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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Aubrey & Nissa ~ a garden angel and her bird

My very good friend, April, is a bad influence on me. bad. bad. bad. Are you listening, April? bad! hee!  😛

She showed me a book on Amazon, Scandinavian Stitches, by Kajsa Wikman. Of course I had to get myself a copy.

Once I started flipping through it, a light went off in my head regarding what I can make for the next craft challenge in a group I’m in. March’s challenge was to use recycled materials.

I gathered up an old pillowcase, a table runner, cutter quilt, wee branch/sticks that fell out of our next door neighbor’s elm tree during a wind storm (lots of those lately), some wire I saw next to the out door trash can, and some needles/thread/glue.

Meet Aubrey and Nissa!

I made Aubrey out of the pillowcase, her wings are from the table runner. Her legs and arms are scrap fabric I had in my scrap basket. I used very thin twigs from the elm tree for her hair. Stuffed her with scraps of quilt cotton batting that I have so much of after making quilts.

Nissa was cut from an old wedding ring cutter quilt. More elm twigs for legs. She is also stuffed with cotton batting.

Quilts and Peanutbutter Chocolate Recipe!

I finished a group craft challenge…the colors this time around were cobalt blue, brown, avocado and yellow. It’s an ebay Crafter’s group…colors are chosen by the challenge leader and we can make anything we like with any medium.

I picked a modified Bento Box pattern and used from my stash: two yellows, one cobalt, two avocados (the skin and inside) and two browns. I didn’t have enough yellow to make an outer border, so that was bought…as was one yard of yellow flannel for the back. I decided to go with flannel as I’m donating this quilt to the Kids Kottage here in town. All 100% cotton as is the batting. It ended up being 28×44…I had to cut it down a bit because I was running out of the cobalt blue to bind it.

Now onto a WONDERFUL recipe I found in Raley’s Something Extra magazine….Chocolate Peanutbutter Bars. (not sure of the name nor what page it was on as my magazine is at work) Here is what I scribbled down as the recipe ~

Preheat oven to 350F.

Butter an 8×8 pan and crumble 6-7 graham crackers into the bottom of pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of honey roasted nuts.

In a pan bring to boil 3/4 cup peanutbutter, 6 TBSP butter, and 2/3 cup honey. Cook for 1 minute after boil. Pour over crackers and nuts.

Put in oven for 10 minutes. Take out and pour 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanutbutter chips each over the top of the baked mixture. Let set for a few minutes and smooth out the melted chips.

Stick in frig to let the chocolate and peanutbutter set up. Cut and EAT!

Monday’s Rambles ~ Quilting, Porcelain Collection, and Park Photographs

How’s that for a title…sorry so long.

I’m almost finished with a craft challenge ~ just need to bind the wee quilt. The only thing that was given was four colors ~ Pink, Turquoise, Brown, and Cream.

The fabrics I picked out (what looks to be black is actually a dark brown):

The pattern ~ from Stars by Magic ~ Nancy Johnson-Srebro ~ Block No. 2…I ended up making four 10″ blocks.

Here it is ready for me to finish the binding. I pieced the back together with the leftover fabric…I had just enough! Whew! It’s only 29″x29″ so I think I’ll donate it to Renown neonatal…perfect for a wee lass.

My other entry is a Sundae Pincushion…I had to use Turquoise buttons as I couldn’t figure out where to put blue on a sundae!

Fabric I picked out to make a lap quilt for my niece Hannah, she’s into lime green. 🙂

A VERY, very, VERY SMALL glimpse of my Irish Wade and Belleek collection…I have a lot of both.

Leo’s Whiskers ~

The rest are photographs I took on Saturday’s walk around Rancho San Rafael Park. Canada Goose, Hens & Chicks, Doggies and their owners in the dog section of the park.