Frog Stitch practice…

As I mentioned in my last post on Panto Progress, I had to spend some time frog stitching (rip it, rip it) because I learned lesson #1 the hard way (NEVER take your eyes off the panto design line…and when you do, make sure your needle is DOWN).

So, learning how to rip the stitching out was a good (notice I didn’t say FUN) experience for me.¬† I have a new favorite tool…my Superior Snippers.¬† They are PERFECT for handling this job. The very sharp, fine point is fantastic for getting under those tiny stitches and popping them out (always use care when using a seam ripper or sharp instrument on your quilt top).

FrogStitchingWithSuperiorSnippersHow do I frog stitch? I discovered that “for me” if I just pop about every 5th – 6th stitch and then reach underneath and PULL that bobbin thread out it goes the fastes.¬† For any straggling top thread bits, I use a lint roller (or a piece of packing tape works great too)…swipe across and they’re gone.¬† Quick spritz…let it dry and I’m ready to quilt again.

I finished the panto…but changed to a different top thread, a Superior LAVA thread; I used Magna-Glide bobbins on the whole thing…they are AWESOME!¬† Then I decided to “use” the quilted panto design (my rendition wasn’t that great) and “shadow quilt” over it again from the front (freehand style).¬† When I ran out of the blue LAVA thread, I decided to test a new thread (it’s the yellow one) which I really like.

Doing freehand quilting over the previously quilted panto design was a great way to practice the controls and movement on both sides of the machine…a sort of 2fer.¬† Oh yeah…I didn’t like how my points turned out inside the flowers on the panto quilting…so I filled them in with thread.¬† YAY!

This practice piece is small and very simple (I just used muslin)…but I’ll put a simple binding on it and use it as a lap cover this fall/winter when the weather turns cool again.¬† It will be fun to pull it out then and see how much I’ve learned over the summer.

Wanna see?

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6 Responses to “Frog Stitch practice…”

  1. Tracy Chapman says:

    Thank you Rebecca. You are very kind. And you know…sometimes the things that are really special to us are not the “most perfect” or the “most expensive”. I’m going to treasure this little practice piece because of what I learned…what it taught me.

    Hugs & smiles :-)
    Tracy

  2. Tracy Chapman says:

    Hi Rita! Thanks for your comments. I hope you give the “shadow quilting” freehand around the panto design a try. I really had fun with it. Since I’m such a newbie it took away some of that “what do I do next” pressure and give me a direction to follow on the freehand part.

    OH absolutely…I think if you have some plain pantos you could really jazz them up with some freehand “over-quilting”.

    Hugs & smiles,
    Tracy

  3. Tracy Chapman says:

    Hi Jude! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I actually had a lot of fun “shadow quilting” over the panto and adding in the circle centers & accents. The panto I used was Asian Elegance III by Deb Geissler. You see find it here: http://www.sewthankful.com/AsianElegance3pantoByDebGeissler.html

    Deb’s pantos are really nice, but many are fairly intricate. I think doing the freehand filler from the front helps fix “newbie” issues and helps get practice on both sides of the machine without having to do too much thinking about the design and where to I go next.

    Hugs & smiles,
    Tracy

  4. Jude in WY says:

    Tracy, your practice piece is delightful! I never thought of doing this method but will definitely give it a go. What panto did you use?
    Jude

  5. Rita Kelly says:

    Tracy, I have a Mega Quilter with an Inspira frame that I use for quilting. I have limited space, but it does give me the ability to quilt. I just wanted to say I LOVE your idea of shadow quilting around the panto design. I have some pantos that are quite plain. This could add some life to them. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rebecca says:

    What a perfect example of waste not, want not! I think it is very pretty, and will be lovely this chilly fall!

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