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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cathedral Windows - Part TWO!!

Well now... if there is anything you can count on with kids... it's delays! LOL Luckily, this weekend I bribed them with a lot of new legos and video games to keep them busy while I finished some much needed sewing! ( and no, I'm not above bribing! ) LOL So... let's get this cathedral window block party started! Here's my stack of the nine folded blocks ( from part ONE ) needed to make the front of my pillow... ( for The Pillow Talk { Swap } )

This may be a silly tip, but... you should use thread that matches the base fabric ( as you'll see it )!

I also took a quick shot of my machine settings incase you were interested in my stitch position or length... it's just centered and at a 3.0 in length.... very normal... no tricks! ( ooOohhh... yeah and if you have been following my blog, then you have noticed that I have went back to a Janome from my Phaff... unfortunately the Phaff was unable to make rag quilts... TONS of shattered needles... so... no good for biz! ) Okay... to the sewing! Take two of your prepared blocks and align them side by side. Put together one folded triangle from each square back to back ( or wrong side to wrong side ). Then, carefully sew those two back to back triangles together following your ironed lines as a guide. I am a creature of habit, so... I always back stitch in the beginning and end of my stitch. Just keep adding your blocks together until you have 3 rows of 3 squares... Then... your going to add your rows together... again by putting one folded triangle from each square back to back ( or wrong side to wrong side ).

In adding the rows together ( opposed to just squares ) I thought it was easier to place them wrong side to wrong side... then positioned the first folded triangles from each ajoined squares back to back... then start sewing... ( while back stitching ) :) I just simply pulled out the next set of triangles and kept sewing! Easy Peasy!!

Always... back stitching!! No room for holes in this baby!! LOL

After you finish your first two rows... just add on the last one to make the front of your pillow! As you can see... I take a quick measurement of my windows... and they look to be about 5 inches... so I'm going to cut my insert fabrics to 4 inches and start placing them into my windows :)

I could stop here and leave the outside windows without an insert.... or or.... I can add them in ( which I did ) for more drama! Please note that the needles holding the insert fabric in place... have no other purpose then just that... until I get to that window... they just remain there keeping my insert fabric design in place. Once I'm ready to start sewing my windows... I remove my needle that was holding down my insert fabric... then I center the insert fabric, so there is about 1/4 of inch difference between the window fabric and the insert fabric.

Then I just roll over the window fabric ( Kona Coal )... with the thickest part of the roll in the middle and secure it with the needle I used to hold my fabric in place earlier.

I position my my sewing machine needle at the top of the windows curve and either... ( use my quilters knot for security or back stitch a couple stitches )...

Then I simply start sewing... following the curve of the window!

This is just another angle of my beginning stitch and how you'll be following the curve... Always... remember to back stitch at the end and then presto... one side sewn! Simply... remove your needle and start the procedure again on the next side of your current window ;)

And... yes, you may find that your ending part of the window's curve may pop up while you are sewing the side down... just hold it in place with your finger... no biggie!

Soon... you'll be done with your first window and moving on to the next! It doesn't matter which window you start on... however, I do and would suggest moving onto another window that is connected... instead of hopping all over the place! LOL

Another little tip... don't freak out by the lack of half a window on the outer edges... they sew just like the other windows, but only two sides!

I do use two needles in those ones... just to tell them who's boss! And always be wary of your window corners!! make sure your rolling your base fabric over enough to cover your insert square... or it will look weird. ;) Pretty soon... you'll end up with this... a completed cathedral window pillow front! Now wasn't that simple??? They do take some time... but they are a very dramatic result!!

If you're wanting a quilt... just keep going...

if you're wanting a pillow... simply trim off your extra insert fabric on the sides of the pillow's front and attach the back as you would on any of your other pillows!! Easy Peasy!!

I hope you find this a helpful tool and good luck to you on all your pillow or quilt adventures!!
XO, Heather

68 comments:

  1. It's so beautiful! Great tutorial...definitely bookmarking this one.

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  2. very good tutorial!! now i have another project on my to-do list!

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  3. Gorgeous pillow and a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. A fantastic tutorial Heather! The Cathedral Window is such a striking design, gorgeous.

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  5. I think I am in love....this is on my list of things to do next!

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  6. Gorgeous Heather! I think Kona Coal is my favourite solid, and I love the way it looks with Patty's fabric! I'll definitely be trying out your tutorial - you're awesome darling!

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  7. I love how easy you make these look. I have been admiring these blocks in blogland over the past several months, but haven't paid attention to the process. Very cool! especially with those fab color combos.

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  8. Hot dang! I think I actually understood that without you coming to my house and showing me! Thanks for all the photos. Could you 'quilt as you go if you put batting and backing behind and pinned it all together? Just wondering if you'd tried that yet. Love it!

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  9. this pillow is absolutely gorgeous

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  10. stunning. I've been wanting to try this forever! You make it look so easy....

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  11. easy peasy :)

    can't wait to get started, I too have been dreaming about cathedral windows for my next project

    thanks!

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  12. ok,you make this seem much simpler that it appears to be! I am bookmarking this, it looks like it would be fun!

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  13. Great post Heather! I love that you used the Kona Coal, makes for a very dramatic look..very modern! I'd like to try this now..

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  14. That is one awesome pillow! Great tutorial. You made it look so easy (for you) :)

    Okay -- I have been reading quilting blogs for awhile this evening, and my nineteen-year-old son has occasionally made a comment or two about the music. When I opened your blog, he immediately said, "Now there'e some blog music!" I think you have been the coolest music of his evening :)

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  15. Wow what a fantastic tutorial and a gorgeous pillow!

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  16. thank you for this! so helpful!

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  17. This is gorgeous, and such useful instructions. Its probably beyond my sewing skills but maybe i'll try one little window! thanks!

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  18. i just love the colour combo and it makes a fabulous pillow...excellent job!

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  19. thanks for the great tutorial, i always wondered how to do those..
    i still don´t get the part with making those bows (how do you get/make that curve?) but i will try and find it out!!
    thanks again, lovely pillow.
    claudia.

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  20. Thank you.....I'll. I love to the tutorial.

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  21. You make it look sooooooo easy!!! Okay, on my list!!

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  22. It's beautiful! It's just the thing to do this weekend as I recover from getting my wisdom teeth out! I may need to run out for some gray fabric, because that's awesome looking!

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  23. This looks incredible, Heather - I'm so in awe!

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  24. Beautiful! You have inspired me to cover two pillows I have at home a la cathedral (as long as I don't lose my nerve!).

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  25. LOVE the fabric choices! what a gorgeous pillow! looks like a lot of work though. phew! great job.

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  26. 've always wanted to try cathedral window . Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. Any ideas how to solve the edges for a lap quilt?

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  27. Oh these cathedral windows are my absolute favourite of all the stunning things you do. Just so visually impressive.

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  28. Oh wow! This is amazing! I have to try this asap, thanks for making a great tutorial!

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  29. I saw your lovely pillow on QD's site and had to come and see how it is done. I have read many directions for Cathedral window but never could follow enough to understand it. Many, many thanks for showing us how!

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  30. Please help me!

    I'm making a pillow as well and was wondering what size needle you used? Both of my machines ( a Brother 1500 and a Janome) are having trouble going through the fabrics in step one (and I'm not even at the "windows" part!!!) I tried up to a size 16 needle as that is the biggest one I have. Any tips or suggestions? I really don't want to hand sew!

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  31. Love your cathedral windows cushion. Wanting to try this on the weekend but I can't seem to find how much of the Kona coal fabric you purchased in total to complete the cushion. I don't think it is mentioned anywhere in the tuts. Could you help? Cheers, Irene Lowe, Melbourne, Australia

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  32. Your tutorial is great and the pillow turned out so nicely. As a matter of fact, I posted about it on my blog here: http://emsewandsew.blogspot.com/2010/03/following.html. I wondered if I could use the picture of your finished pillow in my post? I couldn't find a contact button, so I'm asking here. Feel free to delete this comment if it is too random. My e-mail is in my profile. Thanks!

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  33. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Your pillow is so pretty!

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  34. What a great tutorial. thank you! I'm putting it in my favorites and maybe I'll get brave enough to try it someday.

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  35. Beautiful Heather. I always stitch my windows by hand. You are making want to buy some Kona fabric. That gray is absolutely gorgeous.

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  36. I found your blog through a link on another blog and I am so thrilled to see this tutorial! I think I may actually even be able to follow it. I have wanted to make one of these for so long. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making the tutorial!

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  37. Great tutorial ! Thank you for sharing !

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  38. Wow..such a beautiful pillow. Thanks for sharing the tutorial..must try it out one day:)

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  39. It´s sooo beautiful, I love the fabric choice! Thank you so much for the tutorial ^_^

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  40. Okay, your tutorial made it look way too easy....I'm gonna make a pillow and overcome my fear of the "cathedral window!". Thanks for your lovely tute! Your pillow is absolutely beautiful!

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  41. Hi,

    this is the first time I visit your blog, and I have to admit , it is lovely, and you made the tutorial very easy to follow. Actually I always wondered how these Cathedral designs are done. Thanks to you I do not need to wonder any longer.
    Wonderful, absolutely smashing.

    Thank you.



    -Samya

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  42. It is easy-peasy! After reading your blog, I decided to make a pillow as a gift but first I made a practice one. It turned out stunning and is now gracing my living room. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

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  43. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! You make it look so simple and easy!

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  44. i am so excited ti try this!!!!!!! thanks!!!!!!!

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  45. Yo pensaba que eran más dificiles de hacer. ¡Gracias por el tutorial!

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  46. I have always wanted to give this a go but have been too scared!! (yes, yes, I know everyone says it's easy!!!) But hey... you've actually convinced me! Thanks so much! I think I have just the fabrics waiting too! :-)

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  47. So Im not sure I really understood this at all... especially the rolling part, but Im going to take some cheap Jo-anns solids and give it a try, just so I dont ruin my nice stuff :) Thanks for the great tutorial... hoping one day I will be able to follow it and make a comparably awesome pillow :)

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  48. I am very new to quilting, I usually don't stray to far from straight and easy seams, but I SO get this, YAY!! I have always wondered how they made this pattern and now, I not only know, but I GET IT too!!! :) Thank you for an awesome tutorial, great pics and instructions! I just love it and can't wait to try it!

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  49. Hallo - thank you for the great tutorial. It's so beautiful! I've found it by HS, I definitely bookmarking this one.

    Bye Gaby

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  50. What a great tutorial. I've mentioned this tutorial on my blog (http://angelaflicker.com/2011/03/making-a-house-a-home-sewing-tutorials/), and I've encouraged people to give it a try. Thanks for giving this out to people for free ;)

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  51. I will be trying this hopefully tomorrow! I keep your blog up just to hear the music *giggle* Thanks for the great tute!

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  52. Heather great tutorial - as always! I will definitly be giving this a go but was wondering about thw whole quilting part...because i would love to make a quilt...how do you quilt it once it's done? or do you do it as you go? it really has me a little stumped lol

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  53. O seu tutorial é super bem explicado...
    obrigada por compartilhar o seu conhecimento...
    Vou fazer!! Vou mesmo!!!
    depois te mostro....
    abraços de MF

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  54. Just finished a pillow top from your tutorial. Very easy to follow, thanks so much!

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  55. Great tutorial with a beautiful result! I'm thinking of trying this for a pillow or quilt.

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  56. I love the fabric in this pillow..other than the coal what is the names of the other fabric you used? Thank you

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  57. Laurie said I love the tutorial my daughter and I are making this pillow this weekend and also love the music

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  58. Love, love, love! Thanks for answering a few questions I had with your tutorial! As this pattern is my newest passion! You are awesome!

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  59. Thanks for this - I bought Modern Blocks 99 and attempted to make your block from the book but had to look you up and thank goodness you had a tutorial!! Looks amazing!

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  60. This is a beautiful quilting technique! I used it as the "daily craft" on our facebook page! Thanks!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brushes-and-Thread/231012056980834

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    using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?

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    1. Wow, this pillow is sooo beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial! I will definitily start one tommorow! <3

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  62. I love that you figured out how to eliminate all the hand sewing! I'm sure I will be making several.

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  63. Thanks so much for the tutorial...of the many out there this was the best I could find. However, for some reason my centers did not "meet" in the middle....any idea why? thanks!

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  64. I also love the way you finished the back of the pillow but as a noob I have NO idea how to do this...do you have a tutorial on that also?! LOL!

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