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!

Friday, 28 January 2011



I am participating in the Quilting Gallery Mug Rug Swap.  We will be sending two Mug Rugs to our participant but we will receive two Mug Rugs from another participant.  I will be sending my Mug Rugs to someone overseas, so I thought one of the Mug Rugs should represent my own Country.  As I am also in the International Siggy Swap, I have a large collection of Australiana Fabrics so I have used these in this first Mug Rug.

I have used the single binding method as seen HERE - it is great for little projects like this!  I have cut my binding 2" for this project and was able to machine sew the final join.  This method gives such perfect corners!  As it is single binding, there is much less bulk.  Love it!

Now to think of another theme for the second Mug Rug!

The next Civil War block will be posted tomorrow..... how exciting!  I can't wait to see what we are doing next!

Happy Sewing!!


  1. I´m in the mug rug swap too and think the same way. Fabric patterns must represent the country of origin. Hope everyone thinks the same.

    Your mug rug is GREAT! I´d love to be the lucky one who is going to get it.

  2. Thank you Beatriz! It's a fun swap!

  3. Love your mug rugs. I met an online quilter while visiting here in TX and she cleverly added a pocket to hers in which she tucked a spoon and a tea bag.

  4. Great fabrics for your mug rug. Bet the recipient will love it. I'm going to have to try that single binding method.

  5. AH!! Great minds think alike. Ckeck out my Mug Rugs on flickr under OMA511.
    Looks great Helen.

  6. I am in the swap too. I have one of mine done too. Haven't decided what the next one will be yet. Several Ideas though!

  7. Your mug rug is great! I have to work on my CW block today before the next one comes out.

  8. Great idea using the Aussie fabric Helen. They look great.

  9. Fantastic mug rugs Im sure who ever gets your Aussie ones will be well pleased