I'm making this quilt for my other niece and just found out her sorority mascot is a frog. Does anyone have a frog print that would go with these? I'd really like green on green, or pink background with green frogs. I'll need enough to cut 3 or 4, 6 1/2" blocks from. I'll gladly trade hand-dyed fabric...or anything else in my stash.
I can go back to Hancocks, but I'm headed in the other direction this weekend...there's a store in Murray that I'll check, but if they don't have anything, I'll definitely like to trade with you Jean, if you've got a piece I found some on Ebay, but I have to buy a whole yard and who knows when I'll need pink and green frogs again.
The frogs have hopped into the mailbox; some butterfiles for Thunder flew in at the same time.
Melody - you are not obligated to send me anything...but if you happened to have some sunprinted pieces lying about!!!!!
Look at the stamps on the envelopes. They are "antique". The kind you have to lick to attach. When I went thru a box of "stuff" a found this little box full of odd & end stamps. So I've been using them. So far, no one has mentioned the funny stamps.
OK, the 1 day I have somewhere I absolutely have to be & have to make food to take with me, is the 1 day they call & say someone wants to come look at the house btwn 11 -1. OY. So I had to cut my walk short to get home. Luckily I had cleaned off the back deck this AM (because of the Open House tomorrow) but ad a lot of other tasks I had planned on tackling tonite/tomorrow AM.
Good news is, I shouldn't have to do much before the Open House - except clean the litter boxes.
So, I need to go finish making the pasta salad, then get in the shower, and get the bathroom cleaned up.
Let me see where I am about Wednesday. I think I'm in pretty good shape though and the one piece will fill a color slot that I was missing. I was going to start sewing it together today, but she needs a toga made first. We went and got some slinky zebra stripe stuff this weekend and I'll have to have her here to actually make it, so I can fit it as I go.
Sounds like fun Melody. When my children were in band during high school, it was the rule to have toga parties immediately at some unsuspecting band parents home. I have had more than one good sheet destroyed before I finally got through to them they had a stack and then there was the "don't you dare touch" stack.
LOL, looking back now I guess we were lucky they weren't finding other things to do after a football game.
I know I'm supposed to help her over Christmas break make things for her little sister. They get them when they get back after break and they have to have so many home made gifts for various events...I might need frog fabric for that. Yep, let's do it. I'll probably need pink and green frogs for at least 3 more years...so having a stash of it might be prudent. (this is all new to me...I wasn't the sorority type in college)
I went searching for my frog fabric and didn't find the one I thought I had but I do have some frog. TWO, one is pink & green (BRIGHT green) and the other is lavender background with green frogs. Want both? There is more than 1/2 yard each. I also have 2 prints that coordinate well with them. A dragon fly & butterfly print, and the other butterfly, all with bright green. I am going to ask my husband if he can take pictures for me.
Hannah was just here getting her toga fitted and I asked her about the fabric and she thought that they'd make neat pillows, so yes, I'd like them. I've got you some sunprinted fabric ready to go (Jean should get hers tomorrow) and I'll sent it right out.
Very pretty on the inside too.
She's never given her parents a minute's trouble and maintains a 9.7 gpa. Works hard and pays for whatever her scholarships don't herself.
You couldn't ask for a better kid.
I just might. Have to see how soon I can get my sewing room back up and running. I have kids,grands and greats coming in tonight to help us. Hubby and I are tearing around getting the preliminary stuff done so tomorrow we can dig right in. Then I know we will be at least a week or two sorting it all out. It's a real pain moving into a furnished place. Move out what is here, decide what to do with it (probably donate) then get our usual stuff moved in. Actually it's all our stuff but what's here is "cottage" grade.
(I love to do this one with my antique buttons!) This is sun printing and it isn't actually a dye. It is a permanent fabric paint. It does slightly change the hand of the fabric, but not terribly.
You dampen your fabric and I like to mix the paints right on the fabric, but you can slightly thin them and mix them in a plate if you want. After you get your fabric painted, you sit it in a well-lit area and add your items you want to sun print.(full sun is best, but even artificial light works) I did these on my dining room table and they never left the house.
After they are dry, heat set with your iron for about 5 minutes (really hot, keep your iron moving) and then it can be washed. My friend Kathleen wraps hers in a piece of tinfoil and bakes them at 300 for 15 minutes. I've never done that, but she claims it works great.
I have a yard full of oak leaves I can share!!!!!!
One of the quilt shows took a dark fabric, spread it out on the driveway in full sun, laid the leaves etc on & weighted them down with stones, then spritzed the fabric with a very week bleach solution, and left them for the day. I was amazed at how much the fabric "faded". I keep thinking I'll do that "some day".
I'll send some water down to you!!!!! There is still a river running down out street. I'm glad I don't live at the bottom of the hill.
My rain barrels have been full for weeks.
These aren't single leaves but groups of 4-6 - the ends of branches. Luckily as the siding of my house has dried, all the debris stuck to it are falling off. It looked really bad yesterday AM.
I used a walking foot and just quilted straight lines. It isn't perfect, but only a quilter would know.
This quilt was about as big as I'd want to tackle with my machine. There was a lot of fabric to roll up in the throat. I'm using an old Singer 306K that is about 9 months older than myself. It has a nice maple cabinet and I really like the power control you push with your leg. (it is a bar that hangs down and you use your thigh to regulate the speed)
I've 'test driven' quite a few long arms...and mid arms, at the quilt show and they're really cool...Just can't afford one...or have the room)
I have a friend that owns a quilting shop and she has a long arm. Of course she charges to quilt your projects but I have been thinking about just making the tops and letting her do all the fancy work on it. She gives me a bit of a break for a 50" x 60" it is $65. I think that is good price, no? She says everyone else is more money, but I really wouldn't have any one to compare it to. Today I am cutting and measuring all the fabrics I don't want. I just wish there was a swap close where people could meet up, bring their yardage and switch yard for yard without shipping costs, ugh.
She's a super nice lady and is quite willing to sit and discuss her techniques in detail. I sat and talked to her for quite a while when my feet gave out one April. I'd broken both ankles in a car wreck and was just to the 'hobbling' stage when the quilt show came around. I sat on the floor and she very graciously entertained me for about 30 minutes, until I could hobble on my way.