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’m enjoying treadling on my 201K Singer and I collect Miniature Sewing Machines and currently have three Essex , one Singer 20, one Singer 40 and two Vulcan Miniatures. 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!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

MONSTER MASH

Hello!

Well here we are in August... 2020 really has been an upside down inside out year!

I’ve achieved lots of sewing since my last Post....

Monster tee shirts for my nephews little family ..  the monsters are taken from the pattern Mix and Match Monsters by Shiny Happy World.   I did not use a stabiliser behind the appliqué as it was ironed on fusible appliqué so the actual fusible web is enough to act as a stabiliser.   The stitching is all within the appliqué, it doesn’t actually have any stitching on the shirt.   This method is just straight stitching, still with feed dogs engaged so not sketchy appliqué. My 1800 makes this easy as it has auto lift which is fantastic for appliqué.

 

      

I’m still hand stitching farm blocks... this is my project to work on when we are out for coffee.  

I’m still enjoying making string and selvedge blocks on my treadle...  I now have the 10” foundation papers from Missouri Star .. our phone books are very small so I only get a 6-1/2” square from those ... the 10” papers will enable me to make larger blocks using longer strips. 


I’ve made the kangaroo block for my machine appliqué version of Land Down Under.. Pattern by Red Boot Quilt Company. 
LAND DOWN UNDER



Here’s my Half hexagon  quilt all finished...washed and dried.    This one will be for the new single bed I’m planning on putting in the office/treadle room.   






Last October I pieced the Casablanca Sunrise top (pattern in Quilt Now) so I’m quilting it all with the walking foot and will use it as a table topper. 

On my Facebook I mentioned my tool box I now keep just about all of my tools that I use on my machines.  I find this works well.... everything in one place. 


Another idea I’m now using.... a work basket for the days sewing.... anything I use throughout the day goes in this basket so I’m not constantly searching for snips, seam rippers, pencils, pins  etc etc. 


I’m making a quilt for a good friend of ours.... he has been giving us jars of his home grown honey for years so when I found the bee fabrics I knew I had to make him a knee quilt.  I’m using a wide single fold binding on this one.   I think I’ll do a tutorial myself on how I do this as most of the ones I have found do not do it wide like I do.   The actual quilt is just yardage front and back, no piecing. 

New gadget alert....... I recently purchased the Creative Grids Folded Corner Clipper...... I’m using it to pre-trim the ends of binding and to trim the join at the end as well.  This ruler is fantastic!



There are a few other projects in the works but I’ll keep those for the next Post.

Cheers for now,
Helen

Thursday, 2 July 2020

JUNE?? WHAT JUNE?

Hello!

So did you see June?  It seemed to go from May to July somehow!  June was a no show really😁. 

On the sewing front I’m still plugging away sewing up the stash. 

I’ve been asked to make a few masks for a friend so I’m playing around with various patterns ...




I’ve finished two more STASHBUSTER quilts... one for Maisy  and one for Amos.  I used up a few large chunks of fabrics for backings and did flanged bindings for the first time. I really like the flanged binding for quilts like this.  It will hold up to lots of washing and use.   Here is a link to one tutorial about flanged binding..  https://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/flanged-binding-tutorial.html

The STASHBUSTER pattern is great for sewing up those large pieces of fabric that have been sitting in the stash for too long.  I’m starting another quilt soon.  








I managed to find a replacement hand wheel for my 201K treadle so now I can sew without my fingers getting sore spots. The old hand wheel was very rough.  I’m still sewing up string  blocks on 6-1/2” phone book paper but I’ve recently received my packet of 10” squares I ordered online. These are Missouri Star papers https://www.punchwithjudy.com.au/10-Paper-Piecing-Sheets-Missouri-Star-Quilts.html, I’m looking forward to making larger string and selvedge  blocks. Our phone books are very small these days so I can only get the  6-1/2” squares from them.   I do enjoy treadling, I find it very relaxing. 




Hubby and I are still staying close to home, only venturing out together for a coffee at our local bakery.   I’m still not keen on visiting large shopping centres or the like so I haven’t been anywhere bar the local grocery store, butchers and fruiterers.  We are quite happy to stay home for now, we’re even cancelling our gym membership until next year.... we’re not happy to mix in with everyone else at the gym just yet.   

So that’s it for now... the footy has returned so it’s Thursday night footy on Tele tonight ... I think I’ll just watch something on Netflix🙂


Cheers, Helen







Saturday, 30 May 2020

STAYING AT HOME... AND LOVING IT

Hello!

Well here we are at the end of May... how did that happen?

The sewing marathon continues.....

I’ve delivered two quilts... first the Civil War STASHBUSTER ....

PIECED ON MY 201K TREADLE, QUILTED ON MY SWEET SIXTEEN

The backing was a floral piece I must have bought years ago ... use it up, use it up!

CIVIL WAR STASHBUSTER
GIFTED TO MY BROTHER ROBERT

Our beautiful Scarlett has received her Farm Quilt ...  I’ve lost count of how many versions I have made of this quilt.  The Pattern is Farmyard Friends by Ella and Skysie but it appears to be discontinued. 


FARM QUILT FOR SCARLETT

THE BACK OF THE FARM QUILT

I’m treadling my days away.... I really enjoy treadling!   I’ve completed piecing a stash of log cabin blocks, two more STASHBUSTER quilts and now making string blocks. I use a 6-1/2” square of phone book paper to make my string blocks.

ANOTHER STASHBUSTER .. ALL CUT ON MY GO CUTTER

THIS I SPY  STASHBUSTER IS VERY BRIGHT! 

STRING BLOCKS

A GIRLY STASHBUSTER TO GO WITH THE I SPY ONE

TREADLED THE I SPY STASHBUSTER
A STASH OF LOG CABIN BLOCKS



 
 LOG CABIN BLOCK - I START WITH A 2-1/2” SQUARE THEN ADD MY STRIPS, TRIMMING AS I GO
STRING BLOCKS
NO PLAN FOR THESE..... PERHAPS ANOTHER TABLE RUNNER!

Hubby and I have been going out for our coffee but that’s all we are doing.... not venturing too far. Although we could go out for a meal now, we are reluctant to do so  We do get a take-away each week though.  I’m still to go to the hairdressers and will be booking that appointment soon. My nails are desperate for a manicure but I’m holding out as long as I can.    I did go fabric shopping recently😀. I was gifted a gift voucher for Peppermint Stitches, my LQS. They take appointments so I booked a half hour last Saturday.  Managed to spend the voucher plus some!  

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

THE OTHER DAY, ONE DAY, TODAY, THE NEXT DAY.... SOME DAY ..... THAT DAY....

Yes, we are all confused as to what day it is.... Corona virus is with us and we are all learning to live in a brand new way..... for us!  Our grandparents would not be having any problem living under these conditions... it was quite normal for them to be on the farm and not leave it for months.   As the saying goes.... you can learn a lot from your grandparents era.

So what am I up to these days?  Sewing... and lots of it😄

Let’s catch up since my last post.....

I’ve been treadling a lot on my 201k.... I love treadling so much, could sew all day.    I’m doing a civil war version of the STASHBUSTER block. I’m up to quilting it
TREADLING CIVIL WAR STASHBUSTER BLOCKS
 



   












ANOTHER FARM QUILT, DOING STEM STITCH THIS TIME BUT I DON’T ENJOY DOING IT





MAKING FOUR PATCH BLOCKS FOR THE FARM QUILT
SPINNING THE SEAMS 


BACK OF SMALL RUNNER

PINNING

HOME MADE MASK


MACHINE APPLIQUÉ EASTER SHIRTS
EASTER SHIRTS

LARGE TABLE RUNNER MADE WITH SMALL TUMBLERS

SMALL RUNNER USING TUMBLERS
 I’ve received more SIGGY blocks so I’m sewing up a few more to have in hand. 
PREPARING SIGGY BLOCKS

LONG TABLE RUNNER, LOOKS LOVELY WITH MUMS CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL
SEWING THE PRETTY IN PINK BLOCKS ON MY 201K KNEE SHIFT
 The “pretty in pink” quilt blocks have come out to play after being in the naughty corner for months and months....  when I was cutting the pieces to make this block from the layer cake I had purchased the units were not coming out well as the layer cake was not cut on grain.   So this time I’m making all the blocks smaller so I can cut the pieces accurately from the 10” squares.   So far, so good😁
RESURRECTED THE PRETTY IN PINK QUILT PROJECT


PURCHASED ANOTHER VINTAGE  OIL  BOTTLE FOR MY COLLECTION
STILL SEWING THE SCRAPPY STASHBUSTER BLOCKS


THE WONDERFUL GADGET I PURCHASED TO TRIM AND REFIT THE TREADLE BELT - WORKS BEAUTIFULLY

FINISHING ANOTHER FAT QUARTER SLIDE QUILT, PIECED USING OP SHOP SHIRTS

SIGGY BLOCK FROM LU
GIFTS

Despite many attempts, the layout of the photos will not stay where I want it.   I’m working on my iPad and it’s not as user friendly as the MacBook when doing Blogger.  

Anyway..... I hope you enjoy this catch up... see you again soon.... stay well, stay safe...               STAY HOME!

Cheers from Helen