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!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

NOW I'M ...... TEXAS.. H A P P Y ! ! !

TEXAS TEARS... again!

This time I am very happy with the block!  I was extra careful in cutting my  1 7/16" pieces, very careful when I pressed each segment -  NO STEAM!  SPRAY STARCH!    I was super careful when piecing my triangles (marked the  1/4" dots on each point)   I was so careful when I finger pressed the pieces in half to match them up.  I pressed ALL SEAMS OPEN!  

My block measures exactly 8 1/2" square with lovely 1/4" seams all around!

Thank you to everyone who emailed me with info on the rulers.  I have ordered a ruler.. it's an EZ Draft 'n Cut  2" X  18"  ruler.  It has the 1/16" marks.

I did learn a lot making this block.  In all my years of patchwork, I have never had to join triangles like those along the sides of this block.  Most of the things I have made have all used HST's.

Now I'm looking forward to seeing what next Saturday's block is like!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Good on you!!! Well done, it looks perfect!!!

  2. Looks great from here in Melbourne! Well done (oh, I'm sounding like a teacher again!!)

  3. Great job Helen. It's so satisfying to get it right isnt it?

  4. Just beautiful Helen. Your points are perfect.

  5. That's a lot of "careful" sewing and pressing. But the block looks wonderful. Good for you for sticking with it.

  6. Hooray - your block turned out perfect!
    Good for you to keep at it ....

  7. It looks great, Helen...It really pays to perservere!

  8. It looks terrific and sounds like it was REALLY hard to do. Congratulations!

    Happy quilting,
    Susan in Texas