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!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


I have made another Rag Doll - this one is for our darling little B.B. I also made the dolly a little quilt. Last week I needed a sample quilt to show how to do the machine method that I absolutely LOVE (link removed June 2012, site problems), so I put two fat quarters together with a scrap of wadding and voila.... one dolly quilt! Look who dropped in when I was taking the photos!! Our pet kookaburra.... I say pet, as he now comes every day and is very friendly. We only give him a very small morsel of meat, but he seems to be content to just sit out on the deck with us - MH reading the paper, me stitching and Spike (as we call him - he used to have spiky feathers on the top of his head) keeping an eye out for any birds that should not be near our property--according to him!!

Other sewing involves finally putting the borders on my disappearing nine patch quilt (boy is this quilt ever a UFO - from forever ago!!), piecing the blocks for another Brights Baby Quilt - using lessons learned from the first one..... especially pressing the seams OPEN! I'm using up all of the leftover fabrics from the first quilt and will set the blocks a little differently to the one I made for our friends Baby - at least the quilts won't be exactly the same! Photos soon!!

Happy Sewing!


  1. She's so adorable Helen, good work.

  2. So sweet! I love these little dolls.

  3. Adorable.. I just love these dollies.. They turned out so cute!

  4. Spike is so cute! I love the rag dolls too, maybe someday I will have granddaughters and can make some.