Friday, November 6, 2020

Crafter's Edge Monsters And Monkey Boys

Having four Crafter's Edge Monster dies and three Monkey Boys together at one time made for a really special quilt-making activity. They had so much fun designing monsters for this quilt!

The Monkey Boy's Monster Quilt
42" x 42"

Crafter's Edge Crossover II and dies made it quick and easy to create the quilt. I used four different Monster dies, the 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" Squares die, and the 2 1/2" Strip Cutter for Border A and the binding.

The background for the monsters and the solid color squares were cut out using the Squares 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" die. the square die comes in several sizes, not just one...from 1 1/2" to 7" squares. You can run up to six layers of fabric through the Crossover II.

The Monster Quilt supplies:

Crafter's Edge dies and machine
Batting, thread, and iron

Cutting directions:

Cut 13 – 6 ½” x 6 ½” monster squares
Cut 13 - monsters and miscellaneous features
Cut 12 – 6 ½” x 6 ½” color squares
Cut 2 – 2 ½” x 30 ½” left and right Border A
Cut 2 – 2 ½” x 34 ½” top and bottom Border A
Cut 2 – 4 ½” x 34 ½” left and right Border B
Cut 2 – 4 ½” x 42 ½” top and bottom Border B
Cut 5 – 2 ½” x 42” binding

Iron adhesive to wrong side of fabrics; let cool. Following Crafter’s Edge instructions, place paper side of adhesive facing up on platform*. Cover as directed before running through machine. Run die and fabric through machine. *To reverse the direction of design, place fabric side up before cutting.

I let the boys choose how they wanted to decorate the monsters. They used a heatproof ironing sheet to lay out their designs and then I could easily carry it to the ironing board when they were done creating. 

Monkey Baby really loved designing his monsters!

Monkey Boy #5 put a lot of concentration and creativity into designing his monsters.

With a heatproof pad underneath, press each monster for a second or two. When they are no longer hot, they easily peel off and are ready to be ironed to the squares. 

Peel off paper liner from the backs of applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool. Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch. 

With right sides together, sew the rows together by alternating solid blocks with applique blocks as shown in quilt. Press seams to sides. Sew all the rows together as shown in quilt; match seams. 

With right sides together, sew 2 ½” x 30 ½” Border A strips to left and right of center blocks. Press seams towards border. With right sides together, sew 2 ½” x 34 ½” Border A strips to top and bottom of center blocks. Press seams down.

With right sides together, sew 4 ½” x 34 ½” Border B strips to left and right of Border A. Press seams towards border. With right sides together, sew 4 ½” x 42 ½” Border B strips to top and bottom of Border A. Press seams down.

Finish quilt using your favorite quilting and binding method.

The boys had a great time helping to make their own quilt with Crafter's Edge Monsters!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Cute boys and cute quilt! Love the concentration while creating this great quilt!

  2. What a great activity to share with them. You got you some good memories out of that!

  3. Oh, that's adorable! The quilt, the monkey boys - how fun was that? Super cute. And super quick too. Do the dies work with other machines?

  4. Now that is cute! And what a great project for those Monkey Boys!

  5. Those monkey boys are just adorable, and so is their quilt!!

  6. What a great project! Love the idea & sooo cute! Now the wheels are a moving here as a possibility for grandson & Gramma! Thanks for sharing!

  7. So adorable - the boys and the quilt!

  8. Hi Carol! I can see how engaged the boys were, taking their design part very, very, VERY seriously. I can almost imagine a tongue stitching out a bit at one point or another. Gosh, this quilt turned out so cute and how incredibly special it is! Love the whole thing and the striped binding. Where did it end up??! I hope you get to enjoy it for a bit just to remember the good time y'all had together. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. These monsters are so cute! And so are the monkey boys! What a great sewing project to do together. I love the concentration from Monkey Boy 5. And the finished quilt looks fantastic.


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