An ancient pond —
a frog jumps in —
the sound of the water!
Quilt Notes: Like Basho's famous haiku (see left), the classic TOAD IN A PUDDLE design could be visualized as depicting one, huge SPLASH!!!! The fabrics chosen might also take on some risks (or go completely minimal). In fact, according to the dream dictionary at Inspired by Dreams:|
"The frog in a dream can represent the need to take a ‘leap’ in a new direction. This reptile is known for its ability to jump from one place to another and can represent staying in one place too long when you may need to take a ‘leap of faith.’"
For full size TOAD IN A PUDDLE pattern templates, see CARRIE HALL BLOCKS: OVER 800 HISTORICAL PATTERNS, by Bettina Havig, 1999.
TOAD is also illustrated in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (p.77-8), in proximity with SARAH'S FAVORITE and RAILROAD CROSSING. It dates back to at least 1895, when it was published by the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #150, according to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2797). It has an alternate name, JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT (#2384), in Judy Rehmel's QUILT I.D. BOOK.
For more animated quilt blocks of things that move, see:
BUTTERFLY IN THE GARDEN
SYMMETRY IN MOTION