The Frog Princess

My little sister is more than a little obsessed with frogs, in all shapes and sizes.  This week, Alison (The Frog Princess in question) turned 30, and my family needed to honour that obsession with her present.  My Mother and I have made a beautiful quilt, which I will show you in another post, when Melbourne turns the sunshine back on.  The frog adorns the quilt label.

Dad has written a suitably froggy sentiment to mark the occasion, and I have been tracing it onto the label which I will stitch onto the back of the quilt.  The divine peacock feather fabric is what I am using to bind the quilt, which is a symphony of blues, purples, aquas and greens, in mainly batik fabrics.

We gave Alison a photo of the quilt top on Wednesday (her actual birthday) as it was with my friend Anita, being quilted.  We will give her the quilt tomorrow afternoon, at her birthday party, but I anticipate I will still have some binding left to stitch down – it is the biggest quilt either Mum or I have ever made.

I am extremely pleased with my little froggy.  I found a picture of a frog on the Internet, and drew a simplified version up in Illustrator.  I broke it up into 7 different pieces, and flipped them for tracing onto fusible.  The applique is finished with machine stitching, just straight stitch, which leaves the applique with a raw-edge.  Lastly I hand embroidered the eye and nostril with satin stitch.  The beautiful batik fabric is just perfectly froggy.

Are you fond of frogs?  Any other creature obsessions in your household?

4 thoughts on “The Frog Princess

  1. Amazing job on the frog. I have a soft spot for the old froggies. Your stitching is so neat, did you do it free motion? Happy birthday to your sis, looking forward to seeing the full quilt.

  2. yes we love frogs… would now have well over 250 in daughters room, not to mention the pictures adorning the walls…. love the stitched frog!!
    I also like mice and have a collection from different types of mediums.. I have various ones from different countries, I think my most unusual would be my murano glass mouse from venice, it also survived travelling all over europe!

  3. This frog princess is extremely hoppy with her quilt – looking forward to seeing the real thing and putting it on our bed – It will go perfectly with my new purple sheets! Thanks Claire and Mum for all the work you have put in, I love it.

  4. Wow Claire, this is fantastic – I can’t wait for a reveal of the entire quilt! Love the way you’ve done the frog, and thanks for sharing your process.

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