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Cathedral windows help

Old 10-03-2020, 05:58 AM
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Default Cathedral windows help

Hello everyone!

I've made this pattern before, and love it. But this time I want to do a design. I can't find a "layout pattern" anywhere on the internet to help me figure out how to do it.

I used my EQ7 orange peels block to outline what I want ... I am using batiks and white fabric.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to sew them together LOL

Also, I am using Jenny Doan's method of doing cathedral windows from Missouri Star Quilt ...

Any ideas?

Thanks so much
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:06 AM
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Don't have any suggestions for you on the layout but I'm also using Joan's cathedral windows pattern too. I can say one thing, sew the flaps before you connect the blocks. I put the blocks into rows thinking I could go back and stitch down the flaps then and its a pain to do and I have 5 rows of 9 blocks plus once I start connecting the rows I'll have another row of flaps to stitch down. Not fun is all I can say.

Good luck on your venture.
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:56 AM
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This is how I sewed my blue jean quilt.http://www.equilters.com/library/jea...gallbaros.html
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:14 AM
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MSQC just did a triple play using the circle magic template that looks very similar. It was Misty’s design and she used half square triangles for the back. Here is the link to the video.

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Old 10-03-2020, 09:14 AM
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Check out Shelley Swanland's work. She's done some beautiful things with CW.


She's also written a book that shows a ton of different layouts and ideas, "Machine-Stitched Cathedral Stars".


Oh. I re-read your post and now I understand that you're not looking for ideas, you're looking for how-tos on making your own design. Well, maybe someone else will be inspired by Shelley's work. 😁

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Old 10-03-2020, 09:18 AM
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I have only done a couple Cathedral Windows. Always the traditional way so I am unfamiliar with either of these methods. Choose your colors for each placement carefully and count the number of blocks you need for each color or pattern. What I see from your lay out looks very difficult. I wish you luck, this will be one beautiful quilt when it is finished. Here is a pic of one of mine.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:51 AM
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Usually, cathedral window quilts are made with the colorful parts in the sort-of-square shapes (with bowed in sides), and the other parts are a plain type of background fabric (often white or off white). You layout diagram shows the reverse. Is that really what you want???

Assuming you want the traditional placement of the color, I suggest checking out Angela's Walters video - she clearly shows how to plan the layout and sew the squares together.
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Old 10-03-2020, 12:45 PM
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If you are doing the method like my Faux Flowers tutorial on QB, the colour on the back of the circle comes to the front. With a solid colour on both sides, you will get 4 curves in the opposite colour in the front. Your picture does not use 2 colour and some of the backs would have to be 2 toned or the backing circle split between 2 colours to be able to do your design I would think.
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Old 10-03-2020, 01:40 PM
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With cathedral window quilts, the curves around the sort-of-square shapes go along SW-to-NE and NW-to-SE lines, not North-to-South and East-to-West lines. Your EQ7 layout does the latter, which means all your blocks would need to be rotated 45 degrees.

I took your layout and rotated it 45 degrees and drew a few squares of where the block edges are. If you can do the rotation in EQ7 (I just used paint), that should help you figure out the layout.
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:32 PM
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MarionsQuilt: if you like your current layout, you could follow Tartan’s tutorial for the Faux Flowers, but in addition to omitting the extra leaves, you would also need to make the backing fabric (which turns to the front) two fabrics — that is, a circle with a center seam to join 2 half circles — so the fabrics on two sides of the window are different from those on the other side.

If you would prefer a true Cathedral Window pattern, you would then need to rotate it 45 degrees as platyhiker suggested so you have colored X s rather than colored + s. There is a good tutorial for putting together such a design by Jen at Shabby Fabrics for her Cathedral Window Patriotic pillow : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9udI2DmmR1c

Great design. Have fun with it!
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