About a year ago, I received a giveaway prize from Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting. The medium flat rate box was generously stuffed with tons of fabric, including several large scrap cuts of Erin Michael's 5 Funky Monkeys for Moda.
Not being a novelty print kind of girl, I wasn't really sure what to do with these cute little monkeys, but when I received the email about the 100 Quilts for Kids drive these seemed like the perfect fabrics to use. For those who are regular readers of my blog, you all know I quilt at a glacial pace, so I wanted something quick and easy but not just basic patchwork. So I did a couple Google searches and came up with this adorable jigsaw puzzle block pattern.
Here's the layout as of the Sewing Day last Saturday, I forgot some fabric so I had to fill up the blank spaces when I got home. I certainly got a lot more accomplished than I would have at home though, and managed to complete more than half of the quilt top at the sewing day!
Since the complete stash is still not unpacked, I had to resort to chopping up the scraps of sock monkeys along with other scraps to have enough for the entire quilt. I threw in some red, lime, and yellow solids and was able to come up with enough for a lap sized quilt. I decided to go with the 9" block so I had less sewing to do :)
As is my normal fashion, I finished the quilt top last night. Despite the fabrics not being my taste, I am really pleased with how it turned out. I just noticed taking the pictures that I sewed one of the strips on upside down (can you spot it?) so I'll have to fix that! I have a larger cut of the white banana fabric to use for backing, and I was thinking of picking up a few yards of a DS Quilts Fancy Free plaid to complete the back (its on clearance for $7/yard!). Hopefully I can get it quilted and bound in the next week or so! I really need to start quilting on a deadline more often ::wink::
I also participated in making a few blocks for the group quilt. DS Quilts donated a bunch of fabric for the Charity Drive. Heather had us turn the fabrics into hourglass blocks.
They turned out so cute, don't you think! Keep and eye on the DC Modern Flickr Pool, and blog to see our finished quilts!