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!

Thursday, 31 January 2013


I have joined Val and a lovely bunch of ladies for this sew-along.  I must have had this book in my cupboard for about 15 years!  This sew-along will finally make me do something with it!

The goal for January was to have our fabrics chosen ---  I have started going through some of my Christmas fabric but I think I'll move into the scrap box soon too.....

I will be using the blanket stitch fusible appliqué method instead of needleturn.  I see Val is doing machine applique and it looks great.....  I might throw in some sketchy machine appliqué as well!

Today I scanned the pattern for Santas House and have it all printed out ready to start tracing - now to just decide on fabric......

Happy Sewing!!


  1. This looks like fun! I will watch with interest!

  2. i love this design,i look forward to seeing yours grow.xx

  3. Can't believe this design has been around for so long :)
    It seems needle turn is not the popular finish. I love all your fabric choices. There are lots of little pieces required so I am going to try to use up some of my small scraps. I love that we are all off to a great start.

  4. Cute pattern and with all those little pieces, your method of applique will be the best choice. Love your fabrics - very fun!!! We look like the north pole this morning after 7" of new snow and a prediction of 17 degrees below zero for tonight. Yep - winter in Wisconsin and I dream of your warm summer right now.

  5. Can't wait to see your first update. I also have this book for many years but never started it.

  6. so great to have you making it with the rest of us... such fun...

  7. Looking forward to seeing your first pics.