Do you have four coordinating fat quarters awaiting the perfect project? Does your kitchen table beg for new décor? Or do you need to make a quick, quilted gift? If so, how about making “Monkey Shines” placemats!
Basically, stack four trimmed fat quarters on your cutting mat, and, using a new rotary blade, cut the “Monkey Wrench” design, four at a time. Next, swap the fabrics and then sew the units. After trimming the HSTs, sew the units into blocks. You will find complete instructions for “Monkey Shines” on the Patterns page of this blog. Click on Patterns in the menu and scroll down to find “Fun with Fat Quarters-Monkey Shines.” The pattern includes instructions for assembling the four blocks as a baby quilt.
The Tarheel Quilt Guild is cooperating with Meals on Wheels to provide placemats to those confined at home during the holidays. Instead of making a baby or lap quilt with my “Monkey Shines” blocks, I added 3″ strips of white fabric to opposite sides for sizeable placemats.
After quilting each placemat, I trimmed away only the excess batting with scissors.
And then I trimmed away the backing fabric with a rotary cutter and ruler. You can see in the photo below that I trimmed away all but 1″ of the backing fabric.
To make “back to front” binding, I pressed the raw edge of the backing to meet the raw edge of the quilted placemat. Then I folded this fold on top of the placemat edge and pressed in place. I top-stitched the “back to front” binding with black thread.
You’ve already seen hints of the quilting motifs: meandering in the patchwork blocks and a heart-shaped leaf and loop with sage green thread on the white side strips.
The Meals on Wheels coordinator says that many of the seniors use the placemats our guild members donated last year every single day. Such a small gift is so cheering and appreciated!
If you make a “Monkey Shines” project, I’d love to see a photo! Send your digital picture to email@example.com.