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!

Sunday, 26 September 2010


Really...... I mean "sewing on the net" as in the tulle skirt around the Ballerina Bag!! I guess the only thing to say is that "I did learn a lot from doing this"!! First thing I learnt is that "I do not like sewing on net!!" but it's on now and done! Not perfect, but good enough! Second thing I learnt is that "I really should follow ALL of the instructions and not make it up as I go along!!"

So, the Ballerina Bag is finished - all but a pretty button or brooch for the front, which I'll pop out tomorrow and buy - something glitzy and sparkly!

Next item on the list to finish is the poor dolly, still waiting beside my chair - only a few stitches to do! Later today, when I'm watching a bit of tele!

As I mentioned in my previous Post.... Cheryll has awarded me the "Versatile Blogger" Award and now I have to tell you 7 things about myself..........

  1. I'm married to Fred (26 years this December) and we have one son, Matt - he will be 17 next January. Fred & I married late and then had our baby late so now we are retired but with a teenager!
  2. I was born & raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and had never been out of the Country until I married and we were sent up to Papua New Guinea with Fred's work. Following PNG we moved to Samoa - a place we just loved and it was in Samoa that I learnt to quilt!
  3. I should be able to sew with my eyes shut!! as my Mum sewed everything I wore as a child and teenager and I often watched her but never took up sewing until many years later - how I wish I had taken more notice!! I now sew just about every day! and love it!
  4. Many years ago my craft was Hobbytex painting, tee-shirt applique (the old painted around kind) and cross-stitch. Thank goodness I learnt how to quilt!
  5. I live in a beautiful home, up high in the hills surrounding Brisbane. I'm in my own little world up here. Once Matt is finished high school, Fred and I will retire to our "other" home, up north at Elliott Heads.
  6. Favourite sport? I should play tennis every day... we have a court here at our home but I guess I always choose sewing over tennis! So sewing is my favourite "sport" :-)
  7. I absolutely L.O.V.E. old country music. I play cd's every day, especially when I sew. All through my teens and now well into my 50's I have loved Dean Martin - and always will! Jim Reeves is another favourite as well as Patsy Cline and.......... oh, the list just goes on and on!

So that's "all about me"!

Well, that dolly isn't going to finish her own sewing so I had better get moving!! You should see a photo of one plump dolly here very soon!!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Ooh! I didn't know about this one, I wonder who it's for? Very sweet idea for the pink ballet stage nearly every girl (& maybe some boys) goes through. Looking forward to seeing finished Dolly, then what?

  2. My GD would love the Ballerina bag. Oh I am like you and don't read intrustions either. LOL.
    Looking forward to seeing Dolly in her glory.

  3. BB would absolutely love a Ballerina Bag Aunty Henny. She could take it on the day she does Kinda Dance at her Daycare. She learnt the Cha Cha Cha last week - very funny and very cute.

    BB's Nannie

  4. Absolutely perfect for a sweet little girl. It looks terrific. I think you did a great job.

    I really enjoyed learning more about you too. I would never have picked you for a C & W fan!

  5. How Interesting Helen your past has been, I once lived in PNG, Bulolo and Mosa West new Britain, where were you living? I was also into hobbytex, we have more in common than before.

  6. Hellow!

    I love your site, It is a pleasure to visit.

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    Please link my site to your site.

    Thank you!

  7. I adore the ballerina bag. I wish I had a granddaughter to make one for. Unfortunately my children are not giving me one any time soon!!
    I love finding out new things about you. My mother also sewed all my clothes. I remember when I was about 12 finally getting a store bought dress. Even when I was in college my mother would make me things and send them to me.
    Elvis has some great country songs!!!

  8. This is exactly the kind of thing I am afraid my girls will find on the web, and why they are banned from our computers!!! Can you imagine the tears and tantrums I would have to put up with once they had seen this bag, and rubbish mummy wasn't able to make one as good!

    True Blue Nana - you can adopt my 3 year old twins if you really want some little girls to sew for!!

  9. Thanks for sharing some of your history! Lucky you being retired! Thought you might like to know that the Quilting Gallery Themed Comp for this week is "Teddy Bears"- why don't you enter your sweet quilt?!