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, 4 July 2013


I just couldn't stop myself.....  I read Pat's blog post HERE about how she made her HST's for the AFA quilt-along and I wanted to make another block immediately!  Pat shows how to make the 8 HST blocks by placing two 12" squares together and marking the diagonals and sewing across the diagonals and then cutting everything apart to yield the HST's - fabulous!!   Very accurate with just a smidgen of trimming to do.

I've been collecting Batiks for some years now, with the plan to make a quilt for my guest room in a Polynesian theme.  The AFA quilt will look great in batiks!  So late today I put two 12" squares together (I know.... orange and green AGAIN!) and drew my lines.  I used my Singer 201K again - did I mention how I love to sew on this machine?

Sorry the photo of the block is a little dark - I was so keen to show you!!  If I used the flash on the camera, the block looked washed out.  I'll take a better pic tomorrow to post on the Quilting Gallery site.

Thank you Pat !   I love this method!

If you are a long time follower of my blog, you may recall that my hubby and I lived in Papua New Guinea and American Samoa many years ago.  So that's why I want to make a Polynesian theme quilt - perhaps I should be calling it my Island theme quilt as PNG is Melanesian.

A much younger ME !  markets in Rabaul I think.

My Mum visited, photo taken in a traditional Fale in Samoa

The next block in the AFA quilt-along will be posted soon, can't wait to see what we are sewing next!



  1. Great work Helen, they are much easier that way the HST, those pictures remind me of when I was young and lived in PNG, have fun!!

  2. sooo... you are getting 2 of the quilts done... lovely.... I have done smaller hst's that way....
    lovely png pictures... what a great experience...

  3. great pics and lovely blocks Helen.xx

  4. I'll definitely be trying the new method of HSTs.

  5. Love it. You can never go wrong with batiks!