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happy hippy hoppy fabric by sef on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 24 x 24 inches.

by sef

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A tessellation of frogs or toads in symmetry group p2mg.

Some amphibians (eg the psychoactive toad) excrete hallucinogenic or lethally toxic chemicals as a defence mechanism. Some humans regard the ingestion of these dangerous chemicals as recreational.

Frogs carry out most of their development in public, unlike mammals. On graduating from tadpole-hood to young froglet, they gradually lose their tails but still have a large head in proportion to the rest of their body. A "teenaged" frog (at about 2 years old for rana temporaria) will have a more straight-line body appearance (as per the current image). Increasingly older adults tend to acquire saggy, flabby, round bodies behind their pointed heads. I think they're adorable in all stages of life, though.

A tessellation of frogs or toads in symmetry group p2mg. The minimum 3 colour mapping scheme destroys the underlying symmetry. Other colours, stylings, sizes and orientations are available on request and you can even ask for a combination of several designs together. Currently displaying a flower-power version in a blended subset of colours from the spring floral contest palette.
See also:
colour co-ordinating designs
more amphibian & reptile designs
other tessellations
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sef says: I found a website which claimed that jelly roll strips are 2.5 inches wide. Presumably some of that width is lost in sewing - perhaps 1/4 inch each side. This would suggest that the 2" frog height is actually the correct one for showing up properly in a completed strip-based project. It's just that people would have to cut through alternate frog strips to leave the seam allowance and hence waste the section in the middle of each of those unless I reformatted the design to alternate the frog stripes with plain colour guide stripes for cutting - which would be quite easily done if someone wanted it.

Posted over 3 years ago.


sef says: Quilting isn't my thing, ditto whatever you're meant to do with jelly rolls, but the original file for this has the strips at 4 inches height. I've merely scaled them down at the moment.

Posted over 3 years ago.


house_of_heasman says: Well I can see it being used in quilting if each strip was a little wider.. say 31/2 inches wide? That would give them space to sew and not lose too much of the design. Also I think it would be wide enough for Jelly rolls... I can't remember offhand how wide a Jelly Roll strip is... :-) I love it by the way, and will pin it to the pastels board on the Our Virtual Fabric Stash page. :-)

Posted over 3 years ago.


fireflower says: I like the striping that appears in the yardage view of this colourway. I think your idea of an integrated border/scene design sounds both beautiful and fun ... I look forward with pleasure to seeing it.

Posted about 4 years ago.


sef says: Sadly, people don't seem to like the design(s). Though I think this could make a good border edging for a lilypond scene - possibly with some of the frogs stepping out of the tessellation and into the picture part.

Posted over 4 years ago.


victorialasher says: We can always count on you to present us with some sort of cool tessellation and an interesting commentary.

Posted over 4 years ago.