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, 26 November 2011


Thought I should check in!  I have been busy in the sewing room with all manner of projects.....

I have just finished the second of the Baby Play Mats that I am making for my friend.  Both quilts are now washed and ready to deliver.  The twist blocks were quite easy to put together, but I did learn one thing.....  to cut the squares which make up the twist piece at least 1" larger than the square that the twist is attached to.  The pattern suggest 5-1/4" squares for the twist and 4-1/2" square for the base, but on the quilt with the red centre squares I made the twist squares 5-1/2"  and it did make it much easier to attach them.

The photos make the quilts look all crinkly, but in reality they are not!  It was quite windy outside when I took the photos:-)

So what else have I been up to???    Well, I have been very busy putting together my Christmas gifts for my stitching friends, but as they do read my blog..... I can't show you what I am making!!!   (Sorry girls! you will just have to wait until Friday)

My next project will be the Dolly Baskets for the little girls in my family.  I will use the same pattern that was used in the Quilted Basket Swap on the Quilting Gallery earlier this year.

Now to dig out all of that PINK fabric I bought to make the baskets.......

Happy Stitching!!


  1. Nice to know you have been staying off the streets and being productive Helen!! Ha ha! The playmats are lovely! I have never seen this idea before! I am sure the babies will love them!

  2. What a sweet baby blanket idea!! You certainly have been busy!

  3. These quilts are wonderful Helen. I might have to remember this pattern for when I have grandies! Love it! :)

  4. Love this idea. They are so cute.

  5. Love these baby play mats. What a good idea.
    Thanks for the heads up on the Aussie cards. I tried Mt Ommaney PO to no success but I'm off to Indro shoppingtown tomorrow so surely I'll find some there.
    Helen from Helsie's Happenings

  6. Hi.... thought I would drop by and see who I am swapping birthday fabric with.... this is just a lovely play mat...

  7. Such lovely playmats! Happy holidays!