I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 61, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 22. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Friday, 25 November 2016

TEA POT TRIVET TUTORIAL



Hello!

So, how do I make the tea pot trivets?


CUT TWO SQUARES 10" - 100% cotton fabrics

DRAW A LINE 1/2" FROM TOP EDGE, MARK
IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE - DO THIS
ON BOTH PIECES OF FABRIC- I USE A LEAD PENCIL


PRESS OVER EACH TOP EDGE, USING THE PENCIL MARK
TO FOLD OVER TO 


PIN THE TWO PIECES RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER,  STITCH AROUND USING
A 1/2" SEAM ALLOWANCE.......LEAVING
THE TOP EDGE OPEN


TRIM THE TWO BOTTOM CORNERS

TURN RIGHT SIDES OUT, POKE OUT THE TWO BOTTOM CORNERS

GIVE IT A PRESS.  IT SHOULD NOW MEASURE ROUGHLY 9" SQUARE

MARK STITCHING LINES AT 1-1/2" INTERVALS
USE EITHER A LEAD PENCIL OR BLUE WASH OUT PEN BUT
YOU NEED TO WASH THAT OUT PRIOR TO FILLING
THE TRIVET
Note: IF YOUR SQUARE IS NOT 9", ADJUST YOUR CHANNEL MEASUREMENTS.


STITCH A 1/4" TOPSTITCH ALONG BOTTOM EDGE

STITCH DOWN THE LINES, TOP STITCHING TOP AND BOTTOM WELL
PLACE WHITE RICE AND CLOVES IN A LARGE BOWL

PLACE TRIVET INTO BOWL AND BEGIN TO FILL TO ABOUT HALF
FILLED WITH RICE & CLOVES MIX.  REMOVE FROM BOWL AND PRESS
THE RICE MIXTURE DOWN FIRMLY FROM THE TOP - I FIND A FEW THUMPS
ON THE TABLETOP HELPS!  NOW FILL WITH MORE RICE & CLOVES UNTIL
ABOUT 1-1/2" FROM TOP.    YOU NEED THIS CLEARANCE TO ALLOW
YOU TO PIN ACROSS THE CHANNELS READY TO STITCH.

PIN EACH CHANNEL SO NO RICE CAN ESCAPE
BE CAREFUL - RICE CAN RUIN YOUR SEWING MACHINE IF IT
GETS DOWN IN TO THE BOBBIN AREA- DO NOT SEW OVER A GRAIN
OF RICE!  YOU WILL BREAK YOUR NEEDLE AND THEN
PARTICLES OF RICE MIGHT GET INTO THE BOBBIN AREA.
SEW SLOWLY MAKING SURE ALL THE RICE IS TO
THE LEFT OF THE PINS- DO NOT REMOVE A PIN UNLESS
YOU REALLY MUST.

AND HERE IS YOUR FINISHED TRIVET - FRONT

AND BACK
So that is how to make my trivet.  I like to keep it in a ziplock bag to keep the freshness of the cloves.  Rice can attract mice too so if you keep it in a baggie it should be safe. You could also store it in a plastic tub like Tupperware.

I do not make these to be used as heat packs although if you did not fill them as full as I do and you leave out the cloves, they could be used like that.  Personally I do not like to add any oils like lavender....  a heat pack is meant to be placed in the Microwave Oven and lavender or any of those "feel good" oils can overheat and burn.

Of course this does not have to be a tea pot trivet!  you can use this on your dining table to set a hot casserole dish on.

Cheers from Helen

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

LET'S DO BURRITOS

Hello! 

Yes, another mobile blog post 😀

I've been sewing most of this afternoon- made two pillowcases using the burrito method. 
Burrito pillowcase. They were very fast to sew and I didn't need to get my overlocker out!

 
 

I also finished a tea pot trivet for myself - another easy and fun project-
 
 

I'm going to do a tutorial soon on how I make these. I'm making another one now and taking photos. 

I've had another scan on my hand, will get the results tomorrow 😀. I've managed rotary cutting today with no pain. 

Some of you asked which App I'm now using for mobile blog posts - it's called Blog Touch Pro. 

Cheers from Helen

Friday, 18 November 2016

A NEW APP ON MY PHONE

I purchased a new App so I can blog from my phone. My old App kept dropping out and losing the post.  So this is a test 🙂

Today I've finally managed some machine sewing 😍

 

I have a doctors appointment on Monday to check my hand. I'm hoping the splint can stay off 🙂. I have sewing I really want to do!

Cheers from Helen


Thursday, 17 November 2016

PRETTY MAIL

SIGGY BLOCK FROM DOLORES

Thank you Dolores for your beautiful Siggy Block.  Another nice addition to my collection.

Today I've been getting ready to quilt my Elephant Quilt.  I have cleaned and oiled my Brother PQ1500 and put in a new needle.  I like to stitch in the ditch prior to any FMQ I might do.  I'm not sure how I will quilt this one, I would like to have a play on my new Sweet Sixteen.    I can't really use it just yet as my left hand is still in the splint but hopefully by next week that will be off and I can get going learning all about my lovely new toy.

Elephant Quilt

Cheers from Helen



Saturday, 12 November 2016

PLANES, TRAINS...... AND AUTOMOBILES !

IN PREPARING MY MOST RECENT BLOG POST I FOUND THIS POST THAT I HAD FORGOTTEN TO PUBLISH!!!   SO HERE IS ANOTHER CATCH UP, IT WAS ORIGINALLY PREPARED AUGUST 1ST.  OH WELL, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.......

Hello!

August 1st already !   I've been working on a lot of different projects since my Post last month.  My sewing room is becoming quite crowded with each of my machines busy with something :-)  

I've also added to my machine collection with a gorgeous Miniature Sewing Machine by Essex.





New tee shirt for Amos 
and of course ..... one for Maisy



I joined along with the rest of the crowd..... Garlic Knot block,.......Bonnie Hunter started it!!! and now we're all making them !

I turned my Garlic Knot block in to a mini hanger - I've had the table stand for years!


and here's the back.... I keep thinking I have used up every last scrap of the sewing themed fabrics!
Reading Pillow for a little friend - he loves Ninja Turtles !





A new addition to my sewing corner..... a gorgeous Miniature Sewing Machine by Essex

Isn't she just the cutest thing?!?!

A vintage doily tote bag for a gift

Inside the tote bag.... retro '50s fabric

Apart from the hand stitching between the carriages, the train row is now done!  This is my machine blanket stitch project, I'm now working on the "by air" row.

Car quilt, gifted to our neighbour's grandson

My "Boats on the Open Sea" quilt for my ODIBAG stash
(one day I'll be a Grandmother)

I love making this quilt!


Pinwheel blocks, made a very weird way! for the "By Air, By Rail, By Sea" quilt
place two squares together, sew all the way around using 1/4" seam and then cut apart on both diagonals which gives you four HST's to make the pinwheel units.

Puppy Dog tee shirt

The "By Air" row all ironed on ready to stitch

Pillow Bed - this was fun to make!

Great for watching tele or reading

Cheers!

A NEW SIGGY BLOCK FOR MY COLLECTION



THANK YOU RIEK HENDRIKS

Hello !

I had a lovely surprise envelope in my letterbox this week.... a lovely Siggy Block from Riek Hendriks from the Netherlands.  Thank you Riek, your block is a lovely addition to my collection.

So what is new in Aunty Henny's world?    I guess the most exciting thing is my new HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine and table.  I purchased it at the recent Craft Show and just had it delivered this past week.

Unfortunately I am unable to have a play with my new machine as I have a slight fracture in my left wrist and I'm wearing a splint but maybe one more week will see the splint off and then I can sew!

I had finished most of my Christmas sewing prior to hurting the wrist.  Our local Spotlight had a new range of Aussie Xmas fabrics in stock so I did up a few items....

Yes, sewing with a splint!! 




I have been working away on the hand sewing for a Car Quilt to add to my ODIBAG stash (One day I'll be a grandmother) :-)   The fractured wrist did hold me back for a week or two but I'm back at it now.  

ODIBAG Car Quilt

I spent a few days in September school holidays with my Nieces, Sister, Great Nieces and Nephews.  We booked two units at Bribie Island so we could also visit with my Sister Sue.  We had a fantastic week.  I made a treasure collecting bag for the little ones to take to the beach ...


NOTHING FANCY BUT THE KIDS LOVED IT

Our little Maisy found a bag she desperately wanted in a toy shop but I told her I would make her a special bag.  I asked what fabric should I use and the answer was..... Unicorns, princesses and rainbows.... we promptly went online and found the fabric, ordered it there and then and it arrived the day I returned home from the little holiday.  I made a Ballerina Bag which was very well received.

Front of Ballerina Bag for Maisy

and the back.

Two of my Nieces were in Melbourne recently and found a little gift for me.....  thanks girls, I love it!

I already had the little tricket box on the left... now I have a cute little treadle!

Many moons ago I did the embroidery on these Elephant blocks.  They've been sitting in a box just waiting for the day to be made into a quilt.  Well, that day finally came and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I have it all ready to quilt on my new machine :-)
ELEPHANT QUILT



FOUND THE PERFECT BACKING IN MY STASH
MY CIVIL WAR QUILT ALSO HAS ITS BORDERS, ANOTHER ONE READY TO QUILT!

Our neighbour's daughter had a new baby girl, so of course....  a little Pram quilt!  basically two fat quarters with cotton wadding in between and quilted on my Featherweight 222K.

A QUICK LITTLE PRAM QUILT FOR A NEW BABY

So as you can see, I have been sewing and keeping busy.  If only this wrist would heal quickly I would be sewing on my new Sweet Sixteen !   Oh well, not too long now!

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen