Delaware Quilts

Double Monkey Wrench

Other names for this block are Broken Plate, Double T, Fisherman’s Reel, Hens and Chickens, Hole-in-the-barn-door, Indian Hammer, Joan’s Doll Quilt, Lincoln’s Platform, Love Knot, Ludlow’s Favorite, Old Mill Design, Picture Frames, Puss-in-the-corner, Quail’s Nest, Sherman’s March, Churn Dash, Colonial Design and I’m sure there are more.

For a 12 inch finished Double Monkey Wrench block you will need:
Two 4 7/8 inch squares of a medium (mine is the green)
Two 4 7/8 inch squares and one 4 1/2 inch square of your background fabric
One 18 inch by 2 1/2 inch strip each of a dark and the background fabric (my dark is the blue)

Place the background and dark strips right sides together, and sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut into four 4 1/2 inch segments.

To make the corner units, place a background and medium 4 7/8 inch square right sides together. Mark a line diagonally from corner to corner, and then mark a second line 1/4 inch on either side of that line. The first line is your cutting line, and the second two will be where you sew. Sew on the two sewing lines, cut on the cutting line, and open up your squares. Press to the darker side. You now have two 4 1/2 diagonal half squares.

Now sew the rows together as shown in this diagram to finish your double monkey wrench block.

This shows a quilt made from the blocks made above.
And this shows a similar quilt, with slighting different coloring.

Double Monkey Wrench © Delaware Quilts February 2003
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Updated October 11, 2022

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