Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monkey in the Middle Block

For this month's NYC Mod Bee, Mary asked us to create a freeform version of a Monkey Wrench block (also known as a Churn Dash or Hole in the Barn Door block).  She gave us a bunch of solid fabrics and asked us to just "close our eyes and grab the next piece" to make the block work.  She found a beautiful example of a quilt that used this idea.

It was such a pleasure working with solids, and I really have to get more for my stash!  I played around a lot and ended up with a block that I call "Monkey in the Middle":

It was so much fun to make this block!  I started out by making a tiny monkey wrench block for the middle.  It measured 4.5 inches square:

Tiny but fun!

Then I pieced four half-dark, half-light striped blocks and four half-square triangle blocks, each 4.5 inches square.  I used a lot of scraps and assorted fabrics to create a loose interpretation of the block shape.  I sewed it all together, and voila!

Fun and colorful!
I had a great time making this block, and I am considering using my scraps to make my own version of this block.  It would be easy to make striped and half-square triangle blocks regularly with my scraps and put them aside for later use.  Time to break out the scrap pile...

View of my workspace.  Fabric confetti!


  1. Are you kidding me???? That is a seriously fabulous block! You have set the bar way too high my friend. Hahaha. No really you have.

  2. IT'S SO GREAT! Lisa's right--you've set the bar high! Though, there is no way to go wrong with this block, so I bet each block someone unveils will be the new benchmark.

    I'm so glad you had fun with it, it shows! Thank you so much!!!

  3. WOW!! This is great. Ditto to the other comments -- you've set the bar too high!!

  4. How cool! I can just picture a whole quilt of these blocks... love it! :o)


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