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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 19, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8764650

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.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8764693

I don't have any Melody but in the latest catalog from Keepsake Quilting they had a frog fabric. I wish they would list manufacturers but they don't . You can check on line with them though.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8764768

Actually, I think I have pink w/green frogs...

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 19, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8765010

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.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8765269

I found the fabric Melody!!!! Bright pink w/little green frogs.
They will be in the mail tomorrow.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 19, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8765278

Woohoo! Thanks!


What would you like? I'll send you some more hand-dyed if you like...brights or muted?
Or maybe a sunprinted piece?????

If you'd rather have something else, I have some nice Christmas fabric that I unearthed (and forgot I had)
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8765660

This is what I love about these threads--if you are searching for something, most likely someone has it and oh so willing to share. Glad you got your frogs.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8765904

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!!!!!

Gotta run - actually walk- my 5 mi loop.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8766042

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.

Wish us luck!!!!! THey will LOVE the house!!!!
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 20, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8766060

Jean that is a good sign that they want to look at the house before the open house. Good luck.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 20, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8766131

I agree with Laura. Hope you sell soon and will get to move to sunny (hot, too) Florida. I can't wait to see what you do with the lovely building that is going to be your studio. Sending good luck!!!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8769633

Melody, do you need more frog material? I know I have at least 2 different fabrics of frog/pink/green.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 22, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8770374

Thanks.
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.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8770439

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.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8770532

She "NEEDS" a toga made huh?? too much fun! Just let me know if you want me round up some frog stuff.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 22, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8770562

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)

Would you like some sun prints too?

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8770580

LOL, no worries. I'll round up my frog fabric for you.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8773149

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.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 23, 2011
1:45 PM

Post #8773305

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.

Thanks!

(here's my 'toga girl' in her ensemble)

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8773344

Very pretty young lady. Toga is nice also...LOL

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 23, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8773352

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.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8773358

Congratulation! That is rare to find these days...I would find myself doing things for her also. She just glows in the picture.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8773727

Ok, i'll get it in the mail to you.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2011
3:55 AM

Post #8777492

Melody - those sunprinted fabrics are WONDERFUL. That is what I need to learn to do.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 26, 2011
6:55 AM

Post #8777728

Glad you liked them! They've been washed and heat set, so you can use them as you would anything else.

I didn't even take these outside to do them. I put some plastic down on my dining room table and let the afternoon sun do its thing.

I did these yesterday...

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI

August 26, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8777760

These are just so cool, I'm trying so hard not to get tempted.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8777763

Aw, come on Karen. "Cave in" like the rest of us. LOL
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8777765

Aw, come on Karen. "Cave in" like the rest of us. LOL

Jean, stay safe as the mess comes through. I am not sure exactly where you are located in relation to the path but stay in touch.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8777776

We are @75mi from the coast and on a "high" spot (this side of MD is almost as flat & low as FL).
Plan to bring in anything that can blow away and all my Orchids.
Think the wind will be the issue.

As long as there is power, I'll be sewing.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8777789

Just keep us updated so we know you are okay. ...and to think you haven't even moved to Florida yet. LOL

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI

August 26, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8778180

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.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 27, 2011
7:31 AM

Post #8779436

Melody what is the dye process called above with the buttons?
So want to try this one.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 27, 2011
10:31 AM

Post #8779686

(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.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 29, 2011
4:28 AM

Post #8782478

So you just lay the items (buttons) on top of the fabric after painted?
Adding this to the list of things to do.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 29, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8782586

Yep, anything that will block light. You can even scrunch the fabric for another look. Scrunch it up, and then smooth it out. for yet another look.

Strong sunlight makes the paint react quickly. (15 min) Artificial light or weaker natural light takes longer.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8782654

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".

abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8782666

Thank goodness it is only oak leaves. If I were closer I would help you rake them up. LOL
Trying to get my timer adjusted for my sprinklers---we are in really bad need of some rain!!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 29, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8782683

Discharge prints, done with bleach: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/220/
Sunprints on silk: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1311/
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8782685

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.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8782698

Good Jean, my water bill is starting to damage my budget.

Melody, thanks for the link--very interesting.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8782790

Thanks Melody for the links... it's amazing how many ways we have of changing fabrics...!
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 29, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8783067

Thank you Melody. Looking around the house at all the different shapes I could use.
Need to finish clean-up from Irene then see what inspires the next project.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 29, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8783072

I saw some really cute fabric printed with scissors, but I don't have that many pairs of scissors.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 29, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8783075

What a great idea. I was thinking about hotwheels. Since my little man likes to leave them laying around that I would try that.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2011
10:20 AM

Post #8783102

I bet you could find old scissors and such at flea markets... how cool would that be to have all sorts of scissors displayed over a fabric, would make a really cool tote bag!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8788302

Melody, has the package of fabric arrived yet? It's been about a week since my Sweetie took it to the Post office.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 1, 2011
8:26 AM

Post #8788451

Sorry Pat, I've been scrambling this week. The package arrived on Monday afternoon and I've just not been over here.

It is fantastic and I thank you so much! I've even cut out a couple of blocks this morning so ya'll can see how it is coming together. I'm going to try and get the top done this weekend!

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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8788478

What a beautiful quilt that will be!!! Your niece will treasure it for years to come.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI

September 1, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8788518

My Niece was a Kappa Delta at Fl. I made her a t-shirt quilt at graduation with all her KD tees.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 1, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8788528

Oh, what a great idea! I'll tell Hannah about that, she'll love it!

Isn't it a coincidence that we've both got Kappa Delta girls on this little thread????

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8796761

I received all the special fabric today... oh my it is BEAUTIFUL and I can't wait to use some!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 7, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8797327

:o)

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 13, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8806951

I mailed the quilt out yesterday. A BIG thank you to everyone who helped in any way.

Hannah is thrilled with the pictures of her quilt and hopefully, she'll get it tomorrow. I made it the same pattern as the tie dye quilt, so everything stays 'equal'

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SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8807311

Now Melody did you use a long arm for the quilting half or did you do it on your regular sewing machine?
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

September 14, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8807720

Melody those colors are just great toghether. I am sure Hannah will just love the quilt.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8807785

Keeping things "equal", smart move. Very nice froggie quilt!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8807837

Great job Melody. She is going to just love it!!!!!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 14, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8807848

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)

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8807946

Me too Melody. I have long & mid arm envy but no money or space.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8807948

OK, everyone can come visit me & do their quilting!!!!
My table can be as short as 6' so as long as you don't make things larger than that, you are fine. Then expands in 2' increments to 12'.

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8807999

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.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 14, 2011
9:02 AM

Post #8808039

I'd love a 'meet and greet' swap too. I'm a bit biased, but we could all do it if we met in Paducah next April. (heh,heh...)

Oh, and here is the Queen of Machine quilting's website. Diane sets the bar in the stratosphere when it comes to machine quilting.
http://www.dianegaudynski.net/

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8809442

OMG - I can't even begin to imagine!!!!!!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 15, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8809450

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.

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