Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cathedral Window Quilt Tutorial

Searching for inspiration, I came across a Cathedral Window or Stained Glass Quilt. Originally, these quilts were made using muslin or cheesecloth creating the sheer "window panes." The quilt is made without a traditional "quilt sandwich" meaning you don't have to add batting, backing fabric, quilt the top, or bind the edges.  Wow! Really?

I was immediately smitten...I MUST MAKE ONE OF THESE... but the pattern looked way too intricate for a total newbie like myself. Of course, I couldn't let a think like the lack of skill or experience stand in my way AND that's when I found this amazing tutorial by Hyena in Petticoats

 I thought I'd share with you my progress via a step-by-step picture tutorial. It is a really simple technique. All you need is time and patience.... oh and a few materials.

A Note About the Materials:
This will all make sense once you've read through the tutorial :-)
(8) eight background squares = 36"
For every (16) sixteen background squares you will have 22 windows.

Use the guide below to determine your fabric needs. I used Kona cotton in white for the background. Scraps and fat quarters from 22 different fabrics for the windows.
                    1 yard of 44" wide fabric yields approx (12) twelve 10" squares 
                    3 1/4" squares for windows (scraps) 
                    2 1/2" squares of batting (scraps) (batting is optional)
                    File folder, mailer, or manila envelope for template (anything that can be ironed)
                    Thread to match background fabric
                    Basting spray or straight pins

 A Note About the Pattern:
Where this pattern skips traditional quilting steps, it makes up for in precision, folding, and ironing.  The more precise you are in making sure everything is absolutely square, lined up, and straight the better your finished quilt will be.
Also, I precut all of my materials before beginning.


Begin by cutting out a 9" square and a 2 1/2" square template

Next cut out 10" squares from pre-washed, ironed, background fabric

Place the template in the center of your 10" square 

Miter all 4 corners by folding as shown below

Now we fold and iron down all 4 sides

Remove Template

Fold your square in half and iron

Fold in half once more and iron

Using the fold lines as a guide, fold the corners toward the center


Fold once again towards the center 


Your finished square will be approx 4 1/2"


Place 2 squares side by side
Pull up one fold (triangle) from each square
Line up your corners and pin (I use basting spray)


Take this to your sewing machine and stitch the two triangles together on the fold line

Next, open up the triangles by pulling them apart and flattening them out.
You have just created your first window.
(optional: pin or spray baste the triangles around the center window)

First Row of 8 Squares


Taking your 3 1/4" squares of "window" fabric,
 2 1/2" square of batting, and your 2 1/2" template

Place the fabric wrong side up. Layer batting and template in the center

Begin by finger pressing the edges around the template and iron down

Remove Template

Place ironed fabric in center of window

Some people pin down the edges over the window fabric... 
I just finger press and hold them down as I sew. As you fold the edges
they will naturally curve into an arch. Sew.

It is important to begin stitching at the very tops of both your beginning and ending corners.  
These corners will all meet and intersect - Keep them as lined up as possible

TIP: Use an old seam ripper to help hold down your corners as you sew

Starting with the second row you will have (2) two seams to sew per square as shown by the straight pins

Continue building your squares until the desired size is achieved....and you're done.
Hold up to the light to see the window pane effect... ENJOY!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Circle Journal 2010 - The Sweet Spot

Denyse's request was simple - Using the questions provided "journal" about yourself.  I chose to answer the question " Who are you?" in the way I best express myself - visually instead of verbally. I also wanted this entry to be tangible in some way.

This is my opening page adjoining Miss Corine Moore's last page

Opening page
You never know what you're gonna get

Next - The middle pages of my entry

Life is like a box of chocolates

Box of chocolate truffles....

Made a raised candy box with a lid

Yum... Truffles

Lift the truffles out of the box to see the answers to the question I chose "Who Are You?"

I am... wife, mother, friend, sister, artist, ballerina

100%  Fat Free

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