June 17, 2011

Modular cathedral: Sweet garden block


This week's modular cathedral is my favorite so far!

With borders, it finishes at 11 inches. Without, it finishes at 9 inches. While we're on the subject, if you sew these you should use an extra scant 1/4" seam because you lose more than the usual length in the fold-over with all those layers.

Ingredients: twelve 5 inch squares, and some 1.5 inch strips for the borders. Set aside the background squares and press your top squares in half along the diagonal.


Arrange into four modules of backing squares topped by two folded squares. Glue down the corners of the folded triangles (within the seam allowances only!) and sew together.


The extra technique this time is using a zig zag stitch with the stitch length set to 0, taking several stitches to secure your two triangles together. I did this at 2.5 inches from each outer corner. You could vary the position.





Fold back, pin and topstitch. If you start at the center, you can stitch figure 8 style though each module and end up back at the center to go on to the next module.


I'm delighting myself with this little project, and like how it's going. It is just my speed to make a block a week. Sometimes it's all I get done but that's ok!


I wish I took better pictures. But I really like the way these are looking together!

15 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Your blocks are wonderful!! Your photos are fine but if it doesn't sound rude, could I suggest you 'enhance' them? It is a feature that I use and it often brightens my photos to make them clearer.

MareMare said...

Wow, you are getting so creative with these! They look great together!

Manda said...

Wow that block is fabulous!

patriciaarra said...

Tus bloques son muy creativos y nuevos para mi,gracias por enseñarlos ys er tan generosa.Voy a hacerlos en cuanto termine un quilt que empece para mi hijo .
Gracias nuevamente Patricia

Suzanne said...

You keep improving your skills and your technique! Way to go!

Quiltjane said...

They are looking fabulous. I have being trying with different irregular shapes. I can hardly wait to see what you do next.

regina said...

magnifique !!!!!!!!!
merci pour le partage
amitiés de Régina

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I am thoroughly enjoying seeing your variations on these and do love how they look all put together. Thank you also for sharing how you are making them.

Jackie said...

I think this is my favorite variation of a cathedral window that I've ever seen!

Connie said...

These are stunning. Well done!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I just LOVE this block! I cannot wait to make some! Thanks again for the how too

Kay Lynne said...

Your blocks look great!

Wendy said...

I am in love with this block! Thank you for allowing us to follow along with your journey....I really enjoy seeing each new way you do the cathedral window block.....such inspiration....

Anonymous said...

Okie dokie artichokie, I'm hooked! Just ordered about 200 solids charm packs from Connecting Threads and now you have showed me what I need to do with them!! THANKYOU!! Love your blocks :o) Amie in Tn.

Anonymous said...

I love your creative usage of the cathedral windows! I did it once for a pair of 12 by 12 cushions and it turned out good. I attached a yo-yo in the middle to give it some extra details.

Love your work!

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