2015- year of the (sock) monkey?

I fell victim to the holidays… in a good way. There was sewing and knitting going on around here, but no time for photos or blogging. We had a ton of family fun, a wonderful winter break (I still can’t believe how lucky I am in my “new” job- 13 months now- to get 2 weeks off for winter break), and a great xmas. Oh, and my birthday. Thanks to the new job’s schedule, I get my birthday off every year. This year I was spoiled rotten by my family, who got me a new Olfa cutting mat, new rotary cutting blades, a new pair of Machingers, new basting pins, and new flat head pins. Wheeeeee!

Over the break, I made my mom a set of quilted place mats for her December 30th birthday, and I finally finished (by sending it out to be quilted) her Sugar Block Quilt that was supposed to be her 2013 xmas gift. I haven’t had decent light for photos, so you’ll have to trust me on that one. It is stunning- stunning!!!!!!!!!!! And I hope to get some good photos over the weekend. So, basically, stay tuned.

Meanwhile, today I’m going to show you the last project of 2014/first finish of 2015. It’s the final in my long slog of baby quilts. A cousin had baby #3 in October. We’re not close, which makes me sad, and in fact we haven’t even had an xmas card from them in years and years. I made a quilt for #1, her daughter. And then the big drift apart happened. We only found out about #2, a boy, by accident. So sad. my feelings were miffed and i didn’t make him a quilt- I figured if no one told me he existed,  I didn’t have to make a quilt for him. I’m petty. I know. So when we actually got a birth announcement for #3, another boy, I was shocked. And then I decided to make a quilt. Positive reinforcement and all that.

I went stash diving and came up with this.


There was even enough of the red monkey flannel for an entire, unpieced backing! And the navy blue monkeys for binding. Whee! I love shopping on my shelves…

I decided to go super duper simple as can be, and just did squares. Fast to cut and piece, easy to quilt.


I had some little leftover bits from cutting the squares, so I did a partially pieced binding.


And i didn’t have to piece the back.


So soft, simple, and sweet.

Now I just need to get off my butt and mail it.

I was so very very excited to be done with the baby quilts- and able to go back to my Tula blocks. I cleaned the whole sewing room, and threw all the Tulas up on the wall. I got started again.

And then I checked my email…I’m getting another new cousin in July!

At least that gives me a little baby quilt  break.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and Fabric Frenzy Friday.



Filed under Baby quilts, Gift, Quilts

16 responses to “2015- year of the (sock) monkey?

  1. ellen

    I love it and I hope they love it too!

  2. Gorgeous Sam! Isn’t it wonderful to be able to make an entire project with things you already have on hand?

  3. Sweet – shopping your own shelves is awesome! Happy belated birthday!

  4. It sounds like you had a lovely break. Happy (belated) birthday! The sock monkey is cute, and I am glad you have a bit of a break before needing to make and gift another!

  5. Oh I love sock monkey too! Ever since I’ve got a grandson I think I’ve made a sock monkey recieivng blanket, football quilt and quilt. He loves them all!!!

  6. Nice! I love making things from my stash.

  7. Yay! You’re back! And I’m excited about your Tula blocks too, woo! Did you get doughnuts to celebrate your birthday?? 🙂

    • I’m back!

      No donuts for my bday- i haven’t blogged about this, but I’ve been embarking on some lifestyle changes, and I’m down 15 lbs since november. Only a billion or so to go… And being good will be even harder starting tomorrow, as a Dunkin Donuts is opening nearly walking distance from my house…

      Hope you and the fam had excellent holidays!


      On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 1:21 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:


  8. When I started quilting again after a few years’ break, sock monkeys was my first project. They have a special place in my heart. Love your baby quilt!

    • This is my 3rd or 4th sock monkey quilt so far- hence all the good leftover bits- and I never get tired of them!


      On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 5:49 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:


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