“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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Judy worked with coordinating pink and green fabrics.


Kathy had a darling owl print with coordinating fabrics.


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


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


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.


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.


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





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