My friend Jeannine created two very cute quilts for new babies in her family. She used the Funky Monkey book panels. And she went to the local quilt shop to buy companion fabrics.
|Simple child's quilts using the Funky Monkey soft book panels|
Let's see one of these up close:
|Funky Monkey Quilt: 40" x 40" (approximately)|
Here are what I have left of that collection (Sockey, by Windham Fabrics)
|Sockey Fabrics by Windham|
|Twisted Hexagons using the Sockey Collection|
|These are the panels from the Windham web site|
|One of the 6 page panels cut in half|
The book cover (the top left pages with the solid red vertical strip) were slightly larger than the others. I trimmed them down and fiddled with the sizes of strips to cut from the red print.
Notice how each page has a number. That's how I ordered them in my quilt. There was a neat 12 pages, including the cover pages.
Next, I cut horizontal and vertical sashing, again from the fat quarters. I used the blue snowman print and a green dot print for my sashing squares. I cut 3" wide sashings and 3" squares.
The panel pages with the added red print strips were 7-3/4" WIDE unfinished. Their height is 10" unfinished, so that is the length of sashings. Simple enough! The horizontal trees print is directional (as is the blue snowman print), so I had to pay attention. (I'll review these numbers below)
Here you can see my top and bottom borders before joining. Remember, I am working with ONLY fat quarters.
|Storybook Christmas fat quarters|
|Soft book panels become a child's quilt. 32" x 51"|
Here is a free pattern from the Windham site using this Storybook Christmas panel. I have to say I like it better than mine. Wendy Sheppard's is a digital rendition, 39" x 50" (we're close!)
|Wendy Sheppard's Storybook Christmas quilt|
Debby's Storybook Christmas panel quilt. Be careful with directional prints!
Blocks (with red print) finish to 7-1/4" x 9-1/2"
- One panel of Storybook Christmas
- 8 vertical sashing strips cut 3" x 10" (light print #1, Santa and reindeer)
- 9 horizontal sashing strips cut 3" x 10" (light print #2, Christmas trees)
- 6 green sashing squares cut 3" x 3"
- 8 various green prints 3" x 10" for vertical borders
- 2 green prints 3" x 10" for horizontal (top and bottom) borders (center)
- 10 blue print 3" squares for borders
- 4 green print 3" x 11" border corner strips (top and bottom)