Sandra-Kay Murphy

After much discussion with the family (and rejecting the suggestion that  'zoo' would suit me best) we all took animal personality tests on the internet and it was agreed that I was a Baboon, not terribly flattering, however the description was absolutely correct and so….. "Too much monkey business" began.


I was very struck with one picture of a baboons face that was dominated by black,white and red, the rest of him being made up of furry browns, greys and yellow so I set out to interpret the physical and personality characteristics of this quirky animal.

The Baboon. Is quick witted and amusing, affectionate in a relaxed family manner, very loyal especially to family and friends. They are into games, fun and impromptu comedic performances, and doing anything physical needs to have a creative aspect to motivate them. Most notable physical characteristic – an elastic and expressive face and animated communication style, they love to be the center of attention.

Having had great fun reading your magazine over the last 3 years I decided to have a go at some of the techniques in them. Too much monkey business  was made in the following way: Pieced scraps of black white fabric over-printed with stamps I made by cutting designs into foam scouring pads.

Layered over with two types of wool, a fluffy mohair and a nobbly mixed wool. Using wash away I quilted the 'sandwich', washed and dried. Then I added red detailing (fabric with bead and hand sewing embellishment) combined with the words that describe me and my 'inner animal'.

I also added some wool fibres in yellow, grey, white and black then covered with wash away again and quilted, washed and dried the project. I then added black and red bead detailing, and then couched some with metalic thread lines.

I finished the edges with several strands of multi-coloured, twisted strands of silk and wool fibres, hand sewn on with red and black variegated perle thread.

I really enjoyed my first ever challenge quilt, it's the 3rd art quilt I've ever made, but the best thing about the whole project was 2 of my daughters got together with me over the last few weeks and they have also entered the challenge with their own 'inner animal' quilt, their very first art quilt!!



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