Hello lovelies, how have you all been? This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and catch up with you all. There’s a sink full of dishes to be done, but I’ve made a coffee and I’m taking five minutes out from my chores.
I’m feeling great today because I’ve finally finished another quilt. The recent lockdowns came right when I had run out of fabric to start any new major projects and online shopping wasn’t really an option. To fill the void, I delved deep into my scrap bins LoL.
I had 64 ragged and fraying Flying Geese blocks and 11 bear blocks to work with. I’ve unpicked, starched, pressed, trimmed and reassembled them all. The end result is the Scrap Bin Bears quilt. I think they turned out really well for a quilt made from blocks that were going to be binned (two bears didn’t make the cut).
Next out of the scrap bin are these panda blocks. The original quilt was a failure from my point of view, so I unpicked the entire quilt and I’m putting it back together again in a different layout. I haven’t sorted out the borders properly yet but that’s my job for tomorrow.
I also have an enormous amount of soft blue Tilda scraps, among others, that I’m putting together into log cabin blocks. They are gorgeously pretty and I love how they’re coming together.
Peppermint Stitches opened up fully this week and I was able to pop down on Friday to grab some new fabrics. I’m planning on spending the next couple of weeks finishing up the scrap bin quilts, then I’ll pull out the stops with some new projects.
I hope you’ve all been safe and well in these difficult times. Much love to all, toni xx
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
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 emailsrequesting 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 email@example.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
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.
Hi y’all, I was hoping to get this uploaded tonight but I’ve had to do a hard reboot on my computer and it took most of the day. Don’t ya just love technology LOL.
I’ll have it uploaded late tomorrow morning instead. It’s a teeny little fun wall-hanging measuring just 27 1/2in square, and it’s brought to you by the lovelies at Thermoweb (the makers of my favourite fusible webbing).
Of course you can go crazy and stitch heaps of these little blokes to make a much larger quilt.
I’ve also included HeatnBond EZ-Print templates to the pattern so you can print your templates directly to this fantastic product. I’ve got (4) packs of HeatnBond EZ-Print to giveaway and I’ll let you know the details tomorrow.
Etsy is having a Birthday Sale this week. Pop on over to grab a bargain, everything including our enamel pins are 10% off.
We’ve had a crazy busy week. Hubby is on hols and we are sanding and painting the exterior of our home. The hardwood weatherboards have 60 years worth of paint on them. It’s not a fun task, but when we tested out the dark grey exterior paint today (on the bit we sanded and primed) it looked fantastic.
We also found some water damage behind our bath so we’ve had to pull the walls off the bathroom. It never ends does it!? #moneypit
I’m hoping to get some new projects started this week, but I need a trip to Peppermint Stitches to re-stock my stash of background fabrics before I sink my teeth into anything new. I have a tendency to work backwards, thus working myself into a frustrating corner. While I’m waiting to buy new fabric I’ve been making some scrappy Shoofly blocks.
It’s nearly midnight again, so I’m going to say nite and wish you all a happy weekend. I’ll upload that pattern file tomorrow. toni xx
Ps. Look what we managed to do, Happy Quilts is out of stock on Amazon!