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!

Thursday, 22 October 2009


I had the best day at the Craft Show yesterday! As you will see by the photos, I managed to find a few items to purchase!

Maisy Maisy!! don't you just love the bright colours? Lucky little ? - which one of the little people in my life will I make this quilt for???

I enjoyed making the Flea Market Boxes quilt so much, I decided to put together a stash to make my own version, as I'm giving my Niece Mahala the first quilt (yes, I'm STILL quilting it!).

There was lots to see at the Show. I sat in on another workshop about the X-Block ruler and this time I learnt quite a few new techniques. I have played with this ruler and made a quilt for the Victorian Bushfire Victims (see picture-some blocks cut with x-block ruler) but now I have so many ideas going around in my head as to what I COULD do with it! It's all about colour choice! I already own the 7 1/2" ruler and companion mini, so this time I bought the 6 1/2" X-Block and it's companion mini. I treated myself to the wonderful pattern book ... ONCE UPON A TIME IN X-BLOCKS LAND. I can't wait to try some of the ideas!
The other workshop I did was all about making quilts with curved piecing, something I have never attempted. I did like the drunkards path patch and might play with that another day. I ended up purchasing a ruler which transforms a 6 1/2" square block into one with curved sides. It's called Gadget Guru Twisted Square Mini. It will be interesting to see what I can make with this one. I also purchased a new 6 1/2" square ruler which is supposed to help with squaring up all sizes of blocks. This one is called the Simplicity Studio 6 1/2" simpli-ez square. Also bought easy rule junior which I had read about in magazines but never seen. I'm going to try the WonderFil Invisafil 100wt soft polyester bobbin thread in a quilting project, so bought a mixed box and to do the quilting on my star quilt from the wonder-cut workshop I picked up a reel of Tutti Frutti variegated thread.

The Popsicle Posies quilt was not left out of the shopping trip..... I found three more prints.... and the stash for the Black/White/ many colours baby quilt has a few new pieces added to it as well!

I liked the bright alphabet, so I just had to have it!

Freezer Paper??? yes, I always use it behind any fabric I want to trace onto.

Phew, now I have to go and have a glass of wine! all this blogging has made me thirsty! and it's also made me want to go into my sewing room and cut fabric!

I went to the Show with my Four Friday Friends (the girls) and we all had a great day!

Till next time,
Happy Sewing!


  1. Sounds like you had a great time. I love all the fabrics you got. I really like the alphabet print. I like to use something like that on the back of baby quilts. Have a glass of wine for me too!!

  2. I, too, love the alphabet print! You post are so funny! I just love seeing what you are up to!

  3. As one of 'The Girls', I can tell you that we did all have a great time. It was one of the most enjoyable shows in years. We now all sit back & wait for Helen to show us the results of her buying spree. This was the first show in a while that we haven't bought a group gadget so we just wait for Helen to tell us how great the rulers are & then we borrow them!

  4. Thanks everyone! Today I've been working on the Xmas Blocks, thought I should as pretty soon it will be November and we all know what that means.... Christmas is just around the corner!
    I'm glad you enjoy my Posts SewGlenda, thanks for following!! Keep reading, there should be a finished Xmas Wall-hanging popping up sometime soon!