I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 63, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 25. 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've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, three Essex , one Singer 20. one Singer 40 and a Vulcan Countess. 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, 9 July 2019

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY...............

Hello there!

     I have been very quiet here and I can't say I've been sewing up a storm either.  Life has been busy and I just haven't been sewing like I usually do.

     My "Land Down Under" quilts are progressing... one by machine applique and the other by hand applique.  I'm considering purchasing a new sewing machine soon.....  I want a machine that has a presser bar knee lift option for my machine applique.  As I'm getting older my arthritis in my fingers (especially my left hand) is making it increasingly difficult to do my hand stitching so I see much more machine applique in my future.   My friend Joy (Joy of Quilting) recently posted about her machine applique using her machine with a knee lifter - click here to view the article.  Since viewing this I have decided that is what I need! 

     Here are a few of my "Land Down Under" blocks I've been working on...........
Peter Possum
My Spike the Kookaburra

Simpson the Dingo

A little girl Koala 
Rex the Echidna

Skippy the Kangaroo

Building the rows

I did an extra Dingo block and made a gift for the
staff at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - their
resident dingo Simpson recently passed away and I just happened
 to be sewing my
Dingo block.
     My time has been taken up of late running a School Past Students Facebook Page.  We held our first Get-Together in March (at Lone Pine) which was lots of fun.  Sadly it poured rain the day before so our numbers were down but it was a good start.  

I've been doing a few tee shirts (some by machine, some by hand)......
Cheeky monkey

Wobbly jelly fish

Machine applique tee shirts

      I hadn't made a Chalkboard Roll for ages so when a good friend asked me what I could make for his little grandson I knew immediately what it would be..........


I'm in the middle of making two pillowcases.... one done and one to go!  I love the "Burrito" method for making these... so fast!

Sewing on my Featherweight 222K
Hubby took himself away on a holiday in April so I enjoyed some lounge room sewing !  I was in the middle of cleaning up my sewing room (a task still awaiting completion!!) when I found my bag of scraps from making the Op Shop shirts quilts so I immediately tipped it all out and started cutting and piecing - the pattern is a modified Arkansas Crossroads made wonky - no matching up of anything! really fast piecing which was fun as I watched all of my favourite television shows.
Close up of block

Adding borders
Pieced a backing out of leftover squares and blocks
      Something new to sew!  Jar grippers!  These are so quick to make and they are so useful!  I found the idea here at The Happiest Camper Homestead page.   I did not add a magnet but may do for future versions I make.

     I recently started using these needles and I really like them.   I'm using them at the moment in my Brother Quilters Edition doing machine applique and they just stitch so beautifully. 
They are chrome plated and I have found they are fantastic for my machine applique through fusible webbing.  No sticking, no skipped stitches! and they last a long time!  
Machine applique on my
Brother Quilters Edition
(Greg Peck looking on!)

A Winter sky in Brisbane
Yes.... that's me!  Grade 1 in 1961
I was asked what my home looked like......
so I went down on the tennis court and
took this photo

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


and I don’t mean the ones on your roof🙄😕


I’m recovering from a dose of Shingles, not a good thing to get let me tell you!  But I’m pretty much all over it now so I’m back sewing again...... yes, I didn’t even feel like sewing!

So what else is new here at Aunty Henny’s ?

Well let's get up to date .................

I've just started a new applique project..... I am doing two versions of Red Boot Quilt Company's quilt "Land Down Under" . One by machine and one by hand applique.   I'm using my Brother Quilters Edition for the machine applique.  It's in need of a service which is happening early March.





I had a play with the Hex and More ruler and made these cute folded drink coasters.  They sew up very quickly and I now have a bowl full of them.  You don't need any wadding for these. 


I had a lot of fun before Christmas sewing these Petit Four baskets - the pattern is from byAnnie and they are so much fun to make.  I would recommend using the Soft and Stable as per the pattern (it really does make a difference).  The items in the bottom left of the photo were for a Xmas Market that I participated in (Ballerina Bag made by my friend Sue and the bird hanger made by my sister Sue!)


I made heaps of Bowl Cosies for Christmas Gifts....  some were for overseas gifts but I also made a lot of them for our family Christmas day.....  I passed a shopping bag around the room and everyone chose the ones they liked... it was a lot of fun!  my Brother-in-law commented that they were the most useful gift I've ever made!   I did use the Wrap and Zap wadding which does make for a cosy that has lots of body and is very comfortable to hold.


I have set up my Singer 201K treadle in the beautiful 7 drawer cabinet and I just LOVE treadling!  I made a test block for a quilt my friends and I are working on and the treadle was so lovely to use and the piecing was perfect!  I have since pieced up a quilt top on it but I don't have any photos as yet.

Each Christmas my sister makes us a delicious traditional Christmas Cake and my great-niece decorates it.  My sister sets me a challenge for her gift from me.... this year the colours were silver and white.  I made a silver/white bowl cosy plus a red/white/silver one and placed them in a pretty white serving bowl with a silver placemat underneath.  Mission accomplished!


My friend Sue gifted these fantastic beeswax wraps to my friends and I for Christmas.... I'm loving them!  We are planning on making our own.... we do have the fabric!

Thanks to my wonderful friend Ged I now have this little darling in my collection.......  A Singer 40 hand crank.  She's a lovely little machine and stitches a beautiful chain stitch.

So my friends, there you have it!  Thanks to my friend Val for mentioning to me on Tuesday that my Blog was very quiet..............   done!

Thanks for reading!  

Happy Sewing! and Cheers from Helen

Wednesday, 12 September 2018



My sewing has been hit and miss lately...... I really need to tidy the sewing room and then sort out a few new projects!

I made a quilt for my friend's little grandson..... the pattern I have is called Hey Diddle Diddle but it is now called Playtime and is available here from Kariepatch.  I've made a few versions of this quilt but this one has to be my favourite.  As usual I put in some books and I tagged a Peter Rabbit soft toy on to one of the twist blocks.  

I used Matilda's Own cotton wadding for the first time on this quilt and WOW I love it!  It was a dream to quilt (on my Sweet Sixteen) and I love how it came out once washed and dried, so soft and crinkly.

Always include a book! 
Forest Friends for Archie

Peter Rabbit tagged along!

The princess quilt was a gift for a good friend (we did Tuckshop together at my son's high school).  The quilt is for her little granddaughter.  I did traditional cross hatch quilting on this one (on my Brother PQ1500)

Quilt for my friend

I purchased a new Go Cutter die..... the Train .....  this is just the engine on a little tee shirt.

New Accuquilt Go Cutter die!  

Reading pillow

Quilted List Taker

My tee shirt stash had some sizes I needed to use up so I worked up a few for my friend's grandies....

Tee shirts! 

A little friend had his birthday last Sunday so I whipped up a quick gift.  This drawstring backpack is so quick to make.  Finished size is 12" square.  Perfect for a little boy. 

A quick gift - drawstring backpack 
Plus a book!

Yesterday was my 63rd birthday.......  seems like only yesterday I was 21 !    I'm not certain but I think this would be my 7th or 8th birthday.  That's me bottom row 3rd from left.   My mum put on such wonderful parties for my birthdays ......... 
Happy Sewing!!