Thursday, September 04, 2014

Jen & the Little Monkeys!

If you were to ask me what my favorite quilt blocks were --- my answer would be SIMPLY TRADITIONAL!

I love things like 4 patches, 9 patches, Shoo-fly, Ohio Star –and oh yes!  Little Monkey Wrenches that are easily assembled from scrap strips on hand!

Jen sent along a little email with two of her quilts, and since I’ll be lecturing tonight and there won’t be time to write a post, I’m shooting this to ship ahead.

Isn’t this cute??

She writes:

Hi Bonnie,
I am addicted to your Little Monkey blocks! They are SO fun to play with. My grandkids love matching up fabrics for sets & it's been a great opportunity to teach them about color & value. I sent a photo of my first one during the last Quilt-Cam. I'll include both here so you can see the difference.
When cutting the 2 1/2" pieces for the Civil War version I made them 8" long so there would be about a 1 1/2" to 2" piece leftover. I set aside my lozenges & used the leftovers to create a l-o-n-g chain that is 2 1/2" wide for a piano-key border.
The quilt ended up about 41" square - perfect for using just one width of fabric for the back. I finished it in just a couple of days & already gave it to a friend in our Stitch & Giggle group (the one who gave all the plaids at Valentine's Day).
Last night I finished binding my 9-Patch Split leader/ender quilt. I LOVE IT!!
Safe travels & big hugs -
Jen- Scrap quilter at large

Thanks for sharing your beauties with us all, Jen!

You can find the free pattern for Little Monkey and for the Split 9 Patch Leader & Ender challenge that Jen is talking about under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog!  Find out how much joy and pleasure sewing little traditional blocks can bring!
More info from Illinois – TOMORROW!!
On the road --

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  1. So many Bonnie quilts, and so little time!!!

    Have a great trip.
    Smiles, JulieinTN

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  3. The Little Monkeys quilts are really great. I have to agree with Bonnie that the traditional blocks seem to make the best quilts, especially when you put a "scrappy" spin on them. Churndash, which is really similar to Little Monkeys except that it has skinnier bridges between the triangle corner blocks, is my all-time favorite. Love to see quilts from others. And, of course, from you, Bonnie.

  4. Bonnie as of today I am not a fan of 3M Sotch Brite
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