I have talked about the chubby bullfrog quilt, which nearly caused me to have a nervous breakdown. Bam and I thought that I should try my hand at free motion quilting since I normally take my quilts to Little Quilts for the long-arm machine to finish. We set up the free motion arm and accoutrements on the Viking Designer II. I practiced…and broke thread…and needles. Then I got one block of the chubby bullfrog completed. Several days later, I returned to face it again. Two minutes in, the thread frayed and broke and I was in tears. Bam took over, finished the quilting in one day and saved my sanity. She does beautiful stipling work, right? My rotund little bullfrog would never have been completed without her help. I did manage to attach the binding and hand-stitch it for the finishing touch.
The bullfrog is my original fabric design from Spoonflower. He started as a pencil drawing, then pen and finally filled in with colored pencils. Spoonflower printed up some yardage for me. I fussy cut the fabric to showcase the frog and added some Kaffe Fassett fabric in funky swirls and multi-color leopard, batik-dyed fabric, and then backed it in a pointillistic leaf pattern. It was my first time working with half square triangles. I can’t wait to tackle more traditional styles of piecing with modern fabrics!