Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stripe Quilts

Not much sewing has been going on around here due to that crazy thing we call real life.  So... How about a flashback post? 
The first stripe quilt I quilted was this one.  It was pieced by my mother's friend. 
And it has minky on the back. 
I learned a lot through this experience. 
First, I learned to be more selective about quilts I agree to quilt for others.  Let's just say that the quilt top is not 100% cotton.  (In fact, it was a mixture of fabric types.) 
Second, I learned that not all minky is created equal.  The minky she purchased was very stretchy and difficult to work with. 
Third, I learned that I don't like quilting minky this close together. 
Fourth, I learned that stressing myself out and getting a migraine over someone else's quilt, is not worth the effort.  Next time after I look at someone's quilt and seeing these things, I will sweetly say that I cannot quilt it.  It is okay to say, "no."
The second stripe quilt I made was for my Monkey.  Here is its story...
When I was pregnant with Monkey, I decided to decorate his nursery with monkeys. (See this post for pictures of his nursery.) When I went looking for cute monkey fabric, I couldn't find any. The only thing available was sock monkeys, which aren't my favorite. So when I found this monkey stripe fabric when he was a year old, I quickly purchased it. 
This quilt is completely inspired by Christina of A Few Scraps.  She hosted an awesome Quilt Along, and gave much inspiration for the quilting process.  She has since written a book which is on my wish list. 
Because this quilt is just stripes, it went together super fast.  My husband took the boys to run errands one Saturday, and I finished it in one day.  I even pieced the backing. 
Knowing it would probably be washed a lot, I did the binding by machine.  (The colors are more accurate in this close-up.)
Monkey sure likes his quilt. 
Quilt Stats #51
Name:  Monkey's Monkey Stripe
Pattern:  Inspired by Christina's Quilt Along
Size:  about 42 x 50
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: 2012
What I learned: 
  • Stripe quilts are fast and fun.
  • FMQ stripes is so much fun
  • I love quilting my boys' names on their quilts. 
A couple months after making Monkey's quilt, my husband's boss requested a couple of commission quilts for some of their clients.  He asked if I would be willing to make two baby girl quilts.  I actually sent Monkey's quilt to work with my husband and said that I would be happy to use the same pattern.  They loved the monkey stripe quilt, so I made these two quilts in less than one week. 

These two quilts are made from a couple different lines from Me and My Sister for Moda. 

I have learned a lot about photographing quilts since starting my blog, and I wish I had better pictures of these quilts.  But I figure that poor pictures are better than no pictures.  ;)

I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me.  I see more quilts like these in my future stash busing.  They go together quickly and easily, yet they are super fun. 

I hope life calms down enough for me to do some quilting.  My next project will be another BLUE quilt, not the red string quilt I was hoping to do.  I just found out that one of my uncles is having some health challenges, and I want to make him a quilt.  I think blue is perfect for him.  ;)  I have found that it is a lot easier to give a quilt away when I have already made a couple-or more-quilts out of the same fabric.  LOL.


P.S.  I will be linking up with Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts/ 


  1. Lol, I'm doing sock monkeys for the Little Man's quilt and I can't find fabric anywhere! Everything is regular monkeys (or owls!)

    Love the stripe quilts - bright and cheery and fast!

    1. Moda has sock monkey fabric. I saw some at my local quilt store.

    2. Yes, I'm working on an online order - I checked five LQSes and not one has it! No one has Dimples, either - I thought that was the most basic of basics. At least there's online shops.

  2. My favorite is the monkey quilt. And it's rather cute that your son is dressed in clothes to match. Nice work.

  3. Those striped quilts are all sweet, but especially the one with the monkey wrapped up in it. And that pattern does look like a lot of fun to piece and get quilted when you want a fun project that needs to be done quickly. Low stress! I have not yet quilted with minky, so I appreciate your tips about the quality and the quilting lines not being close together. Thanks so much for sharing, Jasmine!

  4. Photos are great - I'm still working on prettifying mine. It's a pain. Sometimes I just want to take a picture, blog it, and be done with it!

    Love these quilts, but your little monkey is the shining star! What a cute little man!

  5. These quilts are just adorable! What a great idea for a quick and easy baby quilt - going to put that in the memory bank! The monkey quilt is my fav but I have to agree with Jennie, your little monkey is definitely the shining star of this post! :)

  6. Love the rick rak! Also appreciate you sharing lessons learned. I plan to use minky as a backing soon on my eye spy quilt and was thinking the quilting should be "large". (Love your little monkey too...precious!!!)

  7. Best monkey quilt ever!!! Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Those are adorable! We made a very simple quilt at my first retreat (here's mine: and that pattern was so quick & easy! It's from the booklet Fab Five by Abbey Lane Quilts. That pattern has gone on to be used for quite a few other quilts because it is so versatile. Minky can be a great thing but you're right about checking the quality. Well done!

  9. Oh, I love the monkey quilt and your cute little monkey that it was made for, Jasmine. Too darling!


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