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Amanda Farquharson is a fine artist from Dundas, Ontario. Her work is cheerful, colourful, bright, and explores themes of nature, family, animals, and memory.

Hand Sewn Cathedral Windows Tutorial

Hand Sewn Cathedral Windows Tutorial

Such a blustery and snowy day is the perfect time to blog about my sunny and happy Cathedral Windows Quilt!

I've been working on this off and on for a couple months now. The going is slow because I decided to do it "the hard way". (Johanna teaches a much faster partly machine-sewn version of Cathedral Windows at Needlework, if you want to complete your quilt much faster than I am).

I used this Cathedral Windows Tutorial to get started, and it has everything you need to know but I found it a bit difficult to understand at first, the way they laid it out. Also, I am not sure that the initial 1/4" fold-over is totally necessary, in which case you could cut straight 9" squares to start and skip that step.

So here it is, redrawn in a way that is hopefully clearer!


So for each 9" block, you cut four 9" squares and four 2 1/2" squares. You fold in a quarter inch on each side of the square and press. 

Then you fold the corners to the middle, taking lots of care at this point to line things up well, because the smoother things look at this stage, the smoother your cathedral windows will be. 

Then take your new corners and fold them into the center again. Press SUPER well, you want this as flat and precise as possible.

Take a coordinating thread and tack the middle triangles down in the center (I use a little cross stitch, but you can do whatever works).

Make three more of those.

Sew the four together with a whip stitch across the back. 

Take your 2 1/2" squares (which are hopefully a super fun colour!) and pin them in the four center diamond "panes". Fold the edge of the pane over, on top of the colourful square, which should roll the edge in a nice arc. Sew each edge down using a slip stitch.

Then you just keep going and adding to this until you reach a size you like! Which will take FOREVER! Ha. But still, totally worth it I think. Plus it's nice to have something to occupy my time that isn't social media. 

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