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!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

BIRTHDAY LOOT! and some sewing, at last!

Birthday Loot!

I am in Cheryll's Fat Quarter Birthday Exchange and this is the beautiful selection of brights I received from the other members.  I chose brights after working with the Civil War fabrics last year.... I needed a change of scenery!   I absolutely LOVE each and every piece of fabric!   I had a wonderful birthday morning enjoying my cup of tea and opening each parcel.   Thanks girls! 

A couple of weeks ago I made some presents for my little great-nieces and nephew....

Chloe and Bridget each received a Colouring Wallet (Pattern by J. Casa HandmadeLINK TO PATTERN
Inside the Colouring Wallet

I made Lachlan a Snap Trap Wallet, you can find the pattern HERE

Chloe also received a Snap Trap purse from me... it was her birthday last week as well!

I took this photo to try and show you the "snap trap" part of the wallet.
The pattern for the Childs Colouring Wallet is great!  I have made a few of these now.  They make a quick present for a child.  You can "grow it up" a little by inserting pencils instead of crayons.  The pattern for the Snap Trap Wallet is another "go to" pattern when I need a quick gift.

Today I finished sewing something but it's a secret until after next Friday....  the person I have made it for reads my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprise!

Good news on the home front too......    Fred came home from hospital yesterday (after being there for nearly two weeks!).  He is still not 100% well,  but happy to be home.

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen 

ps:  blogger is playing up, the photos kept going all over the place!


  1. so glad Fred is home Helen and what a lovely lot of goodies you have there,so glad you enjoyed your day.
    Lots of beautiful projects you have made ,well done Helen.xx

  2. Pleased Fred is home.. He will get better quicker with your care..
    WOW!!! You did receive lots of lovely brights Helen..
    thanks for sharing the pattern links.. Will go check them out..

  3. I am so glad to read that Fred is home. There is no place quite like home.

    Lovely gifts both coming and going from your place.

  4. That's great news about FreD!
    Love ALL your work... as usual Helen!
    Enjoy your SunDaY! :)

  5. Glad that Fred is home. The gift wallets are just darling.

  6. Happy birthday to you and glad to here that Fred is home and on his way to feeling better. Thanks for the links to the children's gifts. They are very cute!

  7. How are ya? I hope you are well! Love the work you have been doing!

  8. Awesome Birthday loot! I have also just tagged you in a game of blog tag. to find out more go to farmgatecreations.blogspot.com No pressure if you don't want to play along,no worries. It's all just a bit of fun.