I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 60, 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!

Monday, 29 August 2016


I received a lovely Siggy block recently.
Thank you Magda! It's beautiful!

My collection is quite large so I really must make another wall hanging or something!

Posting this from my phone - out having coffee 😀☕️☕️

I really must get back to blogging, having Mobile Blogger on my phone makes it much easier to post something quickly🙂 but I've been pretty terrible at updating my Blog lately - it reminds me of my school report cards "Helen must try harder"🙄🙄🙄

Cheers from Helen

Sunday, 5 June 2016


Farm Quilt for our neighbour's granddaughter


Thought I would do a catch up on my sewing of late.....  let's start with the Mothers Day Sales Table sewing I did for my Craft Group.....
Market Bag 

Sewing Project Bag ?  knitting bag?
Vintage Doily Bag
another Vintage Doily Bag

Bookmarks made using the Double Diamond Ruler


Sewing Station

Sewing Station

Sewing Station

Pin Cushion

Infinity Scarves

Needle Books

Inside the needle books

List Taker

Inside List Taker

Magnetic Needle Minders

Other sewing.....   I've had heaps of fun making Majestic Mountain blocks using recycled mens shirts from the Op Shop...  these are such fun to make!   Check out Bonnie Hunter's free pattern here

My Leaders and Enders project... tumbler blocks using the mens op shop shirts!

Another Majestic Mountain block

and another

Another Bonnie Hunter inspired project...  string piecing on phone book papers!  I'm using

One days work!

You can't stop once you start making these!!

Up to the pinning and quilting of my Boats quilt... this one is for my
ODIBAG stash (one day I'll be a Grandmother)  

My new bag!!  naturally made with my selvedge string blocks!
Submarine tee shirt for Amos

My latest hand sewing project ..  little planes on winter tee shirt

Cupcake bag for Maisy
Popsicle Posies quilt, still working on this one

Flea Market Boxes - up to quilting this one
I'm sure I've missed a few things, but you get the idea!  lots of sewing going on at Aunty Henny's.

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Building a hexagon coaster

For Debbie 😄. Did this on my phone so photos are in weird order.  Start reading from bottom photo 😉
And voila! All done
Pivot when you hit the mitred  corner
Take to machine. I like to use a walking foot to stitch around the edges
Give the whole thing a good press
Continue gluing and pressing until you are back where you started. Re-press that fold so it's going in the same direction as all the others, glue and press
Oops meant to do circular stitches first
Continue all the way around
Fold over in place and press
Fold sides in and over ...Start first edge but  don't glue all the way across
I like Elmers washable school glue to hold the edges in place 
First press done
Take to ironing board and press over each side
All cut ready
I cut 1-1/4" from edge of top set-use a long ruler
Place top set on wrong side of backing allowing a good amount all around
Cut out with template 

Place top fabric with wadding

Sunday, 21 February 2016


Hello friends,

It has been a very full week.  My mum passed away on February 5th and the funeral was on Monday February 15th.  As many of my followers know, Mum had dementia but very healthy in every other aspect.

This photo was taken some months ago when we were
sewing together - Mum would hand me two squares of fabric
and I would sew them up.

The last two weeks of mum's life saw her stop eating and drinking, she then was placed on Palliative care for one week, passing away peacefully just after lunchtime on the Friday.  I had been to visit  just the week before which was lovely as mum was pretty good that day.
My girlfriend (on the left) with me and mum.

I wrote on my Facebook page this message..........No sadness for me, just so happy that Mum is finally at peace and I know just how happy she will be to reunite with so many of her family members who have been waiting for her. Mum didn't make it to 100 (although she would tell you some days that she was 102 !) but 95 is an outstanding achievement. During my last visit with Mum she said that she could see the cows coming in (Mum was raised on a farm)..... and only a few days after that she was still joining in singing "She'll be coming 'round the mountain" (a song we often would sing with her). There is a verse in that song... "and we'll all be there to meet her when she comes" ... I know Dad and Pete and all the others were there to meet her.

So as I said.... a full week.

Thank goodness I have my sewing.  I have kept myself busy with little projects and just today I have started the quilting on the Farm Quilt I have been making for our neighbour's little granddaughter.  

My sewing themed table runner - finally finished!!
This was the project I was doing last year with the Scrap Dance quilt along (from my Carolina Home)

and the back of the runner.

Two little tee shirts for Maisy and Amos