Saturday, March 19, 2016

Project QUILTING Season 7: A Goose in the Monkey Wrench

Today I am writing about my second time participating in one of the Project QUILTING weekly challenges. The theme for this challenge was "A Goose in the Monkey Wrench." Participants had to incorporate at least one monkey wrench (aka churn dash) block and at least one flying geese (or singular goose?) block.

I present to you: It's a Goose, It's a Monkey, No...It's QUILT GIRL! This finished project measured 24" x 24" and is double sided. Well, kind of. The back is not as cool as I had imagined in my mind. Partially because I am not good at math. Here is a shot of the back:

The upside to this piece is that I finally got to use the Quilt Girl by Whistler Studios fabric I had impulse bought during a 24 hour sale on Also, I put to use the awesome book, Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt, that I purchased from my local fabric shop, Ginger Threads. You see, I had never actually made a monkey wrench block or flying geese, so this book had patterns for each. Except they were called "Churn Dash," and "Furrows Block," FYI.

This is really only probably the fourth thing I have quilted, unless you count an oven mitt and some casserole carriers I made as Christmas gifts, so all of this is new to me. Here is what I learned:

1. I stink at spacial relationships and math. Multiple times the blocks I made were off because of some mystery reason, and a few times they were off because I didn't take the time to draft an actual pattern or blueprint for this project and miscalculated.

2. In the future, I should actually make a rough draft or pattern of my design before starting. I am impatient, and I get excited about my ideas, so I didn't want to take the time to actually plan out what I was doing on paper. It ended up hurting me several times.

3. I REALLY need to take a free motion quilt class. Even if it's online. Or read a book. I don't know what I am doing, but I will pretend that the haphazard quilting and varying stitch lengths are because of my artistic license and free spirit.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my project.  I hope you might join me the next time these challenges come around. This was the final challenge for this particular series of Project QUILTING. To learn more about it, visit  I liked these quick challenges because I was able to stop procrastinating about sewing due to the short deadlines, and I was motivated because of the chances to win cool prizes. Thanks so much to Kim at for putting these fun challenges together!

I intended for this quilt to be a wall hanging for my artist/sewist/quilting studio, but it will probably end up being a drool soaked baby blanket.

I thought these mini blocks were going to be so cool...but they ended up all wonky. PS. 6 inch blocks are super tedious.


  1. Love the quilt girl fabric. I too get impatient when I'm excited and tend to jump ahead of where I should be, sometimes that works out. I learned a lot from YouTube videos when I first started, they are often very specific for a skill I wanted to learn and usually not very long. I think you did a fantastic job. Keep quilting.

  2. Thank you! I ended up having to make some unplanned improvisations (like the red strips around the mini blocks) that made things look less appealing than I imagined, but live and learn!
    I also happened to catch an episode of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting this week that featured flying geese, so that was helpful, too! I need to watch more YouTubes. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Such fun fabrics!! I've experienced great success learning FMQing through Craftsy classes...especially Leah Day and Christina Cameli. There are many other wonderful instructors as well--but these two are great for beginners. I highly recommend, and start small. I practiced on fat quarters and turned them into placemats before moving onto larger and larger quilts. And now I actually look forward to the quilting process!

  4. Good idea! Thank you! I have a coupon for half off a Craftsy class :)

  5. This is fantastic! And who cares about perfect!? This is a great way to get started. You're quilt is wonderful and I'm so happy you decided to join in the challenge! You're embracing it just as I had hoped folks would! (I also recommend FMQ Craftsy classes like Mel ... super helpful!!!!)