Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dragonfly Completed

Okay, it's not perfect....but it is done. And I really like the way it turned out. The completed quilt measures approximately 17" x 13". It was done using needle-turn applique and is hand quilted. I hand quilted cattails along the bottom of the quilt.....and followed the design of the border fabric for the top part. I just need to make a hanging sleeve and label for it.

Last night was spent working on my Botanika block. It's actually of a basketful of roses. It's about half done (50 pieces had been stitched on as of last night). This block has over 90 pieces in it....and I'm really loving the way it's turning out....even though it doesn't have near the contrast with fabrics that it should.

Yesterday I had cast on for my sweater....twice! 15 rows into it and I ended up getting lost in the lace pattern....even though it is a very simple 8 stitch repeat. So I frogged what I had done and started again. Didn't make it quite as far the second time before I got lost. So frogged what I had done and now it's sitting there waiting for me to start yet again. I'm sure one of these times it will actually click and then there will be no stopping me. :)


  1. I love your dragonfly. the colors are right up my alley, and I love the way that the cutouts look. It's a real beauty.

  2. Right, I've learnt that frogging means to undo/unstitch something (I've never heard it used in the UK, so I imagine it's an American term), but do you have any idea where it comes from?

  3. Candace, thank you for the kind comments on my dragonfly. It was a practice piece for a dvd on 2-fabric applique by Nancy Lee Chong (of Pacific Rim Quilt Co.). I really had tons of fun with this and learned so much. I'm looking forward to doing another 2-fabric applique....only much larger.

    Amanda, the term "frogging" comes from the sound frogs make.....ribbit, ribbit (or rippit, rippit).....or at least that's what I've heard anyway. I wish I could be more specific, but I honestly don't know. It's just one of those terms that is really popular online. It is an interesting little word though. :)

  4. First of al there is no such thing as perfect! This is gorgeous work. Perfection and imperfection are highly subjective. I'd like this on bed or even on my wall.

  5. Thank you, knitman, for the very kind comment. :) I will be giving this to my mother for her birthday.