Way back in 1996 I made this quilt, machine pieced and hand-appliqued and quilted, just for fun. I had found the plastic tree frogs at the Sam Houston Museum Store, then matched them to batiks and prints from my (then much smaller) stash. Later I added bugs and snakes acquired at various stores.
For years my sister Gee Gee, then a primary school principal, kept it in her office in Tampa. She said most kids who came to her office talked about the quilt--of course, if you're a little kid called to the Principal's Office, you'll talk about anything except what you did wrong. When Gee Gee came to Eagle Lake, the quilt came with her. It was lovely to see this old friend again, and to realize that it stands up pretty well. If I were making it today, there would be a lot more quilting, mostly by machine. There's a temptation to try adding that now, but I've decided against it. I'd probably mess up the bugs.
This rediscovery brings me back to the need for a disposition plan for all the fiber art in my various cupboards. 4-Patch Amazon would make a nice display/teaching tool for a teacher or librarian.