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1  Suggestions Needed for Naughty Boob Crafts - Breast Cancer Fund Raiser in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by mazzy on: March 04, 2006 06:36:29 PM
One of my friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a single mother with no health insurance and a low paying job. 

(That's her - all the way to the right)

My girlfriends and I are trying to think of ways to raise money for her medical bills and expenses.  We've already had one event where a group of us read some of our blogs at a local bar.  It was a huge success and we plan on doing it again.

Since I'm a crafting addict I'd like to plan a craft show.  We've talked about making plaster casts of our breasts and decorating them to auction off.  I know that will be a big hit!  I'm trying to find some other estrogen heavy crafts to make also.  I'm having trouble finding anything that doesn't look like Pepto-Bismol exploded all over it.

So that's what I need your help with....  Help me find boob related crafts that are naughty, risque, silly, and/or surprising.
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2  Quilting Experiment in Quilting: Completed Projects by mazzy on: February 28, 2006 05:47:33 PM
Last summer I saw a painting in a store window that I attempted to translate into quilt squares.  The squares didn't come out much like the painting but I liked them anyway.  I also wanted to try the "quilt as you go" method.  I enjoyed how easy it was to quilt the individual squares but it was a pain in the butt to join all the squares together.  I doubt I'll ever do it again!
The entire quilt is made out of scraps from other projects and fabric recycled from old clothing and sheets.

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3  Re: Baby Quilt Stew in Quilting: Completed Projects by mazzy on: July 27, 2005 03:43:31 PM
The purple fabric (if we're looking at the same square) has lighter purple splotches on it.  I think it came from Hancock.  Most of the fabric came from Hancock or Denver Fabrics and some of it was handed down to me.

Here's a close-up of some of the fabric:

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4  Denim Rag Rug in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mazzy on: July 26, 2005 11:33:29 AM
I had a huge basket of denim scraps that were really out of control.  I find it almost impossible to throw away anything I think I might be able to use.  A few weeks ago I stumbled across a web page with a picture of a wool rag rug.  I figured it would work just as well for denim and so began the exasperating task of cutting scraps of denim into 1.5" strips, sewing them end to end (some of these strips were only a few inches long), braiding, and sewing the braids together.  It took 3 weeks to finish because of all the healing and rehealing my abused fingers needed.

It's really floppy so I'm going to fuse cotton canvas to the back to stabilize it.  It ended up being 30" x 39".
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5  Baby Quilt Stew in Quilting: Completed Projects by mazzy on: July 25, 2005 02:41:32 PM
For the last few weeks I've been trying to reduce my scrap basket (jumbo laundry basket, rubbermaid storage tote, most of my craft room floor).  I had a stack of small leftover quilt squares.  Most of them were from kid projects so I thought they would make a nice baby quilt.  It's 38" square and machine quilted.

The different types of fabric made it difficult to get square.  It's a little off but not as bad as the picture makes it look.
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6  Re: HELP!!! Need to make jabot in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mazzy on: July 23, 2005 04:18:03 PM
Here's a pattern for a woman's jabot.  It could probably work for a man since they were all kind of froufrou looking. http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/w1907jabot.html

Almost at the bottom of the page.  Again, for a woman.

Man's colonial jabot.  Sort of looks like it could be worn somewhere else.

Pattern for a men's shirt with jabot.  It's in French so you'll have to use http://babelfish.altavista.com to translate the page.

Here's a Victorian jabot.  Very simple.

This picture isn't all that helpful but it made me laugh.  Apparently, wearing a jabot can make you bleed.

Sorry for getting a bit overzealous.  It's hot so I'm camping in front of my computer with a lot of water and a fan until the sun goes down.
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7  Not technically a quilt - Recycled denim in Quilting: Completed Projects by mazzy on: July 13, 2005 04:04:13 PM
Not technically a quilt, but it is pieced.

I made a blanket for my guy-friend using old jeans.  All of the squares are sewn wrong sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance.  I snipped all the seams almost to the stitching at 1" intervals and then washed it several times until the edges frayed.  It came out really soft and comfortable.  I just finished it last night and he loves it.


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8  Corduroy and flannel quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by mazzy on: July 09, 2005 10:23:44 AM
I made this quilt last winter.  The top is pieced out of various weights and wales of corduroy.  I used a low loft batting and backed it with flannel.  I made continuous bias binding for it.  It's hand tied.

It was a pain to sew because corduroy and flannel both stretch and fray a lot when handled.  I love it though!  It's really warm and soft.  I often find myself petting it while lying in bed.
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9  Re: Help Hippie Clothes in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mazzy on: July 09, 2005 09:51:16 AM
Yea!  A topic I might be able to help with!!

I always wear 'hippie' clothes.  They're easy to make and I like to feel like I'm walking around in my pj's all the time.

Most of the patchwork hippie clothes don't really use quilt patterns.  They're usually just stripes or squares.  I've only done a few pieces of clothing using patchwork because I prefer to hand dye old sheets and go for a simpler look.

But anyway...  Patchwork clothing....

1) Decide what shape you want to use and cut the pieces.  Squares or horizontal stripes are the easiest.  Vertical stripes are more difficult because they look funny unless you cut each stripe narrower at the top and wider at the bottom.  I've been too lazy to do this yet.

2) Sew your squares or stripes together.  Either use a serger or press your seams open to help them lie flat.  Be prepared to have to trim lots of threads the first few times you wash your clothes if you don't use a serger.

3) Prepare to cut.
I'll start with a skirt since it's the easiest.  You don't need a pattern.  I use a yard stick and sidewalk chalk to mark my fabric.
Iron your fabric in half and lay it out on the floor or a table.

Mark fabric as shown and cut two pieces.  Add 2.5" to the length for the casing and hem.  I don't add any extra for seam allowance.

4) Seam the sides.  I press these seams open also if I'm not using my serger

5) Make the draw string.  I usually make the draw string 2x my waist.  You can use a measuring tape to determine how long you want yours to be.  Just tie it loosely around your waist until it hangs the length you want it.  Cut a strip 1.5 wide.  Sew the length with right sides together.  I put the needle on my machine to the far left setting and use the left side of the presser foot for my guide.  If you want wider seam allowances you'll have to cut the strip wider.  Use a safety pin to turn the tube of fabric right side out and press flat.

6) Make a casing for the drawstring.  Press the top edge under 3/8" or serge the edge.  Then press 3/4".  Mark the center of the front and then mark for button holes as shown.

Practice your button holes on a scrap of fabric first.  It's a pain to have to pick out all those stitches if you mess up!  I have an automatic button hole maker on my machine so I use a button that is the same width as my drawstring.  You'll have to wing it if your machine doesn't have this feature.  I place the top edge of the holes almost at the fold.  GENTLY open the button holes and then sew the casing down.  Thread the drawstring through the holes and tie the ends in knots or add embellishments to finish the raw edges.

7) Hem.  Try on the skirt and mark the hem.  I like mine to drag the floor so I just turn under the raw edge and sew a 1/2" hem.

This method of making a skirt can also be used for a dress.  Here's a picture of a dress I made for my daughter by adding an apron top to the skirt.

Hope that helps.  Let me know if you want a tutorial for wide leg pants or apron tops.
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10  Re: Transfer Ideas? in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by mazzy on: July 07, 2005 05:03:35 PM
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