06 April, 2009

Uninterupted free time...

...such a luxury! I spent the first part of the morning collecting all the application forms and guidelines to apply for a post-doctoral grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, but retired defeated at the thought of compiling an itemised budget for a project that is still mostly in my head! Deadline of 1st May though, so I can't put it off forever. Only 10-12% of the applications are funded, but I had one from them for my doctoral work so I'm feeling a little positive anyways.

After that I blasted through some more pleasureable projects :) Mat was bugging me to start sewing the quilt blocks last night, so I did up 5 of them. Harder than I thought, particularly because my sewing machine is definitely a metric one, so despite my ease of dealing with imperial (hem hem), my machine is not interested At. All. It has no way of reliably sewing a 1/4" seam, even if I put bits of tape all over the place to mark it. It's just about the most awkward measurement to try for because it falls about half way across the right presser foot prong. I tried putting tape in various places and nothing was particularly satisfactory. Neither were my seams. I think it'll all even out in the end, especially if I square up the blocks before sewing the strips between them.

Amy's Quilt 2

After that I re-drafted my bunny pattern (Bunny 3.0 now). I have no idea how similar it will turn out to the original from which I took the pattern! I should probably do a test bunny to see...

Bunny pattern redraft

And lastly I drafted up the pattern for an actual iPhone cozy using Shelly's emailed tracing of hers after making up one for me as a trial last month. I've located an iPhone to try the cozy on before sending it off thank goodness, so she can be assured of something that fits! I suppose I could attach some pencils to mine to make it wider and a bit taller too... I've also cut out the fabric but I'll leave that so that she can have a bit of a surprise when it gets to her.

iPhone cozy pattern


  1. Looks like lots of fun crafting going on around there! By the way, I think you should sell your bunny pattern! I'd get one for sure.

  2. I'm having the same problem. I just realised my machine in no way sews a 1/4 inch seam. It is just a little shy of it. Urghh I also tried tape in all sorts of places but to no avail.

  3. i have an idea. does shelly want two covers? also.. i still have my fabric here waiting to be mailed, for my messenger bag but i dont want to swamp you with stuff unless you say yes.

  4. LOL, I'm more than happy to make the bag but don't be suggesting more work in the shape of two iPhone covers for Shelly! So send that fabric down please.

  5. And the bunny - well I have thought about selling them but...oh the effort! Plus I figured I wouldn't be able to sell them for a price that would reflect how much work they take that wouldn't be insanely high compared to things imported from China. So they remain gifts for the meantime but thanks for the vote of confidence!

  6. I'm LOVING those colour combinations!! Good luck with bunny development....



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