“Monkey Shines” with Alamance Piecemakers

22 11 2013

Yesterday I had the opportunity to share my lecture “It’s Not About the Quilts” with the Alamance Piecemakers in Burlington, NC. What a congenial group of quilters! Following the guild meeting and a box lunch (from Honey Baked Ham), I led a workshop on my pattern “Monkey Shines.” You will find instructions on my Patterns page.

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After I demonstrated how to layer 4 fat quarters and cut through all layers, the ladies busily began working on their projects.

I would love to show you some of the fabric combinations.

Sally combined batiks with a lovely butterfly print. She plans to give her quilt to a nursing home resident.

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Sandra used bright tonals with a lively fish print. Won’t a child love this playful quilt?

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Stephanie selected striking black and yellow fabrics and a sports team print.

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Helen’s Christmas fabrics brought lots of ooohs and ahhhhs.

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Lorna completed all four blocks and auditioned them next to her zoo theme print.

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Shirley’s bright fabrics and polka dots will make a fun quilt.

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Dean used an unlikely combination of gray, pink, and aqua, but the print fabrics pulled it all together.

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Judy worked with coordinating pink and green fabrics.

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Kathy had a darling owl print with coordinating fabrics.

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Kathy #2 make girly-girl blocks of pink and purple.

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Dotti’s orange, brown and green batiks created earthy, blended blocks.

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Nancy used modern red and green prints. This quilt is so quick and easy, she determined if she could make a quilt a day between now and Christmas, she would have gifts for everyone on her list.

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Janet invented a way to transport her unfinished blocks home. She placed the pieces in a large reclosable bag and pinned them in place through the plastic.

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From bright and bold to soft and blended, we had a wonderful afternoon sewing, learning, chatting, and laughing together!

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