Cathedral Window Quilt

24 Mar

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I have seen pictures of cathedral window quilts before. They are just so pretty and complicated looking. They are always something that I assumed the likes of me would never be able to make.

Then one day I found an absolutely brilliant tutorial by http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/cathedral-window-quilt-tutorial.html It really breaks down the process to easy, bite size chunks and makes it a really simple process.

My first attempt was ok but I did find that you have to be really accurate when ironing your corners, otherwise you end up with holes when you try to machine sew the panels together.

accuracy has never been my strong point. So on my second attempt I hand stitched the panels together. Time consuming I know, but it gave me the opportunity to fudge any blunt corners thus avoiding unsightly holes in my quilt. And anyway hand stitching it meant that I could still watch the TV in the evenings. Bonus.

I had planned on hand stitching the whole quilt including the cathedral window panels using an invisible stitch. However I had decided to upcycle a duvet cover which was made from very thick Egyptian cotton. So with all the folding and several layers of fabric to get through it proved to be a tough job. I went through a couple of needles, completely bending them and I managed to shove the blunt end of the needle into my finger several times.

So a tip if you are planning on hand sewing. Make sure your fabric is fairly fine and thin so that your needle can get through the layers easily

The coloured panels are from a vintage pillowcase from my Grandma’s house. I love the pattern as it reminds me of daffodils in the Spring, the season that time forgot. Seriously! When is it going to stop snowing?

I top stitched all the cathedral windows on the sewing machine, which hadn’t been my original plan but it turned out really nicely.

This quilt is not quite finished yet. I think I will go back to it and add more panels when I have replaced my needles and let my fingers heal.

It wouldn’t win any awards but it’s mine, I made it and it does literally have my blood, sweat and tears engrained in it. So no one else would want it anyway!

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