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Thread: Need suggestion on a cathedral windows......

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    I have five rows done on my cathedral windows. I am using different prints of black for the windows. I note the places where the points connect look a little messy. I was thinking of sewing white buttons in all of those areas. What do you think? Will it detract from the pattern? I will need a lot of buttons, and not sure if I want to make that purchase until I get some input. Here are some of the quilts I have done.

    I Spy
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    More quilts I have finished. All of my quilts are hand quilted.

    My own design of kitties for my granddaughter.
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    My own design of outdoors fun for my grandson.
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    Advent calendar for my two great-grandsons..
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    Your quilts are beautiful. Please post a picture of your cathedral window in progress. Please, please.

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    A few more..........

    Fish bowls wall hanging.
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    Baby girl quilt for my hairdresser's little girl.
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    Pinwheels for my daughter.
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    Had enough yet? :lol: :lol:

    Frogs for baby Donovan.....
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    Flannel pinwheels for my daughter.
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    Denim from old jeans for my husband.
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    Do you want to share???? Just kidding. They are fantastic. How long have you been working on these?

    My beginner opinion about messy corners (I've had my share) is if you are not entering it into a quilt show, it just shows that it is hand made and not made in a factory somewhere. It gives it character!

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    I like your quilts, I would be proud to call them mine....I think you do very good work :D :thumbup:

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    Your quilts are lovely! I really love scrappy & especially like the top quilt.

    I have a tutorial on making Cathedral Windows that might or might not help you. You can usually tack those meeting corners into submission with a little careful placement of thread. Good luck to you.

    Here is the tutorial:
    http://groups.msn.com/CathedralWindow---Classroom101/homepage

    Riley

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    Those are EXCELLENT instructions. :P

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    Skacian wow your quilts are beautiful. I'm amazed that you have hand quilted all of them, wow wow wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley
    Your quilts are lovely! I really love scrappy & especially like the top quilt.

    I have a tutorial on making Cathedral Windows that might or might not help you. You can usually tack those meeting corners into submission with a little careful placement of thread. Good luck to you.

    Here is the tutorial:
    http://groups.msn.com/CathedralWindow---Classroom101/homepage

    Riley
    Riley i would just like to say i love your hexagon quilt in your avatar. Beautiful that must of taken you a very long time to make. Just love it.

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    oh gosh, your quilts are great! I kept saying to myself "oh this is my favorite".only to say the same thing when the next one showed up! I do really like the old fashioned look of the pinwheels though..Great Job! :lol:

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    Riley....thanks so much for the link. I only wish I had seen this before I started my cathedral windows!!

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    Thank you all very much! Did not take overly long on the avatar px, I hand piece primarily & hand quilt all quilts---what is just one more in the long line of quilting fun? :mrgreen:

    Akacian, sometimes you can barely catch the edge of a single piece of fabric with your needle & thread ---ease those corners in together in an X & make them look a tad better.

    I think you are probably just looking down on EACH individual corner & you see ALL your mistakes because you are right above it. When the quilt is finished, trust me, this is a busy quilt & the mistakes just kinda fade into the background.

    We ALL make mistakes! I am yet to hear someone say "OH MY WORD!!! LOOK at all thse mistakes!" They don't see the mistakes---they see the beautiful fabric & pattern. (If they are looking at my mistakes, then it is THEIR problem! :mrgreen: ha)

    I am sure yours is lovely! Just enjoy the process is my suggestion. You will have a lovely thing when done!

    Riley

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    I have a long way to go......

    I have five rows done, and only 19 more to go!!!
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    Shirley - all your quilts are awesome!!! and your cathedral window is looking fine. I like the white button idea. Wouldn't buy them though - would go to thrift shops and find them on cheap clothing.

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    Shirley,
    Thanks for sharing all of your pictures. I think your cathedral windows quilt looks like it's coming along great.

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    skacian..the cathedrals look great to me! I haven't gotten the courage to try that 1 yet...yours will end up being stunning in the black & white

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    Your Cathedral is lovely! You are doing a fabulous job!

    These blocks get easier to do the further you go.
    I am improving on my ability to shape the "windows" as I go---and so will you!

    Is your quilt black & white or have you shown it to us in black & white scale?

    You said you had a long way to go? Think how far you had to go when you started this! You are well underway!

    Remember the old saying---"The journey of a million miles begins with the first step"? :wink:

    Riley

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    It is black and white.

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    Those quilts are so pretty! To be honest, I would not add buttons. It would weigh a ton and they would have to be replaced now and then.

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    I would not add buttons,,,its so pretty,,,buttons would really add weight,and would need re placed from time to time..

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    OOOPs,,,posted twice as I thought the first one didnt work

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    I love your quilts keep it up :) :-) :D

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    I want to thank all of you that took the time to comment on my quilts and offer your suggestions and encouragement on the cathedral windows in progress. I appreciate it.

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