I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 61, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. 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, 6 January 2017

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE


My first finish for 2017🙂

A birthday gift for February.  This cute little turtle was a quick and easy one to do and I happen to have a book in my stash to suit!

Lovely sewing weather - rainy and quite pleasant temperatures as opposed to last week which was just horrible!

I'm working on my ODIBAG car quilt today ..



I need to buy another colour for sashing - and I think I will do black cornerstones between the sashing.

Happy Sewing !
Cheers from Helen



Friday, 30 December 2016

I'M A FARMGIRL

Hello!

I received the book Farm Girl Vintage from my lovely friend Erica for my birthday this year.  I have been collecting fabrics and this week I have started making the blocks.


Block # 1 -  Apron Strings

I thought I had made this block incorrectly but when I looked at other blocks on Facebook I found they all looked like mine!  in the book the block looks a little different and I have figured out why.  I will make another one of these and see how that one comes out.

I found the perfect box to hold my blocks

A cute little kookaburra box to house my completed blocks.

My 222k is perfect for these little pieces

Block # 2 - Autumn Star


Block # 3 Baby Chick

I love this block - I did the Chick's legs on my cute little Essex miniature sewing machine.  It only does chain stitch so I traced the legs on the back of my patchwork block and stitched on the lines.  The chain stitch is then on the front of my block.  This is the first time I have tried this method and I'm pretty happy with the results.  Bit loopy here and there but I think it adds to the charm of the block.


Essex Miniature Sewing Machine


Holly from next door is helping me

I'm looking after Holly at the moment and this is the first time in all these years that she has come into my sewing room.  I think she's lonely plus there has been a lovely breeze coming through the door.  The overhead fan is also on!


My friends will have a laugh at this one...... Baking Day !   never happens in my kitchen!!!


Block # 4 Baking Day


I'm thoroughly enjoying the process making these blocks.  Yes they are small pieces (some teeny tiny ones) but I like to challenge myself with different techniques and methods.  I'm not rushing this project, I have all year if I want to take that long!


Block # 5 Butter Churn
Christmas was very pleasant.  We had a cool day for a change (it's usually scorching hot and humid) with some rain showers.  Lovely!  I'm now the proud owner of a Dyson Stick Vacuum cleaner...... and I'm not afraid to use it :-)    It's a great little cleaner - perfect for our home and lifestyle!  Some would say that it's not an exciting Christmas gift......  well I think it's perfect!  I needed a lighter vacuum cleaner and this one is just right! it's very powerful too!



I've had a pleasant few days in my sewing room this week and apart from the Farm Girl blocks I have also made another Majestic Mountain block....
Majestic mountain block - made with recycled cotton shirts

I really must get this one done ! - By Air, By Rail, By Sea.
I'm up to the By Air row
Machine blanket stitch on my Brother Quilters Edition

I did a bit more on the By Air, By Rail, By Sea quilt - two clouds to be exact!   I'm making this one for my brother to gift to his grandson (my great-nephew Amos)  .... I really must get a move on!  I've been making this for over a year now!
Pavlova!  what more can I say? :-)
My sister makes the best desserts!

Cheers from Helen


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

LAST CHRISTMAS SEWING

Each year my sister sets a challenge for me in regards to how she will be decorating for the Christmas lunch. This year it's "WHITE WITH A TOUCH OF PEARL"

I always gift some type of bowl which holds the chocolates and lollies I give my BIL. I found a beautiful bowl/platter ...

 

I then decided to make a fabric box- found a lovely fabric at a LQS. .....

 

In my stash of buttons I had some little pearls that my Mum used to sew onto wedding horseshoes.....

 

I think the box has turned out okay🙂


So that's the last of my Christmas sewing 😀

Cheers from Helen

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