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, 11 September 2009


I have had a wonderful afternoon with my sewing friends.  There are three September birthdays between us and one more in December, so we celebrated this-afternoon with a pot-luck lunch, wine and coffee!  My friends gave me the beautiful flowers, chocolates and lovely cards - THANK YOU girls, I have had a great Birthday!  One card in particular is very clever! 

Yesterday, I had morning tea with my Sister, Mum, Niece and little Bridget. We had a delightful time, especially with Bridget entertaining us.  It was my Niece's birthday yesterday and it is my other little Great-Niece's birthday tomorrow, September 12th.  Chloe will be 4.  I have been on a wonderful shopping expedition, searching for all things Butterflies. The party theme is Caterpillars and Butterflies!  Chloe lives in Toowoomba, which is about an hour and a half (132 K's)  from Brisbane, heading West.  I'm going to help with the party and have a sleep-over. There are some great patchwork shops in Toowoomba, so I am hoping to get up there early and check them out!

BRIDGET'S NEW CLOTHES:-  Remember those little shorts - well, here are the finished outfits!  I bought the little Tee's at K-Mart and just sewed the patches by machine onto the fronts.  B.B. (beautiful Bridget) seemed to like them and ended up wearing the "hula hula" tee-shirt home from the coffee morning.  My Niece will let me know which pair of shorts fits the best and then I will make some more.  It was amazing to see the difference in the sizes between the shorts pattern I used 13 years ago and the new pattern I bought recently.  Size 2 was much bigger when I made shorts for my own son (who is now 15).


Tonight we are having "take-away" Chinese food and a nice bottle of red -- but not too much of the red, as I want to be up early and on the road to Toowoomba.

Happy Stitching!


  1. Glad you enjoyed it. Just wait until we hit the coast.
    See you wasted no time in updating your age!

  2. A belated happy birthday to you too, Helen! How nice that you have a blog too now - I'll be following you!