Back on Deck

Hello lovely quilters, how has your week been?

We’re back on deck, off the couch, and almost ready to get back to work. Hubby’s surgery went well and the virus I picked up from the hospital is finally on the wane.

In between it all I managed to get my fabric bins sorted. They were in a horrendous mess. Remember my thread box? Well the fabric wasn’t much better. Twisted and tangled and quite the dog’s breakfast. It feels wonderful to have it sorted into colours and projects – ready to slice, dice, and sew.

The paper dolls BOM is taking shape. I have a bit of catching up to do, but it will be ready to go late February. I’ll set up a page for it shortly.

Later this week we will be releasing the second quilt in the Speedy Racers series. If you have the Happy Quilts book you will be able to adapt the pattern (in the book) to look similar to this.

Remember to download the “This Little Piggy” (free BOM) pattern before the end of April. It will revert to being a paid pattern on the 1st Maya girl’s got to make fabric money :o)

Well that’s it from me today, take care lovelies and be kind to each other. Happy quilting, toni xx

A pig in mud.

Well hey everyone, how has your week been? Mine has been one great big jumble of weird work schedules, uni (college) exams, end of semester parties, visitors from the US, and the horrors of the house being re-wired. Add nutty neighbours to the list and you get the gist. I sat down to have lunch today and woke up two hours later with my sandwich stuck to my shirt LoL.

I worked like crazy today to get the final instalment of the This Little Piggy quilt done only to realise that I’m a week early. Ta Da! Surprise! ha ha ha. I’ve uploaded it to the website so you can download Month 10 (our final instalment) now.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us in our little piggy adventure. We will be running a new BOM next year starting in February – the theme will be announced early January.

The gnome quilt pattern is almost done. I would have had it uploaded last week but our nutty neighbour made trouble while I was trying to photograph it. I ended up drawing it out instead which took a couple of extra days. I’m planning on having it uploaded to the Etsy store tomorrow morning.

I can’t believe how quickly this year is disappearing. The university year is finished (thank goodness) and Kelly had her last exam at dawn o’clock this morning. Being the nice Mum that I am, I volunteered to drive her into campus this morning before breakfast – hence the unscheduled lunchtime nap LoL.


The weather has suddenly heated up and Dave the scrub turkey has been hit with a fresh surge of turkey hormones. His nest is now at least four metres wide by two high (4 1/2 yards x 2 1/2 yards) and what was left of our garden is now the plant icing on top. He is very, very lucky we consider him to be part of the family.

The water dragons are out in force and have started laying their eggs in what’s left of the garden. Dave has done them a favour, the soil is dug over and soft, and they don’t have to do much work LoL.

The warmer weather has brought all the wildlife out of Winter hiding. I can hear the flying foxes (bats) squeaking in the trees as I’m typing. They make a heck of a noise, quite loud, and it’s very distinguishable from the other wildlife. The mango tree is finally getting fruit and they are coming in to feast. I was driving home at dusk on Tuesday night when one swooped down towards the car and pooped on my windscreen. Bat poop is disgusting!!!

Best of all the birds are back. The cockatoos are demanding seed and the rainbow lorikeets are screeching in the palm trees. Aussie birds tend to be very, very noisy and screech a lot – a bit like our politicians but much, much nicer :o)


Anyway lovelies, have a fabulous weekend. I’ll pop in tomorrow and let you know when the gnome pattern is done. toni xx

This Little Piggy Block #9

Hey y’all, guess what? it’s Friday and it’s time for the next instalment in our This Little Piggy block-of-the-month! You can find all of the blocks, including Block #9 here.

Can you believe that we only have one month to go and then we’re finished our little piggy adventure? I hope you’ve enjoyed stitching along with me. I’ll have to get my skates on and come up with an idea for next year’s block-of-the-month. Feel free to message me with your suggestions!

To celebrate my birthday all PDF patterns are 50% off in our Etsy and web stores this weekend. The price is automatically adjusted in our Etsy store but you will need to use the coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY in our webstore.

The winner of last month’s Thermoweb giveaway is Danni C. Your prize will soon be on it’s way Danni! I’ve been a little slow getting the prizes away this month, apologies for the delays everyone xx

Enter this month’s Thermoweb giveaway by commenting and telling us your favourite holiday season.

Contents of prize pack may vary.

The gnome quilt is almost done. A few more tweaks and it will be ready for photographing etc. Ughhh, photographs are the worst part of the whole pattern writing job description. It makes me sooo frustrated and cranky LoL.

I hope you have a lovely weekend everyone. We’re hoping for some rain tonight and tomorrow. It will be a great relief to fill the water tanks and have the gardens and surrounding bushland watered. It’s been so very dry (drought) this year (or two). Take care, toni xx

Clearance Sale! our Little Mermaid pins are 50% off this weekend in our Etsy store!

This Little Piggy #8

Hey lovelies, the next instalment of This Little Piggy has been uploaded. You can find Month #8 plus the previous blocks here. I’ve also uploaded a printing guide – if you’re having trouble with that pesky black printing issue, please download it and have a read.

Congratulations to Valerie B. who is the winner of this month’s Therm O Web This Little Piggy giveaway!

Enter our Month #8 giveaway by commenting and telling us what you are currently reading.

Friday the 13th confession… I have never mastered the art of eating and reading a book at the same time. Not even a cuppa and a bikkie. I turn into a dribble monster. It’s quite a sight to behold. I’m the same with anything that has ketchup on it LoL.

Thank you to the lovely people at Therm O Web for their generosity and support. I use and I recommend HeatnBond Lite for all your projects.


Not only is it Friday the 13th, it’s also full moon, and we have real bats swooping around our yard tonight. There’s a large colony not far from us, and you can hear them squeaking in the trees.

To celebrate all things spooky our wee ghosties & ghouls are on special in our webstore and Etsy store! Monster Mash,Pretty Little Kitties, Pink Piggy Farm, and Merry & Bright are also on special this weekend.

I hope you have a great weekend everyone. We’ll be clearing the dry grass and plants on our back hill. Fire season has come early and the drought has made everything tinder dry. I fear this is the new normal and rain is but a sweet memory. I’m also hoping to squeeze in some quality sewing time. Wish me luck! Stay safe, have fun, and most of all be kind to each other. toni xx

Friday Faves…

Hey lovely quilters, can you believe it’s Friday already!? The weeks are disappearing at such a fast rate!

Today I finished the last favour on a long list of quilty favours. I say yes to too many (lovely) people and it’s taken me months to finish all the little projects I promised to help with. I’m definitely breathing a big sigh of relief that I’m done!

I wrote earlier in the year that the publisher of my book had filed for Chapter 11 (a form of US pre-bankruptcy). We had some good news this month, I’m now a Penguin-Random House author! I have no idea what this means for the future of Happy Quilts and for me as an author but at least we’re back on track. I’ve been writing a proposal for a second book – if I’m ever asked to do another one LoL.

My little Spud has been sick all week and we’ve been back and forwards to the vet. He’s on the mend, but is still sulking about the whole experience – actually so I am, you should see the vet’s bill!

This week’s Friday Faves are the Scrappy Snowmen, Scrap Bin Sheep, Mr Fox’s Garden, and Catnip patterns – both PDF and printed versions.

The PDF version of The Wild West pattern is also on special. I can’t discount the printed pattern due to high postage costs.

Remember to (please) send me any photos you have of your finished projects. As well as putting them on the website here, with your permission I’d love to be able to share them elsewhere too.

Have you caught up with the Little Piggy blocks yet? I think this month’s instalment may include a horse and a duck. Enter this month’s Thermoweb giveaway by commenting and telling me the name of your favourite song.

Have a delightful weekend everyone. I hope the weather is fair, your coffee cup is full, and there are bountiful cookies! toni 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

This Little Piggy #5

Hi y’all, how’s things with you guys today? It’s time for us to upload the next instalment in the “This Little Piggy” BOM.

You can download this month’s instructions (Month #5) as well as previous month’s instructions here. This month we’ve added our farmers to the quilt.

We’ve also put together a preview of the quilt (so far) for you. It should help you make a few colour choices and decisions. Please note that this is for illustration purposes only. The sun isn’t fused to the quilt yet and you shouldn’t sew the blocks together as yet.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Karen T. who is the winner of this month’s Therm-o-Web giveaway. Enter this month’s giveaway by leaving a comment on this post telling me your favourite candy or snack food.


I’ve (just) worked out how to do a percentage off on the Red Boot’s website. You’ll have to use a coupon code though – if you enter this code at the checkout you’ll receive 20% off your order – FRIDAYFRENZY1 . You can download the Piggy patterns from here too, you’ll find them under free patterns.


You’ll be pleased to know (I hope) that I’m getting some sewing done. It’s been extraordinarily hard getting back to it and I have a massive backlist of quilts to make. I truly hope that the second half of the year will be more productive than the first.

I have a box of luscious flannels to play with and I feel like making a big, squishy bear quilt. Never fear the gnomes are still on the cutting table too.

Well that’s it from me, my brain has suddenly decided not to work *sigh* and I know not to push myself when it does this. Much love to all, toni xx

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.

Pop Stars

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

toni xx