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Thread: cathedral window background fabric choices

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    Senior Member LovinMySoldier's Avatar
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    As I have been searching the board and the internet I have found that about 98% of cathedral windows background are all made with some sort of shade of white. While I do love the white I was thinking that I wanted to go with a different color. I would like to make this for my bed.

    I do have 2 dogs. No they are not allowed on the bed. But ya never know what might happen. I also have a four year old little boy. And while he does NOT sleep with us he is in our room quite a bit and under foot. And we would like to add to our family one day. I would hate to spend all the money and time on this only to end up with stains or anything else on it.

    So I just don't think that white would be the best choice for us lol. I am toying with the idea of a brown batik. I am also thinking about using several different shades of brown. Or maybe another color all together. So has anyone done a cathedral window with more than one color for the background colors? You think it would look ok or should I stick with just one color. And if I did more than one color should I have the shades just randomly placed or should there be a pattern to it all. Maybe fading from dark to light or something. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
    Thanks! Kaci:)

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    I think a brown batik would be very pretty. I would keep all the backgrounds the same and "windows" would be a variety.

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    Two cats and a dog, no white fabric in my house either!
    Good luck with your project. Brown batiks sound great.

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    I did mine with green. Well it's not mine. I made it for my mom. But it's green w/ colored windows.

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    Here is Eddie's tutorial, shows his colors, lovely.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35742-1.htm

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    Here's what I did:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-54434-3.htm

    go to page 3 for it actually on a bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Here is Eddie's tutorial, shows his colors, lovely.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35742-1.htm
    Thanks for sharing this link.

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    I think the brown batik sounds interesting!! I was JUST looking at cathedral windows myself...dare I try it??? I saw one with a charcoal gray fabric for the background and it looked great, too!

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    I'm thinking of doing mine in gold. Our bedroom has a autumn theme.

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    Along about page 10-14 or so on Eddie's tutorial there was one posted with a black background and jewel windows. Absolutely lovely.

    I've also seen them in red.

    Check out the CW images on google.

    http://www.google.com/images?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&q=cathedral+window+quilt+images&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=nPRXTa_xC4-btwfF8ojSDA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQsAQwAA&biw=911&bih=384

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    i have a cathedral window quilts book that has many many different back grounds, ones that travel from light to dark, ... just lots of variation...get creative and do what you like :thumbup:

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    I have seen dark green and dark red backgrounds for Christmas table runners, black backgrounds for jewels and brights, medium dark blue background for blue-and-white floral windows.

    BUT - you must-must-must check out this 2008 book by Lynne Edwards "CATHEDRAL WINDOWS: The Classic Folded Technique and a Wealth of Variations." The cover of the book only begins to open the door of creativity. Here's the amazon.com weblink:

    http://www.amazon.com/Cathedral-Wind...7610286&sr=8-1

    Use the LOOK INSIDE function to check out some amazing photos. This book knocked my socks off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newby0709
    Here's what I did:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-54434-3.htm

    go to page 3 for it actually on a bed.
    I love yours! Very pretty. And so are the inspectors :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Here is Eddie's tutorial, shows his colors, lovely.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35742-1.htm
    I actually am going to use his tutorial! I just love it. I used it to make a practice table runner to see if I could actually do it! This is one of the best tutorials I have ever seen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunder-Mar
    I have seen dark green and dark red backgrounds for Christmas table runners, black backgrounds for jewels and brights, medium dark blue background for blue-and-white floral windows.

    BUT - you must-must-must check out this 2008 book by Lynne Edwards "CATHEDRAL WINDOWS: The Classic Folded Technique and a Wealth of Variations." The cover of the book only begins to open the door of creativity. Here's the amazon.com weblink:

    http://www.amazon.com/Cathedral-Wind...7610286&sr=8-1

    Use the LOOK INSIDE function to check out some amazing photos. This book knocked my socks off.
    Thanks! These were absolutely beautiful!

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    I just posted a picture of one I did. The instructions I followed were in the book "Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows' by Shelley Swanland.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-99453-1.htm#2517096

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    Some great ideas here. I'm planning on doing a cathedral window someday with feedsack material in the windows. I had planned doing it with white for the outer part, but it might look just as good with black. Will have to think on it some more.

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    I made one with a black background and jewel toned windows in gave a stained glass feel. I liked it.
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Along about page 10-14 or so on Eddie's tutorial there was one posted with a black background and jewel windows. Absolutely lovely.

    I've also seen them in red.

    Check out the CW images on google.

    http://www.google.com/images?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&q=cathedral+window+quilt+images&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=nPRXTa_xC4-btwfF8ojSDA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQsAQwAA&biw=911&bih=384

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