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, 31 July 2010


Early July I entered the Applique Posy Needle Case Swap. I have my needle case almost ready to mail to my partner....

I have made a matching pin cushion to go along with the needle case plus I will be adding a few Aussie items in the parcel.

I received the needle case my partner sent me too.....

Thank you Joke Wijngaarden from The Netherlands!!!!! I absolutely LOVE my needle case and all of the wonderful presents! Joke had included a lovely tea towel, a 2011 calendar and a delightful picture postcard of little girls in traditional dress. It was so exciting opening the parcel!! Joke writes in her letter that she lives in a very old historical building which dates back to 1692 and she is a nurse and every three weeks she goes to her quilting group. Since receiving the parcel, we have emailed each other a number of times and I know that we will keep in contact. Making new friends like this is one of the things I love about swaps. I have found it the same with the Siggy Swap I am in.

This needle case swap is a little different in that you don't swap directly with each other. Joke will receive a parcel from another person and I will send my parcel to the partner I have been given.... I can say that she lives in the USA! Very soon my parcel will be making its way over to her!

This weekend I am busy in the sewing room getting things ready for the Ekka Day at my Mum's Nursing Home. I have the polar fleece items all ready, now I am making a few bags -- using the same pattern that I used to make the bag which is in my Header on my blog! It's the Pick-a-pocket pattern which can be downloaded from ALLPEOPLEQUILT.COM. I originally found the pattern in Quilts and More Fall edition, 2008. This bag is so easy to make, and does not use up too much fabric. This is the first one - I made this last night when my men were at the footy!

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Meeting new friends is the best part about the swaps. Your posey case turned out so cute and so did that great bag!!!

  2. Your needlecase and pincushion are so lovely, lucky lady.
    The one you received from Joke is lovely too with your gifts. It is exciting waiting for our parcels to come from such nice fiolk around the world.
    Beautiful Bag.

  3. What fabulous work you have done Helen, I'm sure your partner will like them.


  4. What cute pincushions and a fun sounding swap!! the bag has turned out well - I hope you got plenty made!!

  5. Love, love, love the needle case and your matching pin cushion! What fun! Glad to see you purse and to hear it was so easy. I had printed off the pattern and it is sitting on my craft counter waiting for me to finish up a few things before I give it a try. ~karen

  6. What a Lovely Swap...your Needlecases are Both Lovely.

  7. Love your needle case and matching pin cushion. Nice job!

  8. Lovely needlecases, both sent and received! Can't wait to receive mine! These swaps are great!

  9. Helen, the needlecases and pincushions are so cute. What a fun swap. I love the bag and will have to try it myself. Sounds like you have been very busy.