Monkey Business BOM – Block #2

Welcome to February! Isn’t it nice how much more light there is in a day already? After the winter solstice it takes a little while before it is noticeable but by now I have been commenting on it at least every other day. I have stocked up on vegetable seeds, and I am eager to go. I will try to grow everything from seeds this year. If my attempts fail, I can always buy seedlings later. A very long time ago, maybe 25 years or so, I grew hot peppers on my balcony back in Germany. I started the seeds in a little windowsill greenhouse and then transplanted the seedlings later on. I had a huge success rate and a great harvest during the two years I did it, I produced many jars of hot sauce back then. It was a lot of fun, and since the pandemic will be around for quite a while longer, this will give me something productive to do (other than quilting, of course).

On to this month’s block: The dancing monkey was a lucky accident. I was manipulating the basic monkey body shape, trying to do something entirely different, and suddenly I thought, hey, that looks like the monkey is dancing! And with one arm overlapping the rest of the body piece, meaning I had to cut it as two separate pieces, I needed something to cover up the part where the two pieces meet. So I added a lei and declared the monkey a hula dancer. And yes, I know that hula dancers can be both male and female, and while I have never really thought about my penguins as male or female, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have an explicitly female monkey and added the little bow that picks up the lei colours. Some of the later blocks could actually be monkey children, so this year’s BOM will have the whole family pictured on their summer vacation. As always, the pattern will be available for free until the end of the month and move to the store section when the March block is published.

PPP-059-02 Monkey Business Block #2

Edit: The March block was published this morning, and February’s block moved to the pattern store where it is available for purchase in case you missed the free download.

EDIT: Individual blocks and pattern bundles are no longer available but the full pattern can still be found in the pattern store, both in English/Imperial and German/Metric. The finishing instructions are also still available for free download.

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9 responses to “Monkey Business BOM – Block #2”


    Have you tried planting your seeds now outside? It’s called WINTER SOWING (using milk/water jugs). I started many years ago and here is Kevin’s link :
    Love the DANCING MONKEY.

    • Beatrice says:

      I have never heard of that, I just gave the article a quick glance, and it sounds great! I have saved the link and will definitely try it. Thank you, Doreen.

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    Oh but this little lady is just adorable. I love her dancing and happiness. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Joyce Carter says:

    Thanks so much Beatrice. She is adorable dancing around and looking so happy.

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you! That’s so cute. I love your Monkey Business.

  5. Marcia in TX says:

    Thank you. Enjoy your time with your gardening. Great to get outside while isolating.

  6. Simone says:


    vielen Dank für den 2. Block. Ich habe zwar den ersten noch nicht gemacht, habe es aber vor, denn ich habe auch schon die passende Umgebung, wie Blätter etc., mir dafür ausgedacht. Zum Garten: Ich habe einem schöne Basilikumsorte, die weiß und pink-lila blüht. Von dieser habe ich die Triebe herausgeschnitten und in ein Wasserglas gestellt, sie haben prima gewurzelt. Nächste Woche pflanze ich sie in Erde. Das gleiche werde ich mit der Geranie machen, die so wunderschöne Blüten hatte, aber wegen des trockenen Sommers fast eingegangen ist.
    LG aus Deutschland

  7. Diane H says:

    Thank you for the fun patterns. This girl is really sweet.

  8. Edith says:

    She is so cute…Thankyou!

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