Another quilt and some time in the kitchen

I often say I would have been a great 1950’s housewife. I love to sew and cook, I drive a car from the 50’s (daily!) and adore the fashion from that era.

But here I am, in the present.

I finished my Mum’s quilt…. (insert photo here)…. I haven’t taken any good pics of it yet as the weather has been horrid. So I will when its a bit nicer outside (much better lighting!). I made it from a couple of Marmalade charm packs (By Bonnie and Camille) and Camille’s Dilly Dally pattern (you can find it here).

I have also been in the kitchen a fair bit. I really get the guilty when the kids eat processed foods,, especially since having the Thermomix I can make so many things myself. So we made some ‘Chocolate Jam’ (Nutella), Mixed Berry Jam, a loaf of bread (although we go through it so quickly I’m making a loaf nearly every night!), some delicious sausage rolls and some chocolate chip cookies with milk, dark, white and caramel chocolate chips….Mmmm Delish! as Hamish would say!

I did take some pics of my baking, just to make your mouth water a little bit!!

Chocolate JamMixed Berry JamBread and JamSausage RollsChocolate Chip cookiesCrumbsNow I’m working on Hamish’s quilt, long overdue, it was meant to be a birthday present in March!




Checking in

Ok so I’ve been a bit MIA lately. This is going to be a bit of a short post as I’m ready for bed, but I thought I’d show you what I’ve been busy with….
These two as usual


Finishing this for my cousin’s new baby boy


Baking cupcakes with Tilly and teaching her how to sew (she made a doll quilt with my help, she laid it put and sat on my lap to piece it, a bit of a proud mummy moment)




So I’m now making a quilt for my mum, have many more ideas in my head and rolling along with life!
You can find me on Instagram (nellieanddot) and can you tell I’m loving the new Beautiful Mess app??


Right place, right time

Mum & Dad have been foster parents for a few years now and over that time they accumulated a vast amount of kids clothing and toys…I mean an absolutely ridiculous amount. They have a large house with generous sized rooms and the clothing alone was taking over 1 and a half rooms!! Crazy!!
So on the weekend we had a garage sale and organised for a local charity to pick up the leftovers on Sunday.
While I was at my parents on Friday sorting, sorting, sorting, my Dad’a mate came to drop off some tables and two vintage sewing machines to sell. Before he had even unloaded I was asking how much he wanted for the two. He umm and ahhed and eventually came up with $100 for both. I was pretty happy with that but then his lovely wife decided that I could have both for $50!!!! An absolute bargain!!!


The garage sale was a bit quite, we forgot it was school holidays and the beginning of the football season but the charity were a bit overwhelmed with the huge amount of donations they picked up today!! And I have these two lovelies for my future craft room! What do you think?


Ideas, so many ideas

This week has been hectic again. Tilly is now at Kinder two days a week, I’m trying to say yes to as many CRT days as possible without being a burden on my babysitter (Mum). All while trying to get many ideas realised.
There is a big agricultural show on in March and I would really love to enter a few things in the craft section. Every year I say I’m going to, this year I actually want to do it!
I have a vision in my head of a quilt, pillowcase, cushions and a throw that all use Tasha Noel’s Simple Life fabric. The quilt will incorporate embroideries which will hopefully look beautiful but is time consuming. I struggle with being patient with this first step as I want to see my vision in real life.
Below is a pic of the first embroidery, it’s nearly done, then there will be another 3 or 4 (depending on my patience!). Then I can put the quilt together….


I’m also wanting to get started on Hamish’s birthday presents, and a few other ideas…. Sometimes I wish there was more hours in the day


Twice finished

Last week I finished a quilt to give to my cousin at her baby shower. Then I decided I wasn’t happy with the binding so my seam ripper and I got busy and ripped it all off. So, I finished it again with new binding. I’m so much happier with the results.

This quilt is made from The Sweetest Thing fabric by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake. I left out the pinker prints as my cousin knows she is having a baby girl, but doesn’t want to be swamped by pink. Charm squares set on point with ivory sashing, what do you think?

Jem's baby quilt front Front close up Back IMG_0925 DIY washi tape

My favourite little man got hold of my roll of double sided fashion tape (you know that stuff you put between your body and clothes to keep your clothes in place?) and pulled it all off the dispenser. Rather than just throw it out I put it on some of the scraps of fabric and made my own washi tape. Waste not want not….

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Original binding

The original binding I had cut just 1/4 of an inch too thin. It just didn’t look right so had to be replaced.

Gift tag

Tilly was so excited at the baby shower when Jem opened it, it was so cute and Jem seemed to love it.


Beating my addiction

I have an addiction to fabric. Don’t laugh, I really do. It needs to stop and its going to.

I have so many ideas and the Internet allows me to fuel these ideas with beautiful fabrics that I can buy from across the world.

The problem is that the fabrics then sit in my cupboard and don’t get to be useful or admired. I do have them all neatly organised and I love to open my cupboard and run my fingers over them imagining all the beautiful quilts and bits and pieces I plan to make. Then I shut the door and get caught up with life and they sit there for a bit longer.

Well no more!!
I am making a pledge to actually use the fabrics I have and to avoid adding to my stash. I have a few pieces on their way through work in March (Little Red Riding Hood, by Tash Noel and Calliope by Cyndi Walker) so with the exception of these I am not buying anymore quilting cottons! I can buy plain fabric to use as sashing and backing for quilts, but only from my local Spotlight store and I can buy winter weight fabric to make clothes for the kids this winter (I have the cutest vintage overall pattern for Miss Tilly). Oh and I can buy batting.

My plan is to start ‘stash sewing’, using what I have on hand already and actually making things on a regular basis, not just for presents!

Wish me luck!!



P.S. I will happily accept any gift of fabric or vouchers for Etsy or The Fat Quarter Shop….. Then its not ‘me’ buying the fabric…..