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Simplicity blogger challenge

By Clare Albans / 28 May 2015

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my dress for the Simplicity blogger challenge – and (with only a couple of days to spare) I have finished. Phew! When I heard about the challenge I knew I’d have to give it a go, and had an idea of what I wanted to do…

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Another patchwork baby quilt

By Clare Albans / 18 Mar 2015

I have recently made another patchwork baby quilt for one of our dear friends who has just had her first baby. This baby is a miracle really, especially after she was told in 2013 that she would never be able to have children – it was the most wonderful news when she told us! I obviously…

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Fabric stash inventory

By Clare Albans / 27 Feb 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1425052949469{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]This project and post was inspired by one of my lovely blog readers, Jennie! We met last summer at Harrogate station (on our way home from the Great Northern Quilt Show) and we have been in touch since then via my blog and social media. One of Jennie’s resolutions this year is…

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The making of Tom’s trousers

By Clare Albans / 05 Jul 2014

A few weeks ago, I started making a pair of trousers for Tom (see my work in progress post for the beginnings of this project!). It was never going to be a quick project, and I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d get it right first time but I’d got some fabric quite cheaply, so this…

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Instagram gallery: June 2014

By Clare Albans / 30 Jun 2014

This year is absolutely flying by – I can hardly believe I’m putting together my Instagram gallery for June! It has been a fun month of crafting and I’ve learnt so many new skills

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Work in progress: Tom’s trousers

By Clare Albans / 24 May 2014

I recently asked Tom if he would like me to make him something, as I haven’t made him anything since the wedding waistcoats and I seem to have lots of things for me planned! Anyway, he said that he’d quite like some trousers. Hmm, trousers. From what I knew about trousers, they’re quite tricky –…

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My new sewing machine!

By Clare Albans / 27 Mar 2014

  Today was a really exciting day – my new sewing machine arrived! 🙂 My lovely old machine (that used to belong to my Mum and is many, many years old) decided last week that it didn’t want to sew through more than one layer of fabric 🙁 This is my old machine:  

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Embroidered pin cushion

By Clare Albans / 20 Jan 2014

  I love craft books. In fact, I’m hooked on them (in addition to my little obsession with cookery books too…our house is pretty full!). I’m a big fan of Aimee Ray’s embroidery designs and have already blogged about some designs from her Doodle Stitching books. When I saw the pincushion on the front of…

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Amy Butler A-line Skirt

By Clare Albans / 23 Oct 2013

I haven’t made any clothes or done any big sewing projects since making our wedding waistcoats, but I’ve been planning several things and collecting fabrics to make them! I really like A-line skirts as they’re not too tricky to make and are really versatile, so I decided to start with this project first. This was…

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Embroidered eye mask

By Clare Albans / 14 Sep 2013

On Thursday I had lots of crafting planned (I’d been thinking carefully about it all week!) and was really looking forward to making the most of my part time days. But I woke up with the most horrible migraine and ended up staying in bed for the whole day! 🙁 Needless to say, I didn’t…

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A very special project

By Clare Albans / 25 Aug 2013

This year I’ve been working on a very special project for our wedding. Tom’s Dad, Keith, is a methodist minister and he took our marriage service, which was wonderful! As lots of you know, I made waistcoats for the dads and groomsmen, but wanted to make something extra special for Keith – so I decided…

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Wedding Waistcoats – complete!

By Clare Albans / 07 Jul 2013

  After months of planning and making, today I finally finished the waistcoats for our wedding! To be honest, there were many times when I didn’t think I’d get them done, and an equal number of times when I wondered why on earth I had decided to start in the first place…but today I’m so…

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