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!!