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!

Thursday, 21 October 2010


Why is that, you might ask!!!??!

This might explain it........
Yes, I actually bought myself one!!!   I was so very excited when I found there was someone at the Craft Show who was a local distributor...  QUILTING PATCHWORK AUSTRALIA - they are in Raceview Queensland (just up the road from where I live!), their website is...  www.quiltingpatchwork.com.au  and their email is...   info@quiltingpatchwork.com.au    (and NO, I'm not on their payroll!) - I was just so happy to find that I could purchase my GO locally, as I know I will be wanting to buy more dies and supplies.  

I haven't had a play with the GO as yet.... it's still in the box, waiting for me to decide where to put it in my sewing room.
So, O.K. you would think that I couldn't possibly have bought anything else after buying my GO ..   aahhh, but you're wrong.....
a few necessities...  replacement blades for the Olfa  ;  two spools of my favourite thread WonderFil InvisaFil {great in the bobbin for quilting}  ;  premium cotton printable fabric sheets  {for my quilt labels}  and can you see the little red snail? .. he's a little tape measure (a gift from one of my friends!)       plus some new toys....
A Curve Master presser foot  -  I have wanted one for ages and there was a deal (presser foot, tweezers and roller) .... I have never done curved piecing so now I can't wait to try it!!
and of course, some new patterns...

A delightful embroidery pattern from  ELLA & SKYSIE DESIGNS ...  FUNKY FAIRY .. it's an iron on pattern which included cute little buttons.
Monica Poole's fabulous book QUILT AS YOU GO.  The book has five quilt patterns and all the instructions for her method of "quilt as you go".

Plus, of course --- some FABRIC .. II found two more ballerina fabrics as I want to make a couple of the Ballerina Bags.

My friends and I had made quite a number of the Breast Cancer Bags which we delivered at the Show.  You can see pics of the bags in my Flickr.

The girls and I enjoyed our day at the Craft Show.  

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Sounds like you had a great time! A GO...you are so lucky. Can't wait to see what you make with it. Have fun!

  2. WOW! What a day you've had! Can you see how green with jealousy I'm that you have a GO Cutter!!! There will be no stopping you now! Enjoy!

  3. Well done on all your purchases you are going to be busy, busy, busy!!I am seriously considering a Go Cutter as I think they are amazing and would save a lot of time.
    Have Fun!!


  4. I am sooo jealous!!! What a GrEaT day you've had. I would love a GoCutter too.... I'm thinking Xmas... hint hint (hubby).

  5. I saw them at the show today and I am tempted too. Have fun with your new toy and post a review of the product.

  6. What a fun time! I'd love a Go cutter, perhaps I had better enter more competitions! Have heaps more fun with the playing.

  7. It was a great day & the look on your face when you found the Go cutter was priceless, as was your huge grin as you carried it down to my car.
    Keep on entering the competitions because you could always donate your prize to your very wonderful friends :)

  8. Such a nice present to yourself! Have fun with all your goodies. Looking forward to seeing the consequences of your buy...(quilts, of course...)

  9. Go Girl. You will be able to use your curvy presser foot on the fabric you will be cutting with the GO.
    Looks like you had a fabulous time at the show.

  10. Hello Helen, first thank you very much for your lovely siggy, card and bookmark
    I love your siggy, I will show it on my site today.
    I love your little siggy wall hanging.
    What a lovely bird is the Kookaburra.
    I think my partner would love to stay for a while where you live, with all the birds and other animals.
    Lovely all those presents you bought yourself.
    I love the bag you made
    I wish you all the best with other competitions, my quilt which I entered arrived now in Holland for the sick children (Jopies Dromenquilts) for who I make a few quilts a year. I love to read what you did with you group of ladies for those families.
    Greetings Johanna in Sweden

  11. What a haul. Especially the GO. I'm pea green with envy. We want pictures of everything you cut!

  12. Can see you had a ball of a time ! I actually met Monica Poole the other day and I am planning to enrol for a few classes with her next year for the QAYG. She teaches every week at my other quilt shop, Blueberries . Enjoy all your new toys!

  13. Wow. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congratulations on getting a GO! and all of your goodies. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create with your GO! I'm sure it will be beautiful. And welcome to the Team of Bloggers with AccuQuilt products too!

    I'm also going to be interested to hearing your thoughts on the Curve Master presser foot. I haven't had a chance to use this product, but definitely interested.


  14. You sound so excited - and I'm not surprised; sounds like you had lots of fun at the show. I hope you have a grreat time playing with your new goodies.

  15. Congrats on getting a GO...I won one, and I just love it!

  16. I just found your blog and love it... Love me GO too.. glad you got one!

  17. Now that's what I call a GREAT day at a show.
    The two things that I wish for the most - the go cutter and the curve master foot will definitely be on my Christmas list this year.

  18. Hi Helen. Just wondering if you are enjoying your GO and if you will recommend buying one. I like using precuts. like charm sqaure and layer cakes. Is it big enoughfor a LC ? Did you pay less at the show than online? we have a show in Sydney coming up soon. LOVE you Civil War blocks by the way!!!!