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!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Go-Cutter Dies

New Rotary Cutter, Bag Pattern with handles and
a great new gadget.... Turn It All

Baby fabrics and some great brights!

Some "Noddy" fabrics and lovely Baby fabrics and more
fabric to make Ballerina Bags!!

As promised, here are the pics of the goodies I purchased at the Craft Show.  The Rotary Cutter is by Martelli and I'm told it is absolutely fabulous!  I'm just about to find out!! (more info later).  The Turn It All  - endorsed by Elianor Peace Bailey.  I had seen this tool on someone's Blog and thought "how clever is that!!" and just had to buy one for myself (all the girls bought one too!).    The Bag pattern is another one by Monica Poole of Moonshine Designs.  My friends and I just LOVE Monica's patterns.  I can't wait to make this one!  If you click on the links you can read more about the items!  Of course, I just had to have some fabric and as you can see..... I did buy just a little bit:-)     I collect old "Noddy" books and couldn't resist the fabric (have absolutely NO idea what I will do with it as yet!) and I added to my collection of baby fabrics to make the quilts for my Niece who is due in February (baby girl) and then I found lots of gorgeous ballerina fabrics so naturally I bought a fair bit of that.  The Brights will be great for some of the Christmas gifts I have planned for the little ones in the family.   I only photographed one piece of each, trust me..... there are duplicates and triplicates of most pieces:-)))

I know you are probably wondering "why so many Go Dies"???     Well, the supplier I have been purchasing my dies from is going out of business so he had great deals on all the Go Cutter supplies!  and YES... I KNOW I AM YET TO MAKE ANYTHING WITH THE DIES I ALREADY OWN!   Hey, I'm busy you know!!     I have actually cut many Tumbler blocks (6-1/2") so I have kind of started to make something:-)  I can hear Minette (you know who you are!) saying "oh right, believe it when I see it!!"

So my friends.... there you have it!   Now my problem is "where can I put all this stuff"?????   My little sewing room is groaning with just about every space taken.  Don't you worry..... I have a plan!  More about that later....

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Love your shopping. I also haven been buying the dies and have some that you have.. I havent seen the tulip before ... We seem to have similar tastes as I have the Noddy fabric... Just love Noddy; even my cat has the name Noddy !

  2. Your bag you had at the show must have been very well sewn!to hold all those goodies. The tube turner is really good so another worthwhile gadget!

  3. You'll be too busy for your blog using all your new loot! I think I need a tube turner!

  4. What wonderful goodies!!!! I have that tube turner and LOVE it.

  5. Helen, I just sorted out my sewing room and stash closet I wish you had been a little closer I could share some of the many gadgets I've bought over the years. The tube turner came from E.P. Bailey when I took one of her doll making classes ever so many years ago. It is one of the few tools that did not end up in that "box".

  6. Yeah that's right ! Show me the goods! haha. Love all your shopping! I will try and make you a bit jealous telling you that Monica S is a local oraound here and I have had a nice conversation with her and planning to do a QAYG with her next year. Do you think your Go supplier has anything left? Maybe send me their details?