“Monkey Shines” Finished!

21 05 2013

On March 2, 2013 I taught a “Monkey Shines” workshop to members of the Devine Quilters in Columbia, SC. A link to the instructions for this quick and fun design are on the Patterns page of my blog, and you can see quilts made in the workshop by viewing blog posts in early March.

When teaching the “Monkey Shines” workshop, I demonstrated the cutting and sewing method with a fat quarter bundle of spring-y fabric.

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Thinking forward to this weekend when I will demonstrate “Monkey Shines” at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium, I determined to finish the quilt begun at the March workshop. I purchased a floral print for sashing and borders at Hancock Fabrics. It is not of the same fabric line, but the colors blend fairly well. However, the quilt looked too busy with the floral fabric directly adjacent to the blocks. So I added a frame of white with tiny black polka dots around each block. This gives just enough separation between the blocks and sashing and border.

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Keeping with the floral theme, I quilted large daisies and leaves with loops in teal thread all over the quilt.

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This quilt will be a cheery example to show to my students this weekend along with the puppy dog quilt pictured on the Patterns page.

If you are near Fayetteville, NC this weekend, please come by Methodist University on Ramsey St. to view the quilt show and the hubbub of Symposium. The show and vendor mall, held in Riddle Gymnasium, are open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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