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Thread: Cathedral Window Quilt sewn by hand

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    Junior Member rainbowzebra's Avatar
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    Hope I can explain this so everyone can understand.
    Muslin is 7 inch square and windows are 2 inch trimed down later.

    I use a 6 inch cardboard to press seam allowances
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    2 sides first then the other 2 remove cardboard
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    fold in half - right side together - stitch from outer edge to center on both ends I use an air erase marker to dot the center
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    when both ends are sewn turn right side out
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    stitch from center half way out on both sides again I use an air erase marker to mark the center I work from the center out because that is how I was taught to do it.
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    fold opposite corner points to center and stitch together
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    then one at a time the 2 remaining corners, when all corners are sewn together tack through the center to keep in place.
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    You must decide which side of the square you want to be the back of your quilt. One ways show all your tiny stitches the other way is plain. I went for the stitches - figured if I was going to do all those tiny stitches I wanted them to show.
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    now you need to attach 2 squares together. Bach sides of quilt together I do the tiny stitches again but this will be covered by the colored window fabric.
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    trim colored fabric to fit just inside that center square. pinch two sides up at corner and stitch then continue down each side folding muslin over window and stitching down. Do not go all the way through to the back.
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    2 points of the square will be free, the other 2 will not as that is where the 2 squares are sewn together
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    6 finished squares ready to be added to quilt (above) the back of those 6 squares
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    6 squares added to quilt - I just can not blindly stick my hand into the window pile and use it - I pick and choose but on ly here there is not a great master plan for color
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    next set of six ready to go Hope this is clear. Sorry for the color difference in the pictures they were taken in different rooms.
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    back of quilt
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    Thanks for the tutorial. BTW, would you put batting under the blue/floral fabric? What does the back look like when you are done?

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    Your tutorial is excellent. I have not tried this method but sure looks like fun. I do enjoy catherdral window quilts. Thanks so much again. :thumbup:

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    Thank you for making this so clear. I love the cardboard for pressing idea.

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    Interesting process. I make my squares differently but the outcome seems to be the end result appears to be the same.
    I am in the process of making my second one for my daughters wedding present.

    I was taught by a very elderly lady who lived in the appalachian mountains of Virginia. Interesting how patterns were created with a little different twist to them.

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    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Thanks for the tutorial. BTW, would you put batting under the blue/floral fabric? What does the back look like when you are done?
    no batting

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    Thank u 4 the tutorial, your Musline looks thick. or only in the picture?
    I had an idea Muslin is thin and i am not sure i tuched the right one yet
    your work,colours, lights all is great

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    i've been working on one for a while now. your tut is wonderful. i use a 9" block for mine. i just love all the colors.mine is not a beautiful as yours but i'm getting there.
    [IMG]http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...2007/004-1.jpg[/IMG]

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    I love this pattern!! You did a super job. thanks for the tute!

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    That is very nice.

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    Thank you so much for your clear tutorials. I find it very clear and like how you stitched the windows. This is on my to do list for sure. For practice maybe I will start with a pillow top.

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    Great tute. I need to start one of these. Would be great for motel stays and tv watching.

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    I am a fairly new quilter and I have only done very very simple quilt patterns - large center block with borders all around to make the size I want and hand quilting. Is the quilt finished after you sew the pieces together or do you put a backing on it? I am seeing pink and greens in those little panes if this isn't a difficult process.

    Thank you
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    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I plan to make one some day so I will bookmark this for reference. The quilt is so beautiful.

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    Lots of hard work.... looks nice.

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    Great tute! You have made it very approachable and doable.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Your tutorial is great! That is just the way I make mine with one exception. I make blocks of 4 instead of rows of 6. Same difference. Then I put the 4's together for a larger block. Then I connect those larger blocks. Mine is the size of a twin bed now and it gets heavy to attach to. I have few times to pick up the large piece by doing it this way.
    I think your photos are wonderful.
    Ladies there is no batting. She showed all steps here. The backing is in the final photo. It is quilted as you go. Amazing how heavy it is. One of the most beautiful quilt patterns ever, to me.

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    Excellent Tute! Thank you so much:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawsan
    Thank u 4 the tutorial, your Musline looks thick. or only in the picture?
    I had an idea Muslin is thin and i am not sure i tuched the right one yet
    your work,colours, lights all is great
    Muslin is thin but it is folded upon itself twice. but not sewn or pressed down, very 3 dimensional.

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    That was wonderful. thank you so much. I need some hand work to do when I am somewere that I can not take my machine. that was very nice of you to do that for us. Dawn in Waco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandyb
    I am a fairly new quilter and I have only done very very simple quilt patterns - large center block with borders all around to make the size I want and hand quilting. Is the quilt finished after you sew the pieces together or do you put a backing on it? I am seeing pink and greens in those little panes if this isn't a difficult process.

    Thank you
    Sandyb
    You can start with any size square. you do need 2 squares to make a window. When the window is sew in you are done no backing or quilting. pink and greens would be very pretty.

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    Honeebee,

    Your quilt is awsome, you are doing a great job. I tried not to use the same fabric twice, may be that is the color difference you see. one nice thing with this quilt you can make it any size you want. I am not adding a boarder to mine so when I decide it is the right size I'll be done. Pat

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    Bookmarked. This the best tute that I have seen on Cathedral Windows. Love them. I made a pillow for my DD's MIL the first Christmas they were married. It took me forever. Really want to do another. Thank you.

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    Tried other methods but couldn't get it to turn out correctly. Will definitely try this method. Going on a motor trip and this may be the take along project.

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