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!

Thursday, 10 February 2011


HOT CROSS BUNS!  -  a pattern by Bonnie Hunter
No, not THOSE Hot Cross Buns (although they HAVE been available at the Supermarket since Boxing Day!!!!) .....  

As I have just little bits of leftover fabric after making each Civil War block, I was looking for a suitable pattern that would use up these scraps - and I found just what I wanted.  Thanks to Bonnie Hunter's "Addicted to Scraps" article in Quiltmaker magazine - Issue November/December '10.

This 5" finished block (5  1/2" pieced) uses  1  1/2" strips and squares.  It's a cute little block and might be useful in the border of the CW Quilt.

The Spike family are now regular visitors - I must do another video of baby - his call is hillarious!!

 A beautiful siggy arrived this week.... thank you Dorine!

I have been working on my Keep Movin' quilt blocks - can only do the black blanket stitching during the day!!  

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Hot Cross buns is a cute block!

  2. That's a great way to use up the scraps!
    Are they kookaburras in the tree?

  3. Good idea to use up those scraps in a cute block for the border.

  4. We certainly need a good way to use up scraps from the Civil War blocks and that looks like a good one.

  5. The Hot Cross Bun block is a beauty - a good idea to make then up while you are doing the CW blocks.
    The Spike family look very entertaining.

  6. I love your block! It is quite stunning!

  7. Sounds like you need a good night light Helen! And pardon my ignorance- what is a 'siggie' block?