A few years ago I was watering the garden and I suddenly spotted this lovely little tree frog amongst the vegetation. I ran inside, grabbed my camera and took some photos of the little chap. I planned to use these pictures one day to make a small quilt but it was a long time before I could work out how to actually make the pattern.
It was while I was doing a course called Flower Power with Susan Brittingham at Quilt University that I found a good method. She suggested using transparent film to make a line drawing from a photograph. This was a simple and very effective way and once that was done and I scanned the line drawing into EQ5 and then it was reasonably simple to turn it into an applique pattern.
I simplified the background and for the first design used the upside down applique method, but I don’t like the finish of that so much and the next time I made the design I used a satin stitch.
Last week I completed my ninth tree frog wall and yesterday I hosted an open house and coffee morning to sell some of my work, along with some fellow artists and it was the very first thing I sold along with my gecko cushions.
It was a busy morning and I’d been baking several days to make cakes and biscuits to serve with coffee. There were five of us participating: John with his very popular silver jewellery, inspired by local ethnic art, Susanne with hand made cards, Helen with her own design patchwork bags and Violette with some very nice beaded items, plus myself with my wall hangings and cushions.
It was my husband’s day off so he was there to help out with serving teas and coffees but after a while he gave up and let people help themselves, just making sure the coffee jug was kept full.
I sold a number of my wall hangings, and have a few orders too, including another tree frog just like this one, so I’ll be busy for the next few weeks.