Craft Challenge using Monastery Windows Pattern

In one of my my crafting groups our Craft Challenge for May/June was to make something with the quilt pattern Monastery Windows.

Originally it was a May Challenge and I was running out of time so I made up 8 of each block and tried my hand at making a pillow. I used two batiks (the pinks) that I got from a quilt show in Portola, CA (Cabin Fever Quilt Show) and a cream (with grey and blue) batik from Windy Moon Quilts here in Reno.

I thought the darker of the pinks would make a great piping around the pillow…only thing, I really hate making anything on the bias, so I cut the fabric for the piping as I would for regular binding thinking I’ll make the bugger curve no matter what! 🙂

After making the top part I quilted it; sewed on the piping to the front quilted piece; sewed the backing on and left 4″, turned inside out and stuffed it. I used polyester pillow stuffing as it dries faster after washing.

The pattern is great! I will definitely use it to make a lap quilt! Very pretty indeed.

Ok…here is my pillow (I put the pictures through photoshop’s artistic dry brush filter)!

Here’s a link to Sharon’s entry ~ she made an awesome Red/White/Blue quilt! Just LOVE that binding! 🙂

I know there are a few others that have an entry, but they haven’t posted anything online.

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About sleepycathollow

I'm Michelle and live in Northern Nevada ~ beautiful mix of high desert and the Sierra. While I work at the University, I'd rather take pictures, play with fountain pensioned ink, garden, cook, craft and make quilts. :)
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8 Responses to Craft Challenge using Monastery Windows Pattern

  1. digipicsphotography says:

    I like your pillow. I’m gonna have to try that.

    BTW, Cutting on the bias is not that hard. I know you can do it. 🙂

  2. April says:

    Just genius how you settle the various batiks in together, and I love your quilting too!

  3. Looks great. Did you paper piece? Doesn’t look necessary from the pattern, so I’m curious. Paper piecing is on my to do list for whenever I have some time off work and have a few days at home to nut it out.

    • It calls for paper-piecing. You can do it the regular way, but it’s not as hard as one thinks it is! Believe me…I resisted paper piecing for as long as I could! But the Hobo quilt put a stop to the resisting. LOL! VERY EASY to do! I just used plain copy paper too.

  4. digipicsphotography says:

    That’s what I used too, Michelle. Plain ol’ copy paper.

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