Okay, I admit it. I cannot stop myself from drawing stuff on customer quilts that they don’t ask for. One of my customers has nicknamed me “Sneaky.” The problem is… I’ll be quilting along and my brain will say that something such as a frog would look cool on this quilt.
Now, I know better than that! It’s not my quilt, and I tell my brain that, but before I know it, I am stitching a frog into the quilt. I honestly don’t know what happened to me with this quilt. I am quite embarrassed at how bold my “evil twin sister” was in putting these items on this customer quilt. All I wanted was for my quilting to complement the customers quilt top.
Did you notice they are all drawn into the black spaces where they can easily be seen? WTH??? I get embarrassed by my quilting anyhow and don’t want it screaming at the world, so what came over me (oops! I mean my evil twin sister) with this one?
For those of you who don’t know what frogging is to a quilter, it’s where you rip out the stitches… rip it… rip it… rip it… Get it? I can only hope the customer will be okay with the results of this quilt, or I will certainly be frogging this one next week. 🙁
What she really wanted was viney leaves and flowers to match her applique. This is what I did before adding my trademark signature “surprise” of thread art…
She also wanted piano keys, but she was worried how the green thread would show up against the orange striped border. I was a bit worried how it would look, too, so I stitched right inside the parts with the green in it to help the green thread blend into the background (so how come my evil twin sister was so brazen with the creatures stitched into the black fabric?).
That meant I would need to measure out the stitching along the sides to match the different piano key widths of the bottom and top. My straight line stitching needs a lot of practice… sigh…
But, here is the finished product. From here, you can’t see any of the stitching, for which I am truly grateful.
I love her applique work and the way she brought it all together!