I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 24. 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 and one Singer 20 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!

Friday, 2 October 2009


   It's been a strange couple of weeks.  Firstly, we did not get away to the Gold Coast as planned.  Staying home was not a problem for me, as I had plenty of sewing to keep me happy!  During the week Brisbane was hit by a terrible dust storm.  It was a horrible day.  Red dust absolutely everywhere!  We stayed indoors with everything shut up tight, but still every benchtop, cupboard, book-case and floor was covered in a fine layer of red dust.  We started cleaning up, but then the weather report suggested we might get another storm by the week-end.... and sure enough on Saturday afternoon the wind picked up and the storm arrived through the night.  It was very hard to breathe and once again our home was covered with red dust.    I think the big clean-up can wait a few more days!  We have had water restrictions here for a long time, but it looks like they will be lifted for a few days so we can hose down our homes and cars etc etc.  So looks like next week will be a "housework" week!

   My quilting project for the past few days has been the Flea Market Boxes quilt.  I have had the blocks cut out for months, all neatly packed in a zip-lock bag, so it was an easy quilt to work on.  I'm making it for my Niece Mahala.  I think she will love the retro fabrics and the brightness of the quilt.  

 I have joined a siggy swap with Annelies van den Bergh in The Netherlands and have sent my first siggy away this week.  The block is from the "Dear Jane" quilt, block D13 - square in a 

Yesterday we went down to the Gold Coast for an afternoon swim and coffee.  It was lovely down there and even though it was only for the day, it made up for not getting down there last week.

It's back to school on Monday and I am happy to see the end of this school holiday.  Next Friday my friends and I are heading off to the Gold Coast for a "girls week-end".  We are stopping at a few patchwork shops and having our own "ruler workshop" - we have so many rulers that we want to play with.... wave ruler, x-block ruler, wonder-cut ruler .... so many rulers and so many quilts we could make with them!!!!!  But! first we have to figure out HOW to use them!!  We'll have lots of fun I am sure.

I'm off to cut the backing for the Flea Market Boxes quilt so I can get it finished over this coming week-end,

Happy Sewing!


  1. Nice update.
    See you on Friday.

  2. wonderful blog I like it. do you exchange blocks?I would like to.On my blog there is a Migrant Tombol. it is funny: the winner has to do a tombola too. hugs

  3. Thank You! Alessandra, I am so glad you like my blog - I am very new to "blogging", but I love it.
    I am sending you an email.
    Happy Sewing!