This is the entry my mom made for our guild’s annual challenge. She named it “Bloomin’ Frogs”. The challenge is entitled “Show Us Your Best Blooms”. She used the required challenge fabric for the frogs and the border. I love the dragonfly buttons that she added as embellishments!
The pattern is from the book “Frogs and Flowers: Impressions of Ponds and Gardens made into Quilts” by Camille Remme. It’s a really cool book because it is designed to teach you to make the blocks in a variety of sizes that you can combine any way you wish. This is great if you are the kind of quilter who likes things less structured.
If, however, you are new to quilting, (or you are a seasoned quilter looking for a straight forward, no-thinking required pattern) this might not be the best pattern book for you.
Personally, I like a list of what to cut from each fabric so I can do all my planning and cutting first, then just sit and sew. This is not that kind of book.They don’t give you a list of exactly what to cut for each quilt or wall-hanging. Instead, for the flowers, they tell you to cut strips in a variety of colors. You decide which colors go in which places one step at a time as you sew. The patterns are designed to give you the freedom to make choices as you go. You are encouraged to make more or less of each block so you can make the size quilt you want in a unique layout.
The solid fabric in mom’s wall-hanging are American Made Brand Fabric. It’s a newer line of fabric that was released last year that is made completely in the United States. Ask your local quilt shop to carry it if they don’t already. If you check out their website, www.americanmadebrand.com you can click on link to find a local retailer near you. The shops that are listed as being within 100 miles of Buffalo, NY are:
- Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company, York, NY
- Creekside Fabrics and Quilts, Arcade, NY
- Chestnut Bay, Caledonia, NY
- Ivy Thimble, Victor, NY
Don’t forget that you can see all the entries in the challenge including “Bloomin’ Frogs” on display at the Richmond Library in Batavia, NY during the month of February. The quilts will be on display until from February 2nd through March.
Things that make me smile:
- All things American Made! Especially American Made Fabric!
- Coming home from work to find my mom has taught herself a completely new quilting technique from a book.
- The Buffalo Philiharmonic Orchestra… with Alan Parsons! My boyfriend won tickets on the radio, and it included a meet and greet with Alan Parsons afterward! I didn’t realize just how much of his music I knew, nor did I know his history as an engineer involved with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or the Beatles at the Abbey Road studio. They put on an incredible show! Thank you 97 Rock!
Let’s go spread some sunshine!