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    I am currently working on a CW in the traditional technique. I do, however, put my blocks together by machine and hand-sew the windows. It is much easier than some may think. At first glance, it looked so daunting but hence have broken it down to find that it's not bad at all.

    Whether you are in the middle of a CW project or have contemplated the idea... hop on the journey! We can learn from each other as we share info, techniques, pictures and the such. Whether you are just wanting to try a block, pillow case, table runner, or full blown quilt, it will be exciting!

    I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you! :)

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    Do you have the link so we will know how to make one and can you give us tips and tricks along the way (I just sent you a private message)

    Craftybear

    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaPendino
    I am currently working on a CW in the traditional technique. I do, however, put my blocks together by machine and hand-sew the windows. It is much easier than some may think. At first glance, it looked so daunting but hence have broken it down to find that it's not bad at all.

    Whether you are in the middle of a CW project or have contemplated the idea... hop on the journey! We can learn from each other as we share info, techniques, pictures and the such. Whether you are just wanting to try a block, pillow case, table runner, or full blown quilt, it will be exciting!

    I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you! :)

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    The following links will give you an idea of the process, but I will also be giving tips and how to's to make things much easier for everyone! Even a beginner can do this!

    http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot....-tutorial.html

    http://static.quiltingboard.com/uplo...ff020_2513.pdf

    Please let me know if you decide to take the ride. I will keep a running tab of those hopping on the journey so we can keep in touch w/out getting lost. I look forward to sharing with all of you! :)

    Here is the link for this thread incase you want to make note of it: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-133552-1.htm

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    This is the way I was taught to make them; the hand sewing is so relaxing but I like joining them with the machine because I feel they'll stay together better. I use the small applique pins to turn the windows and by the time I start hand quilting they stay pretty flat. I also include the secret gardens block to change the style.

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    I will break things down for you so it won't seem so daunting. Therefore there will be several posts by me:
    1. Materials Needed: Cutting board, Rotary Cutter, Needle threader (if you are blind as a bat like me :) ), Needle, Pins, Thread (I use Coats & Clark Dual Duty), Ruler (I use a 9.5 inch square & a smaller one), Seam Allowance Gauge (not required, but I have found it makes it much easier) Iron, Ironing board, Sewing Machine (not required), Solid Material, Print Material.

    2. About Material: Traditionally Muslin was used for the solid (which is cheaper) but you can use cotton if you would like. In addition in a traditional CW quilt, the print fabric was from different scraps that were left over from other projects.
    What I am using: Unbleached Muslin and one type of print.
    With the muslin, you can hold it up to a window or light and it has a stained glass effect. It is really neat.

    3. How Much Material?: This will depend on what you are wanting to make. Ex: just a block, pillow case, table runner, quilt. I will give you the approximate amount for quilt sizes.
    Crib (45" X 60") 9 yards Solid Color
    Twin (60" x 96") 19 yards Solid Color
    Double (75" x 96") 22 yards Solid Color
    Queen (80" x 100") 25 yards Solid Color
    King (100" x 100") 30 yards Solid Color

    4. Sizes to cut? Solid you will cut 9 1/2 inch squares
    (you will need 4 to make one block unit)
    Print: 2 1/2 inch squares. (you will need 4 to make one block unit)

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    craftybear has joined our journey! We are so glad to have you!

    Have faith, you can do this! You will feel so accomplished even after just one block! As I said earlier, even a beginner can do this! I have to go tend to supper, family obligations and the such. More "how to's" to come!

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    I think I will make a block and then maybe a table runner

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    And don't forget Eddie's tutorial on this board!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    And don't forget Eddie's tutorial on this board!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35742-1.htm
    Thanks so much! All tutorials for this are welcomed! People can grasp the concept when it is presented in different methods. What works for one may not be clear to another. When I get settled down for the evening, I will combine all of the tutorial links on my page for this project & post that link. If there are any other links that have been used for tutorial, please let us know :)

    I am so excited & doing the happy dance, lol. I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric choices!

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    I've already finished a queen by hand for my daughter and in the middle of a queen by hand for me, so I won't be joining in, but I'll be eagerly reading along on everyone's progress!
    They really are wonderfully fun . . . Happy stitching everyone :)

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    please show us yours

    Quote Originally Posted by sewobsessed1
    I've already finished a queen by hand for my daughter and in the middle of a queen by hand for me, so I won't be joining in, but I'll be eagerly reading along on everyone's progress!
    They really are wonderfully fun . . . Happy stitching everyone :)

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    Here ya go, craftybear.
    I sewed them together in separate diamonds of purple and green. She really likes purple :) Please ignore the fold lines - it has been stored away for quite a while.

    The back. I was really pleased that I figured out how to get the stitches to not show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewobsessed1
    I've already finished a queen by hand for my daughter and in the middle of a queen by hand for me, so I won't be joining in, but I'll be eagerly reading along on everyone's progress!
    They really are wonderfully fun . . . Happy stitching everyone :)
    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! Feel free to jump in any time for a visit, we are glad that you plan to keep stopping by!

    With the blocks I have done thus far, I have not gone all the way through. I am starting to rethink that decision. I did not prewash my muslin because I am wanting the wrinkled vintage look after i wash once completed. I know it is a matter of personal preference, but I am still undecided. I am wondering if the effect I am looking for will be as pronounced if I do not go all the way through. Your thoughts on this would be welcomed?

    I am attaching a picture of one of my blocks so you all can see what material choice I have made. Please keep in mind, this is one of my first blocks :)
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    Here is the link for the page I have started for this project. It has a list of those on this journey as well as tutorial links. More info will be added as we go.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=4669

    There are several tutorials and different techniques to make this so I would read through them to see what you think. Personally some seem more difficult to me than others, but that is just me.

    For this project, I will go through the method I have found the easiest to understand and accomplish but still trying to stay in the traditional technique.

    Note for those who have never done a CW: there is no batting or backing needed. The concept is fold, press, & sew. You will end up with several layers of folds in your blocks which will make it heavier. This is a quilt as you go. We will work in 9" block sections for ease.

    Decisions to make before hand:

    1. What fabric do you want to use? Muslin, Cotton, etc. (solid) and your print. Do you want to only use one print or several? Are you wanting to create an effect? Holiday colors? Let the creativity flow!
    I personally have chosen to use contrasting colors and using only one print. My fabric type is unbleached muslin for the solid and cotton for the print.

    2. What size do you want your finished block? I'm going to be honest and say I'm still learning the figuring out the measurements for different size blocks.
    For this project, we are going to end up with a 9" finished block. Then we will connect blocks together to the desired size you are wanting. Therefore, cut 4 (9.5 inch squares out of your solid) and 4 (2.5 inch squares out of your print)

    3. Do you want the wrinkled vintage look when done? If so, do not prewash your solid. I recommend pre washing your print, though and ironing it before you cut your small squares. With that being said, if you are planning to use something other than white, cream, or muslin as your solid, I would highly recommend pre washing it as well. I would be afraid of color bleed. This is just my opinion.

    4. Do you want your stitches to show on the back? I believe this will also aid in the wrinkled vintage effect once washed. i have not completed to be able to confirm or deny this.

    5. Do you want your stitches to visually stand out on your windows? Or do you want them to blend with your background color?

    Think about your answers to these questions and I will close for now. Let your creativity run wild! I look forward to hearing what you have decided!

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    Hey everyone! How are your decisions coming? I am anxious to hear what everyone has come up with! Remember: there is no right or wrong way to do this. What works for one may not work for another. If you search the forums and the internet, you will find many different methods. I am no expert by any means! I am a beginner and have so much respect for all the talented people in the quilting world! I have a thirst for knowledge and encourage everyone to voice their input whether it be constructive criticism, tips, advice, opinions.. all are welcomed with a :) I have a whole lot to learn myself!

    With that being said, the reason I had started this thread/project was to share a method that I found easy as a beginner. I was so excited to be able to accomplish this. I used to think it was impossible for someone w/as little knowledge of sewing as I to be able to do it. Needless to say, my finished product may not be as beautiful as the more experienced quilter, but I am proud of myself :) I want to show other beginners that they can do this, too!

    Let us know if you are joining the journey or just following along. We are more than glad to have all of you and welcome your input with tons of gratitude :) We are going to take it nice and slow.. one step at a time.

    Todays to do: Cut 4 (9.5" square of solid) and 4 (2.5" square of print) Iron using steam.

    Tip: I used a 9.5 inch square ruler to make that size cut.

    I will have pictures posted tomorrow of the folding process. I have to update my photo program and pull them off of the camera.

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    thanks, I need to go to my sewing room and figure out what fabric I am going to use

    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaPendino
    Hey everyone! How are your decisions coming? I am anxious to hear what everyone has come up with! Remember: there is no right or wrong way to do this. What works for one may not work for another. If you search the forums and the internet, you will find many different methods. I am no expert by any means! I am a beginner and have so much respect for all the talented people in the quilting world! I have a thirst for knowledge and encourage everyone to voice their input whether it be constructive criticism, tips, advice, opinions.. all are welcomed with a :) I have a whole lot to learn myself!

    With that being said, the reason I had started this thread/project was to share a method that I found easy as a beginner. I was so excited to be able to accomplish this. I used to think it was impossible for someone w/as little knowledge of sewing as I to be able to do it. Needless to say, my finished product may not be as beautiful as the more experienced quilter, but I am proud of myself :) I want to show other beginners that they can do this, too!

    Let us know if you are joining the journey or just following along. We are more than glad to have all of you and welcome your input with tons of gratitude :) We are going to take it nice and slow.. one step at a time.

    Todays to do: Cut 4 (9.5" square of solid) and 4 (2.5" square of print) Iron using steam.

    Tip: I used a 9.5 inch square ruler to make that size cut.

    I will have pictures posted tomorrow of the folding process. I have to update my photo program and pull them off of the camera.

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    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.

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    I was given several nice panels and someone suggested I do CW but when I looked at a pattern I was scared of it!

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    I was given several nice panels and someone suggested I do CW but when I looked at a pattern I was scared of it!

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    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.
    What a cute idea! Personally, I don't think the denim will be too bad to get through with this particular method. You can do one block and see how it goes. I would recommend not going all the way through to the back when we get to that part. I will show you how to accomplish that :). You are more than welcomed to hop on our journey to try it out :) We would love to have you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maureen
    I was given several nice panels and someone suggested I do CW but when I looked at a pattern I was scared of it!
    Come on the journey with us! I have definitely felt that way until I found this method. Try one block with us and see what you think. If you are happy with the method and results, the possibilities are endless! We would be glad to have you! :)

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    I am reposting the link I used to learn this because I think her pictures are much clearer to understand in her folding process.
    http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot....-tutorial.html

    Tip: I do not use the 9" template b/c I find it difficult but feel free if you find it easier. I use a 1/4" seam gauge or ruler and press as I go down each side.
    If someone has an easier/more accurate way to do this please let us know :)

    Tip: Make sure you use steam through the whole process to better set your folds.

    Fold 1: 1/4" seam allowance all the way around your 9.5" squares

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    Fold 2: With seam allowances to the ceiling, fold in half for a guide crease. Then open back up so that seam allowances are towards the ceiling again.

    Fold 3: Bring all 4 corners to the center. Press with steam. (seam allowances should not be visible now)

    All 4 corners to the center
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    Fold 4: Fold all 4 of these corners to the center. Press with steam. (Your block should be 4.5" now)

    Do these folds to all 4 of your 9.5" squares.

    Tip: Re-press and steam as you go to maintain the crispness of the folds. This will help to keep things straight.

    If things still aren't clear, feel free to PM me or ask here on the thread :)

    Tomorrow, I will go over putting these 4 blocks together. In the photo below, they are just laying side by side, they are not sewn together.

    4 (4.5 squares)
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    Hello to everyone! Checking in to see how everyone is doing so far. Let's do "roll call" (giggle) I am anxious to hear what fabrics you have chosen and if you are finding the "how to's" easy to understand at this point. We have a lot of silent readers that have sent me PMs who tell me they are following along. They are just as excited to see what all of us come up with.

    Most of us have busy busy lives so that is another reason I have taken this tutorial slow. I plan to post all of the steps to this on my blog once we get done here. This way you will be able to view/print in order if you would like for later reference. Being new to these boards, I probably should have posted this thread under "tutorials" instead of "main"... Ooops :) Actually the "how to" part was an after thought being I was asked by several in a PM. I was happy to oblige. :)

    I'm trying to get my wife/mommy things done so I can come play, lol. Next steps and pictures will be posted this evening (hopefully!).

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