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Thread: first attempt at cathedral windows

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    first attempt at cathedral windows

    I stumbled upon the cathedral window "quilting" method a while back and thought, how beautiful! Then I started to do some squares and realized how much work it is (and how much I kind of hate the part where you have to fold over the edges to start the blocks). I basted the first fold to the center, just to keep my sanity, with a zig-zag stitch. Since you don't see it in the finished product, I figured no harm done. I did hand-stitch the windows with a hidden applique stitch so the thread doesn't show anywhere but the tacking in the centers of the blocks (but you really can't see it anyway). Anyway, I decided it was too much work and patience for even a lap quilt, so I sized my blocks for a cover for an 18" pillow I have that's seen better days. I think it turned out really nice!

    I chose a clearance bundle from the local Joann's that kind of had a Japanese feel to it, but loses it a little when it's pieced out for window squares. I call it "Koi Pond". I like how the fish look like they're swimming in and out of the "windows" The photo is all "informative" because I used it to apply to a juried craft show. Now I'm wondering if I should make another? Or try to sell another (or two) at said show (assuming I'm accepted)?
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    very pretty colors... nicely done
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    Lovely cushion cover - great fabric choice.

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    Very pretty and now you have CW out of our system...lol.
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    Beautiful pillow, you did a great job. Hope you get in the show.

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    You did a lovely job! I also love the cathedral windows...but it for sure IS a lot of work!
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    very well done!!! keep going, make more.

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    Lovely job!

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    Awesome...i made one crib size. Its sooooo much work.
    i love your color combo

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    l like your post with the details... nice

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    Ooh, and my favorite colors too!

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    Love your pillow. You might like to check out the tutorials on this list--I believe there is one for making these by machine--which is faster, of course.
    God Bless,
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    It turned out so pretty At least you had the patience to do that much!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moreland View Post
    Love your pillow. You might like to check out the tutorials on this list--I believe there is one for making these by machine--which is faster, of course.
    Thanks, I'll take a look. I hand pressed, then ironed the edge allowances, then pressed and basted the first fold. I machine-stitched the flaps together into rows, then stitched the rows together. I could have use a machine to finish the windows, I guess, but I like the floating look. Maybe there's another shortcut that I'm missing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by x7lillies View Post
    Thanks, I'll take a look. I hand pressed, then ironed the edge allowances, then pressed and basted the first fold. I machine-stitched the flaps together into rows, then stitched the rows together. I could have use a machine to finish the windows, I guess, but I like the floating look. Maybe there's another shortcut that I'm missing!
    Well, I went looking and it does NOT seem to be in the archives--guess it was longer ago than I realized. I don't know if there is any access to the older tutorials, or not. Does anyone else happen to know?
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    Beautiful!
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    It is a beautiful pillow. The colors are so pretty.

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    Very pretty pillow, good luck with the show.

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    I don't know, maybe in the help section there is a way to get to the old tutorial section. I remember eddie did a tutorial on making a cathedral window quilt using a sewing machine. I don't think he finished it, or I didn't see it.

    Your pillow is beatiful, great colors.
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    Very nice--pretty colors!!

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    YEAH SWEET JOB.. I have not tried that yet, been kinda scared. lol but I really like yours. thx for sharing. HUMMMM I just saw it is a floating window. that is interesting. I will have to look that one up.
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    It came out beautiful. I hope you get into the show.
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    Its really beautiful! Nice fabric for it, too. Congratulations!
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    What a great job. I never had the desire to do that pattern because of all the handwork.
    Looks like a wonderful pillow
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin chris View Post
    What a great job. I never had the desire to do that pattern because of all the handwork.
    Looks like a wonderful pillow
    Thanks, Chris! I find the handwork to be soothing. For a long time I didn't have a sewing machine, so I used to do baby quilts and smaller projects all by hand. Now I can make any size project I want with my machine, but sometimes I miss the hand-stitching. I find it calming - no noise, just me and a needle delicately securing the fabric so you can't tell I like embroidery every once in a while, too.

    What really annoyed me about this process (and what made me take so long between sessions of working on it) was the folding! I think if I do another, I'll fold, baste, and press all the blocks at once, then stitch them together and lay out the windows. Since I know how big I want it, that should make it a little more streamlined (and hopefully faster). I can finish a window in about 10 minutes, and there are 24 of those, plus probably another 12 minutes per block (16 of those), plus probably 45 minutes of ironing and cutting the squares...that's about 8 hours! I think the profit margin on these would be low with respect to how many hours I put in! Maybe I can get faster...
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