A coworker of my husbands is adopting her first baby daughter this summer. I was planning on making her a quick and easy rag quilt, but she told me she couldn't find a crib set she liked. She told me she loves the frogs on the pink fabric. So I asked her if she would mind if I made her crib quilt for her. Of course she said yes! So that weekend I went shopping.
This quilt was made from the Quilt In A Day Log Cabin pattern. It was super easy and fast! While I was shopping for fabrics I had the layout planned in my head and had decided I was going to applique a big, jumping, frog down the middle of the white portion and it HAD to be done in minkee fabric. Now the problem was, I had NEVER appliqued before and I didn't have a pattern. I had read enough quilting blogs to know that I just needed a simple picture to create my frog, but I was still clueless how to applique.
So, I asked the ladies in my quilt guild if they would teach me how to applique a frog to my quilt top. They were all quick to come to my aid until I held up my coloring book picture of my frog. They asked where my pattern was, and I held up my picture and smiled. Some of them told me I HAD to have a pattern and they went back to their quilting. The few that stuck around listened to my other ideas. I told them I wanted it done in minkee fabric. Well those that were left now told me I was crazy and they left too!
I was pretty discouraged, but also determined to make my frog idea happen! So I researched applique myself and bought my bumpy green minkee fabric from our sewing shop 30 miles away. It took me about a week of trial and error, but by the time I returned to my quilt guild I had my frog finished and sewn on my quilt.
I kind hate to give this away, but I know it will be cherished for years to come by my friend.