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!

Saturday, 15 May 2010


This little doll is a design by Toni Alexander, it was published in Patchwork & Stitching Vol 10, No 11. I haven't made a doll for many years (last softie I made was the pig!) I'm so very happy with how she turned out!! Toni's pattern was very easy to follow and a great way to make a doll. All of the stuffing was done AFTER the doll was stitched and if you have ever made a doll or softie where the parts are stuffed before construction, you will know what I mean when I say Toni's method is just so much easier!!

Here she is all ready to go in the mail along with the Bright Baby Quilt. I meant to say in my last post about this quilt.... the pattern is from Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts magazine, Summer 2008. The designer is Linda Bowlin and the original name of the quilt was "Black & White and Fun All Over" Thanks Linda for such a fun pattern!

I'm making another one of these dolls for our darling little B.B.

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Helen, your rag doll is gorgeous!! Must make one for my granddaughter.

  2. Adorable!!!!! I can imagine how much easier it is to stuff AFTER sewing. What a delightful gift!

  3. She is so cute. The fabrics you picked are perfect. I love the way the hair is made.

  4. Neat! I have never made a doll. My mother used to make Raggedy Anns and Andys for my kids.

  5. Love the bright quilt and the doll is cute too! Thanks for your recent comment on my blog ... thought I'd return the favour :)

  6. The ragdoll is so cute! You did a wonderful job!