The actual title of this quilt is “Monkey Elephant in the Middle” but they wouldn’t let me put strikethrough text in my title. I’ve found myself sketching ideas a lot more often then I ever used to before I start working on a new design. The ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Challenge block was the Monkey Wrench for May. The big thing now was – Can I actually make it work!? After the I had the first two blocks I knew that this was going to work! And before I knew it six blocks were together … and then 9! It was time to baste and quilt! I used my Bernina to do straight line stitching in the ‘dark’ areas of the monkey wrench blocks. And then I put my free motion foot on and did pebble quilting in the ‘light’ areas. I am so happy with how my quilting turned out! It really added to the finished quilt and made the two sections – light and dark really show up! And voila! Here is my final quilt!
Name: Monkey Elephant in the Middle
Size: 20” square
Focus Color: Yellow
Designed, Pieced and Quilted by: Kim Lapacek
And by making my image black and white I can do a value check. And what do you know – it was actually successful!!!!! This isn’t that ‘crazy’ of a quilt but I am so proud of it! Value in my quilts have always given me trouble and it feels so good to triumph over it for once. I had fun doing the photo shoot on the deer fence. The sky and clouds behind it were just stunning! Here’s a closer view of both the pebble quilting and the straight line quilting. I used a yellow variegated thread from aurifil for the quilting. It variegates from a light, almost white yellow to a deep, golden yellow, which also adds to the depth of this quilt. I just love the contrast the soft and sharp lines make and it feels great when you swipe your hand across the quilt top too! And for good measure … one more picture of Monkey Elephant in the Middle blowing in the wind. So what do you think? Would you like me to write up a pattern for this one? Let me know!