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, 16 March 2011


Block  # 11  ..  Civil War Quilt
This block was an easy one to do....  came out right size, no problems piecing it at all ---  I really like this block!  I used the Wonder-Cut ruler to make the HST's.  Too easy!  So, do I have any tricks or tips???

Now, really... what do you think?


Not a lot to say but....

Make sure you set out all the pieces before beginning to stitch.  Check out Lillians blog and American Homesteads blog... great step by step pictures!   I had to unsew some of my triangles :-(    It's a bit like putting on mascara... you need to hold your mouth right!!  I lay everything out and THOUGHT I had everything in the right spot, but when I did the sewing, my triangles were facing the wrong way!!

Press each segment lightly.   Trim the ears from each set as you sew.  To attach the final large triangles, just press your centre pieced triangle row in half, then press each triangle in half.  Match up the half way marks, pin and sew.  You should have little ears at each end.  Your pieced block will be 8  1/2" square.  Trim those final little ears and your block is done!  I spray starched and pressed the completed block.

So, what else have I been up to???

I have made a couple of the Market Bags and another List-taker.

Tomorrow I will be building the applique blocks for the Royal Critters quilt. 

Happy Sewing!!


  1. You are so right about laying the pieces out in the right order before sewing!

  2. Sure do like the way your block turned out - the colors are so nice. I thought this one pieced up much more easily then some of the others for accuracy...

  3. The block is beautiful and, as usual, your tips are right on target.