Quilts


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What could be more fun than a barrel of monkeys?  Glad you asked….only a Sock Monkey quilt, of course!  This pattern, Naptime Monkey, is from the quilt book, Polka Dot Kid Quilts(Martingale) by Jean Van Bockel.  A friend made one for a baby shower and everyone oohed and aahed over it…..especially me.  I LOVE sock monkeys even though I never had one as a kid – my only deprivation, I assure you!  So when my beautiful daughter announced she was pregnant, I just had to make one for my grandbaby…..this quilt is 34-inches wide by 44-inches long, machine pieced and machine quilted….It’s made to withstand any monkeying around my grandson will do.

Speaking of Sock Monkeys…..I just discovered The Vermont Country Store has Sock Monkey sheets for sale in their catalog this month….under a heading that says: “Fun Flannel For Fun Folks of All Ages”…..I might have to order a set for the mister and me for Christmas!  They are available in twin, full, queen and yes…..even KING!  Maybe my grandson will have a complete Sock Monkey nursery…..can’t you just picture it?  Monkeys swinging through trees painted on the walls….hanging from branches…..eating bananas while dangling by their tails!  Could be sew, sew cute!

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I guess I should have moved the “tail” out of the way!   Oh well…..boys will be boys!  After finishing this quilt, I noticed that I had sewn the “facial features” on wrong….take a close look at the Sock Monkey on the left – he is NOT wearing a mask….the Sock Monkey on the quilt has a mask over his eyes!  As I see it, this just makes this quilt MORE valuable….(because no way am I going to UNpick the thing and put it back on….once a quilt has been bound, washed and dried – the birthing process – then it is done, finished, over and out the door! 

I can’t think of monkeys – sock or real – without being reminded of a silly, little rhyme my parents used to say us – when we were kids and one of us got hurt jumping on the bed – one of our favorite past-times:

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed….one fell off and hit his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Four little monkeys jumping on the bed….one fell off and hit his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Three little monkeys jumping on the bed….one fell off and hit his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Two little monkeys jumping on the bed….one fell off and hit his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
One little monkey jumping on the bed….He fell off and hit his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said; “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

One of Many to Come….

Since this is a food AND quilting blog….I’m going to try very hard to tear myself away from the kitchen long enough to put in a few quilts….this is my future grandson’s first quilt – it has little dogs on it as he will come into this world having two big “brothers”….Symon and Murphy, two of the cutest, untrained beasts you’ve ever seen!

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Reality has slapped me in the face and this quilt is just not going to get done in time for halloween…..I had visions of wrapping up in this while eating my son’s halloween candy….yes, he’s too old to trick or treat but he won’t listen to me…..so while my quilt hangs forlornly on the wall – begging to be finished – I am feverishly trying to finish my nephew’s soccer quilt, my niece’s halloween quilt, the cutest Thanksgiving placemats you’ve ever seen and my daughter’s baby quilt….did I mention that she is having a baby….a boy baby?  His name will be Cash….as in Cash Machine or Cash Only or Cash or Check?  I plan to call him Max…..afterall I’m the grandma so I can do what I want.