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!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


My Mum & my Featherweight 222K
Mum looks amazing for someone who will be 95 in July
My Featherweight looks good too, she is 58!

Our pretty rows

Last week I took my Featherweight 222K over to visit with my Mum in the Nursing Home.  We set up out in the little dining room.  I had taken over some packs of charm squares and placed them on the table for Mum to put two together and hand to me and I did the sewing.  Mum did very well with this considering she has Dementia and really cannot see too well at all.  Now and then she would "drift" but for most of the hour and a half she seemed to enjoy the process.  We laid out our rows and surprisingly Mum worked out that I had more rows to sew and then we would have a tablecloth!  At one point she said to me "oh, this is patchwork" and she also figured out that we were doing rows of six by six.   Interestingly Mum was able to work out if she had two different squares as every now and then she would say "oh no, those don't go together".  Although she cannot see too well, I took her hands and ran them over the sewing machine.  She was amazed at how small it was.  I told her all about the Featherweight sewing machine and how old mine is (1957).

We spent a very enjoyable morning and next week we will do it again, this time putting the rows together.
Siggy from Frederika, Norway

I am still participating in the International Siggy Swap and last week I received this lovely block from Frederika in Norway.  It is still exciting to receive a little envelope in the post and read all about different places around the world.  Thank you Frederika, I love your little shoes!

I think I have missed posting about a few Siggy Blocks from last year so will update with those soon.

The machine appliqué is going well.......

Choo choo....... I am up to the By Rail row

Pattern:- By Air, By Rail, By Sea
Heather's Designs

I am enjoying doing the machine appliqué
Sewing on my Brother Quilters Edition 

Another version of Sylvie Sunshine
this one for a little friend.
Sewn on my Featherweight

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen


  1. What a wonderful idea that was for your mom. I'm sure it was great therapy for both of you.

    Love your little rail road AND that sweet doll.

    1. Thanks! I'm going to Mum's again this coming week, we will put the rows together!