My brother had a baby girl this month! I decided to make a different version of the original 9-monkey quilt... a cute little quilt with only one monkey. I made one like it a few years back which was mostly tied but thought I could improve upon it. Instead of really basic quilting and tying, I free-motion quilted a flower into the centre of each square and quilted the words "one little monkey jumping on the bed" around the border. I really love the border but next time I think I will quilt bananas into the squares!
I also tried something I never thought of doing on a pillow-cased (no binding) quilt before. I sprayed 505 on the batting and stuck the backing to it. I still pinned it but it was much easier to quilt and I didn't get any puckers at all! I also thought I would have my stained office carpet in my new craftroom, but laying the batting on it and sandwiching the quilt was a breeze. I just stuck my cutting mat under the edge where I pinned.
For the backing, I used brown flannel with a stripe made of little squares of all the fabrics used for the flower blocks on the front of the quilt! I really liked the added interest :o) Pieced backs are becoming much more popular in the revived modern quilting movement (if that's what it's called)!
Here is the original version with the nine monkeys that was published in "Quilts, BABY!"...
I will be making another one this weekend when I go to my first full-weekend quilting retreat! It is the first annual Quilter's Connection Magazine weekend retreat. I am quite excited about sewing for a full weekend without interruptions! I think I have packed way too many projects and supplies but I usually work on whatever tickles my fancy at that moment. I really need to catch up on my long list of baby gifts though ;o)