Cathedral window quilt pattern variation: PDF and video tutorial.

Are you looking for cathedral window quilt pattern variation? Here you’ll find three inspired by Dresden, Flying Geese, and Hexagon block. Free PDF pattern and video tutorial for each one! Give it a try!

As you probably know there are many ways to make Cathedral window quilts.

You have the classic fold and sew method, in which you cut the squares and fold them twice to make an envelope unit. Mostly hand sewn.

The 3D cathedral window or the ten minutes block that allow as to sew all by machine.

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. I call it “Fold and sew” because you only have to fold the frames and sew them together.

Let’s take a look at three cathedral window quilt pattern variation we can make with this method.

Fold and sew cathedral window quilt pattern variation: Hexies block.

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

To make this project you will use the “Fold and sew” method, hexies version.

This means that you will cut pieces of fabric and then make the units.

Every unit has a base and two folded pieces placed over.

Each unit forms a side of the window frame.

Now, you are going to learn one of the most versatile ways to do “cathedral window” projects. With only one unit you can build different and new cathedral window quilt pattern variation!

Small triangular windows, making stars.

This block is the simplest of all: you only need one unit and that’s it!
In other words, you arrange them to form a hexagon and then join the hexagons until you achieve the size you want for your project.
Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each block.

The units

To make the units, you are going to work with the templates. In the section “Templates: Fold and sew units” you will find a detailed explanation about how to use them. For now, I want you to get an idea of how to make each unit.

You have a template with the name “Base” and two others with the names W1 and W2. The base template is the one indicated for the bottom of the unit and the two W templates will be used to cut those parts of the unit that are folded and placed over the base piece.

Follow the link to the cathedral window FREE PDF pattern: https://gum.co/qnKGe and you can print the templates for the units and the windows.

Cut the pieces according to the templates.
Fold the fabric of the frames (W1 and W2) and press well.
Be careful with the bias of the fabric.
Place the two folded pieces over the base fabric.
Sew the three pieces together at a 1/4 inch

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Place three units making a hexagon. Take two units and sew them together. Stop the stitch before finish and backstitch.

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Make the same with the other unit. Note that the center point remains open.

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Join and sew the margins left. Trim the seams and press well. Join and sew the hexagon blocks using the same technique until you complete the project.

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Make the necessary units to build the blocks for your project.

The windows

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Well, you have finished the base of your project!
Now, cut a piece of fabric the same size as the base. Place it over the table. Place the base of your work over this fabric.
Cut the windows with the templates and place them over the frames. Secure them with a pin through all layers of fabric. Work by sections if you feel more comfortable. And you can add batting between the base and the backing fabric and quilt your work while applying the windows, too.

Sew the windows by machine or by hand. Roll the border of the frame over the window fabric and sew, corner to corner until
you’re done. Check the “Applying the windows” section for a step by step instructions.

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It is important to note that with this cathedral window quilt pattern variation you can choose the color of each piece of the unit.
This will give you more freedom when doing your projects.
Also, you can work comfortably with the application of the windows and exceed the limit presented by the flower units that we saw in the “Fold and press squares” Flower units section. You don’t have to secure the base to 1/4-inch and the window frames can close properly.

Watch the Cathedral window tutorial so you can learn how to make this block and use it to create a great project!

Fold and sew cathedral window quilt pattern variation: Dresden block.

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

To make this project you will use the “Fold and sew” method, Dresden version.

This means that you will cut pieces of fabric and then make the units.

Every unit has a base and two folded pieces placed over.

Each unit forms a side of the window frame.

In this tutorial you will learn to build a cathedral window dresden block, a version of the well-known pattern in a cathedral window version.

The units for the cathedral window Dresden pattern

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To make the units, you are going to work with the templates. If you look closely you will see that each one has several indications. In the section “Templates: Fold and sew units” you will find a detailed explanation about how to use them. Check it out!

You have a template with the name “Base” and two others with the names W1 and W2. The base template is the one indicated for the bottom of the unit and the two W templates will be used to cut those parts of the unit that are folded and placed over the base piece.

Follow the link to the FREE PDF  https://gum.co/LkDCn and you can print the templates for the units and the windows.

Cut the pieces according to the templates.
Fold the fabric of the frames (W1 and W2) and press well.
Be careful with the bias of the fabric.
Place the two folded pieces over the base fabric.
Sew the three pieces together at a 1/4 inch

Unit A

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Unit C

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Unit B (left and right)

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The block construction

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Joining the units as shown in the diagram we will make a sector of the circumference. After that, with these sectors together, you will get a circular design, perfect for creating cushions and centerpieces.
First, join and sew the units C together and press the seams open.
Similarly, join and sew unit A with units B. As you see, you have a Y-seam to make. So, take unit B and sew to unit A leaving point c open (take a look at the scheme above). Make the same with the other unit B. After that, join the two units B margins, and sew them, leaving point c open. Check the “Y-seams perfect” and you will find step by step instructions.

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Join units C and B. Sew and press the seams open.

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Make the blocks you need for your project. In the case that you want to make a complete circle, you should make ten sectors. It is important to be neat in the center of the circumference. If at any time the base is not flat, it means that we have to adjust the seams in the center to achieve it.

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The windows plan for cathedral window Dresden pattern

When you finish the base of your project is the time of the windows!

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Get a piece of fabric the same size as the base. Place it over the table and the base of your work over this fabric.


Cut the windows with the templates and put them over the frames. Secure them with a pin through all layers of fabric. Also, you can add batting between the base and the backing fabric and quilt your work while applying the windows.

Sew the windows by machine or by hand. Roll the border of the frame over the window fabric and sew, corner to corner until you’re done. Be careful in the center, the frames will overlap a little. Check the “Applying the windows” section for a step by step instructions.

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Remember: you can choose the color of each piece of every unit. So be creative and enjoy the freedom of this cathedral window quilt pattern variation!

Above all, watch the Cathedral window video tutorial so you can learn how to make this block and use it to create a great project!

Fold and sew cathedral window quilt pattern variation: Flying Geese block.

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

To make this project you will use the “Fold and sew” method, the Flying Geese version.

So, this means that you will cut pieces of fabric and then make the units.

Every unit has a base and two folded pieces placed over it and each unit forms a side of the window frame.

Whenever I see a nice block I want to transform it into a cathedral window quilt pattern variation!
It couldn’t be otherwise with the “Flying Geese” block, of course.
It is very easy to do, but, like all the blocks in this method, you just have to be careful with the seams.
With only three units you make each triangle and then you put them together to create the block.
Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each triangle.

The units for the cathedral window Flying Geese pattern

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To make the units, you are going to work with the templates. If you look closely you will see that each one has several indications. In the section “Templates: Fold and sew units” you will find a detailed explanation about how to use them.

You have a template with the name “Base” and two others with the names W1 and W2. The base template is the one indicated for the bottom of the unit and the two W templates will be used to cut those parts of the unit that are folded and placed over the base piece.

Follow the link to the FREE PDF  https://gum.co/nOwQk and you can print the templates for the units and the windows.

Cut the pieces according to the templates.
Fold the fabric of the frames (W1 and W2) and press well.
Be careful with the bias of the fabric.
Place the two folded pieces over the base fabric.
Sew the three pieces together at a 1/4 inch

Unit A, unit B and unit C construction.

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The block of the Flying Geese pattern

Join and sew unit C with units A and B.
Take unit A and sew from point 3 to point 1 and backstitch leaving point 1 open.

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Make the same with the unit B. Now, sew from point 1 to point 2 and leave point 1 open.
Trim the seams. Press well in the direction of the arrows. Check all the points are neat. Make four mini-blocks like this one.

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Place two mini- blocks together. Make all the seams match. Sew the two mini blocs. Take care at this point, and make it neat 😉 Trim and press well.

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When you work with soft and fine fabrics you can press the seams open; if the fabrics are thicker it is convenient to grade the seams and then press open.
Make the same with all the blocks until you finish the base of your project.
You can choose the color of each piece of every unit. Don’t you love it?!

The windows plan

When you finish the base of your project is the time of the windows!


Get a piece of fabric the same size as the base. Place it over the table and the base of your work over this fabric.


Cut the windows with the templates and put them over the frames. Secure them with a pin through all layers of fabric. Also, you can add batting between the base and the backing fabric and quilt your work while applying the windows.

Sew the windows by machine or by hand. Roll the border of the frame over the window fabric and sew, corner to corner until you’re done. Be careful in the center, the frames will overlap a little. Check the “Applying the windows” section for a step by step instructions.

Above all, watch the Cathedral window video tutorial so you can learn how to make this block and use it to create a great project!

Thanks for spending your time in my blog!! Time and attention are very precious gifts.

God bless you!

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

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