The Long-Arm Quilter Extraordinaire returned the Monkey Wrench Quilt a few months ago, but I waited to post it until today as it was a gift for my sister.
With a large fabric stash, there will be fabrics whose colors and patterns harken from a past decade.
The dark green fabric hails from the 1980’s. It was commonly paired with pink and maroon then. As beautiful a color as it was – and is – it and the one time ubiquitous “Colonial Blue” are fairly difficult colors to find now.
The dark green color really emphasizes the beautiful feathered quilting.
To keep the green theme, but balance the somewhat masculine dark green, an olive green cabbage rose print was incorporated.
The Monkey Wrench Blocks were placed on point – which (I realized too late) caused all edges of the quilt to be on the bias. After careful (and seemingly endless) measurements, sheer ribbon was used to anchor the edges and prevent stretching and skewing.
I have always loved the Monkey Wrench Pattern. Simple geometric shapes – with large offset blocks to show off beautiful quilting!
A free rotary cut Monkey Wrench Block pattern and instructions can be found here.
Sometimes the quilting is just as beautiful on the quilt back.