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!

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Yes, we finally have another cool day!  so I have been trying to get some long overdue sewing accomplished.

First up is the Delightful Stars quilt-along.
Lesson 10

Lesson 9
I am sewing the blocks for the Delightful Stars quilt-along on my Singer 222k Featherweight.  As I had not sewn for a while, it took me a little while to get going again on the Featherweight but once I had all the settings right, I was on my way!  These blocks call for only a scant 1/4" seam so until I receive my scant 1/4" foot from April's 1930 Sewing Shop , I am using the seam guide (which works very well!).

Here is my little machine all set up for sewing --  note the pretty pin cushion!  ...  it is one of those wristlet pin cushions and fits around my machine so well!  As it is for using on your wrist, the pins don't go through the band so my machine won't get pin scratches!

I have been making a doll for little Maisy.....  pattern by The Red Boot Quilt Company
Sylvie Sunshine doll
ready for filling

Last week I did get the Kitty Quilt together.  It now also has a white border (need to take another photo)  and I'm just deciding about the next border.

This will be a knee quilt so it needs to grow out some more.  I will use up all the leftover fabrics in the final border and probably for the backing too.

Although the sashing looks complicated, partial piecing made it a breeze.   I can see myself using this method for lots of future quilts!

I know! I have the same two fabrics meeting each other, middle row on left but I'm not worried about that.

If I were to make this quilt again, I would simplify the eyes somehow as they were quite fiddly to stitch. The pattern actually machine stitched a lot of the features but I prefer to hand stitch.

Happy Sewing!!
Cheers from Helen


  1. Hi, Helen
    10 complete lessons, good job!!!
    I love your sewing machine!

  2. Love the "cat" quilt top and so will the little Miss I'm sure!
    Your baby looks wonderful all set up too ! :)