I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. 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, two Essex and one Singer 20. 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!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

I BUILT A CHICKEN


I'm still working my way through the book Farm Girl Vintage (Lori Holt- Bee in my Bonnet).  Here's my Mama Hen block 🙂. Next up is page 45 Milking Day block.  



Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

GO GO HALF HEXIES


Love this half hexagon quilt - cut on my Go Cutter
I had so much fabric that I just had to cut it up into a project
I decided to add a border of tumblers too!


This is the next one to be quilted on my Sweet Sixteen


and just because....... two new ironing board covers!



I use a lot of spray starch - on quilting projects and on vintage linens that I use around my home, so I'm pretty hard on ironing board covers - the last one I washed just disintegrated!

So by now you have probably guessed I'm trying to catch you all up with what I've been sewing lately!  I don't like to start a Blog Post with the line "sorry it's been so long since I posted....." - life gets in the way and as I have said before, I do Post to Facebook often just not to Blogger.  I wish Facebook had a share button to Blogger!

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen



TUMBLE TUMBLE


My tumbler table runner -  I recently made a Half Hexagon quilt with a tumbler border (more about that next Post) and I had these tumbler units leftover...... I now have a cute table runner!


Love the back as much as the front!

I pieced this on my Singer 222 Featherweight - so enjoyable to sew on this machine.

I quilted it on my 201K as I was trialling two different walking feet..... a generic cheapie that worked okay but got stuck going over thick seams and the walking foot from The Singer Featherweight Shop (I use this one on my Featherweight)..... this one worked beautifully, sewed over the seams like butter!


Another finish too......


My Elephant quilt is up on the wall!

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen

SURFIN' SAFARI


My Hawaiian Fat Quarter Slide quilt - yes it's finished!

I pieced this quilt on my Singer 201K and quilted it on my Sweet Sixteen

The fabrics are a mix of vintage 100% cotton mens shirts and modern retro Hawaiian fabrics



The backing fabric!  yes, little Hawaiian shirts  :-) . 




This quilt is for my darling niece and her partner.

I actually started this earlier in the year and had put it aside in the pile of "to quilt" quilts but just recently my niece was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and is currently undergoing treatment following her surgery so I quickly got the quilting done (I just love my Sweet Sixteen!!!) and sent it off in the Post yesterday.


I really love quilting on my Sweet Sixteen.  I did giant tropical leaves and flowers all over.  It is so much easier having the room to move the quilt top around (and this was a very big quilt!) and the machine is such a pleasure to sew on.


Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

Friday, 21 April 2017

MOUNTAIN MISHAPS

Hello!

Did you read my previous Post re how I make my Majestic Mountain blocks?  well......  I have some explaining to do!!!  and a few "things I learned when I made a mountain".......

1.  You start off making a HST and then cut that into 2" strips...... I pressed the one seam on that HST open as it does make joining each 2" strip together easier BUT...  it DID NOT help when it came to press the finished rows before joining them to the next row.  So in hindsight I should have pressed that HST seam to the dark fabric.  So that's Lesson One.


HST 
TRIM HST (IN MY CASE TO 8")



PRESS HST SEAM TO DARK FABRIC
CUT 2" SECTIONS
TURN TO MAKE ONE HALF OF A MOUNTAIN

2.  As I made each Mountain block (ie: joined the two half mountains)  I pressed the centre seam OPEN and then pressed the other seams away on each side of that open seam.  WRONG!  I would have been better just leaving each block unpressed until I had all the blocks lined up in their rows and then join the blocks into rows and THEN I could press each row in opposite directions so they would nest nicely when I wanted to put them together.  I would like to make a few samples to trial if it would be better to perhaps press the seam between blocks OPEN as that seam is quite bulky if you lay out the blocks and rows as I did with this quilt (note: there are many layout options for these Mountain quilts).  Open seams are a bit trickier to "nest" but there is just so much bulk when you come to nest those rows together.   So that's Lesson Two.


3.  I am a stickler for check measuring units, blocks and rows but I think I might have missed a few of my blocks (probably too much watching tele and sewing at the same time) as I did have a few dramas with the completed size of the blocks.  A few 1/4" seams were very "full" so I then had to trim down a few rows so they met nicely with the next row.  Measure each segment as you go - in this case, measure the two halves of your mountain, ensuring you have your 1/4" seam at the points of the mountain.  Measure the whole Mountain once you have the two halves together.  If each segment, unit, block is check measured, your rows will go together so much easier!  So that's Lesson Three.

JOIN TWO SECTIONS AND CHECK MEASURE
(IN MY CASE 3-1/2" X 8")
JOIN THE TWO UNITS TOGETHER AND CHECK MEASURE
(THIS UNIT NOW MEASURES 6-1/2" X 8")
MY ONE HALF UNIT ALL READY, FINGER PRESSED

So back to my quilt.....   I now have my rows together and today I purchased a border fabric so that will go on over the weekend I hope.  Then the tumbler border.

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen

NOTE:  I HAVE PUT WORD VERIFICATION BACK ON AND HAVE HAD TO LIMIT WHO CAN COMMENT - TERRIBLE SPAM COMMENT YESTERDAY.






Sunday, 9 April 2017

My Mountains

Here is how I make my Majestic Mountain blocks -   If you only use one set of squares and you are using stripes or plaids, you will end up with your stripes and plaids going in different directions in the one Mountain block.   I didn't like that so I cut two sets of squares so I can have my stripes and plaids going the same way and I end up with two Mountain blocks.  I spray starch my fabrics prior to cutting out my squares.  These fabrics come from Op Shop / Thrift Store second hand mens shirts, all cotton.  I try to buy XL shirts with long sleeves.

In this set my dark pink stripe is vertical 
Place a check square RST with pink square - my squares are cut 8-1/2" square


 
Cut on the diagonal- I use the 45 deg angle on my ruler. 
 
This set has the dark pink stripes running horizontally - my 
black plaid was not directional  - cut this set on the same diagonal without
moving the set, it must be cut on the same diagonal as the first set without moving or rotating
this set. 


Chain piece the triangle sets
Square up your HST to 8" and cut into 2" strips.  I don't have a photo but
I press the seam on my HST's open.  It makes it much easier when
you come to join the strips later.




Lay out the 2" strips to form your first half mountain

Joint the strips in sets of two then four and then joint the two halves together.

This is the back of one block.  I like to press the centre joining seam open and then
press the seams on each side away from the centre.

This is the block that used the horizontal stripes


and this one has the vertical stripes

I am enjoying making these blocks.  Hubby is away at present, so I've set up a sewing station out in the lounge room right in front of the tv.  Bliss!

Happy Sewing,
Cheers from Helen