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!

Sunday, 25 September 2011


Block # 37    Confederate Rose

Just added my latest Civil War block to my Flickr site... Confederate Rose.   The original pattern called for set in seams with pieces cut by template, but as I'm so far behind I decided to use the square in a square method.  My block has pieced up to a perfect 8-1/2" square, but my photo has the seam allowance cropped.  My stash of suitable fabrics is getting quite thin!  Lucky for me, the dark outside triangles were already cut and in my scrap box!  I found it difficult to find enough "rose" fabric but I'm happy with how this block looks.  One day, when I have time, I will piece this block using the method given on the Civil War site.

One more week of our school holidays to go!!  I have thoroughly enjoyed this first week (especially the bit where I went to the beach!!) and I have sewing days planned for this coming week plus I will take my Mum for a drive up to Bribie Island again, to visit with my sister.  As my son is in Year 12, school holidays will soon be a thing of the past for me :-(((     but then again, next year I won't have to do the dreaded morning drive for school drop off every day... now that DOES put a smile on my face:-)

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Love the fabric you used for Block 37. I went and looked at all your other photos - Just beautiful! I'm working on the civil war blocks but have only managed to piece 2 of them so far. I've always liked your chubby chicks quilt - So cute!

  2. I can only dream of no more school run - it's only just begun!

  3. You are very busy. I find it so interesting that you are doing Civil War blocks. I love what you are doing but I am not interested in doing it myself.

  4. Nice to catch up with you again. See you are still enjoying your civil war blocks... good for you! :)

  5. I like the Confederate Rose block.

    Although we hate to see the kids grow up, I don't think anyone misses the school drop-offs.