Popular British quilter Katy Jones (or Quilt Monkey, for followers of her quirky blog) takes quilters of all levels through fresh quilt ideas and inspiring designs. The show includes guests, new quilt products and a little bit of quilting history as well as all the quilts you want to make!
Discover the episodes included in this video series:
Episode 301: Easy, Strip-Pieced Postage Stamp Quilt Block
Katy kickstarts a brand new series of Quilt Monkey with a stunning new quilt project that will dazzle and amaze! We welcome our new fabric sponsor - Lecien - on board, alongside our favourite thread people in Italy – the wonderful Aurifil. For this episode grab a Jelly Roll, or more precicely Lecien’s Colour Basics Sushi Roll and let’s get sewing!
Episode 302: Strip Pieced Cross Quilt Block
Now that we’ve mastered the first block in the Sushi Roll Quilt, Katy guides us through the second block. It will take a bit more brain power than the first, so grab a coffee, put your thinking caps on, grab some solids and let’s sew some more strips!
Episode 303: Completing Your 2 1/2" Strips Quilt
The dazzlingly dotty postage stamp quilt top is almost finished. Katy pieces her final row and has a super idea to use up left over sushi roll strips to make a super scrappy binding.
Episode 304: Scrappy, Dotty Bolster Pillow
If you’re not seeing too many dots in front of your eyes from sewing up all those dotty sushi roll strips, why not finish off the dotty look with an accompanying bolster pillow to go with your fabulously dotty quilt top? You know it makes sense. Katy shows you how with this super quick and easy pillow design.
Episode 305: Local Quilt Shops
Katy takes us to her local quilt shop, Simply Solids in Huddersfield, and discusses the importance of shopping local and the benefits of having a great local quilting shop -- especially one that’s run by your best friend. Justine, who owns the shop, gives Katy some ideas on fabrics to use in her next project.
Episode 306: Scrappy Mosaic Tile Block
This improvisational block is sure to make a dent in your scrap pile!
Episode 307: Scrappy, Improv Dresden Plate Quilt Block
Take a different look at the Dresden Block with Nick Ball. When Nick’s involved you know it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be colourful, it’s probably going to be scrappy, and it’s definitely going to be improvised!
Episode 308: Improv Quilting with Nick Ball – Make the Leek Quilt Block
We know how much inspiration Nick takes from nature and the things he sees around him, and this cute little Seed Pod Block is no exception. It’s simple, versatile and builds on improv curve piecing skills that he’s taken us through in a previous episode.
Episode 309: Floppy Zippered Pouch
Katy looks at Lecien's new range of 'Jelly' products including handles, buttons, and zippers, and makes a floppy pouch using the versatile Jelly Zipper. The range of colours and possibilities for matching different combinations makes this a really fun zipper to play with.
Episode 310: Making Your Quilting Life Easier
Katy and Nick get together on the couch to discuss some of the things that make a quilter's life easier. From organising your stash to having an occasional look inside your sewing machine; changing needles and rotary blades; making 'Franken-wadding' and so much more.
Episode 311: The Welsh Quilt Centre
Travel with Nick Ball to meet Jen Jones and explore the Welsh Quilt Centre.
Episode 312: Wonky, Quirky Churn Dash Medallion
Nick was inspired by his trip to the Welsh Quilt Centre and all of the traditional medallion quilts on display there. Take a new look at the churn dash block with Nick in an improvisational way to make the medallion center for a future quilt with many borders.
Episode 313: Improvisational Herringbone Border
Add a Herringbone border to your quilt with scraps or yardage and these improvisational techniques.
Episode 314: Precut Origami Squares
Katy explores the diverse ways you can utilize a 10 inch size charm pack, or origami squares, using Lecien’s beautiful Modern Garden Origami Squares Collection.
Episode 315: Three-Triangle Blocks with Precut Squares
This easy to make block is another great way to use 10" Origami Squares. It involves Half Square Triangles and has so little waste you won't even be able to stuff a pincushion with it! So grab that bundle and join Katy in making this fast and efficient block.
Episode 316: The Festival of Quilts 2016
Nick experiences his first Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, England, the largest quilt exhibition of its kind in Europe with over 1600 quilts on display and over 300 exhibitor stores. He meets some familiar faces and makes new friends.
Episode 317: Modern Quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2016
Join Nick at the first Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, England to feature a modern quilting category. Nick entered his Warholian Cabbages quilt using Lecien fabrics and was thrilled to see many other quilts using improvisational piecing and other modern techniques.
Episode 318: Quilt as You Go Scrappy Strippy Blocks
Quilt as you go is a great technique to use for creating easy quilts which are wonderful for using up scraps or building with precut 2 1/2" strip sets. Katy demonstrates building a scrappy strippy quilt block using a quilt as you go method which is similar to foundation paper piecing.
Episode 319: Joining Quilt as You Go Quilt Blocks
In the last episode, Katy showed how to create strip-pieced quilt as you go quilt blocks. Once these blocks are made, they can be joined together to create a full quilt, but how? In this episode, Katy demonstrates joining those blocks together into rows. This same technique can be used to join the rows to complete the quilt.
Episode 320: Simply Sew In Quilt Retreat
Join Katy and Nick at the Simply Solids Simply Sew In quilt retreat and see what quilters at the retreat are up to. Nick teaches an improv cross quilt block session. Katy is working on an hourglass quilt block quilt.
Episode 321: Chair-side Sewing Caddy
Make a handy little carry case for your sewing bits and pieces. It’s perfect for hand sewing in front of the TV, taking with you to a sewing retreat, or impressing your teacher at your next sewing class. It’s easy to make and looks fantastic.
Episode 322: Modern Oversized Single Wedding Ring Quilt Block
The Single Wedding Ring block is the focus in this episode of Quilt Monkey. This traditional block is brought bang up to date with Katy’s choice of fabrics – Lecien’s large print First of Infinity collection combined with the spotty-licious Modern Basic dots. It’s going to make a dazzling quilt!
Episode 323: Gentle Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing
Foundation Paper Piecing is a fantastic way to create complicated designs in fabric. There are endless patterns available to make the most amazing designs, but if you’re not familiar with paper piecing these can look intimidating. Here’s a gentle introduction to the method that will have you making rainbow unicorns in no time!
Episode 324: Quilted Oven Mitt
This oven mitten could be a last minute Christmas gift, or an essential part of your turkey handling gear on the big day. Use a Christmas themed fabric, or go for a beautiful floral fabric like the Flower Sugar Maison from LeCien that Katy has used.
Episode 325: What to Do With Circular Precuts
Katy and Nick get together to discuss their festive ideas for the new Lecien pre-cut “Wa-Circles”. They come up with plenty of crafty uses for these neat little circular bundles, that will brighten up your festive abode, and entertain the kids well into the New Year.
Episode 326: Simple Squares and Triangles Quilt
Katy has a look inside Samarra’s brain. It looks good, even if a little crazy. Katy’s block makes good use of Lecien’s new collection geogram, designed by Samarra Khaja. This collection will surely become a favorite!
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