Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Sign of Spring!

It's fitting that the first sign of spring appeared just two days before the first day of spring. Thursday I heard the wonderful chorus of spring peepers from down in our meadow. That is one of the happiest sounds to me -- it means that warmer weather is on its way!

This year the first day of spring fell on National Quilting Day, so to honor both occasions, I designed and made this quilt that I call "pseudacris crucifer," which is the Latin name for the spring peeper. The quilt is raw-edge applique using batiks. The frog itself is made of 14 separate pieces. I added shadows to the frog with Prismacolor pencils, and I spatter painted him using acrylic paint. The glint in the eye is also acrylic paint. I added a piano key border and did free-motion quilting.

At right is a close-up of the frog. 

Below is a close-up of the center section. You can see words on the background fabric. I ironed a piece of batik to freezer paper and ran it through the printer. I printed "pseudacris crucifer" and "peep" onto the fabric, making just the perfect background. 

The quilt measures 14 x 16 inches.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love the idea of running the fabric on freezer paper through your printer so that you can print on it. I'm afraid to try it with my printer though. Does it ever get jammed?

    -debby, Chester NY