What next?


I’ve been adrift all day, now that I don’t have a couple of half finished quilts draped accusingly around the house. So time to start thinking about what next? A few ideas have been playing around in my head but they might need to wait a little longer as a couple of weeks ago we had an unexpected wedding in our family – my brother-in-law and sister-in-law got hitched courtesy of Elvis in Las Vegas without telling anybody! It seems a quilt would make a perfect wedding present.

I’m toying with:

  • Appliqued hearts
  • A take on ‘wedding ring’ – I wouldn’t attempt to do this design allover as I don’t think my quilting abilities are proficient enough to carry it off, I’d do just two interlocked rings as a central motif
  • Appliqued word(s) ‘Love me tender’? (again would probably be just one in the middle)
  • Also thinking about trying the ‘quilt-as-you-go’ method, mainly because I sruggled with the quilting on the last quilt I did and that was only single bed sized, plus I’d like to have a go at something other than straight line quilting and I’m just too nervous to try free motion on a full size quilt

I think I’ll sleep on it.


All done!


I can’t believe I got it finished in time!


Coincidentally the book with the quilt pattern has finally arrived (Quilts Baby! )! Although it was too late to help me make this quilt I was very keen to see how my method of construction compared to Laurraine’s. Apart from the ears which I did exactly the same, I put my monkeys together in a completely different way. I won’t go into details here as I know Laurraine would rather you bought the book :-). There are loads of inspirational projects in this book and all come with encouragement to improvise on the patterns, which is exactly what I hope I’ve achieved with my monkeys.

In any case I’ve had loads of fun personalising these monkeys with characteristics that will hopefully appeal to our grandson Brandon.

Monkey Quilt – Top Finished


Phew! Just finished the top of the monkey quilt – meet the rest of the monkeys. I’m absolutely bushed now, but can only stop for a short while. I need to get on with making the quilt sandwich and quilting. No rest for the wicked!

Monkey Quilt Top

Monkey Quilt Top

Original monkey quilt designed by Patchwork Pottery

This Little Monkey…


… loves to clown around!

I googled for an easy to make fabric flower to finish off this little feller, and I found the perfect tutorial on Pink Paper Peppermints It was really easy to do  and just what I was looking for.

So far during my frantic weekend of sewing I’ve finished off this monkey; the rest of the monkeys (there are 12 altogether) are just needing buttons sewing on for their eyes, and also I finished the binding on the cot quilt and washed it.

Loads more to do – I’m still optimistic at this point that I’ll get Brandon’s monkey quilt finished in time for the birth of his sister (baby is definitely arriving on Monday as mum is booked in for a C-section).

Original monkey quilt designed by Patchwork Pottery



I haven’t managed to write any posts lately – mainly because I’ve been just way too busy/tired. I work as a data manager in a secondary school and this time of year (leading up to summer holidays) is absolute mayhem. Luckily we break up tomorrow – almost seven weeks of no school, hurray!

I wanted this blog to be mostly about my creative efforts, but when things get as busy as they have been it’s hard to find the time and energy to do any crafting. Having said that, there’s a major deadline rapidly approaching – the birth of our third grandchild due this Monday. I’ve almost finished her cot quilt; just a little bit more binding to sew up. I was also hoping to have the monkey quilt ready at the same time so that our three year old grandson doesn’t feel left out. I’ve only managed to completely finish one new monkey, although I’ve got the others in various stages of completion.

So my plan this weekend is to do practically nothing except for sewing. I’ve no idea whether I’ll get it all finished but that’s my aim!

More Monkeys


Two more monkeys done. As you can see I’m straying from the buttons on shirt pattern and I think I’ve decided to give each monkey different attire. Why do I do this to myself?

I’ve included a Santa monkey because since last Christmas our little grandson has what can only be described as a minor obsession with him. Whenever he comes to visit we have to read Raymond Briggs’s ‘Father Christmas’. Several times! No great hardship as I love this book and I remember reading the very same copy to his father when he was the same age – 32 years ago!

Original monkey quilt designed by Patchwork Pottery

New Project


This monkey marks the beginning of my next quilt. I decided I wanted to give my three year old grandson Brandon a quilt at the same time as his new baby sister gets hers. Which means I have to get my skates on as the baby is due in about 5 weeks or so!

The original design of the monkey quilt is by the incredibly talented Laurraine Yuyama of Patchwork Pottery. Unfortunately I don’t yet own a copy of the book “Quilts, BABY!” in which this quilt appears (it isn’t published in the UK till July), so I’m bungling my way through it using guesswork and the pictures that Laurraine has posted. I know this isn’t a patch (no pun intended!) on the original but all the same I’ve never done any applique before so I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. Only 11 more monkeys to go!!!