May 31, 2011

Modular Cathedral: single window block


Here's the first variation I'm trying on the modular cathedral window. This is a 9 inch finished block. To make it, you need:
-four 5 inch squares for the background.
-four white 4 inch squares for the curves.
-one square for the center that measures 4 and 3/4 inches (not shown, oops!)


Start by pressing the four white squares in half along the diagonal. Then lay one folded square in the corner of each background square.

 
Use a dab of glue or a glue stick to secure each corner of the folded white squares.


Arrange the blocks and sew together with a 1/4" seam allowance. (Midstream fabric change!)

Lay the center square in the middle of the block. Use a dab of glue to secure each corner.



Fold down each curve and pin. Starting at one corner, stitch along the curve edge slowly.


As you approach the end of one curve, raise the presser foot and coax the next curve underneath it. Lower the foot, stitch to the end of the curve and continue directly on to the next curve.


When I finished this block I realized you can hear angels singing when you see it all completed.

21 comments:

Linda said...

Awesome! Thanks.

Cheryll said...

I'll give this method a try... looks easy enough.. so thanks for sharing! :)

Leila said...

What an amazing technique! Thanks for sharing!

Sue Daurio said...

that is great. I am going to have try this one!!

Suzanne said...

Somehow you make me think I can do this. I must give it a try after I finish the project I'm working on.

Leah Day said...

I've always wanted to make a cathedral window quilt. It seems a bit crazy to use 40 inches of fabric to make one 9 inch block, but it is one of the coolest blocks you can possibly make, so it's worth it!

Thanks for the tutorial - this looks super easy!

Leah

Patchwork and Play said...

This...is...amazing!!! Thank you for generously sharing your talent! Just hope I am skilled enough to achieve the perfect finish!

Ann Marie said...

i like this way better than the original way of folding and folding. this is a better way to do a whole quilt top!

Char said...

I like it. Lots of possibilities.

Jill said...

You make it sound do-able, almost easy.... hmm, maybe I'll give it a try! Thanks!

MariQuilts said...

Very cool.

Paula said...

What an inspiration you developed! Thanks for the great pics and your tutorial. Never thought a cathedral window could look so easy.
Thanks!

kelley said...

Wow, that is fabulous! Is there a lot of bulk at that middle seam where the four points come together?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wonderful tutorial thankyou...love the block...

Christina said...

Thanks everyone! Kelley, there is a lot of bulk there but it lays flat enough. The machine groaned a little sewing over that middle bit. I wouldn't quilt over it!

grandmarockton said...

love it may give a try!

cross stitch kits said...

very creative and impressive!

They call me Neenee said...

great job!! Glad i found your site! I can't wait to try this. I have a cathedral quilt that my granny made 30+ yr ago. Hers is hand stitched. this looks much easier :)

Septiembre said...

Muchas gracias, siguiendo este estupendo tutorial he realizado mi primer bloque de falsa catedral.
Feliz 2.012.
Mavi.

Leah said...

Just found this tutorial again... I love it. Thanks!

I am Just One Mom said...

Thank you for sharing this brilliant technique! Now I know that the Cathedral Window on my "want to make" list will move to the "Done" list.
So excited!

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