Thursday, September 02, 2010

Cathedral Windows ~ My Way


I've decided to post my process for making cathedral windows, step by step, as I do it.
I'm not gonna call it a quilt-a-long, for a couple of reasons
  • I don't think I'm quite cool enough to host a quilt-a-long
  • the posts won't be regular, more like when I have time to work on the project
  • I have no idea how to make a "button"
That being said, please ask questions if something is unclear!!

On to the project.

I'm in this totally awesome All About Christmas Swap, it's blind, meaning no one knows who's making pretties for them.  I have decided to make a runner/hanging and a couple of pillows for my partner, all using cathedral windows.  I have a vague notion of what the finished products will look like, but I'm totally going to go with the flow.

I'm starting with the runner. Here's the basic plan.

Here's the fabrics I've decided to use.

option one

For the runner, we need a background fabric and some window squares.

My background will be white.
We need about 2 1/2 yards.
We'll also need about 20 4" squares for the windows.

I know that seems like a lot of background fabric, but remember, there's no batting or backing in this runner.

Since my life requires me to be able to drop a project at a moments notice, I tend to do each step in such a way that it is easy to put away, even mid-step.

Like right now.  I need to go remind my kiddos that sharing is a good thing.


  1. Hey Kristin, I'm really interested to see how to do this! My mom has a quilt like this that's quite old, and I've always wondered about it.

    And if you ever need a button, I'll be glad to make it for you.

  2. Thanks and I'll keep watching as I love these but just looking at them it seems so complicated!!