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, 2 January 2011



Yes, I know.... it's a little early for Mother's Day!!  Every year we have a sales table at my craft group and every year I don't have anything ready to sell!    Soooooooo, this year I'm getting organised EARLY!

I've made a pile of List-takers and still making more plus I'm going to cut out some shopping bags today.  I'll also do a few Needle-cases and pin-cushions... always popular!

I didn't get around to showing you the lovely items I received in the mail at Christmas...

Quilted raw-edge applique Mug Rug from Mandy
Thank You Mandy - I LOVE IT!! you can check
out Mandy's blog.... SEAMS SEW TOGETHER
Beautiful "suffolk puff" Christmas Card and a cute little patchwork stocking for
the tree.... Thank You Mary!  I love everything!!  Mary has a lovely
blog.... I Piece 2 Mary
The cutest little pink house decoration for the tree...
Thank You Micki!  Perfect timing! as we were
baby-siting little Chloe (great-niece, aged 5) that
week and of course!  a new PINK decoration was
very popular!!
Check out Micki's blog.... IRISH MUSES

Happy Sewing!  oh yes.....  and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


  1. Happy New Year Helen! Good to see you are getting organised early in the year!

  2. You sure got alot of cute things in the mail....good luck with your booth, sounds like you are getting ahead of the game.

  3. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    What cute little gifts you received. I love the pink house!

    Great idea to get an early start.

  4. Happy New Year, Helen!! Good on you for being so organised for your craft stall!! What lovely gifts you have received.

  5. OK seriously -you're so organised you're makinmg my head spin. Mothers Day? Thats months away.

    Beautiful pretties you posted - both those you've made and those you've received.

  6. Keep up with the inspiration.

  7. Happy New Year Helen,
    On the news in the Netherlands, an item about the rainfall in Queensland.it is terrible!!
    How are you ????
    greetings from,
    Joke W
    the Netherlands

  8. My prayer tonight will be for the people in Queensland.
    New years wishes to you.

  9. Sounds like you are staying very busy! When I put up the new 2011 Queensland calendar you sent me along with the applique posy needlecase, I thought about your lovely country and just needed to check in with you...hoping you are okay and not affected by all the terrible flooding.
    Your needlecase and sweet pincushion are in daily use next to my chair as I work on a long term applique project.
    Take care.