Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Saturday, January 5, 2013

monkeying around in my sewing studio

My friend ("The Queen of Everything") is soon to be a Grandma for the first time. Her daughter, Cate loves monkeys and her favorite colors are red and orange. I like to make nursery pillows as shower gifts, and so I put together this appliqued monkey. I used a pattern by Barbra Viall, originally designed for felted wool, copyright 2000, and no longer available according to the internet. I used batiks and calicos from my fabric stash and heatnbond lite, an iron-on adhesive. I top stitched the raw edges and made a overlap sleeve for the back.
Today's shower was a delightful intergenerational gathering of women...friends and relatives of the mom-to-be. Such hope and love and promise filled the room. A new baby, a new year...

Refreshing. Optimistic. Wonderful.


  1. That's exactly the way I felt and still feel with a new baby on the way. Whether it's mother or grandmother-to-be.
    Such a blessing.

  2. dear karen, thanks for sharing in our joy today!
    the monkey pillow is awesome. tqoe and family

  3. How adorable and what a great idea!

  4. The older one gets, the more precious new babies seem to be. I find myself drawn to admire every little one I see wherever I'm shopping. Our own dear little girl-child, grand-daughter Charlotte, has restored my sanity at a difficult time in our lives.

  5. I imagine there was grace abundant in your "intergenerational gathering of women." Hope warming each breast with the simple miracle of a child.... A perfect beginning to 2013.
    I'm smiling just thinking about the delight your pillow will bring to the little one.

  6. So cute and, yes, a new baby coming is like a breath of fresh air!! What a sweet gift!!