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, 9 October 2010


Another finish!! This bag did not come out as well as it should have. Sadly, I used the incorrect stiff interfacing and the outside of the bag has a decidedly crinkly look! If you use iron-on stiff interfacing for a bag, you SHOULD NOT quilt it!! Oh well, I'll know in future:-)

I put one pocket on the inside. I think this bag will be useful for taking to classes - it will hold a small cutting mat, ruler and all the tools! It has nice wide handles, making it comfortable to carry and it basically stands up on its own!

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Impressive as usual.
    My total sewing today adds up to repair of: 1 pair trousers for daughters camp, 1 pair jeans for number 1 child (bought them home & asked pretty please with a very pitiful look) & 1 pair shorts for number 2 child (really don't need to see that much bum on a 20 year old). :)

  2. Oooh I think I have these fabrics in a layer cake - they look lovely 'out', I better start planning something, which obviously won't be as good as yours!

  3. Your bag looks beautiful, Helen. I don't like that stiff interfacing, quilted or not, so I don't use it even when it's called for and my bags come out just fine without it. ~karen

  4. You are making some lovely bags!!

  5. Thanks for cute embroidery design I like also to share with you free embroidery designs the below website
    thanks in advance for the Admin :)

  6. I am not very confident at making bags. Once when I made one and turned it right side out my handles disappeared into the bag never to be seen again.

    Yours looks lovely. I like the colours in it a lot!

  7. Very cute! Now I'm sad that I didn't make the bags with her!!!