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!

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!!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

KEEPING UP................THE BLOG !


Hello there!

Yes, it's me ......  really!     Gee whizz! I last blogged in January.....where did February,March,April and May go???

Let's get up to date......

ON MY PQ1500

My current project is the Teddy Bears Picnic quilt.... I'm up to the machine FMQing, having already stitched in the ditch on my Brother PQ1500...  The pattern "The Teddy Bears Picnic" is by Toni Alexander of The Red Boot Quilt Company. I've changed the sashing - I love using partial pieced sashing as you can cut it all the same length.  I cut the sashing for this quilt on my GO CUTTER using the 2-1/2" strip die... I had a layer cake of bright plain fabrics so my sashing is 2-1/2" wide and 10" long.  I cut the applique blocks back to 8" square.  The formula for partial piecing is block size (8") plus width of sashing (2-1/2") less 1/2".

 I'm playing with a new gadget too! I bought the VersaTool ruler  and I'm using it to go around the applique shapes.... so far so good!

By Air By Rail By Sea
Pattern by Heathers Designs
Patchwork at the Bay Window
At long last I finished my By Air By Rail By Sea quilt!  I've been doing the machine blanket stitch on this project since 2014!!!!!
Fun backing

My Brother Rob and I gifted the quilt to Amos when the family were visiting recently.   Smiles all round!  I quilted this one on my Sweet Sixteen with Aurifil 80wt thread.  This required altering the top tension to almost zero! but once I worked that out the quilting went well,  I even had a go at doing artistic shapes!   I put two planes in the sky on the by rail row and seagulls in the by sea row.  Lots of clouds all over and some trees on the rail row.  Lots of fun and a good way to learn more about my Sweet Sixteen. 

Hubby was overseas on holidays during April so I went to visit my sister in Port Macquarie..  I had made her this quilt but did not get it finished in time to take it with me but just today I've posted the parcel!  I loved making this one..... I collected shirts from Op Shops - small print cottons and I backed it with a vintage sheet. Pattern is Fat Quarter Slide   Vintage sheets and shirts make such lovely and soft quilts.  I learnt a lot making this one... for instance I've never been successful in adding the pieced border, in this case the tumbler border.  I've finally worked it out!  you construct the pieced border first, then measure it and then that is the figure you need to work out the size of the filler border between the quilt top and the pieced border!
Fat Quarter Slide

Once the Air, Rail, Sea quilt came off the sewing machine, I decided to try another machine applique pattern - this one is Citrus Sizzler.  I'm using zig zag stitch with Konfetti thread in needle and bottom line in bobbin.
Another current project
Citrus Sizzler

Zoe Zebra is finished!  I took the finished quilt to show my friends in "Frame Quilters" group and ask about how to quilt the four cornerstones and also if the quilt needed any further quilting.   They suggested a flower like the one in the quilt top for the cornerstones so I copied the flower and reduced it by 50% and then made a freezer paper template to use for the FMQing.   They suggested the purple flowers needed something so I did more quilting in those too.  I need to get a better photo of the finished quilt.


I bought a new gadget for my vintage sewing machine...... a Pinker! it attaches to the sewing machine where the foot screws on.  You either remove or unthread the needle.  To have a play I pinked the edges of the join on the backing of the Air Rail Sea quilt. Click here to see the gadget in action on the Featherweight Schoolhouse site.  What fun!!!  Takes me back to when mum made little fabric covers for jam jars !  we always pinked the edges!

Quite a few years ago I bought the Curve Master foot, so lately I've been having a play.  I attached it to my Featherweight. 

The Car Quilt I'm making for my ODIBAG stash is waiting for backing and quilting. 

We visited Esk for another Antiques Fair and on the way we stopped at Wivenhoe Dam for coffee, just lovely!
I've been playing with curved piecing too!
My car quilt almost finished
this one for my ODIBAG stash

During hubby's holiday I was in charge of feeding the Kookaburras!
This is what I woke up to one morning!!

Another Siggy for my collection

Wivenhoe Dam

Enjoyed a few days of r & r at our
Unit on the Gold Coast
New Easter shirts

The view from our balcony on the Gold Coast