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Thread: Finishing tips needed on Cathedral Windows Pillow

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    I have been playing with Cathedral Windows. This is my first attempt at trying these. Below is a WIP. I have a dear friend who loves these and decided to make her two Christmas pillows for her sofa. So my dilemma is . . . how to actually finish it. I have deliberately left the outside edge unfinished at this time. Here are a couple of options that I am thinking about:

    1. I thought about adding a “flange” and sewing it to the backside where the outside points will be folded. Then, fold the points in and add my contrasting fabric at the edge and do the window. This will give me fabric to attach either a binding or ruffle and the back piece to. Without lots of bulk at the points on the edge.

    2. I could use the unfolded points (as seen on the top of my piece) and just attach the backing to them. They would end up inside the pillow and not be seen in this case. I am thinking that this might look odd in the finished project

    3. I could add another row of folded pieces, add the fabric, do the window edge and “cut or trim ” them to size. I am thinking that this would be much more bulky with all the folded fabric.

    Has anyone done anything like this with cathedral windows? How did you finish it?
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    I've never done a Cathedral Windows, but to "square" it up, why not use 1/2 square triangles to do that? That way you wouldn't have the bulk and you wouldn't be cutting off any points and such. My 2 cents worth. Love the block.

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    I have never done one either, but I think I would let the edges hang outside the pillow. make the back to fit inside the edges and they would be your finished edge. Hope this makes sense. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I have never done one either, but I think I would let the edges hang outside the pillow. make the back to fit inside the edges and they would be your finished edge. Hope this makes sense. LOL
    Yes it does - kind of - but I still need to add the colored squares ( or triangles) on the edges. I am not sure how to do that without raw edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I have never done one either, but I think I would let the edges hang outside the pillow. make the back to fit inside the edges and they would be your finished edge. Hope this makes sense. LOL
    Yes it does - kind of - but I still need to add the colored squares ( or triangles) on the edges. I am not sure how to do that without raw edges.
    Could you cut two triangles, sew them right sides together, then make a small slit in the back of one, turn it right side out, press and insert it? No raw seams and the slit would be hidden on the back side.

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    are the edges raw now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    are the edges raw now?
    The colored fabrics raw edges are covered by the finished edges of the white fabric.

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    then I would not add anything!
    cut the black to fit inside where it's square and allow the white to hang over on the front!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    are the edges raw now?
    Amma is correct.

    No it is not raw. The way it works is that all the raw edges are inside. It is folded twice like you are making an envelope. The colored squares cover up the fold ( the open edges you see in the middle) while the "two legs" of the right triangle are bias and are brought over the raw edge of the colored square and hand sewn.

    This is what I currently have on the edge.

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    Here is a great tute on cathedral windows that says you can either add in the triangles, stitch under the others, whichever you prefer.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Here is a great tute on cathedral windows that says you can either add in the triangles, stitch under the others, whichever you prefer.

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


    LOL - So I looked at this site. You are right it is a great tute!! I did not see this when I was searching.

    Thanks gaigai

    I seemed to have folded mine differently :wink: (could it be wrong??. . . never!!) When I did the second fold I flipped them over before I folded it. :oops: So now my loose fold is on top rather than inside (as shown on this tute) I will play around with it - Amma suggested turning a triangle and adding that at the edge - I think I will try that.

    Maybe it will be my "practice" pillow. You know - Practice make perfect! Thanks all for the help

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    Well, I thought the tute I sent you was excellent, and then I found THIS one. I'll probably never make the first ones again. I'm currently making some from this video and they are so easy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXUvKIzYZY

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    Love this! I really want to try these, I'm just 'buffering' the tute now! I'm sorry I have no suggestions for the edges but I do think it looks fine how you've got it just folded under. It's beautiful BTW Betty - can I be your friend too?! LOL

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    Which video are you buffering, K?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Which video are you buffering, K?
    your youtube one - Hans said if I play then pause til it's done then I can watch it without it keep stopping - apparently that's called 'buffering' don't be fooled into thinking I'm AT ALL technical - I just follow instructions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Well, I thought the tute I sent you was excellent, and then I found THIS one. I'll probably never make the first ones again. I'm currently making some from this video and they are so easy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXUvKIzYZY
    I really like this shortcut method!!!! :D :D :D

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    Well I'm all buffered up BUT I can't get my lap top to 'un mute' so I can't hear the commentary - have to wait for DH - told you I wasn't technical! LOL

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    Yeah, where was Hans when I was figuring that out the hard way! LOL.

    I had decided to do the B&W swap, with this pattern, but there's no way I'm going to get them done in time, so I'll just use them myself. What do you think?

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    Awww cute! I love it! And good excuse to keep it yourself LOL! This is a great way to use fussy cut motifs - maybe a possibility to show case some of my Flirt FQs - mmmmmm thinkin'!!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Well, I thought the tute I sent you was excellent, and then I found THIS one. I'll probably never make the first ones again. I'm currently making some from this video and they are so easy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXUvKIzYZY
    I had seen that one and the quilting guild that I belong to did a short demo on that - I had already done half of the pillow the other way :( .

    It is pretty slick though.

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    Now you can decide which one you like best!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Yeah, where was Hans when I was figuring that out the hard way! LOL.

    I had decided to do the B&W swap, with this pattern, but there's no way I'm going to get them done in time, so I'll just use them myself. What do you think?
    Oh WAY too cute - I love the fabric. Did you use the faux method?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    Oh WAY too cute - I love the fabric. Did you use the faux method?

    Yeah, those are "faux" windows. Although, since they look just like the others, I prefer to think of them as "Alternate Method Window". :D

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    They are also less bulky and less ironing/prep. My biggest problem,with what I did, was the ironing. I am a bit ocd when it comes to points and squares and keep re-ironing stuff. Then I realized after have done a bunch of them that the "color" covers up most of the faults. Oh well

    I think Pillow #2 will be done the faux method. Thanks again for all your help.

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    Betty - it will be interesting to see if there's a difference in the finished pieces, done two different ways.

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