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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cathedral Windows

cathedral windows quilt tests
I decided I wanted to try to make a cathedral windows quilt. I have been thinking about it for a few years now (I have a group on flickr I ad-min all about this type of quilt). I haven't started one yet. I just played with the technique today. These two blocks are pieced in two entirely different ways (there are actually four blocks that are making up each one of these) . Both ways have pro's and con's; I'm still looking for a version I like best. Both of these are entirely machine pieced. I like hand piecing, like in my grandmother's flower garden quilts; I just don't want to do it on this quilt. The two samples I made will probably end up as apron pockets or apron bibs. These two blocks, together, are about 6 hours of work from start to finish.

On a side note this type of block has a lot of folding in it like origami does here is a neat site all about origami that my father in law sent me in an email.


  1. Apron pockets!? What a great idea! It will be darling!

  2. A Cathedral Window Quilt is a big undertaking. I started one several years ago and only have it half completed. I decided I wanted to make it to fit my queen sized bed and be able to fall to the floor. I sew the base blocks out of muslin by machine but stitch the little flaps down over the colorful squares by hand. It is a very time consuming process but hopefully one day I will finish it. It is a very heavy quilt with all the muslin in it!
    Have a Blessed Day,

  3. oi amiga!
    sou louca pra aprender o quadro catedral...poderia me mandar o passo a passo para meu email? desde já agradeço beijos

  4. Sorry I can't email a step by step tutorial in Portuguese because I don't speak Portuguese very well and my husband speaks and writes well but to do a tutorial he would have to know sewing terms and have the time to translate it. which he doesn't on either case. So as it stands the picture tutorial on my blog is what will have to do I will be posting a second part in the next 7 to 14 days. which will complete the tutorial.

  5. Have you posted Part two of the cathedral window. If you have would you email it to me at emerson799@myfairpoint.net or tell me where I can find it on the web. Thanks so much


  6. I have not posted it yet life got a little crazy right after this post and I had to set it aside for a little while. We are trying to move at eh moment but have to do demolition work on the house wea re moving to so all most all my spare time is doing that at the moment.

  7. Have you posted the second part of the Cathedral Window Tutorial? I can't seem to find it. The first part is wonderful!
    Thank You,


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