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! :)

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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.

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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

Monkey Business: Final Sneak Peek

Dear Friends, a very Happy Monday and Week to you!

I finished my Monkey Business quilt, and am showing you a final sneak peek before it is shipped off to the editor.  See the swirls in the red area — therein lurks part of a “Monkey Business” sort of surprise that I can’t quite reveal until the quilt is officially featured in the magazine.

Stay tuned for further Monkey Business details.  If you missed seeing the full range of these cutest ever sock monkey fabrics, click here to find out more.  Now, onto my next project (key word is FREE!).  I will chat with you later.

Monkey Business: Sneak Peek #1

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Miss Baby and I have been enjoying being out and about in the last couple of days – the early fall days are just beautiful!  As a result, I haven’t been in front of my computer much.  I told you I would show you a sneaky peek of my Sock Monkey quilt.  Here are the fabrics – they are from Quilting Treasures’ Monkey Around collection.  Click here to view the full range.

And here you see my quilt still in patches:

These sock monkeys fabrics are beyond cute!  I have a feeling they will be very popular.  Stock up while you can before they are taken out of the current circulation.   Thanks for stopping by.  Till tomorrow – I shall go and tend to my Monkey Business for now! :)