I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 65, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew, who is 27. 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’m enjoying treadling on my 201K Singer and I collect Miniature Sewing Machines and currently have three Essex , one Singer 20, one Singer 40, two Vulcan Miniatures and my latest, a Grain. 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, 15 June 2021

BABY GIFTS, LOG CABINS AND MONSTERS

Hello!

Let’s have a catch up….again🙂. I’ve been sewing most days.  Brisbane has had a couple of snap lock downs due to COVID-19.  Both Fred and I have had our first Covid vaccine shot.    

So let’s talk sewing………….

This baby quilt was whipped up from a leftover part of a panel, it was gifted to my lovely Butcher for his first baby. 


BABY QUILT, MADE WITH A LEFTOVER PANEL

I pieced this STASHBUSTER 2020 last year, finally got it together and quilted.  



MY 2020 STASHBUSTER

I had a play at making a bargello quilt, bought a lovely fat quarter pack from Oz Material Girls  called Lucy’s Garden.   It’s a very clever process to make this quilt, I really enjoyed it.   Click on the link …bargello…for the free tutorial.   

         
MY FIRST BARGELLO QUILT, IT’S IN LINE TO BE QUILTED NEXT


We have just enjoyed a few days down at our unit in Surfers Paradise… (click here)……beautiful weather..went in swimming every morning even though it’s Winter!  I took my Featherweight with me and pieced another Fat Quarter Slide quilt top…. Used up lots of large pieces from my stash.  ðŸ™‚

  

WORKING ON ANOTHER FAT QUARTER SLIDE

I recently purchased the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool…. I’ve been having lots of fun making log cabin blocks from scraps and stash….. I used up the scraps from the Bargello quilt to make this runner….on my treadle!


LOG CABIN TABLE RUNNER…MADE ON MY 201K TREADLE


Another little monster wall hanging…. I love the monsters from Shiny Happy World   I just need to back this one and bind.  

MONSTER WALL HANGING


Quilting my Majestic Mountains quilt…..I made this quilt some years ago and I’m finally getting around to quilting it.  It’s made with repurposed men’s cotton shirts….. so soft and cuddly.   I’ve almost finished the quilting.  

QUILTING MY MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS QUILT


I made this farm quilt a while ago, recently gifted it to our neighbours new grandchild, a little boy named Fredrik🙂

FARM QUILT GIFTED TO A NEW BABY


USED UP SOME MORE DENYSE SCHMIDT FABRIC ON THE BACK OF THE RUNNER


LOVE TREADLING. 

As you probably know, I love making string blocks…. I had so much fun making this quilt….I named it Murder in Mesopotamia (Poirot) as it reminded me of a quern …the pattern is called Circle of Strings,

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THIS IS THE OTHER MONSTER WALL HANGING I MADE LAST YEAR, NOW I NEED TO GET BOTH MONSTERS FINISHED 

MY FEATHERWEIGHT SET UP AT THE GOLD COAST

I made another log cabin wall hanging using  lots of sewing themed scraps…also had a play quilting clam shells on my sweet sixteen using ruler work…. Getting better each attempt!

SEWING WALL HANGING

Another miniature sewing machine has been added to my collection… this one is a Grain.  My friend Ged found it for me in Wales…. It’s so cute!  I haven’t had a chance to get it up and running as yet but I’ve oiled it ready.  The table with the drawer is so cute and look at the cute domed lid! 


SURFERS PARADISE BEACH LOOKING NORTH

Brisbane was fortunate to be able to see the blood moon on May 26….

not my photo…. 




Well that’s it from me…🙂.  

Cheers from Helen





















Monday, 4 January 2021

THERE GOES CHRISTMAS


Hello!

I had planned on posting before Christmas but that didn’t happen....... so here I am January 4th 2021!

I’ll catch up with my Christmas sewing.......

Lots of pillow slips.....sorry the photos won’t go where I want them to go.   Blogger just doesn’t work well on iPad .....
 

   

I did a few appliqué tee shirts of course!
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A good friend gifted me a box of Singer attachments so I made her granddaughter an appliqué tee shirt using one of the Paper Dolls from Red Boot Quilts 


My STASHBUSTER 2020 quilts

I found the turtle blocks that I appliqued a couple of years ago! Now they’re quilted and I’m up to the binding🙂

Another little sewing table. I love these tables...this one I found down in New South Wales quite close to where my sister lives. My sister collected it for me and sent it up in the back seat of her partners car when he came up late in the year (borders were open at the time). 

Yes, another SIGGY for my collection.  

This is as far as I went for Christmas, didn’t even do a tree!

A new make! Fabric bookmarks🙂


These are so quick to sew!



More pillow slips 





A little pin cushion for my great-niece (I put a piece
of hard plastic in the back of it to stop pins going through and
stabbing her🙂
Cheers from Helen
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

PLAYING WITH PAPER DOLLS...

 

Hello !

Well suddenly it’s mid October ... and I have been in a sewing slump so I don’t have too much to show...

I did purchase a wonderful vintage book recently ...

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A lovely SIGGY block arrived all the way from Texas, USA.  Surprisingly my return SIGGY arrived in Texas ... taking only three weeks.  

We spent a glorious few days at our unit in Surfers Paradise to celebrate my 65th birthday,  the weather was warm so we went swimming every day....


A “paper doll” machine appliqué tee shirt ...  I’m still playing with different stabilisers and techniques in starting and stopping the stitching.... my machine has a lock stitch but I find it’s a bit untidy and leaves a small lump where it stitches in place.      The paper doll pattern is a sew along by The Red Boot Quilt Company. 



So that’s all for now, I’m slowly getting back into some sewing so I do hope to have a lot of show and tell by the next Post. 

Happy sewing!
Cheers,
Helen





Saturday, 22 August 2020

FARM QUILT AND CHRISTMAS SEWING

SPARE FARM QUILT

QUILTED ON MY BROTHER PQ1500
ATTACHING THE BINDING

TOOL BELT WITH TEE SHIRT
The rocket ship tee shirt I stitched last week went very smoothly but sadly the stitching this week went a bit crazy ...  I stitched the tools on the orange shirt first then started on the blue shirt. Different thread. I had so many issues with skipped stitches !  I tried all the tricks I know of but still the skipping occurred. 
In the end I just went around twice and left it at that. I then wrote to Sulky about this issue... the Sticky Fabri-Solvy is a Sulky product ....  It’s obviously a sticky needle issue but I use extremely good needles made for working on adhesive product but the Sticky Fabri-Solvy is a pressure sensitive product, you don’t actually iron it down.  Sulky advised that you can iron it down and that might stop the sticky residue issue.... I’ll try that next one I do.  
I MADE TWO TOOL BELTS WITH TEE SHIRT


BLANKET STITCHING ON MY BROTHER INNOVIS 1800

Another Christmas gift made... chalkboard roll.  These are very easy to sew.  I use a tutorial that unfortunately is no longer available but if you google chalkboard rolls you will find quite a few patterns and tutorials.  This tutorial here is similar to the version I make but I don’t add pockets. 





 

I’m still struggling with my sore back so not so much sewing the last few days.  

Cheers!
Helen