I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 63, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 25. 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 , one Singer 20. one Singer 40 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!

Monday, 13 February 2012


The bag and goodies I sent to Jen
Top of bag
Close up of pin cushion, notebook and needle case with bag

Hello everyone,

I should have posted these pics last week.  Jen has received my parcel in the Accessory Bag Swap so now I can show you the goods!!

I made the Sewing Bag from a pattern by Joy Coey.  The pattern is called HONEY BUN FUN.  You can find the pattern at Joy's website HERE.   The pin cushion and needle-case are just simple ones I made up myself and the covered notebook is from a Tutorial you can find HERE.  I included a few Aussie items too.... little notebook, fridge magnet and bookmark.

..... so, what else have I been up to??

not much.   MH is away for a few weeks so I'm doing a little spring cleaning around the house.  My son is now studying at Southbank Institute of Technology so no more school runs for me:-))   I am working on another baby quilt for my Niece Lauren (beautiful baby girl born Feb 11th - Maisy) - this one is called Lullaby in the Night Sky .   I'm doing the blanket stitching on it right now and should have that finished in the next couple of days.  I'll post a pic soon.

The weather here has been horrible lately.  Very warm and humid.  NOT great sewing weather!  I have some machine quilting to do but just can't face it in this weather:-(

My sister is arriving today for a short stay which will be nice.  We usually hit the Thrift Shops straight away!  My sis always finds something good!  We will also have a visit with Mum.

This is a photo taken of the two of us  (I'm the one on the left!) at a family friends wedding - I'm thinking I'm about 8 and my sister would be 5 (might be a year out there!!)   Mum made the beautiful outfits (even the hats!)

So I'll be back with more sewing news later,

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Lovely bag swap!

    Your lullabye quilt is going to be darling. What a cute pattern!

    Have a great visit.

  2. wow! That is an impressive bag! And such pretty colours! Enjoy your visit!

  3. Lucky swap partner! That picture of you two is so cute!!

  4. Absolutely fantastic bag and accessories Helen. Looks like a great swap! :)

  5. Beautiful bag and accessories.

    I love the picture of you and your sister and those wonderful outfits.
    Lillian @ lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

  6. Oh what a great time you and your sister will have!

  7. A very lucky swap partner you have there. Oh! and I love the pic of you and your sister, such gorgeous girls.

  8. I love the goodies you sent off. And the picture of you as a little girl is just precious! Don't you just love the old pictures? I could look at them forever!