Saturday, March 10, 2007

Monkey See...

I've been playing with my monkeys...those Funkey Monkeys from Moda. I've had the fabric for some time now, since last summer at least. I decided to experiment a bit with them, and taking Gwen Marston at her word, I'm not concerning myself with exact measurements.

I checked out her book on liberated quiltmaking last summer, but now wish I'd gone ahead and purchased it. I do have a copy of Collaborative Quilting (more pictures) which I love and browse through frequently.

Going through my stash and looking for fabrics I can use with these little blocks creates the usual mess. I need someone to follow behind me and re-fold and put away, but since that little helper doesn't exist, chaos results.

I'm going to try to make one or two blocks a day. It will be good practice and the more often I'm at the machine, the more my mind turns to quilt possibilities. In the end, I expect to discard a number of the blocks, but should have enough for a baby quilt.

Still handquilting the other baby quilt whenever I watch television, but my Monday television evening has been drastically curtailed with the removal of Studio 60 (whine, whine).

I did, however, watch a great movie this week Antonia's Line. There is a video preview with the link, but for some reason, I can't watch the preview with Firefox; it does work with IE. The movie won Best Foreign Film in 1995 and is a genuine pleasure. Watch the video preview and see what you think.


  1. I too have some of the monkeys fabric, including charm packs, in my stash, and have no plan for their use yet. They were just too cute to pass up. With all my grandkids I'm sure I'll come up with a plan. Please post photos when yours is finished. :D

  2. I'm working on a Funky Monkey baby quilt as well, using the panel for the booklet as the focus. Alas, I am measuring every step of the way.

  3. Conni - Aren't the monkeys charming? I couldn't help but fall in love with them! I'm not sure what else I might do with the fabric, maybe some baby accessories... I'd love to know how you are going to use it!

    Sassenach - Pictures? We'd love to see 'em!

  4. I loved Antonia's Line...I watched Ladies in Lavendar the other night with Maggie Smith and Judy the atmosphere of these movies...

  5. Debby - Antonia's Line was a real pleasure! I loved Maggie Smith and Judy Dench in Ladies in Lavender, too. You're right, both films were beautifully done!


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