Monkey Shines

21 10 2012

Come one, come all to the North Carolina Quilt Symposium May 23-26, 2013 held at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. I am slated to teach two classes and to give a demo/lecture. My demo will be “Monkey Shines.” It’s a quick and easy Layer, Cut, Swap, and Sew project.

Monkey Shines are physical tricks . . . like cartwheels, walking on your hands, or flips over the swing-set bars. The name of this quilt recalls happy childhood times spent on the playground/Spielplatz. Just so, the speedy tricks you’ll learn while constructing this quilt will make you smile.

Look on the Patterns page of my blog for the link to the instructions for this 38″ square quilt. If you make a “Monkey Shines” quilt, email me a picture of it, please. I would love to see how my pattern interfaced with the fabrics you selected.

This traditional quilt block design has several names: Monkey Wrench, Churn Dash, Hole in the Barn Door. It can be made with as many as 5 different fabrics as in the quilt above or with as few as 2 fabrics.

Using trucks and traffic signs fabric, I made this quilt for my grandson who is imminently expected. I hope he’ll enjoy rolling is toy cars over the black highway strips in the years to come.

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