I’ve been so curious about cathedral windows since I first heard of them from Jill. It seemed like a very complicated fabric origami process that I couldn’t quite wrap my head around. In situations like these, it’s best to call in an expert. Lucky for us, Johanna is not only a quilting whiz, but she also has an uncanny knack for cracking open complicated patchwork and devising a clever and simplified solution. (see – English Paper Piecing & Double Wedding Ring Quilt)
At the first Cathedral Windows class, an eager group of quilters gathered round the table to learn Johanna’s wonderful new method for this sculptural patchwork. It does not disappoint. This method is quick, easy and saves loads of fabric too. I wanted to make a cathedral windows pillow to go with the new quilt I’m working on. The quilt will have lots of greys and purples. I chose to use the Moda Crossweaves as my background fabric. It has more texture than a plain solid and I love the soft feel of it. I had a really hard time choosing my ‘feature fabrics’ to go in the middle of the windows. I wanted to make them all different, but in the end went with some Liberty of London scraps from a coat I made a few years ago and a plum tonal print. I left the squares in the outer perimeter without feature fabrics and I really like the way that looks.
For my next cathedral windows project, I’d like to add some to a piece of clothing!
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Much better than my first experience…
I absolutely love this!! I wish I could take this class!
Oh my gosh – Love it! I’ve been meaning to try this for a while.
Perhaps in my new dedicated sewing room in our NEW house! (we got our keys yesterday!)
Oh, it’s absolutely beautiful Karyn! You did such a lovely job and I love the colours!
my mouth is wide open. this is just stunning. i just googled a tutorial since by looking at your pictures i have NO clue how this was made and now i’m sure it would drive me nuts. i’m not that patient 🙂 too many steps. no… actually i have to try this. you motivated me now. thank you! your choice of fabric is fabulous, too!
I love your cathedral windows especially your background fabric.
I too have a cathedral on my blog.
super beautiful! are the liberty scraps from the famous winter coat?
Holy crap I love that!
you look so great karyn 🙂
i love the top. and the wearer is just as gorgeous!
Absolutely perfect, Karyn! And so clever using your ‘cathedral’ squares the way you did. I’m still … ahem …working on mine. But it’s coming along, I swear.
That pillow looks awesome! I can’t make it to the Cathedral Window class in the Summer because we are away – will it be offered again in the Fall?
Beautiful! I’ve seen other tutorials and thought it was a waste of fabric, so I never bothered to try out this quilt block. When I read this yesterday, I was sad I missed the last class. Then the new class schedule came out… guess which class I signed up for?
Yay, Cathedral Windows! (and the pocket class)
Now to rummage the stash to find the perfect fabrics!
I love this so much!!
What a fabulous cushion. I love the cathedral windows…..stitching and fabric.
this is totally beautiful! i have some quilt encyclopedias that feature this technique but i’ve never seen it look so good. very inspiring karyn!
I admire every time your creations! Frankly speeking you make me changed my mind about patchwork( which seems to me before little old fashioned and boring!)
Each of your works, clothes or patch projects, the colors and fabrics you use ,make me dreaming!they’re stunning! Great job and such nicely finished!
Thank you so much!I wish to live in Canada, to take classes in your Working Room!!!
Ps.( Sorry for my English, still learning;-))
Wow, Karyn!!!! Stunning! I’ve been away from the workroom far too long. Hopefully I’ll see you soon!
c’est magnifique !
It’s beautiful! Lovely fabric choices!
oh, it’s fantastic! Such beautiful colors and stitching!
Your stitches are invisible! what type of stitch do you use when sewing these? I really want to try and make of of these quilts!
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Absolutely love the colours – gorgeous.
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