Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cathedral windows

Never say never. I vowed and declared that after two attempts at making a cathedral Window block or two that it wasn't for me and that I'd never do it again. It's labour intensive and if you're not accurate all the way though, there's no way it's going to look good at the end.
Call me crazy but after seeing it pop up on a few blogs lately, I was bitten by some bug that made me throw caution to the wind and I had another go. This time I was not going to let it beat me.
 So here I am, prototyping again and I've ended up with this cute mini which was going to be a cushion cover. Not any more because I got so carried away that I sewed parts at the edges that I should have left open. I'll call it a doll quilt.
I've been doing a lot of Internet searching for different methods. Okay, read that as the lazy quilters cathedral window method that will save fabric time and sanity. More on those methods in another post.
Just in case you're itching to have a go or you're just curious, I used this one by So Happy. The link to part 2 is at the bottom of the post. I'm going to make a couple of very minor adjustments to make the corners a little tidier for my next effort. You heard it here, never say never, I will have my pillow and I think I'm up to the challenge this time.

47 comments:

Christine said...

very cute, I tried this oh nearly 20 years ago and had cut out all the fabrics for a queen size quilt, well it never got done

Christine

shez said...

Janet it looks great,one day i will try it as i love the look,well done
cheers shez

Kathie said...

I am going to say NEVER!
LOL looks wonderful
love the fabrics, just happy ;)
Kathie

Jessica said...

This is on my to-do list!

Oops-Lah said...

Yes, that's exactly how I feel about Cathedral Windows. Have only done one and didn't like it. But looking at yours, maybe I should also reconsider. Such lovely colours, very pretty indeed.

*karendianne. said...

Magical. Absolutely magical. Leave it to you to bring this dream to life! I do dream about this but never considered giving it a go. This is a lovely post to wake up to and delight over with coffee. Thank you for sharing this exceptional piece.

Miriam said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on your persistence!

Hmmm, not sure if I am ready to give this a try...it looks complicated!!!!

Stephanie said...

I was going to say exactly what Miriam did. It's such a cute little thing, even if it's fiddly.

Sewjournal said...

What a brave woman you are! They look lovely but too fiddly for me I fear.

Barb said...

Love your Cathederal windows....I tried one year but I chalked it up to being an inexperienced quilter...but to this say, still haven't tried again...maybe I will??? Thanks,

Dixie said...

Ha! I have thought NEVER to myself about this quilt too, but one never knows... Yours looks wonderful though - just love your fabrics.

YankeeQuilter said...

I did a Cathedral window years and years ago...love how fresh it looks with those fabrics!

Fischtown Lady said...

Oh it´s a wonderful work! So nice! Thank you for the link.
Marita

Crispy said...

Well it certainly looks like you got it figured out! It looks lovely :0)

I can honestly say I will never do one or a Grandmother's flower garden, just not my cuppa tea LOL.

Crispy

Ann Champion said...

This is one I've never tried. You did a wonderful job on it..and I love the fresh happy colors you've used! :)

Janet said...

Beautiful and very cheerful.
Janet

ranette said...

You are amazing Janet! You take a beautiful and hard design and make it even better! Love it!

Lori said...

How sweet Janet. I agreee about never say never.....have fun on your second one.

Marjorie said...

I know what you mean. I saw a tote made of cathedral windows on Stash Manicure that ALMOST made me want to try.

Ann Marie said...

Looks great. You're not kidding about it being labor intensive. I made my mini and stopped there despite having tons of ideas for the pattern.

Ann Marie said...

This is on my to do list, and I love that tutorial she did. I am going to try and do mine all by machine, so I am going to find another way to try and do them, it will save on fabric too. I have seen a tutorial once how to do it by machine, but I have misplaced the link somewhere.

Darlene said...

Very cute, indeed. I'm convinced there isn't anything you can't do. So much talent in those hands. :-)

Sharon said...

My catherdral windows ended at 18 x 18 and hangs on a little rack. I love it, but I'll never make a queen sized one. Pretty colors in yours.

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

This looks just wonderful!

I'm very nervous about trying one of these ... I don't think my sausage fingers are up to it, but I'll never say never either ...

Joan said...

Really cute ...

Loris said...

Yours look lovely! Here's another technique http://www.shelleysstudio.com/

frayedattheedge said...

Lynne Edwards is well known for her Cathedral Windows - hopefully this link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lynne-Edwards/e/B001IZXEHC
will show you her books.

Patchwork and Play said...

Beautiful! Haven't caught the bug yet, but when I do I'll remember this beauty!

Carrie P. said...

Love it. One of these days I want to do a window quilt. I have always like the pattern.

Janet said...

I have never tried Cathedral windows before. Your sample is so pretty - I can't wait to see your pillow. :0)

Andi said...

Very pretty!!

Maree: said...

Oh My this is Gorgeous...
I've always wanted to do this block but have never had the opportunity to be shown...
I will keep this one in mind when the time permits me to sit still long enough to take it all in...
Thanks for the heads up on the Tut..
cheers

Julia said...

Not for me Janet..
I did make a pincushion a while back at that was enough..
I have seen an easy way to do them, but can't remember how now..
good luck with it.
Julia ♥

Notjustnat said...

Looks great and I used to loved making them. Your colour is fantastic. Hugs Nat

Thimbleanna said...

Oh {SIGH}. Another pattern that I SOOO want to make! So, based on your pillow experience, approximately how long would it take to make a full size (oh, say 80" x 80") quilt from that pattern??? I've always loved the cathedral window pattern, and with all the new bright colors and white fabric ... well, one must keep a paper bag handy to stem the hyperventilation. Yours is just beautiful!

Kristen said...

Very pretty! Your applique is perfect! :)

julieQ said...

I made one block, in the far away past...yours is much prettier!!! Hmmmm....wonder where that block is??

Shirley said...

I was going to tell you about Lynne Edwards and her book on Cathedral Windows but someone has already done that but I think you will find it interesting. Lynne was the first person in this country to be given an MBE for services to the quilting industry and was given her medal by Prince Charles. What you have made is very pretty and I shall look forward to seeing a bigger version at some point.

Love Shirley.x

MiniBinoy said...

wow!! looks so pretty!!

Kaaren said...

Much too labor intensive for me, Janet. I love how they look so for now, I`ll live vicariously through yours.

Just out of curiosity, how would or are you going to quilt yours?

Mary said...

Very pretty - I love Cathedral Windows! I use the same method for my cathedral windows. It is easy and goes together fairly quickly!

Ivory Spring said...

Never say never is RIGHT! I told myself when I was in my teens I would NEVER sew, hahahahah.... look at me now.

Your cathedral windows are stunning!

Appalachian Quilts said...

There is a great book out called Cathedral Window Quilts (Martingale I think). There are lots of small projects and you wouldn't believe some of the designs they came up with using these Cathedral blocks! There is a pillow and a wallhanging that I may attempt some day, but like you...not a big quilt!

Blessings

imquilternity said...

I had the same experience with pie crust. I just made up my mind it wasn't going to get the best of me and then it became quite easy to tackle and master! LOL

Robin said...

Oh, fun! A cathedral window quilt is definitely on my quilting bucket list.

belarmina said...

preciosa su ventana!!!
tengo que decir que es uno de mis trabajos favoritos, pero siempre a mano
si tiene tiempo pase por mi blog y podrá ver, los almohadones, caminos de mesa y un pie de cama, que este año enseñamos en nuestra exposición
saludos
http://lesmiscosicates.blogspot.com.es/

Donna in SW PA said...

I love your work!