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, 26 May 2010


I pieced this quilt top soooooooo long ago!!! Added the borders today and will finish it off next week. This quilt will be a "couch quilt". Something to keep the feet warm during our winter! This was my first attempt at the disappearing nine patch block and although I enjoyed using up some of my stash, I found there was heaps of sewing... as first you piece a nine patch, then you cut it up and piece it back together again!!!! Anyways..... it will soon be on the couch keeping one of us warm!

Oooohhhhh.... it's WEDNESDAY WEIGH IN TIME!!!...... I went to the gym today, but did not weigh myself!!??!! So, I'll have to say my numbers have not changed which means my goal is:-

X - 23 pounds

I will most definitely weigh myself next week!!! I've been very good, no extras!! and smaller plates!!! and more sewing too!!!

Gotta go, REX is on soon (I just love this show!)

Happy Sewing!


  1. I love D9P. I make my squares big about 4 1/2". I am working on one now that I will post soon. I think making the squares bigger makes it go faster. Yours is lovely. I love the dark colors, so cozy!

  2. I love it! As usual, your color selection is perfect! I have yet to try the disappearing nine patch, but I really like it.

    Hope all is well with you and yours.


  3. It's a lovely quilt and looks so warm and inviting for your winter. I'm not sure we will ever get over our winter here. Just had snow again a couple of days ago weighing down branches and flowers. I'm really ready for summer!

  4. Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments.... this quilt looks much better in "real life" .... we were having a very dull overcast day when this photo was taken!! I think most of this quilt is made up from a charm pack from Thimbleberries plus a bit of my stash thrown in! I'm just searching through the cupboard for a backing and then next week I will quilt it and finish it! I will hand stitch the binding to the back, a nice way to keep warm and sew at the same time:-)

    It's all A.O.K. here! thanks Glenda... except our son moves into exam block next week.. which means he will be home a lot (only allowed at school if they are doing an exam--- go figure!!!)

    Happy Sewing!!

  5. Hi Helen. Loving your quilt. I had pieced some 6" blocks a few years ago, but when trying to figure how to set them, they just didn't speak to me. So, I put them away with all the coordinating fabric neatly folded. When this block was brought to my attention, I tried incorporating my pieced blocks into the mix, and let me tell you, I came out with one handsome quilt! I felt like a genius!! By the way, can you e-mail me and tell me how you placed a 'link' into your comment on Kelly's Make a Bag Sew Along post? Thanks, karen

  6. Your quilt looks lovely! Sounds like you got your diet all organized!

  7. Your quilt is lovely! The disappearing 9-patch looks like a fun way to go - its very effective, and a neat way to use scaps and stash. Thankyou for visiting my blog...I love making world-wide links!! have fun quilting this...have you decided what you will do on it?

  8. I love disappearing 9 patches. I made one for my niece (very girly) and a table mat for my husband's desk using a charm pack with coffee on it. Very fun