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, 20 May 2011


Yes, I know...... I've been absent!

Hmmmm.... I don't even have a note from my Mother or Doctor or ANYBODY!!

If I did have a note, it would read like this.....

Dear Followers of Aunty Hennys Blog,

Sorry, Aunty Henny can't hand in her homework.  No, the dog did not eat it, but she has been unwell with a cold and very busy on the home front with her teenage son who seems to go to every School Formal and Ball around!!  Aunty Henny has been sewing, and will provide photographic proof shortly.  Also, it appears that some type of storm has hit her sewing room, as it is indeed in a dreadful mess and she can't find a darn thing!!  Normal reporting of all things patchwork and quilting and sewing will resume very shortly!

Okay, stop handing out the tissues!  I'm over the cold (gave it to MH) and once the next School Ball is over (this Saturday) I'm going to try and get in and do some serious sewing!

Just to catch you up with a few items......

1.  HOT PAD SWAP with Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' .. I received a lovely parcel from Pauline from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England .... Thank You Pauline, the Hot Pad is in use daily!!
Hot Pad from Pauline

I sent my Hot Pad over to Angie at Five Little Monkeys Quilting blog but sadly, I forgot to take a photo!!  I've emailed Angie asking if she can send me one!

2.  ROYAL CRITTERS QUILT ..  I've had the pieced blocks made for some time and now need to get the sashing and cornerstones on - so soon you will see a completed quilt top!!
Pieced blocks - Royal Critters
Royal Critters applique, all done!

Quilted Basket Swap

3.  QUILTED BASKET SWAP - Quilting Gallery , pattern by Geta   I have sent my Quilted Basket to my secret swap partner (well, I know who she is, but I can't tell you just yet!!)  Here is one picture and if you would like to see more, just click on my Flickr Site.  I included a pincushion, needlecase and notebook folder with the basket.  This was a fun swap and the pattern by Geta is great!!

4.  SIGGY BLOCKS - I have received a few siggies lately, will get them photographed and up on my blog soon!

So, there you have it.... a catch up with what's happening in my world!  I'll be back soon with more photos!  I do hope to get back onto quilting the Chubby Chicks quilt soon!

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Looks as if you have been in the middle of everything with your son..what fun he has been having! And the post has been on your side also...

  2. Sheila, that quilted basket is adorable. Love it.

  3. Glad you are doing better....love the royal critters.....

  4. It's good to have you back! Take it easy though.. until the dreaded busy bees leave you alone! :)

  5. Sounds like you have been very busy. Glad you are feeling better. Love the little critters.

  6. Missed you!! Looks like you've had a good enough excuse though!

  7. I was getting worried about you. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Have fun with your son, the kids grow up so fast...

  8. Sounds and looks as if you have been very busy! Sure glad to hear that you are feeling better. Love the quilted basket and your Royal Critter squares are adorable!!

  9. Good to hear you are around again!

  10. Helen - It sounds like you have been one busy young lady!! And you still have had time to work on some really cute projects - love the quilted basket and I am sure your secret swap partner will really enjoy it!!! Glad to hear you are feeling better and to have you back!! Kris

  11. I was wondering where you were...

    It's good to see you've not been totally idle in your absence. Lovely projects abound.

    Sorry to hear you've had a rotten cold. Looking forward to seeing your next round of creatvity!

  12. Glad to see you back. It's wonderful that you're involved in your son's activities. Anxious to see the Critter quilt.

  13. Hope you are all better now. Yeah, the kids can keep us busy for sure! I love your Critters!