MONICA KING QUILTS
THE CHANDELIER QUILT
The Chandelier Quilt
66" x 66"
I'm keeping this quilt for myself!
The quilting pattern is called Curly Feathers. It's pretty dense and took 5 hours to quilt out.
Gracie was glad when this one was done!
SUNBONNET SUE QUILT
There are 36 appliqued Sues in this quilt.
Each piece was sewn to a background square using a blanket stitch.
Quilted with the Baptist Fan pattern.
73" x 73"
A garden theme fabric for the backing.
I've only made one applique quilt before many years ago and it didn't turn out too well. So when I received a request for a Sunbonnet Sue quilt, I was determined to get this one right. There are hundreds of patterns out there and Youtube has some great tutorials. And it's not as hard as it looks. If you want to make one, give it a try!
Click this link for a brief history of Sunbonnet Sue
A wall hanging based on a 1960's Jazz album cover.
40" x 40"
Quilting pattern is Dave's All That Jazz
Inspiration album cover- Howard McGhee Quintet, Music From The Connection
Rooster Wall Hanging
30" x 36"
The bright fabrics from Kaffe Fassett really make this bird stand out!
Quilted with a Hexie pattern to resemble chicken wire.
I used a freezer paper and raw edge applique technique to adhere fabric pieces to the background.
OTHER RECENT PROJECTS
The 9 Patch Ariona
Made with a 9 patch blocks and a center "A" quilt block.
54" x 60"
Quilted with Lilac quilt pattern. Bursting stars for the backing.
Bikes, Cars and Cowboys
Made with a 9 patch block (a la checkered flag) and customized blocks using fabric images.
Quilted with flames in burnt orange. Cowboy backing.
54" x 60"
The Elephant Quilt
56" x 65"
Black and white Mandala Elephant fabric. Quilted with Ikat quilt pattern
Gracie matches this quilt!
Double Square Star
Current work in progress
62" x 62"
<-- Click to see a collection of photos documenting my quilting projects in various stages. I experimented with a domestic machine quilting set up (that didn't last long!!) to acquiring my own longarm and eventually upgrading to the computerized robotics.
Meet Gracie! She's a 13 yo mixed mutt who loves to quilt, um, I mean, hang out in the studio and eat treats while I quilt!
Introducing Violet! She's a 14 yo domestic short hair who finds the most comfy places in the studio for napping!
Monica lives in Winchester, VA with her husband, John, and pets Gracie and Violet. They are newly empty nesters which means more time for quilting!!
You can find me on instagram @ moquilting
I made my first quilt when I was 23. My husband and I were browsing a fabric store with his mom when we spotted a beautiful quilt hanging on the wall. We discovered that it was a kit consisting of a main panel, panel blocks and sashing. It only needed the panels to be sewn together and quilted. My Grandmother was a quilter so we talked to her for ideas on how to finish it. She suggested we get a quilting frame. My Dad drew up a rough plan and made one for us. It took up half of our living room when we set it up in our small apartment! It took us a couple of months to hand quilt it and we didn't even quilt in the sashing! LOL!
My Grandmother was not only a quilter but also sewed my clothes for me up until I was about 7. She made a scrap quilt for me with all of the leftovers from my handmade clothing. I loved that quilt and remember spreading it out on the floor to watch Saturday morning cartoons. I still have it and it's pretty crazy to be able to touch the fabric of the clothes I wore as a little girl. That's why I think quilts are magical.
When my Grandmother came to visit us, she always brought us "gifts". Usually a little knick knack or something from her house. When I was around 9 or 10, she gave me a quilt that she made and was first used for my Dad when he was born. I can't say I was thrilled. As a kid, it was like getting socks for Christmas. It traveled with me throughout my adults years, hanging in a couple of our houses. Just recently I've been thinking about why she gave me a quilt at such a young age. Did she see a future quilter in me? Or did possessing that quilt pique an interest in quilting in my later years? I kind of like to think it was the former.