Frog Stitch

My blog about quilting, crafting and other random things I come across.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Doll Quilt Finished

So, I officially suck at blogging, but I can manage to quilt. I finished my contribution to the Doll Quilt Swap 5 and it was sent off a week ago (I told you I suck).

With this post, I think I'm closing this blog once again since I'm finding it more of a chore that a pleasure.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Doll Quilt - Part 2

So, I think I have a bit of an obsession about pre-washing fabrics. I have to wash all my new fabric, sometimes I'll even wash scraps I get from other people. For the fabrics that I know won't bleed, I'll just hand wash them and iron them dry. I use Retayne for any fabric that I think will bleed. Honestly, this is a miracle - no more rinsing fabric in endless washes to make sure all the dye is out, but maybe I just do that...

Fortunately I only had three new fabrics to wash.

I've also started to cut out strips, once I get a decent pile I'll take a picture.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Doll Quilt - Part 1

Ok, so maybe this isn't the first step since I already decided what pattern I'm doing. Just for a refresher, I'm going to be doing the courthouse steps pattern. I'm thinking about doing diamonds of saturated colours (similar to the Kaffe Fassett quilt). I've really been liking teal lately, so teal it is. I've started pulling my teals (and maybe buying a few more). My fabrics usually go on the ironing board since that's usually the only clear spot in my sewing room. Here's what I have so far.

I still need an accent colour for the centre squares. I was thinking a fushia, but now I'm leaning towards an acidy green. I'll have to play a bit more...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Last Minute Decisions

In a flurry of e-mails, I decided to sign up for a doll quilt swap. You're supposed to blog about the quilt you're making so the blog is getting resurrected once again.

You're not supposed to tell who you're making a quilt for, but I'm quite excited since I've decided to make I quilt I've always liked.

Since this was the first time participating in this swap, the preferences/dislikes I sent to my partner was really vague (sorry!). If they're looking for some more direction, I really don't have many dislikes, I'm just not a fan of really cutesy stuff. I love pieced quilts, but then again I love applique as well. I'm pretty sure that I like any quilt pattern there is.

I'm not sure that helped - rereading that again it was really vague.

To my swap partner (not that you know who you are) - I've started pulling fabrics and have a plan, just no pictures.

I'm off to go camping in Tobomory - maybe there'll be a picture...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Done! ...almost

This is a view of my sewing room floor the past week - not exactly what I would call fun. I've been writing a grant proposal for a class I've been taking.

After our quilt show, things will be back to normal and I can get back to sewing.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hoppy Easter!

Here are a few things that have been going on the past few weeks.
Lemon meringue cupcakes for a bake-off at work.

A folded fabric trivet made in a class at a local quilt shop.

A new miniature I'm working on.

The first signs of spring

Happy Easter everyone.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Take it Further - February

I haven't made anything for Take it Further, but I figured I'd share a bit about what I remember.

Ever since I can remember, my grandmother's quilts have been our beds. There's quite a few of them, with a variety of patterns. Whole cloth, applique and pieced quilts are all in our collection and each of us have our favourites. Some have been on our beds for years (and show the wear). These quilts were made when my mom was young (in the 50s) and she helped to cut the pieces.

One of the quilts I remember has always been in pieces. I'm not sure if my grandmother made it, but it's always been around. It's what's supposed to be a yo yo quilt but it's in a bit of disrepair. There's a few yo yos which are completely destroyed but then there's a lot of extra ones that aren't in the main diamond. I'm not too sure what it's supposed to look like - but I may just make something up with what I have.

I know that they're usually sewn to a piece of fabric to finish them, but if anyone knows what's usually done to finish a yo yo quilt , plase let me know.