I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 59, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 20. 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!

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Friday, 24 October 2014


and the Three Bears Sleeping Bag!   Pattern by Flossieteacakes     This was such a fun item to make!

Our little Bridget (Great-niece, 6 years old) pinned the pattern on her Pinterest Board some time ago and I mentioned that I already had the pattern!  So then I was asked if I would make one for Ruby, the cute little rabbit - measurements were emailed over to me and then I forgot all about it!

I was planning on meeting with my sister (Bridget's grandma) last Wednesday so thought I should get this made and delivered.....  

Sleeping Bag for Ruby

Luckily I had a pile of four patch blocks made as Leaders and Enders so they became the sleeping bag quilt top.

nice fit! - I made the Papa Bear size!

"are you looking at me?"  ....... love the look on Ruby's face!

I'm so glad I did get it finished and delivered as Bridget was sleeping over at her Grandma's that night and of course, so was Ruby!  so the sleeping bag was very well received.

The pattern is well written with pieces you join together after downloading.  I followed the pattern all the way but when I make another one (which I'm sure I will) I will cut the binding wider.  The pattern uses single fold binding which is good for a small project like this one but I would cut it around 2" wide (pattern uses 1-3/8")  and once attached with a walking foot width seam, the fold over will be easier to work with.  I missed about one inch of the pillow fabric when I attached the binding so in future I would make that piece just a little bigger and baste it in place first and then trim off the excess.  I was able to slip stitch that missed bit and I'm sure Ruby didn't notice!  This is what happens when you sew late at night!

As usual, I included a book with the gift.....

I did all of the sewing, including the quilting and binding, on my Featherweight 222K.  I love using this machine!  It sews and quilts beautifully.......
quilting on my Singer Featherweight 222K

So, if you are looking for something cute and easy to make for a little one in your family, I can honestly say that you can whip this one up in one evening!!

In other sewing news, I am making another Farm Quilt but instead of the usual one with 12 embroidered animals and 13 four patch blocks, I'm making a Mini Farm Quilt.......

If you are new to my Blog, click on the words Farm Quilt in the labels below this post and you can see the other Farm Quilts I have made.  This pattern is a great "go to" one when you want some hand sewing to do or a quilt for a new baby.  The original pattern was by Ella and Skysie Designs but I am not sure if it is still available.  I've had it for many years. (I've just googled it in and it appears you can still buy this pattern through Mallee Quilts)

My Delightful Stars quilt is at a standstill.   I might get back to it soon depending on how hot the weather gets - we are forecast to have 38 degrees C on Tuesday :-(     Sewing during our Summer is not enjoyable but I do still manage to get some things done!   Christmas is coming too so I had better get a move on with the things I want to make for the family.  

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Thursday, 16 October 2014


My Singer Featherweight 222K with my 1960's Handychest

I'm using it to store everything that goes with my FW

Lots of room for everything!

Love these little trays - the lid clips shut to hold everything inside!

It's great to have a place for everything!

My beautifully bound FW Manual fits nicely in one front tray

My zippered pouch that I use if I am taking my FW away from home,
I keep the few essentials in this like spare bobbins, screwdriver etc

We recently had house guests...... look what they bought me!   they do know me well ...   a Singer Handychest!   This one is from the 1960's so it goes beautifully with my Singer Featherweight 222K from 1957.

The chest had everything in it from the 1960's, including the full box of cotton reels still wrapped in their cellophane!  I've put all of the stuff away and I'm now using the Handychest for all the things that go with my Featherweight.  

Time to sew!

Cheers from Helen

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Featherweight sewing....and loving it!

The Featherweight Portable Thread Stand arrived from April 1930's Sewing Shop, it 's great!  Makes sewing with cross wound thread so much easier and filling a bobbin works perfectly with this stand - I used to hold the thread up high coming off the spool to wind a bobbin, now the stand does that for me!

I am making more Market Bags still using up the lovely vintage sheets and curtains.

Beautiful day here, will head off to the gym soon and then have an afternoon coffee for a change!  I have the feelers traced on to the butterflies, ready to stitch today.

Cheers from Helen

Sunday, 17 August 2014





Then go out for coffee with best friend:-)

I'll be sewing the binding on tonight!

Cheers from Helen


Preparing the quilt top for straight line quilting around the border.... I lay down the blue painters tape pinning it down as I go, trim each corner so I can just keep sewing all the way around.  The pins are needed to hold the tape well on such long strips .  If I'm using the tape for a line of quilting with no corners to turn then I just lay the tape down as I go.

Almost done!

In using the new Dritz quilting pins I purchased recently - love them!  So fine and sharp but with the large head so I can grasp them!

Once this quilting is done I'm on to the binding :-)

The rain has gone :-(. But I'm still sewing today.

Cheers from Helen

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Doing the free motion quilting around the appliqué - using the new open toe foot I purchased from America - I was able to quilt nice and close to the edge but the foot makes a clunk clunk sound which the other free motion foot I have does not!  Any ideas ?

I have mentioned before about the aluminium bobbins I'm now using in my Brother PQ1500.... Well I just have to say again I LOVE THEM!   My quilting has never been so neat and the stitches are so perfect!  

It's raining!  Lovely sewing weather and that's what I'll be doing all day tomorrow!

Happy sewing,
Cheers from Helen