Don’t Worry, Be Happy


Hello lovely quilters! How has your week been? I’ve been diving into my scrap bins, getting creative with recycled materials, and catching up on admin. I completely forgot our wedding anniversary last week, not that we really celebrate beyond marvelling at how we’ve put up with each other for so long. Ha ha ha! But it shows that my mind has been elsewhere.


I’ve put together a sweet little (medium sized) quilt made from scrap fabrics and an old, recycled sheet (for the borders). Rem has claimed it for his own, but I’m really pleased that something so.. so happy, can be created from left over scraps. If you look closely you can see where I’ve joined fabrics to make whole shapes.


My local supply/fabric stores have been closed under the Coronavirus lockdowns so I had to get creative with fabric, especially for the borders. I found an old, orphan sheet in amongst my linen; I gave it a good starch and pressing and took to it with the rotary cutter. Voila! a finished quilt top!


It’s been pressed, de-furred and packaged up ready for quilting. I’ll have the pattern uploaded to Etsy in the next day or two. Now to make a proper start on the Sloths. I wonder if I have another orphan sheet somewhere to cut up for borders LoL. Have fun, take care, stay healthy, give someone a virtual, virus free hug. Much love, toni xx

Sunday Afternoon Notes

Hey y’all, how has your weekend been? It’s a soft day today, overcast with showers and cooler than usual. It’s been quite lovely to be honest.

I’ve been putting together some framed Nine-patch blocks made from a giant box of mixed, mostly yellow and cream scraps I found in our storage room. They’ve been sitting there, getting in the way, for the best part of ten years and I nearly bundled them up to send to the thrift store. I was giving them a quick press (before I sent them off) when I realised they looked real pretty together. Vintage, soft, delicate.

I don’t usually get time to sew for myself but I’m trying to make a little time each week to have some sewing fun and this was the perfect project – no pressure! It’s been making me surprisingly happy and a lot more creative. Who would’ve thunk it LoL.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who’ve popped some money in my tip jar or bought me a coffee. Thank you. A lot of time and hard work goes into our free projects and your generosity makes it easier for me to continue doing so. xx

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