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!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


I'm still preparing my Birthday post!  So in the meantime, I thought I would share this with you.........

As I'm not getting all that much sewing done right now (well, I am quilting the Monkey quilt and I have finished the Lullaby in the Night Sky quilt) I thought I would go back in time and tell you about some of the quilts I have made............
First up, is the "Hat and Buttons" quilt I made for Matt.... many years ago!   Matt always wore a cute little legionnaires cap on which I had sewn his collection of buttons and badges.  Everywhere we went, we would collect another one to add to the hat.  Naturally, Matt got to a certain age when the little hat would not fit him anymore so I cut off all of the buttons and badges and kept them in a jar.

and eventually I made this wall hanging .......

It is hanging in our hallway and has many more badges added to it.  Each year I buy the new release Anzac Day badge and pin it to this quilt.

I think this quilt will always hang in our hallway, it's a lovely way to connect to the days when Matt was just a little boy.

I will do another "QUILT STORY" soon........

I will be back with my BIRTHDAY POST tomorrow, just waiting to take some photos.  I do want to thank everyone who has sent me Happy Birthday wishes.  I haven't updated my blog lately.  Unfortunately Fred has been in hospital for over a week now.  He went in with high temperature and feeling very unwell.  He had an infection which has been treated but still the temp remains and he is still feeling low.  

Cheers from Helen


  1. how cute is your Matt Helen and what a lovely idea with the wall hanging,lots of special memories,hope Fred is feeling better,take care.xx

  2. Thanks for sharing the photo and story of Matts special button hat.. What a great idea to turn it into a wall hanging...

    Hope Fred is feeling a bit better today..

  3. So sorry to read that Fred is not feeling well. I hope he feels better soon.

    Happy birthday to you!

    I love the hat and button/pin quilt. That is a darling idea.

  4. love the hat quilt idea... a great way to keep a collection... best wishes for Fred's recovery...

  5. What a great idea to hang the badge collection on a wall hanging! Perfect! AND so clever! :)

  6. Matt is so adorable Helen..I do hope that Fred gets well soon and I hope that you have a fabulous birthday.

  7. What a great idea with the hat, hope Fred feels better soon.

  8. Happy Birthday! The hat quilt with all the badges is brilliant. I'm going to keep that idea in mind.