How to Grow a Monkey Patch

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Growth.” This particular composite picture says “growth” in a few ways to me.

To begin with, this is my very first EVER attempt at doing a patchwork quilt, which is stretching my boundaries and sewing horizons. It’s for my friend, who gave me the material . . . oh . . . about 5 months ago, and asked me to make this for her sister’s birthday. The birthday is in September. I’ve been so afraid of cutting into her material –  afraid I’d ruin it, and that I wouldn’t be able to replace it. The monkeys have a special significance to her and her sister, and I wanted it to be right. So, how do I get it right? By procrastinating, of course!

I literally did this whole project on a wing and a prayer. I was wingin’ it because I had no idea what I was doing or how to even go about starting a quilt. With a few pointers from a quilting friend and a LOT of prayer, I took the plunge and finished it in 13 hours. Whew – what a wonderful feeling to have it finished, and in time to send to the sister.

The only part of this project that qualifies as REmissionary is in the black strips between the patchwork squares. I used an aborted attempt at a black blouse; the front and back had been cut out, but then the whole project was apparently abandoned (another ‘find’ in a bunch of yard sale material). There was enough material for the short strips, but it wasn’t big enough to do the long ones in between the rows or on the back. I don’t think I’ve ever SEEN a blouse that big!

I must confess that I labor under a heavy Charlie Brown complex. But through this project, I felt the stirrings of growth in confidence.  Just watching it take shape, and seeing my prayers answered as it came together, made me realize that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be accepted. It just has to be done with love and as much care as possible, and the recipient will be happy.

So . . . that’s my story of growth this week. What’s yours?

I’ve looked at a few other growth projects, and thought they were worth sharing here.




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17 thoughts on “How to Grow a Monkey Patch

    • Thank you so much. What to do next? Well, I have a purse to make for a friend (my quilting friend), and a tortilla warmer for another friend, and a flower pot for another friend, and THEN start on the purses to sell for my REmissionary reverse tithing projects. Whew!! So much to do! 🙂 I don’t know when I’ll try another quilt – guess I need to work on that too. 🙂


    • Thanks so much – oh – and by the way, I love your banner on your blog. What mountains are those? They remind me of the one and only time I was ever in Switzerland. Good times.


      • The banner is from my trip in 11/10 to Nepal and are the Himalayas near Manang. Aren’t they amazing? I have tons of photos of my trip in earlier parts of my blog. They are what inspired me to start the blog. I love mountains! 🙂


        • I love mountains too – they are amazingly beautiful, a true showcase of God’s handiwork. Now I’m going to have to go look at all your photos (and probably clean the drool off the computer as I go!). 🙂


    • thanks so much – once I got over my fear, I actually enjoyed doing this, and the challenge of representing ‘growth’ in a picture. I actually didn’t take pictures of the quilt for this challenge – I always take pictures of my projects so I can remember what I did. But this one really seemed to fit this challenge.


  1. Good article and what an adorable quilt. Quilting is a fun way to “remission” fabrics! Blessings – Patty


    • OH yes, how true! I’ve done it on purses, but never an actual quilt. It is fun, but I see why they say to be SURE the squares are the same size and the seams are the same. It can get pretty wonky if ya don’t! 🙂
      Thanks for the sweet words too, by the way!


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