I have made my second humidicrib cover for the year! I hope to get close to making one each month in 2015. Let’s see how I go. So far, so good.
My first humidicrib quilt for the year was based on January’s cake block in the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along. Their February quilt-along block, a sewing machine, is just as cute, but a sewing machine does not really seem to suit a baby’s humidicrib cover, so for my February humidicrib project I decided to use Piece by Number’s ‘Kiriki the Frog’ block pattern to make something for a baby boy.
Before anyone gets their knickers in a knot about how a little girl might also like this, I will point out that I am not trying to reinforce gender stereotypes; I am just trying to consciously think about making a few gender-neutral or more masculine designs to stop myself from making an entire set of pink and floral humidicrib quilts. I hope to sew a variety that might appeal to different parents and interests. I might adore pink florals on everything, but perhaps not everyone else does!
This froggy humidicrib cover was a bit trickier than last month’s cake block, which took no time at all to make. Each frog has lots of tiny toes, so I spread the work by making one block at a time over several evenings. I made the first 6-inch block without a problem. When making the second, I became overconfident and needed my handy stitch ripper to fix my impetuous errors. A week later, I had calmed down and was back on track for the third. The pattern has eyes, but I skipped those. You can blame laziness or artistic licence.
I assembled the background by cutting a rectangle slightly larger than the finished quilt and then making angled slashes across it with my ruler and rotary cutter. I then inserted the frog blocks randomly at angles before squaring it up and adding borders.
I had great intentions of being adventurous and trying a different quilting pattern – one that resembled pond ripples – but I unpicked it after a small sample. It did not look right, so I went back to my (boring but) tried and trusted loops.
Green frogs always make me think of the most famous frog: Kermit. While sewing this, I had heaps of time to sing Kermit songs, like ‘The Rainbow Connection’ and ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’. I used to love The Muppet Show. Miss Piggy was my hero. She was stylish (who can forget those lavender elbow-length gloves and satin gowns?) and full of sage advice. Emulating her style, I now have a good string of pearls, a selection of evening gloves and gowns, and a dog that bears a striking resemblance to Miss Piggy’s Foo-Foo, and I still live by her maxim: ‘Never eat more than you can lift’.