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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahrachel
    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    what a great idea as I have been thinking of making a cathedral window for a while...my question would be this: I would like to make a handbag (or purse I think you call it) and use the cathedral window blocks in it. Would denim be too heavy a material to sew through? I have a blue batik with fish on it which I know my friend would love but have nothing else but denim to go with it.
    I'm pretty sure it would be too heavy as well, but I found this pattern which would give you the CW look and is made from jeans. I started cutting pieces for this but ran out of jeans and sewing machine needles. I want to do this so I'll get back to it eventually!

    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...gallbaros.html
    thanks for that idea sararachel I had seen that before but forgot about it..the more I think about it the more I think denim will be too thick to try and sew through to make the cathedral windows so I am still looking through my fabrics to see what would look good. Hoping to maybe start on Monday to sew if I can decide.. on what fabrics to use....I forgot to mention I like your color choices Teresapendino. Also looking forward to seeing what others create...

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    Please forgive the photo quality. Bad lighting and I wasn't using my good camera. I also cropped too much on the left, but those are whole windows, too. I was trying to hurry up and get it done before company arrived. Just wanted to give you an idea of how it looks when you put the blocks together.

    Happy Quilting to you all :)

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    those are really pretty. Did you use lace around the windows; it looks like it. If not I think that would be a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    those are really pretty. Did you use lace around the windows; it looks like it. If not I think that would be a great idea.
    Thanks! Was reluctant to share due to me being a super beginner even on the sewing talent :) No lace, probably just poor photo quality. I used contrasting thread color for interest :) Did a basic running stitch. I love the lace idea, though!

    How has everyone been? Anxious to hear and/or see your ideas! It seems like the more I try to set time aside to work on my project, something always comes up. Therefore, it has been slow progress on my end. I imagine it is that way with most. :)

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    This is almost more than I can bear. I have 2 quilts I need to finish before I start one of these.

    I love the running stitch in the contrasting color. It really does make it look lacy and ultra feminine.

    Every CW tutorial I look at gives me another great idea. I can't wait to get started, but it will be a month or so.

    Thanks so much to you and Eddie and everyone who has posted pictures and added bits of info. I'm pretty sure I can screw it up, but it will be nobody's fault but my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaPendino
    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    those are really pretty. Did you use lace around the windows; it looks like it. If not I think that would be a great idea.

    How has everyone been? Anxious to hear and/or see your ideas! It seems like the more I try to set time aside to work on my project, something always comes up. Therefore, it has been slow progress on my end. I imagine it is that way with most. :)
    I love your fabric choices for your cathedral window. Unfortunately I havent had a chance to start mine as the day I planned to sew a friend I dont see often rang and wanted to catch up. Not sure when I will be able to start now :-( but when I have some progress i will let you know!

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    My machine is evil! I had to take it apart. Thought i'd stop in here a minute before I attempt to put it back together. Might have to get my 15 yr old son to help me out. He is the more mechanically inclined one, lol.

    I am just about to put my 2nd 4 block unit together. Have figured out another tip to share. When you are at the point of pinning your pane over the sides of your print, take your finger and fold your pane over and press. It makes it easier to keep it in place to the point that I am only pinning the print instead of the panes. I am able to hold the fold over part in place as I hand stitch the window.

    Random thought: My creativity is flowing. I was thinking of putting a blue border around my 4 block units to help them stand out. Here is the problem: I wouldn't know where to start. I hadn't planned on adding batting & backing. Any thoughts or advice on this delima would be appreciated. :)

    @BigDog & blahel: thank you both so much and you are more than welcome for the tut. I hope it has been easy to understand :)

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    you can just use the batting on w/the sashes. I did that with a quilt as you go and even finished it off with decorative stitches on top so that I didn't have to do any handwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaPendino

    Random thought: My creativity is flowing. I was thinking of putting a blue border around my 4 block units to help them stand out. Here is the problem: I wouldn't know where to start. I hadn't planned on adding batting & backing. Any thoughts or advice on this delima would be appreciated. :)
    Since I've never made a CW, take this with a big grain of salt:

    What I've read is you don't use batting or backing. You already have 4 layers of fabric, which should be thick enough for warmth. Somewhere, maybe here, I've read you can sew your "glass" (print fabric) to a slightly smaller piece of batting or fleece if you want extra warmth or if you want to add a slightly poofy dimension.

    As far as adding a border to each 4 piece, it would add color but I think it would take something away from the beauty of the individual panes. That's strictly my opinion. If you decide to do that, please post a picture. I would love to see one done that way.

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    Question for anyone who is "in the know"... I ended up having to completely hand sew my blocks together. I am using Coats & Clark® Dual Duty Hand Quilting thread and back stitching. Should I be doubling my thread?
    For those wondering what happened w/my machine... I need to get some more needles. I have found that my work looks much straighter when doing it all by hand, though, lol. Machine and I aren't a good pair being I have a lot to learn about machine sewing. I can control things better by hand. Thinking I might continue all by hand even once I get my machine needles.

    Anyway, enough of my rambling. Thanks any advance to anyone with an answer to this thread doubling question. :)

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