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Thread: My attempt at Cathedral window binding

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    My attempt at Cathedral window binding

    Well, I thought I would give this a try but it did not turn out too well. It worked a little but I think I would have had better luck if I had cut my binding on a bias instead of on straight of grain. Then it would have had more stretch.
    Here is the link to the tutorial, which was very good and I loved how it came out.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...g-t184029.html
    Just wanted to give my suggestion to try a bias binding if you want to try this. I made my scallops approx. 4.5-4.75 apart and still the middle did not want to give enough so my scallops are not so deep. Also had to add a pic of my helper???? He approved if I would just pet him once in a while.
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    Here is the close up pic
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    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    And here is my helper
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    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    nice quilt- i'm a little confused about the cathedral window reference- since it's a pin-wheel quilt- can't really see the binding on it unless that wide outer border is actually binding? anyway- i like the quilt-nice job.
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    A very nice effect! Beautiful quilt. Gorgeous inspector and doing a great job
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    sorry- didn't see the other 2 pics before responding- and i went & looked at the tutorial - so now i 'get it' - i think part of the reason it didn't really work so well is because the striped fabric is so predominate-
    it's still a nice quilt though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    nice quilt- i'm a little confused about the cathedral window reference- since it's a pin-wheel quilt- can't really see the binding on it unless that wide outer border is actually binding? anyway- i like the quilt-nice job.
    the tut shows how to put the binding on and then pull/roll the edge of it over, making scallops. this is similar to the method for making cathedral windows blocks.
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    Oh, that is wonderful...I love it! The binding just make it more unique, which is always my favorite!

    You have a stunning helper, one that seems to love the feel of the material from all sides! Definately a keeper there!
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    Very nice quilt and a pet who looks like they like it.

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    Very interesting I am not sure I 100 % follow your binding..

    but very nice

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    Cute little quilt inspector.
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    Your quilt is very pretty! Don't give up on this technique...try it again and again using scraps and see what works best for you.

    After looking at the tutorial, it appears that the binding is much wider than yours, but then the tutorial shows white on black, so maybe it just seems wider.

    I agree with ckcowl in that the zigzag fabric seems to dominate and detracts from the cathedral effect a little bit.

    I've been working on the 10 minute blocks using the cathedral window method on them. I found myself using a slim ruler to measure how far I fold back into the center, then simply iron the center and let the iron push the fabric into the corners. It seems to work very well, and the sides of those blocks are not on the bias. I find that I can push the center in quite far if I wanted to make the curves deeper.

    Your helper has beautiful eyes!
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    Beautiful quilt! GORGEOUS kitty!!!!!!!!!!!

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    are you sure you have a catheral quilt. Looks like a pinwheel and is very pretty
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    Very pretty quilt. At least you tried a new method. The more you try the easier it will get. BrendaK
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    Love the shade of green and the colors of the pinwheels very nice, quilting good too. Kitty looks great in that shade of green!

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    Well, you may not be thrilled with your first attempt but don't let this stop you from trying again. I want to do this technique too, when I find the right quilt. Your quilt is fabulous with all those fabrics and I love the herringbone border. It creates a lot of motion to go with the windmills. The effect of the CW binding is subtle so it doesn't interfer or look at all bad in any way with the quilt as a whole. I love it!
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    Very pretty! I hadn't seen her tute on this binding, now I can't wait to try it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojosnana View Post
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    there is a tute on here somewhere that shows it done in white and she folded over the binding to make it curve. looked very nice!!
    here it is-
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...g-t184029.html

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    Beautiful quilt! Thank you for the link on this binding. I think it would be fun to do this. Your helper reminds me of my Chicca as a kitten....she now weighs 25 pounds. LOL.
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    very pretty quilt......and cat!

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    Really nice!

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    Yes, you have to use bias binding to get enough scallop. Nice quilt tho.
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    great job.. looks so good.. and love the cat...lol...

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