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Wednesday, 23 July 2014


"Peek-a-Boo" quilt for Oliver
pegged out on the clothesline to get a better photo


I always include a book with the quilt,
baby Oliver is only 6 months old but
Spot is always a good read!

and it's kind of a peek-a-boo book as it opens out to reveal
more pictures.
Triangle label (thanks Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville!) -
a quick way to add a label when
you have run out of inkjet printable fabric!

I love a quick quilt and this one was certainly that :-)     A few embroidered pieces waiting in a box, some scraps from the scrap pile, a backing fabric just begging to be used up and a piece just the right size for the binding - perfect!

I usually do a computer printed label but I've run out of the inkjet sheets so I did the quick triangle label method that Bonnie Hunter uses - a thick pigma pen to do the writing and it was all done in minutes!

Quilted with straight line tramlines (as I call them) in the sashing, and a square inside the four patch blocks (I use blue painters tape to form the square and just sew around that!)  It's always a quandary as to how to quilt the embroidery or applique blocks so in this instance I left them alone except for the little duckies, I ditch quilted down the yellow pieces.

I wanted a 1/2" binding on the front so I tried the binding method where you leave excess batting and backing beyond the quilt front - I left a 1/4".   The only mistake I made was that I forgot to attach the binding along the edge of the quilt front with a 1/4" seam...... I attached it at the edge of the batting/backing and used a 1/2" seam allowance which resulted in the desired effect --I wanted the outside sashing/border to be the same width as the inside sashings but still wanted a 1/2" binding, but the binding ended up quite bulky.  It's done now and came out okay but I will remember next time to attach the binding to the top and not the outside edges if I am using this method again.

The quilt is washed and dried ready to deliver.  I always prefer to wash a quilt I am gifting as then I know it's all ready to be used and as I always use a colour catcher in the wash, I will know if any of the fabrics ran in the wash.  I also include a couple of colour catchers in a ziplock bag with the quilt.

So my Peek-a-Boo quilt is finished.....  now what to do?   :-)

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Monday, 21 July 2014


Been to the gym, now out for coffee .... Sad state of affairs.... NO SEWING TO DO !  Time to invent a new project I think :-)

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Took a quick pic with my phone so colours are not true but wanted to show you all the "have I got a spare quilt" baby quilt!  A couple of days ago hubby asked me that very question! A friend has become a grandfather to a baby boy and my hubby wants to gift them a quilt.  Lucky for me there were these red work embroidered pieces in my stash (have no idea when I did them!) and then I tipped out my scrap bin and searched until I found enough fabric.... Although you may spot the joined piece on bottom right corner - the spot fabric.

So happy with it - all from the scrap bin!! Going to layer and pin it now so will come back with a finished quilt pic soon :-)

Happy sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Friday, 18 July 2014



I recently ordered a new Needle Plate for my Brother PQ1500 machine... It arrived today!  I am so happy to now have the needle plate in Imperial measurements instead of Metric!

I ordered it from Sewing Parts Online in Dickson TN. USA - very happy with the service and price!  The goods were very well packed and the postage costs were very good.  I also bought more of the aluminium bobbins for this machine - love them!! My machine has never sewn so well.

I think I'm going to like this Blogger App -- look at that.  Another Blog Post:-)

Cheers from Helen

Blogger app

Sewing on my Featherweight 

Market Bag
Infinity scarf 
Another infinity scarf
Oh yes!! My Aussie Log Cabin
Another Market Bag

A long forgotten quilt top quilted and done!

In an endeavour to get back into Blogging, I am trying the Blogger App.

I find that I post to Facebook much more than I write a post to my Blog .... So here goes!!

My sewing has been hit and miss lately but I have made a few things.  The photos seem to go to the top of the Post :-(. 

I'm making the Bags and Scarves for a Market stall I hope to do next month.

Happy sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Tuesday, 27 May 2014



I've been under the weather with Bronchitis for over a week but today I decided that I felt well enough to do some sewing.....
LESSON # 14   Block # 22

LESSON # 7   Block # 4

One thing I am learning on this quilt along is that it might be better if all of the blocks using the Tri-Recs rulers were made at one time.  I'm sewing on my Featherweight Singer 222K and it took me some time to get the seam allowance set for the Tri-Recs units (skinny flying geese on Lesson # 7).  I had the seam allowance just perfect the last time I made units like this but of course the machine has sewn other items in between and I had to start all over again in checking the seam allowance.  Although I'm happy with the Block, I can see areas where my accuracy is not so perfect!

Lesson # 14 was pretty straight forward.  I used the June Tailor Perfect Half & Quarter Square ruler to trim the Quarter Square Triangle units and the Half Square Triangle units so the block went together okay.  I made each unit oversized and then trimmed down, makes it more accurate when joining up the units.

Feeling under par probably didn't help as I was sewing these blocks so I think I'll have a rest now and tackle another block or two tomorrow.... or maybe the day after....

Happy Sewing!!