Saturday, April 17, 2010

sock monkeys for grandma

I made this 'by the month sock monkeys' quilt in December 2007 for my grandma who was in a nursing home.  Grandpa had passed away earlier in the year, and she was quickly going downhill without him.  I wanted to make her something for her lap to make her smile.  I finished the quilt and had plans to take it down to her, but she passed away before I could get it to her (she passed Jan. of 2008).  So, I have kept the quilt in memory of her.  Grandma always had sock monkey as a 'toy' for us to play with when we went to visit and he was there for grandkids and great grandkids as well!  I loved his floppy arms and tail :)
I got the embroidery designs from GNR embroidery  and I think I got the fabric from Hancock's of Paducah but I'm not 100% on that.
One of my favorite blocks - sock money pirate, arrggg.

Cute little NewYears monkey, I'll never be guessing when this was finished with that block :)
I look at the quilt now, and think, 'why in the world did I piece it that way?'.  It would have been SO much easier to piece it with a 4 patch and an hourglass the same size of the embroidered block.  But, NOOO, I did all these 'flying geese' blocks around the embroidered block with cornerstones.  Ugh.  Don't know why I didn't take the easy way out and have a few less seams! LOL

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