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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Planning my first quilt... what do you think? on: April 15, 2008 09:34:53 PM
Alright so Ive REALLY wanted to make a quilt for the longest time... and I think Ill give it a shot before I go off to FIT next fall - so I can bring a quilt I made with me! I found a quilt block pattern that I absolutely love - here - http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BoxQuiltBlock.html

So... the beds at FIT are normal twin beds. I drafted this idea based on a pack of FQs I found online here - http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/2288.htm - Cause I could make 36 blocks from that amount of fabric. The finished quilt would be 79" x 79" - but its sooo close to twin sized that I want to add something to the top and bottom to give it extra length (I read online that a good twin sized quilt is about 75" x 98" - and allow for about 5% quilting shrinkage). So other option is, I just splurge and buy a half a yard of each fabric instead of a FQ.  In that case, I think I might skip the 6th row of blocks, widen the sashings, and add wide harlequin borders (like on the quilt block page). But heres the dilemma... I really like the fabric, but Im not sure if I like it enough for my dorm room. Which I pretty much want to be very colorful, but neon colorful. So... I might just go for some other fabrics. Same 7 shades - red, pink, yellow, orange, blue, green, purple - so at least this pattern would still be reasonable.

Also if I finish it (IF - cause this will likely be one of my kicks that Ill never finish), Im going to pay someone to quilt it for me nicely on a longarm machine thing. Cause I do not have the patience to quilt it after piecing it. I got a rotary cutter and board for xmas - and I really need to put it to use! Plus I got an amazing brand new massive insane huge Singer sewing machine/embroidery machine that I have yet to have tried yet! I hope this isnt too daring for a first attempt. Ive been sewing for years now, and Im pretty damn good at it. But Ive only ever made a couple of simple quilt blocks before.

But yeah. What do you think of this color arrangement? Actually I really do think Ill go with a black main fabric and neon rainbow colors. Its much more me, and the black wont get so dirty. But I still really do want to make one using those FQs... maybe after this one ill make a smaller one using em! Cheesy

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Would you consider modeling an art? on: February 27, 2008 08:40:13 PM
Not just artistic nude modeling, but any and all modeling - except for maybe playboy style stuff. Figure... its like acting but in still motion, and acting is an art. A model is what can make or break a photograph.

I just recently did a shoot and I would really love to do a showoff of it, but I dont want to be flamed by people saying modeling isnt an art. So what do you think?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Milk-chan Hoodie Commission - Everyday Cosplay on: December 30, 2007 08:33:26 PM
A girl on another forum I am on had commissioned me to make her an everyday-wearable copy of a character named Milk-chan's hoodie.

Reference picture here: http://www.meupapeldeparedegratis.com.br/cartoons/pages/super-milkchan.asp

She specified normal length sleeves with a slight bell, oversized hood, zipper, and side pockets. I estimated that it would take me about 5 hours to make. Boy was I wrong. This was far harder than I thought it would be! And it took me 8 hours and 20 minutes.

This is what I made. Its being modeled by my sisters friend, Jamie. Cheesy



14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cut n' Sew Pannels - Good place to find? on: December 29, 2007 09:59:13 AM
Not so much for childrens clothing, but for cute dolls, or adult sized accessories!
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Singer CE-100 (& 200) & EuroPro 100-546 OPINIONS PLZ on: December 09, 2007 08:12:00 PM
So... I just got these machines for Hanukkah from my dad. OMG I KNOW.

Anyway I was looking for feedback...

The Singer CE-100 is a sewing machine and embroidery combo machine. Reviews Ive found say that its shit. Bobbin case breaks constantly, and feet are impossible to find for it. Also you can only embroider the designs that come with it or you download - you cant create your own unless you buy the software for $200. The upgraded version of the machine is the CE-200, which is apparently a LOT more sturdier and better built, and comes with the software to design your own. Its also about $300 more. Im thinking about asking my dad if i can exchange it and pay him $300 for the upgraded one. Do you have either of these machines? What do you think?

And the Euro Pro 100-546 is a serger. Only found a few reviews... one made it sound great, one horrible (but it sounded like the person had never touched a serger before - while I at least know how to thread one). So... help?
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Raver kandi that Ive made! More added pg2! on: November 30, 2007 11:49:11 PM
This counts as jewelry right? Heh.

So... incase you didnt know... heres some background on kandi thanks to wikipedia.

Kandy (or "kandi") is generally made of plastic pony beads with various other beads. Heart and star shapes, pom-pom beads, letter beads, and glow-in-the-dark beads are popular choices when making kandi and are generally made with elastic string to stretch. Candy ravers will sometimes hold parties just for the sake of making kandi, generally as gifts for friends.

Kandi has two main functions. The first is the visual effect that kandi creates. They are usually very bright day-glo colours chosen especially for the purpose of the visual effects created when someone dances wearing them while being illuminated by different types and colours of lights. The sequence of colours chosen will often appear jumbled and somewhat random but the beads are typically chosen to contrast with other beads making them visually jump out. Some beads will also be UV reactive and glow in the dark. The second function of kandi is a gift that a raver will give or swap with new friends, and new ravers they have just met. In the rave culture of certain areas, this exchange will be performed by connecting fingers with the recipient of the gift and sliding it from their own arm to the other's.

Here is some kandi that Ive made (and I made a ton more today that I havent taken pictures of! Please let me know what ya think and post pictures of your own kandi if youve made any!

Btw... PLUR means Peace Love Unity Respect. And all of this kandi is either my own personal kandi, or kandi that I have traded! So I dont have the majority of it anymore!

































17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ever notice right after you make an item you love... you live in it? on: November 10, 2007 12:48:05 PM
I dont know... maybe its just me. But whenever I make something that I LOVE... I will seriously try to wear it for a week straight (if I know I wont see the same people). Ill wash it - so Im not dirty... but then often times after that week, I wont forget about it... but it will sink in with the rest of my clothing.

Anyone else?
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / We Love Our Blythes/Pullips Round 6 - Gallery! on: October 15, 2007 09:21:51 PM
Please post pics when you have received, or you know your partner has!!!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to paint nylon stockings and still have them wearable? on: October 01, 2007 11:04:17 PM
I was wondering, is there a way to paint nylon stockings and still have them remain wearable? A costume Im making requires black thigh highs that have a white stripe about an inch from the top. Being a larger lady, I dont do thigh highs, so I want to get nude colored stockings and just paint the thigh high part black with the stripe. Would fabric paint work? Or spray paint? I dont have access to an airbrush sadly, because that would most likely work...

Any suggestions?
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / We love our Blythes/Pullips Round 6! (Signups CLOSED Sendouts 11/07) on: September 30, 2007 03:30:01 PM
Swap name: We love our Blythes/Pullips Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Shelichan
Sign-up date range: 9/30-10/07
Date to send item by: 11/07

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap (swiped from round 5):

Send 3 items. At least 2 must be crafted, preferably all three.
PM Shelichan and your partner your delivery confirmation number when you send
PM Shelichan and your partner when you receive
Post picture of the items you get in the gallery

I think it is a fun idea to post pictures of your dolls with their names in this thread. You do not have to wait to know who your partner is to do this but DO NOT do this until you have sent me your questionnaire and I have sent you a "go ahead and post pics" PM back.

The first Blythe swap gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84584.0

The second Blythe/Pullip swap gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110367.0

The third Blythe/Pullip swap gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146594.0

The fourth Blythe/Pullip swap gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167290.0

The fifth Blythe/Pullip swap gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186622.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Names and types of dolls (Blythe or Pullip, AND body type!) you would like things made for?
What are their tastes like?
Do you need particular types of items?
What kind of things can you make?
Anything you wouldn't like to see?
Would you like things for your girls' houses or rooms?
What kind of household items?
Anything else your partner should know?
Are you able to post pictures of the items you receive?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Sent Received Late as communicated Late and NOT communicated* = feedback updated!

PARTNERS
Shelichan* - Lothruin*
Lulubean* - KittyVegas*
sheriffkarli* - csi_princess*
Ilovemystarbursts* - Star217*
SewPixie* - Pinfish*
GatorWrangler* - morbid*-
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