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1  I did it, I did it! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: October 12, 2008 12:52:08 PM
... Well, kinda.

My first quilt! It's just the top -- I have to figure out what to do with it from here. It's not pretty, I know. I just raided my fabric stash (which is now mostly gone - hurray!)

They're 6" squares, 60x36 at this point.

I read somewhere that someone avoided finishing the edges (binding?) by doing a 'pillow case' technique - Sew the top and bottom right sides together, insert fluff and then top stick the edges. I like the sound of that because, no matter how many tutorials I read, the idea and methodology of binding makes my vision blur.
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2  So, here's my plan... in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: September 30, 2008 01:44:35 PM
I plan on making a quilt for a friend who's getting married next Halloween (we're nerds, I know). I think more than a year is just barely enough time if I start... Yesterday.

Here's my plan:

A queen sized spread is about 90"x100".

If I make 288 5.5"x5.5" (seam allowance included - 5x5) blocks, I can get to 88"x99" or so. Which is close enough for me. So, eighteen by sixteen 5" squares.

I've never quilted before in my life - infact, I sort of suck at sewing straight lines and can't hem pants to save my life. Am I nuts? Is 5x5 too small? I don't want it to look big like I just hurried through it. I also want to stitch diagonally across the squares to quilt them all together. I made an image in MS Paint </nerd>

Will something like this work large scale?

I really appreciate all your input!
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3  Re: Fat girl/guy swap round 5 in The Swap Gallery by JillBoBill on: March 18, 2008 06:04:16 AM
Silvana, thank you!!(I don't know if these pictures are going to work from Picasa Web, so if they don't, I'll go back and fix them.....)

I had the crummiest day and I got home and my box was there!! It was a real pick-me-up and taking photos gave me something to think about, so it was way awesome and thank you, thank you, thank you!

She wrote me a sweet little letter (and don't worry - my handwriting isn't much better!)

This frame is awesome! You can't really see it here, but the butterflies and puppy do this sort of 3D thing:

There's a scent-burner with extra tea lights (which is awesome!) and this RADICAL necklace that's crocheted (I'm pretty sure). It's so beautiful!

Here's a close up of the necklace and cameo:

There's this little pot that's all opalescent with the cutest little legs,

And it's filled with sweet little quotes and affirmations, all rolled up!

Then there's my favorite -- The Star from Stardust! Here's her box:

And inside:

She's cute!


I'm amazed at this box, it's a fuzzy and blue and has a bow on it!

And inside, along with this sweet little bracelet she sent:

And, lastly! A pattern that I can't wait to try and make (something I've never done before!), which is next to the frame again, but it's the only shot I had of it:

I'm completely amazed - this is way more than I expected! Thank you for being the best (quickest, apparently) first-time swap partner ever! I promise to put my box out ASAP - everything's just gone all stupid lately.

Thank you!
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4  Buns! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by JillBoBill on: February 05, 2008 04:47:21 PM
I finally, finally, finally got pictures of my buns back from my mum's camera, so.... Here they are!

I really love these guys. The boy is still at home with me, but the girl (who's dress I'm dreadfully proud of, however simple it is) went back to CA with my brother's girl friend (who's the sweetest thing ever).

Her paws are painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics mixed with Liquitex Fabric Medium, just like her face.

I sewed the boy's pocket on as an afterthought - but he HAD to have somewhere to keep his comic books and candy bars!

And the boy by himself:

These are made with a really basic, super geometric sort of pattern I doodled up. I wanted something that was definitively homemade-looking, super easy and quick to assemble and mega customizable. I made them kind of big, too, finding that most patterns I was getting (for free) from online sources (mostly thanks to you beautiful Craftsterees) were sort of small.

They're made of really basic muslins, so they're a little see-throughish and I wouldn't do embroidery, but I LOVE the way painting them worked, even if it was a little tricky and I should have taken more time with it.

I'm planning on making kitties and polar bears and more bunnies and squirrels and dogs and wolves and seals and monkeys and zebras and...
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5  Re: domed head.... need help. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: January 24, 2008 06:20:36 AM
Okay, let's try to reply to this again without closing the screen this time!

Use long rectangles with one tapered end. You can sew the tapers together and they'll come up to a  point. You can change the angle of the taper, though, to change this.

Also, try making just a cuff of fabric for his shiney, metal head, then sewing a cap to one end of it. The fabric here will hardly lie flat and - when you stuff it - will more than likely puff up a bit and give a soft dome effect.

This is all one big excuse to make the world's worst drawing's of Bender, by the way....

For his shoulders/neck are, you could use the same cuff/ring as for his head (one long rectangle of fabric, sewn at the ends to make a sort of tube), but sew triangles onto the rim of it, then sew each triangle together. It'll gather and make that slope. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it's super easy, short little lines to sew. Here's another picture: XD

He seems like he'd be super easy and fun to do - all those geometric shapes!

I hope this helps!

For his shoulder/neck area, I'd use the tapered rectangles. You can even use the same cuff/ring sort of shape for his body, but

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6  Jumper Dresses? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: January 02, 2008 08:14:35 AM
Hi, guys!

This lady was wearing one of these the other day at the office ....

And she just looked cuter than eych ee double hockey sticks, you know.

So, I got to thinking that maybe I could use my humble sewing machine and limited sewing skills to make my own out of some wool felt material. It doesn't sound too hard, in theory.

What do you guys think, is this rocket science? How about adding a liner - is that rocket science?


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7  Low Necklines? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: January 02, 2008 07:37:33 AM
Okay, so you know how it is -- you're big and the odds are that you've got these ginormous ladyberries that take up a quadbazillion-DD brassier. Atleast, this is my problem.

So, here's a story about a dress I bought at Marshall's. I shouldn't have bought it, I know that now. I've never worn it out in public once and if I remember correctly, it was more expensive than I would have liked. For a long time, I didn't have a bra that worked, but now that I have a really nice brassier for my quadbazillion-DD ladyberries, I can wear it without the front of my bra showing. But the 'neckline' is so far from the neck (as in it plummets straight down) that it's.... Well, it's uncomfortable to walk around in and then I've got this huge shelf of cleavage staring everyone in the face and the only people that seem to notice in any way other than disgust are creepy weirdos (you know the type!).

So, all that said, what could I do to this dress to make it more ... family friendly? I've tried wearing a cami under it - and that looked alright, except that it's a patterned dress and it's almost impossible to find something that matches without looking 'off'. And I'm afraid to sew a triangle of fabric onto it because that just never seems to look right either.

It kind of, basically, looks just like this:


 Except I'm pretty sure mine has a bit more fabric to it, especially under the arms and around the back.

Thanks for all the help I'm sure I'll get, guys!
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8  Bottoms, Bums and Bases in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by JillBoBill on: December 31, 2007 09:02:35 AM
Okay, so if you look around, there's a TON of toys out there that have these flatish, round bases and the actual toy is just sort of sitting them on it's bum (take the Wee Bunny pattern from WeeWonderfulls for example). I made the bunny and I've made a few others, but I can not - for the life of me - figure out how to get their little bottoms to be flat, not crinkly or wonky or lopsided or with little unintentional folds in the fabric.

Am I missing something? Is there a trick? How do you do it- or do you avoid the idea all together?

I made one toy over the weekend and got so fed up with the circle thing that I ended up box folding (kind of like this ) the ends and stitching the flaps together and then down. It doesn't look bad - in fact I think it kind of looks nice.

But I'd love to know how to do the circle-bottom the right way.

Thanks guys!
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