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Thread: hiya from Hope, AR--cathedral windows twenty eons project

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    hiya from Hope, AR--cathedral windows twenty eons project

    Interested in silk cathedral windows-any suggestions on proper background?

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    Can't help you with your project, but wanted to say "Hi from Ohio!"
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    thanks, y'all

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    Hi there, considering that the catherdral windows were typically done with muslin and you want to do silk; it already isn't proper, as you say. I would think you'd need a fabric that would be strong to support the stitching and the silk maybe a silk blend or you could do muslin or cotton for the background. Your choice of background since it is the main support of the quilt would depend on what you are using it for. If it is for a wall hanging it wouldn't need to be as strong as a quilt would. You could chose one with a design that could be fussy cut so that you could show case the design in the window.
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    welcome from Camden, Arkansas...
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    Hello from Coastal Georgia, Mom and Dad are old razor backs from Newark and Cherokee Village.
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    Thanks for the welcome and the inspiration for my project!

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    Hi Jeanice,

    Welcome from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

    My dear friend, Debbie, and I are currently working on Cathedral Window quilts and are using the traditional muslin backing. I am using 100% cotton fabric for my windows …every ‘window’ a different color and/or print. Debbie is using a variety of fabrics, all different colors and prints. She has silks, cottons, flannel, etc. It is coming out beautifully! Remember, Cathedral Window is a very old pattern and the women then used varies scraps of fabric, whatever they had on hand, in their quilts. What we have both done which may be a little different; we stitched a small square of ‘Warm & Natural’ batting behind each ‘window’ square of fabric. It gives each window a little substance and adds extra overall warmth to the quilt.

    Many quilters today use a variety of backing materials and colors, including jeans. There are no quilting do’s or don’t here, you are free to use what you like. I personally find it very endearing to use traditional vintage patterns and fabrics.

    I am sure whatever you use will be beautiful! Will all your windows be the same silk fabric throughout or will you be using different colors and patterns of silk?

    Have fun; it goes slow if you do it by hand as we are, but we find it relaxing and a great travel project.

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    Hi Jeanice, and Welcome to the Quilting Board from a quilter in sunny Nevada! We're a great group here, and I hope you find yourself right at home.

    I was thinking about your silk Cathedral Windows, and thinking that if your fabric is a bit too fragile for a quilt, perhaps you could do it as a foundation piece. With something permanent like another fabric as a background, and the silk stitched on top of that, there would be no concern for stretching or sagging out of shape. Just a thought. Paper piecing wouldn't have the same advantage because the paper is isn't permanent, it's removed obviously.

    Would really love to see that project as a photo when finished!

    Cheers!
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