Monkey Around in QUILTER’S WORLD’S (April 2013)


Hello Friends, it’s good to see you again!  I hope you are doing well.  Today I am happy to share with you my “Monkey Around” quilt that is featured in Quilter’s World‘s April 2013 issue.2199835109_12A_Monkey

[image source:  Quilter’s World]

The blocks are pieced from border stripe fabric, extending the use of stripe fabric beyond merely sashing and borders!  See how these cute monkeys major in playfulness.


The playfulness is quite infectious — even the stars can’t behave themselves, and have to go wonky! :)

monkey around


The fabrics I used to make this quilt should look familiar to you because I have designed two other quilts using the same fabrics.  I will show you the other designs later on in this post.  The fabrics are from Quilting Treasures‘ Monkey Around collection.

Monkey Around swatches

Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.  Quilting was simple because I wanted these fabulous fabrics to be the focus of the quilt.  I quilted circles on the pieced blocks to highlight the monkeys.


I then quilted tumbling monkeys on some of the star blocks to add another dimension of playfulness!




I hope you liked my “Monkey Around” quilt in Quilter’s World.  As I said earlier, I had actually designed two other quilts using the same fabrics.  These patterns are offered for free via Quilting Treasures.

Monkey Around1

Monkey Around Redo4a

Click here and here to access the free downloadable pattern instructions in pdf format.

Do you have a favorite among the three Monkey Around quilts?

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  I have had a very stressful week this week  in the work department.  My posting schedule should be back to normal next week.   You all take care!


My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Monkey Around” – click on links for more information:

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches, to be posted

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow, to be posted

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

60 thoughts on “Monkey Around in QUILTER’S WORLD’S (April 2013)

  1. I was wondering if the circles you quilted in the monkey blocks were done free hand or if you used a ruler or template.

  2. I wish I could order this kit but I have (a) spent my fabric budget for this month and (b) would definitely get done by the Brits for this. It isn’t the tax @ 20% I object to it’s the £8.00 handling fee for charging me the tax that I strongly object to. But for this kit I would say pay it so if it’s sitll available next month one of these will be mine. My younger grandson would just love it.

  3. What a great method for quilting the circles!!!! Thanks so much for sharing…..I always look forward to your post. Your quilting is beautiful and inspiring.

  4. This is an amazing quilt!! Sock Monkeys have never gone out of style. What a great quilt for little ones of all ages. Love the free motion monkeys!! Have a geat weekend, Wendy!

  5. Wendy, thanks for the patterns. I particularly like the one made with the bow tie block. Will definitely make it. Of course, those quilted feathers got me.

  6. I love this latest Monkey quilt the best! Love the wonky stars and the way you’ve used the monkey fabric! I was so excited when I got your email about it that I went to the Quilter’s World site to see when the new issue would be out and the digital issue was available now. I hadn’t gotten the email notice of it yet but went ahead and downloaded it. I’m so glad the pattern is in it but was disappointed that there wasn’t a template for the little monkey quilting design in it. But I think by downloading the pics you have here, I could use them as a guide. Someone mentioned a kit….is one available for this one yet and, if so, where is it? I love your work and have saved all your Thread Talks and everything else I can from your site!!

  7. You really made the monkey a “star” in this quilt! the quilted mondky and the quilt itself are adorable. I like all 3 quilts but like the star quilt just a little bit more.

  8. Love those wonky stars!! Great quilt! Also, received my Machine Quilting mag yesterday…great article on your feathers! Congrats!

    • Hi Pam, Thanks for the kind words. You know, I have received emails about my article in MQU mag, but I haven’t gotten my copies yet. I am most eager to receive that magazine in the mail!!! Enjoy your weekend, Wendy

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