Cathedral Window Quilt Course
In this free cathedral window quilt course, you will find all you need to learn the different methods to make cathedral window quilts. Inspiration, techniques, useful tools, video tutorials, printable patterns, and tips. I know you will check “cathedral window” as done on your “to do” list.
This workbook is aimed at all those people who always wanted to make cathedral window projects, asking themselves how they could achieve the characteristic and elegant forms of this technique and perhaps also how they could change these shapes. From traditional techniques to the most daring developments, you can explore and learn the bases to face any project with confidence.
You will find inspiration, techniques, useful tools, and tips. I know you will check “cathedral window” as done on your “to do” list.
To take advantage of this workbook, it is good that you read the following indications.
Units: they are the smallest parts of the project but independent of each other. To make these units you will need the templates, with which you will cut the fabric neatly. Get the patterns at the end of each tutorial. I will leave you a link to a complete video tutorial where you can follow the process step by step.
Practice with muslin until you feel comfortable with the technique and then start with the project. I understand that it is a bit difficult to get started with muslin when we have all the enthusiasm to finish our project NOW.
In my experience, I have achieved excellent results on the second or third try when I work with a new block. My advice: start with muslin and build a block. Then you will understand more easily how to make it. And I’m sure you will end up very pleased with the results.
Blocks: with the units, you will make the blocks of the work joining and sewing everything.
Base: is the work surface where the windows begin to form.
Windows: indications to place each window, templates for cutting the fabric, and application tips.
In the end, you will find the “Useful tools” section. It is like a little manual with tips and techniques so you can make your projects in an easy and fun way.
I’m Victoria and I love cathedral window. I hope you too!
I started working with Cathedral Window in 2014 and I realized that there were several ways to do it. I study and practice the different methods to do cathedral window and, sometimes I make my way.
The first cathedral window books.
I found the books of Lynne Edwards; she explains the traditional way to make cathedral window. She uses the traditional technique that folds the fabric to make the “envelope square unit” and teaches how to make rectangular and triangular units. Lynne Edwards also proposes unusual kinds of fabrics to make the projects. She inspires and delights us with her beautiful quilts. (Through the Window & Beyond: New Designs for Cathedral Window, 1995. Cathedral Window Quilts: The Classic Folded Technique and a Wealth of Variations, 2008).
The books of Shelly Swanland allow us to make the cathedral window projects completely by machine. Her quilts are wonderful! (Machine-Stitched Cathedral Windows: Updating an Old Favorite-1999; Machine-
Stitched Cathedral Stars-2001). There are many variations of her technique: the “10 minutes block” by Suzanne Mc Neil. Or the beautiful work of Vendulka Battais. (Cathedral Windows NEW VIEWS).
The easy and fun way.
There is another method, popularized by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company that is easy and fun. In my work, I explore this method in deep, most of all its variations.
Together, all these ways of doing cathedral window offer us a variety of designs that I want to explore and share with you as I try them.
Some techniques are more challenging than others, sometimes we feel overwhelmed by a new thing to learn. Sometimes we are so busy that we cannot concentrate on the time required to learn. And we left projects undone or on our “to make” list. Usually, I feel this way, so I try to make things step by step trying to finish each part of the project and not all the projects at one time. I make the tutorials having this in mind so you can achieve your goals.
And ENJOY doing it!!
Fold and press
This is the traditional method to make cathedral window. Cut a square of fabric and press the seam allowance to the center. Fold and press the corners to the center and sew. Fold the new corners to the center, press, and sew. Two units make a window frame.
All machine sewn
Make a grid of fabric squares, then insert the fabric frame between the squares. Sew. Make the same with the other side. You can apply the windows by machine and quilt.
Fold and sew units
To make one side of the window frame we work with three pieces of fabric: the base and two folded pieces that form the side of a frame. Sew all the units and apply the windows by machine or by hand. You can quilt at the same time you apply the windows.
Which one is the best?
Mostly I use the first and the third method because they’re more simple and effective. But when I want a wide area of my work quilted, I prefer to use the second method.
I have prepared a workbook to have at hand all the indications of each block that you are going to learn, with its corresponding templates.
The workbook contains the same information that you will find here, but if you are interested in having a printed copy, or downloading it as an Ebook or PDF, you can do it here: https://thewindowway.com/cathedralwindowquiltpatterns-books/
This workbook does not contain project tutorials. It offers tutorials, videos, and templates for building blocks with which you can make your cathedral window projects.
Cathedral window quilt course - Fold and press units:
This is the traditional method to make Cathedral Window and you can learn it in this cathedral window quilt course.
Cut the fabric and press the seam allowance to the center. Fold and press the corners to the center and sew. Fold the new corners to the center, press, and sew. Two units make a window frame.
Cathedral window quilt course - Fold and sew units:
To make one side of the cathedral window frame we work with three pieces of fabric: the base and two folded pieces placed over this base. This forms the side of a window frame.
For all the next blocks the steps are the same:
Cut the pieces with the templates and put together the corresponding base and folded pieces (W1 and W2) for each unit.
Join the three pieces and sew.
Sew all the units together and the window frames will appear.
Apply the windows by machine or by hand. You can quilt at the same time you apply the windows.