Thursday, 16 October 2014

Project Zero - the result and a bit of celebrating

I did it! I actually finished a project in time to gift it. I have to say I am quite pleased with how it has turned out. The hand quilting took longer than I had imagined but it meant I could get all the special shapes I wanted and it will have the handmade look when you see the odd wonky stitch. I put it into a cushion cover using an envelope method from a great easy to follow tutorial from Crazy Mom quilts blog. Here's the quilt design before it became a cushion.

I added quilting detail to look like the magnetic field we will have.

Hopefully you can see what I was trying to get at!
Example of the magnetic field lines in the divertor of MAST-U (right) from a poster by D. Stork (CCFE)

I've delivered the gift today and it went down really well. Stuart tried to convince me to keep it because it turned out so well; I may have to make another at some point for our own lounge. It will look good with the picture he gave me last Christmas of the machine that is on the wall!
The final cushion compared to the photo of MAST in our living room
Since it isn't a birthday without cake I also made a tokamak themed cake and birthday card. I made a two level toffee cake from a sticky toffee recipe and made toffee butter icing by adding sticky toffee sauce into the buttercream. It made quite a sugary cake, but personally that is just what I need on a Wednesday afternoon at work along with a good cup of tea :)

The cake design is the upgrade machine again but I put a slight spin on it. The poor birthday guy has a bit of a reputation for breaking the machine because he set the fire alarm off this one time whilst operating it. Here you don't live things down, you get a good comical nickname, his is Flash. Instead of detailing the intricate field lines onto the cake plasma, as has been done on the cushion with quilting, I decided to go for cartoon sparks and explosions. Obviously I couldn't miss the fact that he is turning 30 today, I only have 2 years to find this funny before all the same jokes are turned back on me by the younger members of staff and students! The little yellow blob is Andy in his hard hat despairing at breaking the machine again ;) although in reality if he did this we would all be out in the cold because of the fire alarms! Let's hope it isn't a prediction for the new machine, my line manager liked the taste of the cake but is not wanting a reenactment of the design!

All in all it was a successful crafting experience from cushion to cake to card. I think I need a little break from fusion crafts now so I can make something pretty 'just because', although not this evening, tonight is about having good food and a few drinks with friends to celebrate the birthday in a less geeky way.

I didn't get any help this time.... instead my little friend has found a new hiding place.....

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