 3 will be uploaded this coming Friday.

Some of our lovely customers shared their quilts with us recently. Aren’t they wonderful. Thank you for sharing everyone, I’m always humbled and honoured that you’ve chosen my patterns.¬†

Have a lovely week everyone. I hope mine includes loads of coffee and laughter and maybe a lotto win LOL. toni xx

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Heather’s beautifully bright Kennel Club quilt.

Mr Fox Terri Caporn

Terri’s marvellously bright and happy Mr. Fox’s Garden quilt.

Scrappy Bears

Enid’s wonderfully scrappy ‘Scrappy Bears’.

Sharon Vasickanin Pugs

Sharon’s pugalicious ‘A Pug’s Life’ quilt. This gorgeous quilt is being donated to raise money for rescue pugs.

The Kennel Club Karen Young

Karen’s gorgeous pretty in pink, spotty bordered, Kennel Club quilt.

Let’s talk quilts.

Hey lovelies, how are you this sunny and somewhat hot Wednesday afternoon? Let’s talk quilts, specifically Red Boot Quilts.

clotheslineI’ve been feeling completely miserable when it comes to Red Boots recently. It’s been very much touch and go whether to keep trading or not. There are a number of reasons but it’s mostly behind the scenes industry pressures.clothesline-4This morning I was scrolling through Instagram and saw this on one of my favourite artist’s accounts and it really resonated with me.

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Art by Lisa Congdon on Instagram Р@lisacongdon 

 

This. This is going to be my 2019. Permission to be me and not conform to other’s expectations and demands. Most importantly this simple sentiment has given me the urge to get designing and sewing again – something that I didn’t think would happen anytime soon.clothesline-2Today has been the first day since before Christmas that I’ve sat down and enjoyed, and felt joy, with what I was doing.

Moving forward into 2019 some things will be a little different with Red Boots. I’m considering not supplying patterns wholesale anymore. I won’t make a final decision until the end of the Australian financial year which is 30 June. The wholesale side of the business has been declining due to high postage and printing costs in Australia, and I haven’t been able to secure a US distributor at this point.

I’m also setting up a new pricing structure. It’s slowly being rolled out in the Etsy store, the website will follow shortly. PDF patterns are being sorted into $2, $4, and $7.50 categories. Printed patterns will remain at $14.50 with free postage.clothesline-6I’ve decided to put most of the free patterns into the $2 category. With the changes to social media and Craftsy I no longer have a platform where I can offer the patterns for free, reach a large audience, and not have to pay site fees or advertising.

Pricing the patterns at $2 each will help pay the website, processing, and advertising fees required to keep the business running. The patterns will all be updated with better instructions, coloured diagrams, and coloured templates to compensate. They will also be available as printed patterns for those of you who prefer to buy their patterns that way.clothesline-1

Oh, one more thing. I am a terrible photographer. Cameras defeat me. Completely and utterly. Whilst I will continue to make the quilts, I may use a professionally drawn image for the pattern cover instead of a photograph. This won’t affect the patterns but it will take an enormous amount of stress off my shoulders with the added bonus that I very much enjoy the process of drawing the quilts. A lot of other designers use this method too so I’m not the first LOL.

Anyway, happy Wednesday to you all and thank you. Happy quilting too. toni xx