I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 60, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 22. 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!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Building a hexagon coaster

For Debbie 😄. Did this on my phone so photos are in weird order.  Start reading from bottom photo 😉
And voila! All done
Pivot when you hit the mitred  corner
Take to machine. I like to use a walking foot to stitch around the edges
Give the whole thing a good press
Continue gluing and pressing until you are back where you started. Re-press that fold so it's going in the same direction as all the others, glue and press
Oops meant to do circular stitches first
Continue all the way around
Fold over in place and press
Fold sides in and over ...Start first edge but  don't glue all the way across
I like Elmers washable school glue to hold the edges in place 
First press done
Take to ironing board and press over each side
All cut ready
I cut 1-1/4" from edge of top set-use a long ruler
Place top set on wrong side of backing allowing a good amount all around
Cut out with template 

Place top fabric with wadding

Sunday, 21 February 2016


Hello friends,

It has been a very full week.  My mum passed away on February 5th and the funeral was on Monday February 15th.  As many of my followers know, Mum had dementia but very healthy in every other aspect.

This photo was taken some months ago when we were
sewing together - Mum would hand me two squares of fabric
and I would sew them up.

The last two weeks of mum's life saw her stop eating and drinking, she then was placed on Palliative care for one week, passing away peacefully just after lunchtime on the Friday.  I had been to visit  just the week before which was lovely as mum was pretty good that day.
My girlfriend (on the left) with me and mum.

I wrote on my Facebook page this message..........No sadness for me, just so happy that Mum is finally at peace and I know just how happy she will be to reunite with so many of her family members who have been waiting for her. Mum didn't make it to 100 (although she would tell you some days that she was 102 !) but 95 is an outstanding achievement. During my last visit with Mum she said that she could see the cows coming in (Mum was raised on a farm)..... and only a few days after that she was still joining in singing "She'll be coming 'round the mountain" (a song we often would sing with her). There is a verse in that song... "and we'll all be there to meet her when she comes" ... I know Dad and Pete and all the others were there to meet her.

So as I said.... a full week.

Thank goodness I have my sewing.  I have kept myself busy with little projects and just today I have started the quilting on the Farm Quilt I have been making for our neighbour's little granddaughter.  

My sewing themed table runner - finally finished!!
This was the project I was doing last year with the Scrap Dance quilt along (from my Carolina Home)

and the back of the runner.

Two little tee shirts for Maisy and Amos

Tuesday, 19 January 2016



Although I should have been working on the Farm Quilt, I found myself working on other things...  a little bit of this and that.

Some time ago I did the blanket stitch on some butterfly appliqué blocks I had made using the leftover scraps from my sister's Kitty quilt.

I have seven butterflies so I'm using a layout similar to this quilt.

Pinwheel blocks using the scraps from the Farm Quilt

Love my June Tailor Perfect Half Square and Quarter Square ruler

A new ruler !  The Fussy Cut Ruler by Quilt in a Day

Cutting the Half Square triangle pieces using the Easy Angle

I now have all the pinwheel blocks made and I have cut pink and green flower blocks but I just need one more colour..... yellow I think!  sadly no yellow in my stash to suit this quilt so I'll check out my LQS tomorrow.

The red civil war fabric I ordered has arrived so now I can attach the first border to my Civil War Quilt.   I have visitors arriving this weekend so I won't get too much sewing done for the next two weeks.  

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen 

Thursday, 7 January 2016


Happy New Year

I had a bad start to 2016.......  was struck down with a tummy bug the day before New Year's Eve and didn't fully recover for a few days after ... but all good now !  not the start to the New Year I had planned.

Although I have said this before...... I will endeavour to post more to my Blog this year...... yes really! I will!  and to that end I have committed to a quilt along over here   (Whimsical Fabric Blog).  This sounds like a fun project - you make one block per month using scraps from a current project and by the end of the year you will have a quilt showcasing all the fabrics you have sewn with during the year.

I have been sewing for the past few days - I have my Civil War quilt all joined up to a flimsy but I'm waiting on two fabrics that might be borders..... I'm trying to grow the top out to fit our King bed.

Here are the rows just clinging on to my design wall a few days ago but they are all joined up now - I discovered I was missing a row....... found it!!!   so my top is 6 blocks across and 7 blocks down.

So my first block in the quilt along will be made with Civil War scraps - even though this quilt was pieced back in  2011  ...   as a finish for early 2016 I think it counts :-)

I have also "almost" finished my Table Runner from the quilt along I participated in last year.... Scrap Dance Quilt Along.  I decided to use up the seemingly never ending pile of "sewing" themed fabrics I had in my stash.  Here is the top pieced ...

I have since added a final border of scrappy squares and I pieced up a backing for it too but no photo yet!  I think the plan for the table topper size was a square table centre but I wanted a runner to go over my vintage treadle cabinet.  I should have made one more block to even out the pattern but I'm happy with how it looks.

So another WhimsicalFabric January block will be made using the leftover fabrics from the Table Runner - thankfully there aren't too many of those! but enough for one 9 patch block :-)

Brisbane has had some lovely cool rainy days for about two weeks but today we are back to warm and humid.  Sewing is probably the last thing to do on such a day but I'm just about to head in to my sewing room and set up my Featherweight to do the quilting on the table runner.  My 222K does lovely free motion quilting and this runner is just the right size project for this machine.  I would not attempt anything too large on my Featherweight as it is only a small machine with a small motor.

My sewing list for January.....

Finish Civil War quilt

Finish Scrap Dance table runner

Complete the embroidery blocks and make the four patch blocks for the Farm Quilt I'm currently working on... this one is a gift for our neighbour's little granddaughter.  Her birthday is sometime in January.

Start another "Boats on the Open Sea" quilt.... this one will be for my ODIBAG stash   (one day I'll be a grandmother).   This quilt will be my hand sewing project for quite a while :-)

Find a backing for my Teddy Quilt (another one for my ODIBAG stash).

Happy Sewing !
Cheers from Helen



As I happened to be working on the Sewing Themed Table Runner today, I scrounged up the nine squares for the first block in the Whimsical Fabric Quilt Along - January.  This little pretty makes up to a 5" square block (9 patch using 2" squares)  .... I am very happy to see the last few bits and pieces of these fabrics GONE!

Today I set up my Featherweight to do the free motion quilting on the table runner but sadly it isn't working well.  The light cream cotton reel print fabric was not the easiest to work with for piecing (the little cotton reels have like a plastic touch!) but quilting through them is proving a nightmare!

I am going to switch over to my Brother PQ1500 as it has more power and quilts beautifully and should be able to deal with that plastic fabric!!

Linking up with the Whimsical Fabric Link Up Party.......

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen

Tuesday, 22 December 2015


We were married on Customs Wharf and then took our wedding guests
on a cruise on the Brisbane River.  Xmas Decorations in every photo! as
the boat is hired out for lots of functions.  It was a lovely day.
I bought my outfit only three weeks prior to the wedding day.... I can still see
the look on the lady's face when I said I needed the different size top as soon as possible.
I told her the wedding date and she nearly fell over!

Quite possibly the BEST wedding cake ever made!  Thanks to my sister and sister-in-law.
The caterer said it was the best cake she had ever cut in all her time in the business.
It was a fruit cake (tradition here) and beautifully iced and decorated (not an easy task
in December here!)

Look at those little cuties..... all grown now and still comment on those
peach dresses and shirts :-)  made by my Mum!!!

with Dad and Mum
Mum was very "with it" wearing a pantsuit!!
and Dad of course in his Safari Suit :-)

31 wonderful years today!!

and what did we do to celebrate????

went to McDonalds for a coffee !!!

and loving it :-)