“Sock Monkey Circus”


I am so excited to share a new baby quilt pattern with you! You can find a link to the instructions on the Patterns page of this blog under “Modern Baby Quilt:  Sock Monkey Circus.”

I challenged myself to make a modern baby quilt with fat quarters or quarter yard cuts of fabric. Can you believe only 1/4 yd. of the sock monkey fabric was required? Using a design wall was helpful in planning the placement of various sized squares of feature fabric and in distributing the bright tone-on-tones across the face of the quilt. I theorized that construction would be simpler if the finished sizes of squares, strips and blocks were multiples of 2.”

In attempting to balance the sock monkey feature fabric throughout the quilt, I placed squares of this fabric on the design wall first. I also made a Four Patch and 3 simple  6″ (finished) Square in the Middle blocks and placed them on the design wall.


Next I framed the 8 1/2″ squares of sock monkey fabric with bright orange and lime green. I love the excitement of the multi-colored stripe.


More strips and squares of various colors – it’s coming together!


A few more strips and rectangles and then an outer border of blue and white polka dot fabric, and “Sock Monkey Circus” is complete!


I quilted loops and double loops  with bright variegated thread.


And now, I challenge you to challenge yourself to make a quilt using only 1/4 yd. of feature fabric. If you do, please email me a picture to share with blog readers.

6 thoughts on ““Sock Monkey Circus”

  1. Hi, I want to make this quilt! I’m in love with it! However I don’t have the time or Talent to guess at all the sizes of the blocks. Anyway you could share them with me? Thank you!

  2. The write up for this quilt states there is a free pattern. However, I cannot find it. Would you please tell me how to access it. Thank you!!

    • On my blog, abyquilts.wordpress.com, beneath the header picture, you will see a horizontal bar with five or six tabs. Click on “Patterns” and then scroll down until you see a picture of the “Sock Monkey Circus” quilt under the heading “Modern Baby Quilt.” I would love to see a picture of your quilt. If you are not able to print the instructions from the website, let me know, and I will email you a copy of the instructions directly.

  3. Love the Sock Monkey quilt. I am a beginner quilter and need more instruction. Would you please email a copy of more detailed instructions. Thank you!

    • Thanks for your comment about the Sock Monkey Circus quilt. My most thorough instructions can be found on the Patterns page of this blog. Just under the header picture, click on “Patterns,” then scroll down until you see “Modern Baby Quilt.” Click on the title to link to printable instructions. I would love to see a picture of your completed quilt.

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