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!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


This is as far as I got yesterday with the Poppy Quilt - and then I ran out of the cream fabric, so the next stage of the quilt is a little different. I'm working on that now.

I have used the Wonder-cut ruler to make the HST's for this quilt. They are finished size 6 1/2" and I found the accuracy to be not as great for this size as the smaller size I used on the recent Ruler Workshop project. I think it's because you have to slide the ruler down to be able to cut along the side of the triangle - I'm going to play with this another time to see if I can figure out where I went wrong or at least another way to cut both sides of the triangle to achieve better accuracy -I found my new ruler purchase, the Simplicity Studio 6 1/2" Simpli-EZ Square to be the best ruler I have used for "squaring up" my blocks. It has 45 degree lines on each diagonal, making it perfect for checking the HST's. It's very clearly marked, much better than my old 6 1/2" rulers.

I received another beautiful Siggy block in the mail today - thank you Inge! It is so lovely. I have sent you my Siggy Block!!

O.K., back to the sewing machine...............


  1. Good grief woman! When you're on a roll you're really on a roll both sewing & blogging.

  2. Looks like we all need a new 6 1/2 ruler! The poppy quilt looks good.I have completed 2 Christmas appliques so with 8 weeks to Christmas'09 at my rate 2011 should be the year I will have a wallhanging!

  3. Good Morning Helen. I got your message about the siggies and I am still excited about these little jewels. I will look for you when I get my list. I just mailed my siggie to Annalies last week. I can't wait to get the list and really get into it.
    BTW...I love your Poppies square. It is beautiful!
    Peace and Prayers, missd

  4. I love the poppy fabric. I have something similar that you can use to make half square triangles. I don't remember what it is called.

  5. Beautiful!
    You left a comment on my blog (Cre8fmomQuilts)offering to send selvages. That would be amazing to get some from Australia! Please email me for details

  6. Hi Helen,

    I'm glad my siggy made it all the way to Australia and I'm very pleased to read you like it. Now it's my turn to wait eagerly for yours to arrive here.
    Your poppy block looks great, such wonderful fabric!

    Quilty greetings,
    Inge from the Netherlands