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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The first 4-H club in our town started in the fall, and we were eager to get our oldest son involved. He's just five, and many others in the club are also quite young. Each month, our club does a different activity to give the kids an experience that might be new to them. We've decorated cupcakes, learned about goats, rabbits, and chickens, and done arts and crafts. Last month, I was signed up to teach about quilting!

At last month's meeting, each 4-Her made one monster block, then I finished the quilt before this month's meeting and documented the whole process in our club's Facebook group so the kids could see what goes on behind the scenes. I revealed the quilt to the kids this week at our monthly meeting, and it was quite a hit!

Monster quilt made by kids in our local 4-H club

I first saw this quilt on Pinterest, and knew it would be a great group project! (There's even a BluPrint class for it!) I started by gathering lots of white, gray, and black fabrics from my stash to make the background squares. Next I gathered all the bright solid fabrics I could find in my stash.

I cut all the background square to the size I wanted, then put Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 on the back of the all the bright solids. I also fused white and solid black fabrics and drew circles on them in different sizes for eyeballs and pupils. I drew mouths on another fused black piece.

I also printed out several of the finished quilt pictures I found on Pinterest so the kids would have a reference to guide them in making their own monsters.

Making monster blocks with kids

The prep work ahead of time meant the kids were able to focus on being creative and making monsters!

Even the parents loved the project and jumped in to help!

Making monster blocks

After about half an hour, each kid had completed their monster!

Monster blocks made by kids

After taking the monster blocks home, I adjusted the pieces slightly to account for seam allowances. (Notice the pink monster in the top right corner of the photo above is floating. I moved him down to the bottom of the block.) Then I pressed each block.

Fusing monster blocks

The 12 blocks would have made a quilt 30"x40", but I wanted a larger throw size, so I made 18 more blocks.

Using Aurifil 50wt Dove #2600, I stitched just inside the raw edges of every monster. I used the same thread to stitch around the eyeballs.


I switched to Aurifil 50wt Black #2692 to stich around all the mouths and pupils.

Raw edge applique

A peak behind the seams!

Behind the seams

Next, I sewed the blocks together to make the quilt top.

Sewing blocks together

I made the back from a striped fabric I've had in my stash for quite a few years.

Making the quilt back

I loaded the backing fabric onto the longarm using my Red Snappers.

Loading a quilt on the longarm with Red Snappers
1989 Gammill longarm

Once the backing was loaded, I laid Warm & Natural batting on top.

Making the quilt sandwich

Then I laid the quilt top on the sandwich.

Quilt loaded on the longarm

I chose Aurifil 50wt Grey #2605 for the quilting, and I decided I would not quilt over the monsters.

Aurifil 50wt thread for quilting on my longarm

I started to meander on the background fabrics.

Meandering quilting

Then I had the girls that are in 4-H Quilting help me quilt a few blocks! (Did I mention that I'm teaching four of our club members to quilt??)

Kids using a longarm
Teaching kids to use the longarm

After quilting, I trimmed it up,

Trimming excess batting

cut 2 1/4" binding strips,

 Making quilt binding strips

and machine stitched the binding on.

Adding quilt binding by machine

Pressing the quilt binding

 Stitching binding by machine

Find the tutorial for sewing binding on by machine here.

The kids loved seeing the quilt for the first time! They each ran up to point out their block!

Sharing the monster quilt with our 4-H Club

The club plans to donate the quilt locally, but the kids voted at the meeting to wait to donate the quilt so it can be displayed at our county fair in July.

Monster blocks made by kids in our local 4-H club
Monster blocks made by kids in our local 4-H club
Monster blocks made by kids in our local 4-H club
Monster blocks made by kids in our local 4-H club
Monster blocks made by kids in our local 4-H club

Monster quilt made as 4-H group project

To finish the quilt, I added a label to the back with our club's name and the year.

Monster quilt made by kids in our local 4-H club

UPDATE 11/20/19

The quilt received a blue ribbon at the county fair in July. This month, the 4-H club members voted to give the quilt to a local child at Children's Mercy hospital. Earlier this week, several members were able to personally visit a young boy in the hospital and give him the quilt in person!

I'm so glad the 4-H kids were able to have the experience of making the quilt from the beginning to end, and that they were able to put the 4-H pledge into real action!!

"...I pledge my hands to larger service..."

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  1. This is a great project for the kids, and they did a wonderful job!

  2. Great project and they all have done a fabulous job with their monsters. I agree with the kids, it would make a great display at the county fair. Thank You for hosting this week.


  3. OMG what an amazing idea. I can only imagine how excited they were to see their creations brought to life 😍 😍

  4. I love you are teaching 4 members to quilt.Great quilt and wonderful idea to teach the club all about quilting. Thank you for hosting the linky party this week.

  5. That is so awesome!!! I bet those kids loved every minute of it !! Hope they have fun displaying it at fair too!! I see a Blue Ribbon in the future!

  6. They must have been so proud to see their quilt! It certainly deserves to be shared at the fair and I hope they all get to see it hanging there :)

  7. I love the Monster Quilt! The little quilt makers are quite talented, I'm sure they were delighted to see their quilt and should be very proud of their artwork! Kudos to you for helping them along.

  8. You and all the children did a wonderful job. This would make a great pattern, too.

  9. What a fun project for the kids! You put a lot of effort in behind the scenes to make this happen, which is wonderful. So, Aurifil 50 works well for longarm quilting? Had not thought to try it but I'll keep that in mind~

  10. This is the most stinkin' cute thing I've seen all week! Great job!

  11. Love the monster quilt and great group project.

  12. What a great project of kids! I love this even to make as a baby quilt! Too cute!

  13. This is such a cool idea! I love that they could make their monsters look however they wanted. And the way steam a seam sticks a little bit before pressing makes it perfect for kids to work with. The different background fabrics were a great idea - that really adds a lot of interest.

  14. Oh my goodness, this is beyond adorable! And brilliant! Just so I understand (and can potentially shamelessly steal), the ids created their monsters but just the pieces, and you fused them? That's the only part I'm not fully understanding. This is such a great group project. And I love the 4-H clovers as your privacy covers :)

  15. What a fantastic project! Congrats to all the kids for their finishes.


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