Honey Bee Bears

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 emails requesting 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 redbootquilts@bigpond.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

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

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

The Keeper of the Quilts.

Remy-the-Lion, also known as The Keeper of the Quilts. The tongue out means he’s not moving for anything or anybody. He’s currently obstructing work on my scrap bin bears, the gnomes, and the fairy princesses.

We love him even if he is a stubborn, furry, gorgeous, pain in the toosh. He’s also sulking because he was given chicken for dinner and he wanted fish LoL.

Fairies in my Garden.

Hi lovely people, there are fairy princesses on my worktable tonight.

I’ve been talked into making a new quilt, based on the original Flower Fairies pattern.

The new one will be easier to fuse, as there won’t be so many overlapping pieces. I’ve doubled up the face fabric so the wings and hair don’t show through when it’s fused – when using this method always use featherlite or lite fusible webbing otherwise you’ll end up with a stiff applique shape.

Retired Flower Fairies Quilt

Okay, back to work. I’ve got five quilts on the go and I need to finished them! I hope you had a great weekend, toni xx

Neat as a button.

Remember yesterday how I suggested you fuse a strip of interfacing to the opening of your soft toys? This is how neat it stays when you do. No fraying!

Double tip – don’t fuse it too close to the edge of the opening, leave a hair’s breadth between the edge of the interfacing and the edge of the fabric so your needle will go through the fabric with ease. xx

Pink Piggy Farm

Hiya lovelies, the next instalment of our Thermoweb This Little Piggy BOM is ready for release tomorrow. Have you got your pink fabrics and HeatnBond ready?

Pink Piggy Farm is on it’s way too. I made this one up ages ago and haven’t got around to releasing it as a full pattern. It should be ready tomorrow too. xx