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, 6 November 2009


I went out today and purchased the backing fabric for the Poppy Quilt then I went to K-Mart for their socks and undies sale; picked up some more little tee's for B.B. so I can do some more applique sets for her - - - one thing I noticed in the shopping centre...... CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Everywhere you look, it's trees and decorations and all of the shops were playing Christmas music!! I quite liked Myer's as they were playing Elvis Presley christmas music. (I like the old stuff - right now I'm listening to Jim Reeves on my computer!)

This of course put me in the Christmas mood, so I came home and washed the backing fabric and hung it out to dry and then proceeded to piece together my Christmas blocks. Now I'm searching through all of the leftover fabrics to make up a border and backing - might as well use as much of it as possible as I'm sure next Christmas will bring a whole new range of fabrics for us to buy!!

Next post you should see a finished top and a completed Poppy Quilt!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I'll be looking forward to it!! You are making me think about a Christmas Quilt!! I've never made one as yet.

  2. Tis the season to sew Christmas gifts! Sandy

  3. Honestly Helen, I go to the other side of the country for a few days & you just go mad. As usual everything is looking great. Sorry I won't get to see the completed poppy quilt before it's presented but the part I did see was great (not unexpected from you of course). Looking forward to seeing the Christmas & beach works on Friday.

  4. Helen, The star pattern is by Buggy Barn. Are you familiar with them? You stack fabrics, draw a pattern on freezer paper, iron that to the top of the stack, then cut in order. Then you shuffle the pieces. The star block only had to colors to shuffle but some patterns have several pieces that are shuffled to give a very random look. They are lots of fun but the first one is a little tricky until you get the idea down.

    I really like your Christmas quilt. I have been busy with table runners to give to my sister for Christmas.