Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cathedrals

Remember this stack of fabric from the other day?


Well, it turned into this:


I used Heather's tutorial (part 1 and part 2) from {House} of A La Mode. I love, love, love how it turned out.


It took me about 3 and a half hours (cut, fold, press, and sew) to make this square, which measures about 13 inches. I used 10 and a half inch squares of fabric to start with and a 9 inch template. I thought I would get closer to 15 inches finished, so I'm not sure if my math was off or what.


This will become a pillow cover. The pillow form I'm using is 20 inches so I'm going to add some ivory, grass green, and navy colored borders to frame the design.


I'm not sure what the back of the pillow cover will look like, but I don't want it plain blue. I'd like to use some of the green and ivory to echo the front at least in color.


But isn't the back pretty on its own? It makes me think of this.


I may be crazy, but I'm somewhat tempted to make an entire quilt out of this and just put batting into each individual window. I think it would be amazing to have something like this to pass on to my kids (and hopefully, grandkids). Hmmm...perhaps 2011 will be the year of the Cathedral Quilt?


I found Heather's tutorial really easy and straight-forward. The Sometimes Crafter also has a tutorial as well as links to several more.

I'm linking up to:



Fresh Poppy Design

29 comments:

Tanya said...

That's so pretty! I'm going to take a peek at the tutorial, although I think that might be above my skill level.

Melissa Corry said...

It is beautiful!! I have seen that tutorial a few times and thought about trying it but always found something else that was a little less intimidated. I think you have given me the motivation to just go for it. (after the holidays of course :)

KristyLou said...

That turned out really neat! The colors really make it.

Sara said...

I am slowly falling for the cathedral pattern now too after seeing it in several places;) Your color choice worked harmoniously:)

Leslie said...

this is beautiful.

pinksuedeshoe said...

This is gorgeous. And I love those colors together, it looks so fresh. I saw a King Size Cathedral Window quilt a few months ago at a local quilt show and it took my breath away. Love this!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous!

Crystal Hendrix said...

I have been really afraid to try this! They turned out VERY pretty!!

Denise said...

That is unbelievably beautiful. I love your combination of colors, and the style is incredible.

Kristen said...

I need to try this method out. It came out wonderful!

AnneMarie said...

Wow. Those are fantastic! I love the richness of the colors. I may have to give it a try!

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

Tori said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! I love the colors. I think sometimes quilters forget how beautiful solids can be!

Nicole said...

I LOVE the cathedral window block! There has to be an easy way, though. Individually stuffing each window?! Crazy talk. :) It would be beautiful, though.

J-me said...

I love this! i saw it over on her blog and really wanted to try it. I love the colors you chose so pretty!

I think a quilt would look amazing, but definitly time consuming!

Sara said...

Wow that looks amazing!!! The colors are perfect together. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial...I've bookmarked it to save for when I'm not such a beginner at quilting! :-)

Karen said...

Just lovely. I started a cathedral window item (can't even remember what it was) some years agoand never finished it. I admire you for getting yoyrs finished. I realised it really wasn't my thing.

mandy said...

This is gorgeous! Just the kick in the pants I needed to try it out myself! I started one today and linked to this post in my blog post. Thank you so much!

PS-I can't see your points very well, did you have trouble making them meet nicely? My points look like a jumbled mess=(

Lisa said...

Oh, wow. I love the colors you used!! This is beautiful. I think you should make an entire quilt like this! That would be a prize-winner for sure.

Rebecca Johnson said...

wow!! It looks Amazing!! xx looks a bit tricky for me! xx Just found your blog...and im in love! xx

Lappedamen said...

Your Cathederal window is really pretty. A hole quilt will be gorgeous.

Mary said...

Wow, so pretty and dramatic and I love the colors you chose!

jenn said...

This is just stunning!! Seems like a lot of work, but I might just have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

emedoodle said...

Amazing work! And it certainly is a lot of work isn't it?! I made a doll sized cathedral quilt a couple months ago for a swap. I really want a pillow for my house, but I haven't gotten the energy to make myself one! For my doll quilt I started with 6" blocks.. ouch! lol. It made me a little crazy!

Katie @ Sew Many Mamas said...

It is really beautiful! Wow!

Kristie said...

I have my eye on this tutorial to make a pillow cover for my cottage....It looks so pretty! I like it with the solids, nice job!

Cheryl said...

your handwork is beautiful. Love the colors you chose. I took a class at my local quilting store last year to learn this block. I was so surprised how incredibly easy it is, but time consuming. Thanks for sharing the other links.

jednoiglec said...

Cathedral Windows are one of my greatest faves - yours are so nice!

Elizabeth D. said...

Wow, just so lovely! I am definitely going to bookmark that tutorial from Heather, I would love to try one of these, they just look so hard :) I love the colors you chose, too, oh so modern!

Heather said...

eeek! that turned out fabulous!! thanks for the linky love mydear! ;)

xo, H

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