I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 24. 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 and one Singer 20 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!

Sunday, 22 December 2013


Hello there!

I have been busy making a few small items for Christmas gifts.......    READING PILLOWS !   from the book "Growing Up Modern"  by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.    The pillows finish at 14" square and use a cushion insert so a nice quick finish!   and before my Niece's groan... no these are not for our girls and boys :-)   although one could be in their future ! :-)

Now I'm busy sewing pillowcases !

I am also sewing along with Bonnie Hunter's "Celtic Solstice" mystery but I haven't even finished the first clue and now we are up to clue # 4, but it's not a race and I will enjoy some serious sewing time in the next few days.

In the New Year I will be joining in with the new Quilt-along at Quilting Gallery.  This new one is called Delightful Stars, click HERE to read all about it!

I'll be back.......

Okay, I'm back! .....   finished the Pillowcases......


  1. Such a lovely idea and such wonderful gifts Helen.xx

  2. What a cute idea! I'm always looking for gift ideas that I can couple with books to gift the little ones!

  3. Love the Reading cushion idea and the pillowslips look fabulous too.

  4. The reading pillow is a great idea.Your pillow cases are really cute.
    I am doing Bonnie's quilt too. Have some blocks done of the first three parts. Need to work on a few of part 4. After the holidays I hope to get some serious sewing done. Wishing you a lovely holiday.

  5. These reading piillows are a good idea! I'm not joining in with Bonnie's mystery but am enjoying seeing everyone's progress! Merry Christmas and happy holidays xox

  6. Really cute pillows and cases. The BH QAL is kicking my backside. I am limping along at it. I won't be joining Michele's this time-just too many projects going and the 3 1/2 in squares in BH's is more than I can keep up with:) Hope you had a lovely Christmas-we have been in the 80's here in southern California.