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.

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

FREE PATTERN: “Another” Monkey Round

Happy Friday, Friends.  I thought I would close out this week with a free pattern!   You might remember my other Monkey Around free pattern (shown in the following)…

Well, I have another Monkey Around free pattern for you!  Can you tell I really loved these fabrics?  Click here to see the full range of Quilting Treasures’ Monkey Around collection.  Check your local quilt shops to see if they carry these super cute fabrics.  This Monkey Around quilt is a larger quilt that would fit a toddler’s bed (72″ x 80″).  I just couldn’t resist using the Monkey Wrench blocks in this design!

Click here to download the free pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend.  You still have time to leave a comment on my Learn to Machine Quilt class if you haven’t.  See you next week!