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, 23 June 2010


Here is the second Brights Baby Quilt I'm making for our friends little grandson. My aim was to use up all of the bright fabrics leftover from the first quilt! I think I have achieved that!!! There are just enough scraps to eek out a binding, I think! I will need to purchase backing fabric.. will pop out tomorrow and see what I can find!

What else have I been up to???? (apart from entering competitions I hear you ask!!!)

I've joined the SEW-A-LONG with Kelly Rachel - click on the button at the bottom r/h side of page MAKE A BAG SEW-A-LONG... here is a pic of how far I've gone (I'm way behind on this project).

SIGGIES......... I received two lovely siggy blocks this past week, thank you Mia and Beth - you can see the siggies if you click on their names up on the r/h top under INTERNATIONAL SIGGY SWAP.

WEDNESDAY WEIGH IN....... I did not post about this last week but reported a small weight loss (2 pounds) but this week I was a good girl, went to the gym and weighed myself and I'm very happy to report another loss..... almost 3 pounds!!! I must add that MH and I have been extremely good this past week - trying very hard to stay away from snacks and "heavy" food!!
So, my goal now...... X - 14.5 pounds ---- woohoo!! Thank you Stephanie and all the team - without you guys I don't think I would be reporting any loss!!! You all keep me so motivated!!

After the gym we always go for coffee and I always have my hand sewing with me but today I didn't have a thing to take ---- I've finished all the hand work on the 5 Teddies (this will be the next top I put together). Anyways... I actually have enough of all the fabrics leftover from the first five teddies that I can make another quilt top so I'll be working on getting the teddy applique pieces ironed on tonight - it's always handy to have a spare quilt on hand and the teddies are just so cute!

The machine I quilt on had to go in for service, so I still have the D9P to finish quilting. I was almost done when the machine decided it did not like the thread I was using and basically the tension went crazy and the machine needed to go to the doctor! I have it back now but wanted to keep going on the Brights quilt, so the D9P had to wait. Lesson learned ----- it appears I should have had a net over the reel of thread I was using, it was 12wt - quite thick and was twisting itself as it came off the spool which then caused it to shred itself up at the needle! I really have so many starts and stops on the D9P, but it's been a good lesson!!!

O.K. time for a glass of wine!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Fabulous as usual. I think I hate you.
    When, in my dotage, I go to an antique quilt display ( not necessarily in Ipswich) I just know that I'm going to see your work there. xx

  2. I just love your work. I really want to make a Brights quilt. I have been a slump lately. The weather here is so so hot and it just makes you feel blah. All of my family is coming to the beach for July 4th. I am excited.

  3. Thanks True Blue! I've sent you an email.......

    Enjoy July 4th!

  4. Love the bright quilt. Congrats on the lost weight too. I think I found it!!!

  5. I didn't need sunglasses as I find the brighter the better and as always your work is impeccable. I have been itching to make a bag, might try one like yours!

  6. This is great and I loved the colors. I don't need sun glasses for this one. It is fabulous. Lucky little guy. Steph

  7. Schönen guten Morgen,
    wunderschön geworden dein Quilt
    herzlichen Glückwunsch
    Allegra, Marika

  8. Just delightful I'm sure that they will love it.