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 401: Fun New Blocks with Half Hexagons
Quilt Monkey goes back to its roots with an old favorite, English paper piecing. Katy demonstrates three versatile blocks with half hexagons in the first episode of a brand new series.
Episode 402: Practical Shoe Bag with a French Seam
Join Katy in feeling smug and clever by making a very useful and practical shoe bag, utilizing the extremely strong and satisfying French seam. You’ll also learn about how fabric stretches, as well as having a fabulous addition to your holiday suitcase.
Episode 403: Liberated Log Cabin Blocks, Part 1
Nick takes a new look at the Log Cabin block over the next two episodes of Quilt Monkey. In this first episode he adds an improvisational element to the traditional block, which comes together quickly and looks sensational.
Episode 404: Liberated Log Cabin Blocks, Part 2
Nick continues to explore the improvisational possibilities of the Log Cabin block. In this episode he goes completely off piste creating a jumbled up “Liberated Log Cabin Block”. With a strong background fabric to tie them all together, this technique is bound to produce something eye catching and unique.
Episode 405: Unassuming Block
Have you ever met someone who looks kinda simple and unassuming, but then when you start getting to know them they have hidden depths and potential that is boundless? This block is kind of like that. From humble beginnings, great things can be achieved. Find out how to bust some of your stash, or create a great memory quilt with this ‘Unassuming Block.’
Episode 406: Triangles on a Roll
Katy discovers an even easier way to make her favorite quilting building block, the half square triangle. This waste reducing, foundation paper piecing method is fast, efficient and addictive. Katy shows you how to use them to their best advantage.
Episode 407: True Love
Katy makes a very versatile block using Libs Elliott's fabulous collection with Andover Fabrics "True Love." You don't have to be covered in tattoos to love "True Love." It's bold, colorful and has just enough sparkle to make any quilt shine! Katy also discusses which of Aurifil's threads would work in such a colorful creation.
Episode 408: Threads
Our friends at Aurifil have a wide range of wonderful cotton threads. If you tend to use just one thread in your day to day sewing, you might be missing out on some exciting thread opportunities. Katy talks us through the whole Aurifil range, what the numbers mean and which needles we need to use to avoid thread frustrations.
Episode 409: Gauze
Katy talks about gauze, swaddling, muslin, cheesecloth, double gauze, chubby baby legs and much more. If you’re confused now, all will be clear after watching the show!
Episode 410: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: Central Oversized Block
Why not sew along with Katy and make a beautiful mixed fabric Medallion Quilt? In this first episode Katy starts her project with Gertrude Made’s fabulous Outback Wife barkcloth fabric for Ella Blue, combined with a linen texture from Andover Fabrics to make the eye catching central oversized block.
Episode 411: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: First Border
The first border of the Medallion Quilt is pieced, introducing a new fabric into the mix.
Episode 412: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: Cornerstones for the Second Border
The second pieced border starts with cornerstones. These blocks made up of little squares create the illusion of radiating outwards from the centre of the quilt. They’re great for using up small scraps of your favorite fabric.
Episode 413: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: Completing the Second Border
Complete the second pieced border with scrappy ‘Plus blocks’ in between the cornerstones.
Episode 414: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: Sizing Up Progress and a New Border
This is a good time to measure your quilt top to make sure that everything is as it should be. Katy has some tips for coping if all is not well. The next border is a simple one, which accentuates the cornerstones in the last border. The quilt top is really shaping up!
Episode 415: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: New Half Square Triangle Border
The ever popular and versatile half square triangle unit is brought in to make up the next border. We’re getting close to finishing this quilt top, so use this is opportunity to really make this medallion quilt your own.
Episode 416: Quilt Along Medallion Quilt: Last Two Borders
These last two simple borders will complete our beautiful Outback Wife Medallion quilt. Be careful not to completely ruin all your hard work by introducing unsightly wrinkles at this late stage. Katy shows you how.
Episode 417: Scrappy Trip Around the World Block
Inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s popular scrappy quilt, Katy makes her own version of this classic block. She also introduces the idea of the fat eighth, and argues why it could be even better than the ever popular fat quarter.
Episode 418: Playing with Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks
Once you’ve made your Scrappy Trip Around The World blocks join Katy in a magical trip of experimentation. Play with the placing of your blocks and see what designs you can come up with.
Episode 419: Finishing the Medallion Quilt with a Flange
The Magnificent Medallion Quilt is back from the quilter and ready for the final touch, sewing the binding on. But because this is such a special medallion quilt, it’s not only going to have a lovely binding, but a flange as well! Join Katy to find out all about this little added extra.
Episode 420: Handy Tidy Box with Handles
Who doesn’t need a handy little box to put all those bits and pieces of quilty goodness in? Let’s face it, we all do. And even if you have plenty of little boxes for all our quilting paraphernalia, who wouldn’t want to make this handy little caddy just because it’s so much fun? Join Katy to find out how easy it is to make.
Episode 421: Quilting with Your Walking Foot
If you like the look of free motion quilting but have a fear of the process, fancy something a bit different to just straight line quilting but don’t want anything too risky, or just want something lovely to do with your left over Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks, look no further than this episode. Katy quilts a stylish ‘Cathedral Windows’ type design onto her spare blocks to make quick and easy throw pillows.
Episode 422: Cheat’s Clam Shells with Circles
Who doesn’t love the look of Clam Shells? They’re fun, versatile, great for using up your favorite scraps, but we’re not all keen on the process. They can be a fiddle and a little bit intimidating, but Katy’s got the ideal cheat for the same fabulous Clam Shell look without all that scary needle turn applique and curved piecing. What’s not to love?
Episode 423: Simple Baby Blankets
Babies and small children often have an obsessions with nappy cloths made from double gauze because they're so soft. Katy shares how to make an easy baby blanket with double gauze that combines that softness with the attractiveness of quilting cotton.
Episode 424: Handy Storage Box
This cute little caddy is for those of us who have ‘keeping stuff tidy’ issues, or for those who aspire to have things neatly tidied away in something a little bit more attractive than an old take-away carton. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s perfect for those left over bits of batting that we all have left over from a quilt project.
Episode 425: Sewing Machine Mat
Does your sewing machine rattle around on your table top? Do you keep losing vital tools under piles of fabric while you’re sewing? Do you end up throwing everything to the floor and wish you had somewhere handy to put things while in the middle of machining a seam? Look no further. This is the perfect sewing project for you. It’s fun to sew and will have you super organised every time you take your machine out!
Episode 426: 8 Half Square Triangles from 2 10" Precuts
Katy shares with us a super fast method for getting EIGHT Half Square Triangles from TWO pre-cut Origami Squares.
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