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!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Sewing!  where would we be without it?     I took some "me" time yesterday and worked on the Zakka Style Pencil Case plus a present for my Great-nephew Lachie's 9th Birthday.

The pattern for the Colouring Wallet can be found HERE    I had given Lachie one of these Colouring Wallets for Xmas (in a Superman fabric) but he asked me if I could make another one in Transformer's fabric!!  Lucky for me I found some online - it is a cushion panel.

The Zakka Style Pencil Case in the original book is smaller than the one I made, as I also wanted to fit a Rotary Cutter in it.  I made mine cut at 4" and added around 2" to the length.  This one is my "prototype" but I'm going to make another one hopefully today.  I have purchased some lovely linen which is a tighter weave and also found some gorgeous linen ribbon.

Matt is recovering well.  Still sleeping lots but that's actually quite normal for him!  My husband had another CT scan yesterday so we are just waiting to hear from the Specialist now.

Happy Sewing!!


  1. I'm glad you took some time for yourself! How is your son now..
    and hubby?
    Also the link to the case didn't work...FYI. :)

  2. Oh boy Susan - thinking of you - great therapy though xxx

  3. Great projects Susan. So pleased to hear your son is home.

  4. Hey Helen, good to hear your son is home and recovering - at least you have one under your wing! Now we need to have some good news regarding your dear husband!
    I wish I was a kid just so I could have a neat drawing case - they look such fun. Well done!

  5. Sewing is such great therapy, isn't it? Great little drawing case Helen! You continue to be in my thoughts!

  6. Pleased you had some ME time and you make a few nice projects..
    Good to hear Matt is getting better and I hope all goes well for your DH.

  7. So glad your son is better and praying for good results for your husband. Also, so happy to see you are sewing again. There's nothing better in times of stress.

  8. Helen, I am glad to hear Matt is getting well. Prayers are being sent for both your boys. Pam

  9. Yes, I often say that sewing is cheaper that a therapist! Take care of yourself and your family. I am thinking of you.