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!

Saturday, 23 July 2011


Just a little sewing to show ..

Block # 27  Irish Chain    and
Block # 28  Next Door Neighbour

Both of these blocks made up to weird sizes.  The Irish Chain is just a little small and the Next Door Neighbour block came out a tad big!!

So when I find the time, I will make these blocks again.

It hasn't been ALL Civil War sewing lately.  I am working on the ditch quilting on my flannel quilt tonight.  Sorry, forgot to take a photo - will do so next post.  After I do the ditch quilting I will then do a little meandering all over the quilt.  I'm using  Invisifil WonderFil   Wt 100  and I just love this thread.  It really disappears into the quilt and is a treat to work with.  My Brother Nouvelle 1500  loves this thread too!

My mum's Nursing Home is having a kind of Fair on August 3rd so I'm making a few things to sell and display.  My friend has given me a box of hand made cards and bookmarks (which are always popular) plus my ladies from my Tuesday craft group have put in a few goodies (face washers, hand towels) - I have made some of my List Takers and a Chalkboard roll plus a Ballerina Bag.  I will make a few bags this week, probably Library Bags.  My sister has been very productive ....  lots of beautiful hand made fabric flowers with beautiful beaded stems, gorgeous fabric flower brooches and lavender bags.  Plus she has made a few Softies too!  I will take a photo of our sale table on the day and do a post about it.  I think we will have a very pretty  table ... the main point of the Fair is to have something pretty and interesting for the Nursing Home Residents to look at.  So I HAVE been sewing!

My back is all better now!  even hit the gym this week..   I think the quilting I am planning on doing tomorrow will be the test ....  must remember to relax and drop my shoulders and take lots of breaks!

Well, it's time for a cuppa, will report in tomorrow with a pic of my flannel quilt,

Happy Sewing!!


  1. I'm enjoying your Civil War blocks. Interested to see it all put together.

  2. Your blocks look nice and I'm also doing the same. Its a shame that the block sizes are not standard but I'm not worrying about it...

  3. Love your Irish chain, I am falling behind now too with other projects and work. Like playing leap frog. lol Looking forward to seeing pics of the fair. My mom is in residential care too. Have a great week

  4. Just joined your blog.
    And your interest in Civil War blocks and peek my interest to go pull out the books I have on the quilting of that era.

    Thanks for starting me on a new direction.

  5. you have been very busy and love your 2 blocks