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, 23 July 2014


"Peek-a-Boo" quilt for Oliver
pegged out on the clothesline to get a better photo


I always include a book with the quilt,
baby Oliver is only 6 months old but
Spot is always a good read!

and it's kind of a peek-a-boo book as it opens out to reveal
more pictures.
Triangle label (thanks Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville!) -
a quick way to add a label when
you have run out of inkjet printable fabric!

I love a quick quilt and this one was certainly that :-)     A few embroidered pieces waiting in a box, some scraps from the scrap pile, a backing fabric just begging to be used up and a piece just the right size for the binding - perfect!

I usually do a computer printed label but I've run out of the inkjet sheets so I did the quick triangle label method that Bonnie Hunter uses - a thick pigma pen to do the writing and it was all done in minutes!

Quilted with straight line tramlines (as I call them) in the sashing, and a square inside the four patch blocks (I use blue painters tape to form the square and just sew around that!)  It's always a quandary as to how to quilt the embroidery or applique blocks so in this instance I left them alone except for the little duckies, I ditch quilted down the yellow pieces.

I wanted a 1/2" binding on the front so I tried the binding method where you leave excess batting and backing beyond the quilt front - I left a 1/4".   The only mistake I made was that I forgot to attach the binding along the edge of the quilt front with a 1/4" seam...... I attached it at the edge of the batting/backing and used a 1/2" seam allowance which resulted in the desired effect --I wanted the outside sashing/border to be the same width as the inside sashings but still wanted a 1/2" binding, but the binding ended up quite bulky.  It's done now and came out okay but I will remember next time to attach the binding to the top and not the outside edges if I am using this method again.

The quilt is washed and dried ready to deliver.  I always prefer to wash a quilt I am gifting as then I know it's all ready to be used and as I always use a colour catcher in the wash, I will know if any of the fabrics ran in the wash.  I also include a couple of colour catchers in a ziplock bag with the quilt.

So my Peek-a-Boo quilt is finished.....  now what to do?   :-)

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen


  1. Hi Helen what a wonderful quilt it is so cute ,an amazing parcel you have put together.xx

  2. i am thinking about using the corner triangle labels , hadn't though of that