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, 11 January 2011


So many of the blogs in Australia are talking about the terrible flooding which is occurring in Queensland right now.  Yesterday and today have been horrific, with so much loss of life and property.  Brisbane (where I live) has been warned to brace itself for the worst flooding we have seen in 35 years.  I was living in Brisbane when the 1974 flood hit, it was terrible.  I'm prepared...  baths full of water, candles and torches at the ready.  Enough food in the pantry.  I am very fortunate to live up high on a hill, although many streets in my area are now cut off.  I have found that the ABC website is a good place to get updates.  The Courier Mail also has a website with regular updates.  

It's very heartwarming to receive so many emails checking on how we are all coping.  Thank you!

Although sewing is the last thing on anyone's mind at the moment, Gum Tree Designers have put out the call for "New Beginnings" sewing kits to send out via the various Quilting groups in Queensland.   Click on the link to read more about the sewing kits and to find out how you can help.

Although one would think that I would be sewing away with not much else to do, I find myself glued to the TV watching the news unfold.  Sadly, there is more heartbreaking news yet to come, as the floodwaters make their way down to Brisbane.  Right now the rain has eased, so that's something.

..  Helen


  1. It would seem that if it were myself, I would be to anxious to sew.

    Hang in there....please keep us updated. I will go to all the links you gave.

  2. Helen I've been the same way today, glued to the tv. So glad you're ok ..... stay safe.
    Joy xx

  3. Stay safe and look after you and your families

  4. I'm with you, Helen, whenever there is some devastating news I'm glued to the TV wishing there was something I could do to help. Thanks for the links.

  5. It has sounded just dreadful. Know that our thoughts are with all of you.

  6. Such worries - be safe and take care of yourselves.

  7. I'm thinking of you over there and hoping that you and your family keep safe.

  8. I have been away in western Victoria for the last 48 hours or so but you have been constantly in my thoughts. Stay safe and now that you are in our prayers. Best wishes, Suz

  9. Helen, I contacted Jenny at Elfantz and sent a donation to make up some kits. Sorry I could not do more. Stay safe. Pam

  10. Hello Helen i am new to your blog site and i was just reading your post on Queensland flood,i cant believe all this is happening,please stay safe and hope it all sorts out soon its quite horrifying.I love your site.
    cheers Sheryl

  11. So sorry to see and hear the devastating news from part of your country. We all pray that Mother Nature will soon change.I hope help is sufficient to help all the people suffering.
    All the best to you and yours.