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!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Hey Diddle Diddle in pastels!  not my usual look!

close up of the fabrics

I sewed most of today and got this top up to flimsy stage!  These colours are not my usual choice for this quilt as you can see by the other versions I have made   HERE  and  HERE  and  HERE   but it is for a darling little girl who is only 6 months old.  I wanted to get this quilt finished as she is just the right age for this one.

The pattern is called Hey Diddle Diddle and is designed by Karen DuMont of KariePatch Designs.  It's a great pattern for a baby quilt.  I like everything Karen designs.  The pattern I have is from a magazine and the quilt is called Hey Diddle Diddle but you can check out Karen's website   HERE   --  this quilt is called Playtime on the site.  I've also made the one called "On the Go" - great boys quilt!

So now I need to find a backing and get this one quilted, shouldn't be difficult - there is always lots of fairy fabric around or I might get more of the purple spot.

If you take a closer look at the quilt, you will see that I added the purple spot border with pink cornerstones, then the stripe border with no cornerstones and then the large purple border with the fussy cut fairy cornerstones.  So you might be wondering... why no cornerstones on the stripe border?   To be honest, I thought I was only adding that one and then the wide purple with no cornerstones so I didn't do the cornerstones on the stripe, but when I came to check measure my fabrics I found that I could get away with one cut plus cornerstones for the purple and not have to join it.  Anyway, I think the stripe border breaks things up a bit!

I have made my binding out of the stripe fabric also, which should finish the quilt off nicely.

Happy Sewing!!


  1. It's gorgeous Helen! The little one will love it! :)

  2. so pretty,well done Helen.xx

  3. It looks great and the fabrics are darling. That will be one well loved quilt.

  4. Very cute fabrics! I like the fun little twists too. Well done!

  5. It looks so pretty. I love the design.