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All I could think of when the word "translation" was selected as our theme was the translation of one language into another. That is, until I stumbled upon the synonym, "transform." I immediately thought of the frog being kissed by the princess and transformed - or translated - into a prince. I made a close-up of a princess using cotton and silk with raw-edge appliqué and applied it to the background with Wonder Under. I added golden hair made with layers of Angelina fibers. The most difficulty I had was creating her whimsical features and puckered lips, which are drawn on with colored pencils. For another fun effect, I added a dangling earring. I found a picture of a frog, reproduced him in fabric and set him into the palm of her hand. The hearts are raw-edge appliqué and the words, "kiss me" are hand embroidered in hand-dyed floss. After stitching each piece into place, I free-motion quilted around each image.
I decided to make a second quilt for the back. I translated "Kiss Me" into 30 different languages and then chose the ones that I wanted to add to the back panel. The words were printed onto fabric, added to the background fabric with Wonder Under, then appliqué, as were the hearts. I machine stitched around the translations using a tiny zig-zig stitch and stitched around the hearts and the label.