Archive for May, 2008

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Whale doorstop – that doesn’t

A few weeks ago I was out celebrating my birthday with friends from work. Amusingly there are three of us with the same birthday (and until last year we all worked in the same lab). This works well for me because I don’t really like having birthdays (other peoples’ are great, mine not so much) […]

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

More shopping bags (and graduation)

Time has been in very short supply for me recently and yet I have been itching to sew, especially for other people and so I have been making very easy shopping bags as gifts. It was my mum’s birthday last week and my sister was knitting her a beautiful stole. I thought I’d try to […]

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Monday, May 19th, 2008

Fabric stash

I’ve been a bit naughty this month and added quite a bit to my fabric stash. Firstly I finally found some of the Robert Kaufman Apple corduroy from a UK shop, Fabulous Fabric, so I’ll be turning that into a winter skirt. Then I fell for some robot canvas from Kitty Craft that I’m going […]

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Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Laptop bag

I have a tiny Samsung laptop that carry with me almost everywhere.  It is essential for work (we only have 4 computers in the office for 12 people) and play (I live in a towerblock with no external tv aerial and the indoor aerial I have is very temperamental).  However, a few months after I […]

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Monday, May 12th, 2008

Secret Santa 2007: cupcake pincushion

Every Christmas at work we have a Secret Santa and every year I decide to make mine (and almost always leave it to the last minute). This last year I pulled a fellow crafter’s name out of the hat and so made a cupcake pincushion, from Softies by Therese Laskey. It was fun and easy […]

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008

rough and ready zombie t-shirt

My friend G has a mild obsession with zombies. It’s nothing serious, he says that when he moves into a new area/house/city he always works out his escape routes and locates potential weapon stores. We smile and nod. When I saw the “how to survive a zombie attack” t-shirt by Threadless I had to buy […]

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

A’s birthday shopping bag

Last summer I was sent to work in a lab in North Carolina for four weeks. Whilst I learnt ooodles, I was not the happiest bunny whilst I was there. It was during the Tour de France, which was starting in London and I’d been eagerly awaiting it for months, so I was rather homesick. […]

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Freshcut Heather Bailey A-line skirt

Another purchase at last year’s Festival of Quilts was 1.5 metres of fabric from Heather Bailey’s Freshcut range. I turned it into an a-line skirt that I’m rarely out of. The zip was a pain to put in but in the end I got it in just about stright. I’m not good with zips. Ah […]

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Monday, May 5th, 2008

Plush pox: where it all restarted

In the first year of my PhD I was teamed up with a postdoc, who was there for me for day to day guidance and to whose apron strings I clung to. When he left the lab I wanted to do something special to say thank you. I decided to make him a softie in […]

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Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Chilli pepper apron (and bookbag)

At last year’s NEC Festival of Quilts I was overwhelmed by the vast range of fabric available. I snapped up some chilli fabric because I knew my friend N would love it and so planned to make a bag for her. Then I was naughty and decided to use it to make an apron for […]

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