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Thread: Machine Stitched Cathedral Window Tutorial

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    25. We now have 4 window blocks ready for installing the glass. Below is a pic of my window glass fabrics.
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    26. To determine the size of your window glass fabrics, measure across the window area. On my 4" blocks, the diamond shaped window area measures about 2.75" across. I like to make my glass about 1/8" less all the way around, so I cut my glass fabric in 2.5" squares.
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    27. Here you can see the glass fabric layout in the window frame, about 1/8" smaller than the window frame fabric.
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    28. Now comes the fun part! Roll the edge of the window fabric so that it lays over the glass fabric by about 1/4" at the middle of the roll. You can see that it tapers to a point at each end.
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    29. Beginning at the point, use the presser foot to help hold the roll of fabric flat and in place and set you needle down into the point. Use a backstitch to anchor the stitch.
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    30. Begin sewing forward just inside the edge of the fabric.
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    31. Continue on to the point and backstitch to anchor the thread and cut.
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    32. The first finished edge is now done.
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    33. Turn the block and roll the next edge over like you did the first. Try to have the points slightly overlap the previous point just a little.
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    34. Sew this edge down like you did the previous one.
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    35. Do the other two edges the same way. And here’s the finished window. Pretty, eh?
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    36. That's pretty much it. You can join rows to rows in the same way that you joined blocks to blocks, and then fill in those newly created windows with glass in the same way. At the edges of the quilt you can use 1/2 a glass fabric, or use no glass at all and just turn the frame there and stitch it down. After the quilt is done, just do a binding like you normally would any quilt.

    That's it! Enjoy! :D

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    Thanks Eddie! I have always wanted to know how this was done since I admire the quilt. Must put it on my "Someday To Do" list. Great pictures too.
    Wendy

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    Thanks Eddie for the time and effort you have put into your tuts.
    They are very easy to understand and follow.
    Can't say I will ever do a CW, but if I do, I will use this tut.
    Your quilt will be stunning as usual.

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    Wow, Awesome, you will be a famous quilter! Come on Eddie and starting writing your 1st book and creating videos!!!!!

    You will be famous!

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    That was great. I always wanted to know how this was done. Great tutorial.

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    Thanks Eddie. Couple years ago, a neighbor kept saying she'd come teach me how to do CWs, but didn't come. I went online, found a site (can't recall where) & started a CW that I didn't finish. My DGS wanted a pillow, so I used what I'd done to make one for him & he loved to hug it. I was using muslin & scraps, but your batiks are so classy. You really stretch outside the box.

    Glad you've done this for us & it may be on my To-Do-List soon. When you retire from work, you can start making videos & do your own quilting show like the ones I see on PBS (Public Broadcasting) on Sat afternoons. Have you seen Ricky Tims & Alex Anderson. I'm sure folks here know who they are. I can see you & Melissa doing that kind of show.

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    Awesome as usual Eddie!!! I didn't think I could understand how to do this one by the directions I had found :( I'm so happy that you have made this super easy to understand. Thank You so much!!! It will be on my "to do list" also. Thank you :D

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    Thanks Eddie! :)

    My mom made me an apron back in the 80's using CW as the bib and a border on the bottom...I love that thing, and have always wanted to make one...maybe after I get my Stickle quilt done!

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    thank you for doing the tutorial, I didn't expect it this soon. you have done an excellent job very worthy of being praised, and believe me you are. post finished pictures when finished with quilt. THANK YOU :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Brilliant Eddie! I've been googling around for different tutes and THIS is the clearest and most nonsense free! So guess which one I'll be using. ?! ;) :D

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    Thanks for the tutorial. It explains the process very clearly, and makes it appear easy enough for even me! I will give it a try...soon.

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial, Eddie! I never really understood the method of construction before. It makes sense to me now! :)

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    My sincere thanks, Eddie. I have tried the CW several times but just never "got it". Then there was the hand sewing which I avoid like the plague. Your tutorial is awesome. The pics are clear and the explainations are simple and no hand sewing. I've always wanted to do one and now I will without fear of goofing it.

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    Love this tutorial Eddie! It is so easy to follow and as a beginner I need easy. I have seen pictures of the CW quilts and have always thought that they were so beautiful but had to be so hard to make. Not so with your directions. Thank you for making it so easy! Please keep making these tutorials.

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