Cathedral window quilt variation by machine: three new patterns.

Are you looking for a different cathedral window quilt variation by machine? Here you’ll find three free patterns. Free PDF to download 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 allows us 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 the first cathedral window quilt variation by machine we can make with this method.

Cathedral window quilt variation by machine 1: Roses block.

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

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

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

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

Like a rosebud opening to the light, this cathedral window Roses block creates a great pattern, combining the traditional square window with rhomboid and triangular shapes. A stunning result that you must try!
With only three units you make one mini-block and then you place them together turning each mini-block 90 degrees to create the block.
Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each mini-block.

The units for the cathedral window Roses pattern

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. 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 FREE PDF 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 and units B construction.

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The block of the Roses pattern

Place the three units to make the block as in the scheme. Take unit A and unit B right and sew them together. Stop the stitch before finish and backstitch in point b.

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Make the same with the other unit B. Note that the center point remains open. Join and sew the margins of the two units B.

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Trim the seams. Press carefully.
Check all the points are neat. Make the other three mini-blocks like this one.
Place the four mini-blocks, rotating 90º each one.
Sew them together and press the seams open.

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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 for the cathedral window Roses 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.

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!

Cathedral window quilt variation by machine 2: Luminosa block.

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

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

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


You are going to work with only two units, one square and the other a rhombus shape to build the block.

Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each mini-block.

The first time I made this block I imagined a beautiful star radiating light. So I named it “Luminosa”, which means, bright, shining, in Spanish, my mother language.

The units for the cathedral window Luminosa 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. 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 FREE PDF 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 and units B construction.

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The block of the Luminosa pattern

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Place the units to make the block as in the scheme. Take one unit A and two units B and sew them together. Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each mini-block.
Make four of these mini-blocks and start to join them with the units A remaining, using the same technique.

Join two mini-blocks with one unit A and sew them. Make all the seams match. Sew the other mini-blocs. And the four together. Trim. 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.

The windows plan for the cathedral window Luminosa 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.

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!

Cathedral window quilt variation by machine 3: Star and crosses block.

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

When you combine four of these blocks, a beautiful star emerges surrounding by four crosses. You have to try this block and see it!!
It is very easy to do, but, like all the blocks in this method, you just have to be careful with the seams.

Check out the “Y-seams perfect” section, as you will be using this seam on each triangle.

The units for the cathedral window Star and Crosses 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. 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 FREE PDF 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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Unit A, unit B, and unit C construction.

The block of the Star and crosses pattern

Place the units to make the block as in the scheme. Take unit C and unit A right and sew them together. Stop the stitch before finish and backstitch in the central point.

Make the same with the other unit A. Note that the center point remains open. Check the “Y-seams perfect” section for further indications.
Now, join and sew the two units A. Make four mini-blocks in this way.
Take two mini-blocks and join them to the unit B, and sew them in the same way, leaving the center open.

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Place two half blocks together and sew. Make all the seams match. Sew. Trim and press well.
If you work with soft fabrics you can press the seams open, if the fabrics are thicker it is best to grade the seams and then press open.

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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 for the cathedral window Star and crosses pattern

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!

Do you want more cathedral window quilt variations by machine? Check these inspired by Dresden, Flying Geese, and Hexagon blocks!

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

God bless you!

Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

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