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Sunday, 13 April 2014

TODAY'S FORECAST..... COOLER TEMPS, LIGHT RAIN AND LOTS OF SEWING!

Yes, we finally have another cool day!  so I have been trying to get some long overdue sewing accomplished.

First up is the Delightful Stars quilt-along.
Lesson 10

Lesson 9
I am sewing the blocks for the Delightful Stars quilt-along on my Singer 222k Featherweight.  As I had not sewn for a while, it took me a little while to get going again on the Featherweight but once I had all the settings right, I was on my way!  These blocks call for only a scant 1/4" seam so until I receive my scant 1/4" foot from April's 1930 Sewing Shop , I am using the seam guide (which works very well!).

Here is my little machine all set up for sewing --  note the pretty pin cushion!  ...  it is one of those wristlet pin cushions and fits around my machine so well!  As it is for using on your wrist, the pins don't go through the band so my machine won't get pin scratches!




I have been making a doll for little Maisy.....  pattern by The Red Boot Quilt Company
Sylvie Sunshine doll
ready for filling


Last week I did get the Kitty Quilt together.  It now also has a white border (need to take another photo)  and I'm just deciding about the next border.



This will be a knee quilt so it needs to grow out some more.  I will use up all the leftover fabrics in the final border and probably for the backing too.

Although the sashing looks complicated, partial piecing made it a breeze.   I can see myself using this method for lots of future quilts!

I know! I have the same two fabrics meeting each other, middle row on left but I'm not worried about that.

If I were to make this quilt again, I would simplify the eyes somehow as they were quite fiddly to stitch. The pattern actually machine stitched a lot of the features but I prefer to hand stitch.


Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen





Sunday, 30 March 2014

THREE LITTLE KITTENS

Well, actually Five Little Kittens !    This is my secret project....  I am working on Block # 5 today and then I have four 4 patch blocks to make.

I don't know why but I didn't actually enjoy doing the stitching on these blocks but I have enjoyed adding the frames around the applique blocks.  I have never used partial piecing but as the pattern used it on these blocks I figured I would give it a try.  So easy!  why have I never used this method before? 

The best part about the partial piecing is that each segment is cut the same length.  I found a Technique page HERE which explains it very clearly.

The pattern is called  Cute and Cuddly Kittens by Julie Boyle of Popcorn Tree Designs.  You can find the pattern HERE.  Julie has some lovely patterns on her site.  I found this pattern in Patchwork & Stitching magazine Vol 14 # 6.






Scrappy Zoo is finished .......   I  had "just enough" of the bright orange fabric for the binding so I applied it in the usual fashion instead of the "wide binding technique" I usually use.  I hand stitched the back of the binding down which is something I haven't done for ages!
SCRAPPY ZOO QUILT
FOR AMOS

Now I need to make a little gift for our Maisy to go with the Zoo Quilt as it is for her new baby brother and I always like to send a little something for everyone!  

Happy Sewing,
Cheers from Helen

Thursday, 20 March 2014

MAGNETIC BOOKMARK



Last Tuesday I taught a workshop making these extra large paperclip bookmarks.  They are lots of fun to make using covered buttons with flat backs and the bookmark part already has a glue pad attached.


We used Size 60 covered buttons and Selleys Ultra Repair glue.  After we glued the button on to the bookmark we added a large ceramic strength magnet to the back of the button.  This way you can use the item as either a bookmark or a note/photo holder for the fridge!

I'm still working on the secret sewing....  no hope of getting it done by tomorrow so check back over the weekend and hopefully you will see what I've been making!

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen



Monday, 17 March 2014

SO, YOU DON'T DO FACEBOOK?

I've been posting quite regularly to my Facebook page lately but not so much to my Blog.  If only there was a Facebook thinggy to "post to Blog" from your Facebook page but sadly there is not.  I realise there are many of my Followers who don't  DO  Facebook so every now and then I will bring you up to date here on the blog with "stuff" I've been posting over on FB.  This first group of photos is all about some SECRET sewing I am doing.  Everyone's been taking a guess at what these applique blocks are but so far no one has come close!  Tonight I prepped the third block (there will be five applique blocks and some pieced blocks in between)



Intrigued?  well, I'm hoping to get the applique finished by the end of this week and then I will do a "REVEAL"   This deadline will depend on our weather..... we have been having awfully hot and humid days AGAIN!   really not sewing weather!   

Blooper of the week.....  I stitched the binding strips together for the Zoo Quilt yesterday and I cannot believe it but I stitched them all with the diagonal stitching going in the wrong direction!  So I have a bit of reverse sewing to be done on that project!

The Craft Show arrives in Brisbane this Thursday...  and you know what that means!   Shopping!  It's amazing how you think there can't possibly be anything to buy that you don't already have but somehow I always come home with a bag full of goodies!  I usually make a new bag for the Show, I wonder if I can fit that in before Friday?

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen


Sunday, 9 March 2014

I'M LATE, I'M LATE...... WITH AN UPDATE!

Delightful Stars   Section G


SIGGY BLOCKS RECEIVED









Lots of lovely additions to my Siggy collection, thank you ladies!


I haven't achieved a lot of sewing lately, always seems to be something else to do.  Our weather is turning cooler so I'm hoping to get caught up soon.  The Zoo quilt is still waiting for its binding and I have Lesson 6 to make for the Delightful Stars quilt-along.

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen

Friday, 7 February 2014

A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY......


My vintage (1957) Singer 222K Featherweight

sorry if you were expecting photos of a baby!  well, this is MY new baby!  I've been searching for one for a little while and found this one locally!  the lovely lady even delivered it to me!  Her father was a Sewing Machine man and had this little machine amongst his collection.

I've had a little play on her and she sews beautifully!  everything is in tip top working order and even the power lead has been checked and tagged.  Look at the manual ---  bound! and in perfect condition. The cream box has the extra feet.  In this photo you can just see the scroll end of my Singer 201K treadle and beside her I have my Singer 201K knee shift, so now there are three Singer machines for me to play with!

Temporarily I have the Featherweight set up on the table end of the treadle but I will find her a proper home soon.  I still have one more old sewing machine base with a marble top so might bring that inside and use it.

A lot of people name their Featherweight machine, I'm giving that some thought!

You can see that the decals are a little worn on the front but that just makes me love her more!  it means that someone used to sew on her frequently.  I wonder what things she used to sew?

I'm going to use this new machine to sew my Delightful Stars blocks.  Hopefully I will get to work on Lessons 2 and 3 over this weekend,

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen