Saturday, April 25, 2009
Five Little Monkeys
Those of you who visit here regularly may know that I don't do a lot of quilts using patterns designed by others, but occasionally one comes along that is just too irresistible and that was the case last year when I saw the cover Quiltmaker's summer 2008 issue of Quilting & Embroidery.
This quilt would be the perfect gift for my niece who was expecting but since I don't really have the type of embroidery machine necessary to make this quilt I decided to make it using a great monkey print I had. I still followed the pattern but the monkeys were simply cut, fused and satin stitched. To create the lettering I used my computer for the font and size required, reversed it and then did the same thing as with the monkeys. A print fabric with great colour gradation worked wonderfully for those phrases. Now if you remember how the rhyme goes, at the end the monkeys are to be put to bed, so I just had to create a little bed for them. When this quilt was completed I sent a photo to the editor at Quiltmaker magazine to show her my version and to my complete surprise (and excitement) it appears on the "sew to speak" pages of the May/June 2009 issue of Quiltmaker.