My Monkeys

In the Creative Arts Building at the MN State Fair in 2010, I saw a quilt made of Sock Monkey fabric.  I fell in love with the fabric, and HAD to make one for myself.  A few months later, my friend GJK asked me if I wanted to do a quilt class with her (Turning Twenty Pattern), so I signed up with her, and went on my quest to find the Sock Monkey fabric.

I called several MN quilt shops, but none of them had it, so I ended up buying the fat quarters from Fat Quarter Shop .  I was very pleased with the fabric (Funky Monkey by Erin Michael for Moda).   The class was fun, and the squares came together quickly and easily.  The ladies in the class and at the quilt shop loved the fabric.  I’ve been told that the shop owner is now carrying the Funky Monkey Fabric (she must have REALLY loved my quilt!).

I finished the top in April or May of 2011, but hadn’t decided where I was going to take it to have it quilted.  I also didn’t have my backing yet, and decided to order the red sock monkey pattern in a flannel for the back.  I sewed the back together, and found that it wasn’t quite wide enough for machine quilting.  I didn’t want to spend another $50 on fabric to get matching backing, but I also didn’t want to just get cheap flannel from JoAnn’s, only to have it not all get cut off when it was done being quilted.  I finally decided that I’d already spent enough money on fabric, so I bought plain red flannel at JoAnn’s, and pieced strips on the sides for the back.  Off to the Quilter’s Cupboard I went to drop it off.

The owner told me it would be 6-8 weeks until I had it back, but I didn’t care since it’s just for our guest bedroom – it’s not a gift for anyone, so I was in no hurry.  About 3 weeks later, I was in her shop on a Friday to look for more fabric for a new project, when the owner said to me, ‘Aren’t you the sock monkey quilt?  I’m almost finished, I’ll be done on Monday.’  Then she said she really just needed to trim it up, and she could have it in the shop on Saturday.  At that point, I  decided to not spend more money on more fabric that I don’t need right now since I’d be getting that quilt back the next day, and I would need to do the binding for it.

So here it is – complete with Monkeys (Sock & Otherwise).  It’s not bound yet – that may be a weekend project.


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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5 Responses to My Monkeys

  1. Mary the OINKteller says:

    Yay! Welcome to the blogosphere! Your quilts are beautiful…thank you for posting pictures. I’m guessing you’ll have an etsy shop up and running in no time (if you don’t have one already!). Looking forward to what you’ll be posting (and quilting) next!

    • msminnesota says:

      Mary – you’re too kind! No etsy shop for me – I think if people are going to pay for quilts, they want the blocks to line up correctly and the binding to be sewn on right! (But my kids don’t care!)

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