Sock Monkey Quilt
Last year, Madeline from Heritage Quilters had received a very large fabric donation from a friend. We all sorted through the fabric and each of us took fabrics to make items for various charity organizations (e.g. bibs, lap quilts, etc.) I selected 5 coordinating sock monkey FQ’s and added a red and brown FQ from my stash along with Kona White for this project.
The QofC quilt is designed to use 8-6″xWOF pieces of fabric not FQ’s. So… I went on a hunt for a block or quilt that utilized a fat quarter. I found a quilt (42″x55″) made by Cindy Lou’s Southern Sewing that would work well. Cindy had used a variation of the Happy Blocks pattern from a quilt (44″x58″) made by Adrianne at Little Bluebell. I chose Cindy’s block size for this charity quilt because the width of the quilt was equal to WOF for the backing. Now that I am all done, I noticed that Cindy kept the longest strip of each block on top while Adrianne rotated the longest strip of each block counter clockwise with each successive block.
1 FQ ~ Cut 12- 4″ x 4″ (Center Monkey Faces or White Kona)
6 FQ ~ Cut 2- 4″ x 4″ + 4- 4″ x 7.5″ + 2- 4″ x 11″ (Plain Pink, Polka Dot, Pink Monkey, Blue Monkey, Brown, Red)
White Kona: 1 yd
Vertical sashing between each block: 1 strips- 3″x WOF subcut 8- 11″
Horizontal sashing between each row: 3 strips- 3″ x WOF subcut 3- 37″
Border top/bottom/sides: 5 strips- 3.25″ x WOF
Red with multi-colored lifesaver circles: 2 yds
Backing: 55″ x WOF
Binding: 5 strips- 2.5″ x WOF
Quilt size: 42″ x 55″
I really like when the centers are the same color as the background (like Quilt for Baby Kaylee). Cindy used 12 different fabrics but I rarely have that many coordinating fabrics in my stash. I want limit the number of FQ’s used and also get to a a more effective use of each FQ. They say, “Third time’s a charm”.
In October my mom had knee surgery and has to use a walker as part of her rehab. The rehab facility provided a walker caddy of green and grey for her to store necessity items that she wanted to keep with her. I spent a month in Wisconsin after she left the rehab facility to assist her with in-home PT, driving to PT, grocery shopping and helping with other life skills. The goal of my stay was to transition her towards independence. However, she still has to use the walker while she works on her core strength and balance. As the holiday drew near, I made a new and much cheerier walker caddy for her before I headed home.
1/2 yard Fabric 1 (non-directional snowflake)
1/2 yard Fabric 2 (non-directional snowman)
1/2 yard Pellon 809 Interfacing
- Cut Fabric 1, Fabric 2 and Interfacing 18″ x 32″
- From remaining Fabric 1 or Fabric 2, cut 4-2.5″ x 18″ straps
- Fold each strap RST lengthwise and sew 1/4″ seam on one of the narrow ends. Turn strap RSO and press lengthwise in half. Press both long side in 1/4″ and stitch together. Repeat 4x.
- Layer Interfacing and Fabric 1 right side up. Pin unfinished end of each strap 12″ from corner on the long sides, two on each side. Place Fabric 2 right side down. Sew 1/4″ around the perimeter leaving a 2-3″ opening along one of the sides. Turn right sides of fabric and straps out, poking corners out and press. Machine stitch opening closed. Top stitch 1/8″ around the entire perimeter.
- Fold and pin fabric sandwich up so that the open edge of pocket is at the top of both straps creating a 6″ pocket. Repeat at the other end.
- Top stitch 1/4″ on both long sides to secure pocket ends.
- Create smaller pockets by stitching from bottom of pocket to top of pocket and back down to the bottom of the pocket.
Here is what the walker caddy looks like when finished.
Welcome to a brand New Year 2016!
With the excitement of new beginnings, it is so important to remember those in need. We ended 2015 with much sadness for many in South Carolina, Texas, Missouri and Illinois. Massive flooding and tornadoes hit these areas and many folks will have to re-build their homes and lives, some without loved ones.
After I heard and saw the devastation in Texas, I decided to step up my effort for a charity that is near and dear to my heart, Quilts of Compassion. I have been making quilts since April 2014 donating time, effort, fabric and batting. With each quilt that is made, I pray for the person who will receive it. I pray that the quilt will keep them warm and that they know that it is sent with love and hope.
My first step was to re-commit my effort to such a wonderful group of people and cause who support people in need. Next, an order to JoAnn’s for 2 rolls of batting and then to my closet to pull as many fabrics to piece together new quilts. Lastly, attend the monthly sew-in events at The Quilt Patch on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm.
Quilts of Compassion – 21st Quilt
Quilts of Compassion – 22nd Quilt
Quilts of Compassion – 25th Quilt
Please visit Quilts of Compassion on Facebook and join the effort of giving from your heart doing something you love to share with someone in need.
South Carolina Deployment: January 6-10, 2016
Texas Deployment: February 20-28, 2016
Our good friend’s son and daughter-in-law had a new baby girl in November. We had the pleasure of spending time with them in 2013 on a motorcycle trip to Mississippi. My friend Shirley gifted this beautiful fabric to me while we were at Quilt Week at Grand Rapids in 2014. All I added was the Kona White and a lot of love making it. I selected a pattern called Happy Blocks from Adrianne at Little Bluebell. I guessed on the sashing and border size using 2.5″ strips. A fun backing and binding fabric will be selected.
Happy Blocks in the Garden of Whimsy
- 6 Fat Quarters (2-4.5×4.5 & 2-4.5×12.5 / 4-4.5×8.5) with (2-4.5×4.5 leftover)
- 1 yd Kona White
- center (12-4.5×4.5)
- sashing and border (10-2.5xWOF)
- 1 1/3 yd Backing plus leftover FQ squares plus leftover KW & 12.5″ Binding
Finished block size: 12″ x 12″
Finished quilt size: 44″ x 58″
Note: A second quilt, Sock Monkey, was made with different block, sashing and border sizes in an effort to keep the width of the quilt under WOF.