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Thread: I learned Cathedral Window Today! Thanks Eddie!!

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    The other day someone posted a gorgeous Cathedral Window on the board and I remarked that I would love to see how those were made some day. Shortly after that Eddie PM'd me with a link to the CW tute he wrote!!

    That's why I love this place. Folks just do things for each other all the time ... just because we all want to make everyone be the best quilters we can be!!

    Anyway, it's sloppy but this is my practice CW. I didn't even stop to pay attention to what color thread I had in the machine, I just grabbed available solid fabric - started cutting and started sewing!

    Now I know what to expect, where the potential problem area's are, so when I decide to do it again hopefully it will be a lot better. No idea what I'll do with this, perhaps a throw pillow.

    Thanks again Eddie.
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    Looks great! That's something I would like to try some day too.

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    Very nice, I want to do this too. I have the tut, and I have all the fabric I need for the centers. I just need to get the rest. I placed an order the other day, and watch it will be one of those places that take for ever to get here. But I love this and hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

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    Very pretty!!

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    Excellent job. Good stitching. Don't you love the pattern...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Excellent job. Good stitching. Don't you love the pattern...
    Hee hee ... I only showed the few good ones :)

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    The colors are beautiful and your work is very good.

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    That is just beautiful. It's on my to do list. I hope I do as well as you did. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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    Very nice. I hope to try that someday also!!

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    I posted one the other day and yours looks great. You did a good job. Just keep adding to it.

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    Love it?

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    oh WOW!!

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    I like yours! I to want to do this someday but for now it has been baby stuff. I have to make 2 of everything for the twins due real soon...

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    Absolutely stunning!

    Like you, I've been experimenting with CW - using Eddie's tutorial. While I tried to skip a step or two (like tacking down the points), I've come to regret it. Looks like you did a good job of that. What suggestions can you make to help the rest of us?

    What size background squares did you start with? I've gone from 8" up to 13 5/8" squares without any problems - except that the resulting product from the largest squares is crude compared to quilts made from the smaller.

    Thank you for sharing your photo. I hope you're share the knowledge you've acquired, as well.

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    Love the pink you have used with it.

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    That is beautiful!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushi
    Absolutely stunning!

    Like you, I've been experimenting with CW - using Eddie's tutorial. While I tried to skip a step or two (like tacking down the points), I've come to regret it. Looks like you did a good job of that. What suggestions can you make to help the rest of us?

    What size background squares did you start with? I've gone from 8" up to 13 5/8" squares without any problems - except that the resulting product from the largest squares is crude compared to quilts made from the smaller.

    Thank you for sharing your photo. I hope you're share the knowledge you've acquired, as well.
    I started with 8.5" squares. Eddies example was 8.75" so these were close.

    I wouldn't try not tacking down the points. In fact, the first ones I tacked, I had too many stitches. I think 2 on each point is fine, then I backstitched to make sure, but now after doing it I dont' think I needed to backstitch. The problem with too much tacking (I know now) is that you can't raise the edge of the fabric to make a good point when inserting the window.

    When I sewed on the "window" I took a short cut. Instead of cuting my thread after each point, I raised the needle and foot, gently turned the piece, re-folded the next line and started again (pulling up the short amount of additional thread). My example isn't a good example of how this *could* work because of the additional tacking stitches I was using. As I got further into the piece, reduced the amount of tack stitches, it seemed like a likely method for saving time/thread. But you have to make sure to sew all the way to the tippy point.

    Since joining this board I became a big fan of starch. I didn't however use starch in this project because I was afraid the edges wouldn't "roll" onto the window. I used steam to get a good flat press.

    Lastly, choose a very light weight "frame" or "backing" fabric. I made a poor choice. Batiks are perfect I think.

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    Nice job!!....I discovered Eddie's tutorial a couple of weeks ago too and did a practice one....currently deciding on fabrics for my actual one!! Love the color of yours...but I love batiks in just about any color anyway!!! :)

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