I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 64, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 26. 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. I collect Miniature Sewing Machines and currently have three Essex , one Singer 20. one Singer 40 and a Vulcan Countess. 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!

Saturday, 22 February 2020

and sew on and sew forth......

Baby quilt 

Vulcan miniature sewing machine 

Quilts for Project Kin







Market bag

Appliqué tee shirts 

Treadling again🙂



I found this Post in my Drafts🙄🙄🙄.  So here’s a belated update from late last year😃😃😃



EVERYTHING BUT ......

Hello!

A finish at last! ...    ages and ages ago  (September 2016) I pieced this somewhat colourful lap quilt🙂🙂. It’s a log cabin of sorts .. I used up hundreds of strings and small strips .... the back is made up of leftover strips too.   The binding is a treasured Denise Schmidt fabric from the deep stash.   I think I’ll name this one “everything but............the kitchen sink😁”. Quilted on my Sweet Sixteen 😍





I’m back working on my Land Down Under quilt ... a girl wombat 😁.  Bella 🙂  I used my new Brother NV1800Q.  I’ve discovered it has auto pivot.... so handy for doing blanket stitching.  
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/619682939/the-land-down-under-pdf-quilt-pattern?ref=shop_home_feat_1&bes=1







A quick project using my Go Cutter ...  just 2-1/2” squares and 1” squares plus some 2-1/2” strips ... a St Patrick’s Day table hanger.   I found some vintage buttons to finish it off.   The original pattern was in Quilting Quickly Mar/Apr 2016 and can also be found at Quilting Daily online. (Luck o’ the Irish)https://www.quiltingdaily.com/product/luck-o-the-irish-table-runner-quilt-pattern-download/


So now back to my sewing!

Happy sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Monday, 27 January 2020

A NEW YEAR .... 2020 ...

Hello!

Happy New Year to all.   I wonder how I will go with attempting to keep this Blog up to date this year... dismal failure for the last couple of years.  😁😁😟

and so to catch up..... where were we?   My goodness, my last Post was back in July 2019 .....

A NEW FARM QUILT IN THE MAKING
A BOY VERSION THIS TIME

CHRISTMAS SEWING ... COASTERS AND NEEDLE NANNIES

THE GIRL FARM QUILT READY FOR PINNING


AT LAST! THE NEXT BLOCK FOR MY HAND APPLIQUÉ VERSION OF LAND DOWN UNDER



TEACHING MY NEIGHBOURS LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTER TO SEW

CASABLANCA SUNRISE .. ALL SEWN ON MY 201K TREADLE

2020 STASHBUSTER QUILT

The STASHBUSTER quilt along can be found at BORDER CREEK STATION http://www.bordercreekstation.com/the-stash-buster-challenge-2020.htm



NEW SIGGY BLOCK .. THIS YEAR I’M INCLUDING MY NEEDLE NANNY

MY NIECE REQUESTED A COSY FOR TWO MINUTE NOODLES (RAMEN)
I THOUGHT IT WOULDN’T WORK BUT SHE SAYS IT WORKS PERFECTLY!

CHRISTMAS AT THE MCNAUGHTS

XMAS SEWING.... THE SEVEN PIECE FOLDED  HEXAGON  COASTER



WALKING FOOT QUILTING ON THE FARM QUILT
TRYING THE THREAD POST FROM THE FEATHERWEIGHT SHOP..
FEEDS THE CROSSWOUND THREAD OVER TO THE NEEDLE
SO SMOOTHLY

CHRISTMAS PARCEL... AUSSIE TEE SHIRTS AND NEW PILLOWCASES


CASABLANCA  SUNRISE BLOCK ON THE TREADLE

SET FOR OUR ANNUAL XMAS PARTY

SMOKE HAZE DURING THE TERRIBLE FIRES

CHRISTMAS SHIRTS

GO CUTTING APPLIQUÉ SHAPES

WASHING UP SCRUBBY

A NEW MAKE ... AN ECO FRIENDLY WASHING UP SCRUBBY
2020 STASHBUSTER .. JANUARY BLOCKS
CASABLANCA SUNRISE




The Casablanca Sunrise block is from the magazine QUILT NOW a UK Magazine. Issue 56.

The eco friendly washing up scrubby is a tutorial at HappiestCamper https://happiestcamper.com/diy-zero-waste-kitchen-sponge/. I’ve been using mine since Christmas and it works really well.

The seven piece folded hexagon coaster is also a tutorial https://babylock.com/learn-and-create/inspiration/folded-hexagon-coasters-project

So, as you can see,  I have been sewing.....

Happy sewing!
Cheers from Helen


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY...............

Hello there!

     I have been very quiet here and I can't say I've been sewing up a storm either.  Life has been busy and I just haven't been sewing like I usually do.

     My "Land Down Under" quilts are progressing... one by machine applique and the other by hand applique.  I'm considering purchasing a new sewing machine soon.....  I want a machine that has a presser bar knee lift option for my machine applique.  As I'm getting older my arthritis in my fingers (especially my left hand) is making it increasingly difficult to do my hand stitching so I see much more machine applique in my future.   My friend Joy (Joy of Quilting) recently posted about her machine applique using her machine with a knee lifter - click here to view the article.  Since viewing this I have decided that is what I need! 

     Here are a few of my "Land Down Under" blocks I've been working on...........
Peter Possum
My Spike the Kookaburra



Simpson the Dingo

A little girl Koala 
Rex the Echidna


Skippy the Kangaroo

Building the rows

I did an extra Dingo block and made a gift for the
staff at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - their
resident dingo Simpson recently passed away and I just happened
 to be sewing my
Dingo block.
     My time has been taken up of late running a School Past Students Facebook Page.  We held our first Get-Together in March (at Lone Pine) which was lots of fun.  Sadly it poured rain the day before so our numbers were down but it was a good start.  



I've been doing a few tee shirts (some by machine, some by hand)......
Cheeky monkey

Wobbly jelly fish

Machine applique tee shirts

      I hadn't made a Chalkboard Roll for ages so when a good friend asked me what I could make for his little grandson I knew immediately what it would be..........

   







I'm in the middle of making two pillowcases.... one done and one to go!  I love the "Burrito" method for making these... so fast!

Sewing on my Featherweight 222K
Hubby took himself away on a holiday in April so I enjoyed some lounge room sewing !  I was in the middle of cleaning up my sewing room (a task still awaiting completion!!) when I found my bag of scraps from making the Op Shop shirts quilts so I immediately tipped it all out and started cutting and piecing - the pattern is a modified Arkansas Crossroads made wonky - no matching up of anything! really fast piecing which was fun as I watched all of my favourite television shows.
Close up of block


Adding borders
Pieced a backing out of leftover squares and blocks
      Something new to sew!  Jar grippers!  These are so quick to make and they are so useful!  I found the idea here at The Happiest Camper Homestead page.   I did not add a magnet but may do for future versions I make.


     I recently started using these needles and I really like them.   I'm using them at the moment in my Brother Quilters Edition doing machine applique and they just stitch so beautifully. 
They are chrome plated and I have found they are fantastic for my machine applique through fusible webbing.  No sticking, no skipped stitches! and they last a long time!  
Machine applique on my
Brother Quilters Edition
(Greg Peck looking on!)



A Winter sky in Brisbane
Yes.... that's me!  Grade 1 in 1961
I was asked what my home looked like......
so I went down on the tennis court and
took this photo
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