Ole Frog Eyes Review & Giveaway

(note: Snoodles from Lily Pad Quilting gave me a one month trial so I could give her my thoughts on her software, I then offered to do a review on my blog, the thoughts and opinions presented are my own – and PS. I will be signing up for a subscription when my trial is over!)

Have you heard of Ole Frog Eyes? Ole Frog Eyes is an online quilting tool for those of us who are not lucky enough to have a design wall. There are lots of different types of design walls. You can buy a fancy portable one – but those can run you upwards of $150.00. You can make one – if you have the space – with simple flannel or quilt batting. You can use your floor – but that is rather temporary…

This has been my solution since…well forever. I have never had the space for a design wall.  Well, this is not really convenient – especially when I am working on 4 or 5 quilts at a time. I can’t have all the blocks out at once; I can’t have more than one quilt out at a time. This is where Ole Frog Eyes comes in; they are a VIRTUAL design wall!

Click here to see my whole Vintage Christmas Sampler in Ole Frog Eyes.

There are several cool features that come with your virtual design wall.

You can upload any block you want, then you can choose borders, in virtually any color, and also select colors for you lattice (sashing). The lattice allows you to select up to three colors: horizontal, vertical and what I will call the center squares – where the horizontal and vertical sections meet.

Do you remember my post last week of all the blocks I had completed from SewHappyGeek’s SewHappyQuilt QAL? I had to make a collage of my blocks because I just don’t have much space to lay out my blocks. Well here they are all laid out – with potential sashing and border colors!

Here are the basics for using Ole Frog Eyes:

  1. Your image must be a jpeg
  2. Crop your photo to a square – just like your block
  3. Make sure the file size is no more than 30 kb – there is an awesome video tutorial on Ole Frog Eyes on how to edit your photos and resize them
  4. Click on Create a Quilt
  5. Name It
  6. Select your template – classic or on point
  7. Enter number of columns
  8. Enter number of rows
  9. Check the box if you want to have a lattice (sashing)
  10. Check the box if you want to have a border
  11. Then start uploading your photos and select your colors for lattice (sashing) and border

Here is what it looks like when selecting your lattice (sashing) and border colors. As you can see, they offer every color under the sun.

Things I like about Ole Frog Eyes:

  • Virtual Design Wall! I’m not sure I need to say more about that. I have a 2 year old and limited space in my sewing room. Virtual anything is beyond welcome!
  • You will never have to pick your quilt blocks up again!
  • Lots of choices for the lattice (sashing) – up to three different colors – this allows more design options
  • Border – this allows me to visualize my end product and give me an idea of what colors will work well
  • Ease of use – after watching the video on making my image size smaller, I was off and running. I have 2 more quilts in the works that I am going to be uploading to Ole Frog Eyes
  • Visual progress: with each block I upload – I can see the progress I am making on my quilt. When I started uploading my Sew Happy Quilt blocks I realized that there were some prints that I had overused and some that I hadn’t used at all, this allowed me to even up my usage of the fabric line and my quilt is more balanced now.
  • Affordable! It is only $2.50 per month.  On almost any budget that is easy to swing.
  • If you have any issues – you just have to pull the red cord and an email window will open to message the website administrator for help! (makes me feel so luxurious to have a cord to pull for instant help)
  • You can display your quilts online and have people comment on them – and who doesn’t love positive feedback!

Area’s for Improvement:

  • I would love to see the next version of Ole Frog Eyes to have a drag and drop feature. That way after uploading you blocks you can easily move them around into a layout you like better. Right now you have to delete your blocks and reload them.  I have spoken to Snoodles about this and I do believe it is something they are working on for the next version.

Final Thoughts:

This is a great product for anyone who has the following limitations: limited space, pets (pet hair on blocks = more work cleaning later), toddlers (mine likes to play with my blocks), no sewing space (kitchen table double as your sewing area?).  It is also great for figuring out fabric usage, layout, lattice (sashing) and border colors.

Now for the giveaway! Snoodles and Padsworth (the Ole Frog Eyes mascot) have decided to give two of my wonderful reader’s free one-month subscriptions to test drive this awesome software!

So how can you enter?!? Two ways to enter:

  1. Check out the Ole Frog Eyes website and tell me why you would like to use it? Personally – I like being able to see my fabric/color distribution. (entry 1)
  2. Blog, Tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway, come back and give me the link. (entry 2)

Please make sure you are following my blog – there are lots of ways to do it (this is mandatory to enter but does not count as an entry).

Good luck! The giveaway will be open through 9pm Friday March 9th. I will announce the winner on Saturday March 10th.

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28 Responses to Ole Frog Eyes Review & Giveaway

  1. Lisa L. says:

    What a neat product! I would love to be able to use something like that, because I have food, pets, and limited space! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  2. Terry says:

    How fun it would be to have that extra set of “Eyes” to see how your project would look before sewing it all together…would avoid having to “Rip-It” out!!! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Ty Nollora says:

    very awesome website…

  4. Lisa Cox says:

    I would love Ole Frog Eyes software! I am very challenged when it comes to colors. I am doing the Sew Happy Geek QAL also and trying to figure out what to make the sashing and borders look like is driving me nuts!

  5. Joy Denise says:

    I positively adore my OleFrogEyes subscription. With five dogs in the house, all of whom love to pretend to be my studio kitty (dropping hair while they do it!), and very limited space, it comes in Sew Handy! I just finished Barbara Brackman’s Civil War BOW, and used the software to both keep my colors from concentrating too much in any area and also referred to it to keep the rows/blocks in order as I sewed them together at the end. I’m keeping track of a Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler and a Farmer’s Wife, the same way! (I’m listed under JoyDenise)

    LOVE IT!!!! (and the tutorial is indeed excellent – by the third block I uploaded, it was very routine and I no longer needed to even think about what I was doing!) Ribbit!!

  6. Dennis says:

    Hi, WOW, I would love to have this. I have no room to lay mine out, I can’t use the floor because I have a bad back so I can’t even get down on the floor unless I fall and I have no wall space.

  7. Cheryl says:

    This would be awesome! I can have as many as 6 quilts on the design wall and my cat won’t be able to rearrange my blocks for me when I turn my back on it while laid out on the floor.

  8. I’d love to try it out! Especially to experiment with sashing and borders.

  9. Deb says:

    This would give a sense of perspective I can’t get in my small sewing room – looks like something I’d like to try.

  10. ~ Julie ~ says:

    So cool! I’ve seen this before, but since I’m so new to quilting decided I better figure out quilting first. Looks like I may need something like this to help me with my quilting! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway! 🙂

  11. Billie K says:

    I love trying new tools and this sounds like a great help as well.

  12. Andrea says:

    I just visited Ole Frog Eyes web site….I think I’d love seeing all my blocks laid out and being able to change various aspects of the sashing and borders to step back and be able to see how it might look…Quilting is a very visual process and this process – with hopefully the soon addition of the copy and paste function to move blocks around to different spots – would be a wonder to behold and use!!!

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  14. Lisa L. says:

    I tweeted the giveaway! 🙂

  15. Lauren says:

    I would love a trial subscription to Ole Frog Eyes! You make it sound indispensible and I’ve checked out the website and it looks great. My sewing room is very small and I have no wall space for a design wall – I use the floor, but that’s only large enough for a wall hanging!

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  17. Tiffany says:

    I like the idea of auditioning colors and sashing. I am not a big sashing person, but it would be super nice if I could see it visually with sashing, and then maybe I’d use it more often!

  18. Jodi G. says:

    Looks like a fun and helpful program. I’m doing several BOM programs as well as working on some WIPs. Right now all my projects are in tote bags, plastic bins or in a box. I’d love to be able to have someplace where my quilts are “displayed” so everytime I want to work on them I don’t have to lay them back out and remember what I was working on and planning to do. I think it will be easier to plan and not feel like I’m having to restart each time. As I finish each block I’ll be able to see my progress or if I feel I have a design change I can play and see if it will work. I’m a visual person so this would be so neat to see it all.

    Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Jodi G. says:

    I tweeted about your giveaway. (@usairdoll)

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. Christi P. says:

    I like you don’t have room for a design wall and my floor space is pretty small. This is new to me, but what a great solution to limited space! Thank you….

  21. Karen O says:

    I think it would a great tool to keep track of blocks for quilt a longs, etc. Thank you for the chance to win.

  22. Jackie says:

    Love the idea. I have very little space. My quilting/embroidery is pushed into a corner of my bedroom. So having my design wall on my computer would be awesome, plus I could still be working while I am babysitting for my grandbaby.

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  24. Bente says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I would love to try this “Frog” *lol* I don´t have a real designwall either, so I geuss I have to win :o)
    I sure do follow by bloglovin

  25. Jeanne says:

    Sounds just like what I need. What I like about what I’ve read is I can actually set up in a quilt shop, scan some fabrics and put them in to see how they work together. Oh yes, I must have this.

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