How to apply the windows? Learn these cathedral window quilt applique techniques and finish your quilts by machine or by hand.
When you have the window frames ready it is time to apply the windows.
Cut the window fabric with the templates. Keep in mind that I prepare the templates a little larger than you might need, so try to trim if necessary. The window fabric should be 1/8 inch from the edge of the frame itself, as folding the edge of the frame requires a little space to shape the window.
Secure the windows within the frames with a pin and begin applying.
You can choose to do it by hand or by machine, depending on your choice of the effect you want to achieve.
You can also choose different stitches when securing the frames.
Start by folding the edge of the window frame over the window fabric in the first corner. Sew by stretching and shaping the frame to the other corner.
Now, fold the next frame and join the two margins in the corner, securing the joint with two or three stitches. Keep sewing until you reach a new corner and repeat the sequence until finished.
You can use an invisible stitch or sew with a backstitch over the frame fabric.
Sew by machine with a small zigzag stitch or sew on the frame with a backstitch as well.
The cathedral window video tutorial can help you to follow these instructions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAKAdiwsCQY).
Cathedral window quilt applique technique: applying the windows (hand-sewn)
Finish a section of the cathedral window base, cut the windows with the templates and place them over the frames. Secure them with a pin.
Start sewing in one of the corners of the window. Fold the frame over the window and sew.
Keep sewing until you get to the next corner. Work with the bias of the frame and stretch the fabric to get a great cathedral window shape. Fold the next frame, and secure the two borders with two tiny stitches. Follow these steps for each frame.
Stitches: use a top stitch and sew over the fold of the frame or use an invisible stitch that goes from the base to the border of the frame, like when you make applique work.
Cathedral window quilt applique technique: applying the windows (by machine)
Once the cathedral window base is done, cut the windows with the templates and place them over the frames. Secure them with a pin.
Place the work in a way that the needle starts in one of the corners of the window. Put the needle down. Fold the frame over the window and put the presser foot down. Start to sew moving the work so you can shape the frame correctly. Stop sewing when you get to the next corner. Put the needle down and lift the presser foot. Turn the work, fold the frame, and repeat the steps for each frame.
Stitches: use a top stitch and sew over the fold of the frame or use a tiny zigzag stitch that goes from the base to the border of the frame, like when you make applique work.
Quilting: quilt as you apply the windows preparing the sandwich before you start sewing the frames and follow the steps in the same way.
Cathedral window quilt finishings
You could add some embellishments too!