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!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Ballerina Bag for little Mia, my best friends Grand-daughter

Close-up... very cute fabric with pretty ballerinas!

A selection of Tea Wallets, minus their buttons

Inside the Tea Wallets

I have been busy sewing but can't show you too much ....  the recipients might read my blog!

I can show you two Christmas baskets I have put together ..
4 hexagon coasters (so quick and easy), a mini Christmas Pudding and of course..... some chocolates!!
Christmas baskets - gifts for two
friends ..   4 hexagon coasters, mini xmas
pudding and some chocolates!

Our weather has finally turned hot and humid with the odd afternoon thunderstorm.... just in time for Christmas day:-)

Tonight I plan to do some more sewing.....  I have an overhead fan and the room is quite cool.   I have some new patterns I'm keen to try - they are Snap Purses (click for link) using cut up metal tape measures ..  will let you know how they turn out!  
.... then again, I could just sit on the verandah with a glass of red!!

Happy Sewing!!


  1. With weather like that on the way the red sounds like a good choice. Happy crafting no matter what you make.

    It's all so beautiful Helen. I especially like the ballerina bag!

    You're so talented.

  2. I'm enjoying a Bailey's whilst reading this - just finished (well I hope, it needs to be checked in daylight) the quilting on a Symposium 2011 challenge - it's taken weeks to do 'cause I'm such a worrier, or procrastinator! Congrats on doing some beautiful sewing for pressies - they are very lucky recipients!

  3. Hi Helen, I have received your Chrissy present - thanks, it's lovely! You're too kind!
    Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2011!
    Love, Linda

  4. Hi Helen, Love your ballerina bag I'm sure she will adore it. Thanks so much for my pressie. it was a pleasant surprise. You have been a busy little bee.

  5. Looks like you have been busy with Christmas sewing. I am almost done now. Just an Indian costume for a grandson left and then maybe I can really clean up my sewing room.

  6. Helen, you amaze me. Love the ballerina purse. What little girl would not love it. I received your present and card. Thank you so much. I posted about it on my blog. You are so sweet. Thank you, thank you. You helped introduce me to some wonderful bloggers.

  7. You have been busy. The ballerina purse is adorable!!!!

    I love those snap purses and want to give one a try. I can't wait to see yours.

  8. Love the ballerina bags and the other gifts you have been making. There are also things I cannot blog either. LOL

  9. The ballerina bags are just beautiful! But then everything that you make is wonderful! Happy holidays!

  10. Love the ballerina bag it sure is delightful. You certainly are very clever.

  11. The sewing is great but that glass of red sounds good too!