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 – @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

 

Pugs.

Update! Frank is in the house. Find him in our Etsy store here. xx


Is a mug rug with a pug a pug rug?

I’ve done a quick pug rug pattern for you. I’ll upload it to the Etsy store later tonight when I’ve checked everything over. There will be a quilt, but not before Christmas. I’m hoping this will tide you over until then. xx

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The Kennel Club.

Hi guys, I nearly didn’t get this uploaded again, we’re currently in the ER with number one son and his suspected broken foot :oP

“The Kennel Club” is now in the Etsy shop, and it’s on special until Monday for the super cheap price of Aud$5 for the PDF pattern and $14.50 for the printed pattern including free shipping (*plus appropriate taxes for your area).

They are also available in our WordPress store (use the menu to navigate the site).

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As promised, the lovelies at Therm-o-Web have sent us a box of products to giveaway with the Halloween “A Spooky Sleepover” pattern release. You don’t have to jump through hoops to win, just leave a comment on this post or on the Facebook post for your chance to win.

Toni Halloween Giveaway

There is (1) gift voucher from Therm O Web to giveaway plus (6) lucky dip bags full of super products including deco foil, HeatnBond Lite, HeatnBond Stretch (for tshirts!), printed patterns and (2) will have a Henry Pin in them!

You can download the “Spooky Sleepover” and “Ghosts and Ghouls” free patterns here.

I’ve put the pumpkin on a t-shirt, but haven’t had the chance to photograph it. I suppose I could drape it over the end of a ER gurney and take an arty piccy of it LOLz. The HeatnBond Soft Stretch is really amazing – and it’s soft, noticeably softer than the HeatnBond Lite. You can use it on quilts too.

Did you know I’ve set up a Facebook group called “The Red Boots Gang” where you can hang out and share piccies and projects and stuff? Pop on over and sign up, it’s still in it’s infancy but I’m hoping you will enjoy being there. You are welcome to chat about other projects (other than Red Boots) but I ask that you keep politics and religion out of the chat – it’s a guaranteed way to start a Facebook flame war.

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I’m sure there was something else but we’re being called to Xray. Take care, toni xx

The Red Boots Club

One of the greatest pleasures I have is seeing the quilts and toys you have made using my patterns. I’ve been toying (no pun intended LOL) with the idea of having a ‘Red Boots Club’ for some time, but I haven’t quite worked out how to do it, or whether you would be interested.

Let me know what you think, and any suggestions on how we could run it. xx

A big thank you to Debbie, Sonia, Shelley, Dawna, Sue, Lois, Margaret, Kylie, Anthea, Terri, Kirsten, Janet, Michelle, Kate, Tarnyia, Sio, Elaine, Jo, Wendy, Martha, Fiona, Vicki, and Jenny for sharing their photos with me. I will draw a name from the Red Boots hat and send you a gift in the post.