Toad in the Garden

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I decided to use a pieced background to suggest a garden setting, but the original pieced fabric turned out to be too bright and the toad got lost. By laying a piece of dark teal tulle over the top, the colors were muted enough for the toad to stand out. This was the first time I had used Lutrador, a spun polyester product -- I printed out two photos of dragonflies and transferred them to the Lutrador using Transfer Artist Paper, then added some metallic paint to the wings -- when I stitched the dragonflies on the fabric, I left the wings loose. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up very well in the photo, but there is a definite 3-D feel created by the wings.

What you will need

  • Fabric
  • tulle
  • paint
  • Lutrador
  • decorative thread

Q&A with Linnae

Kitts asked:
Your wall hanging is amazing?
Linnae answered:
Cathy Geier asked:
Very nice, I like it and I like how you used all kinds of things to make it work. The pieced background is really cool, you blend more traditional quilting with art quilting and it works great! I hope you are very pleased with your toad. :)
Linnae answered:
Thank you -- I'm glad you like it. It was a fun piece and I am pleased with it, although there are some things I might do a little differently -- isn't that always the case? :)
Terri Densmore asked:
I love this!
Linnae answered:
Glad you like it -- it was fun to work on.
dollycloth asked:
love it ,good work.
Linnae answered:
anstey1666185 asked:
Is there any way I can buy this pattern from you? My oldest son is a frog / toad fanatic and I would love to do this for him! It is amazing.
Linnae answered:
I'm sorry, I didn't use a pattern. A friend took a photo of this American Toad and I just loved the colors. I traced the toad and then had the tracing enlarged. I think I cut the tracing into 5 or 6 pieces and used batiks to try to duplicate the colors. I also added some paint. I printed the dragon flies on Lutrado, added some paint and then left the wings loose. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.