Cathedral Quilts

Over the weekend I somehow came across a flickr group called, Cathedral Window Quilts. The panes of color showcase vintage fabrics that make drool with delight. As I read though the comments I began to get discouraged. Many of these quilts took years to make. How hard could it be? I tend to find projects that are bit to complex for my skill level. Check out a tutorial I found online showing you how to make Cathedral windows. For my first quilt I should probably choose something easier?

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  1. Hi, I am dong research for a blog post on a ceramic bowl I made with the pattern Cathedral Window Pane loosely adapted to my bowl and came across your blog and you mentioned the Flickr group, thanks so much. These quilts are lovely. Do try quilting, it is so much fun. I started out making baby quilts because they were small and I could finish them quickly and gain confidence to do larger ones. You could start out with squares and then move on to triangles and the harder types to piece, they are all beautiful.


  2. Thanks so much for linking to my tutorial!

    Don't be discouraged – with some focus and determination, you can have a decent lap quilt made from this pattern in a much shorter time! Plus the benefit of this pattern is that it's different to normal quilts – once you've pieced all the blocks together, the quilt is done – it doesn't require batting and backing like other quilts do.

    Good luck – I hope you do decide to make one!

    Leah xx


  3. They look awesome! I've never made a quilt before and i would like to learn. I'll check out that group.


  4. I say go for it – quilting blocks is a repetitive action, so you can improve as you go. Plus, it's always more fun to work on something you are totally enamored of.


  5. holy crow, these are fantastic! I'm going to have to check out that group. I've never made a quilt, but I've been dreaming of making the rainbow circle quilt from Purl. I love Laura's idea of doing it on a smaller scale. I'd hang mine up on the wall if I ever handmade a quilt (to show it off!)


  6. My first quilt was a log cabin. The actual sewing of the quilt top takes very little time, after cutting out the pieces. I had a king size professionally machine quilted, and it costs about 300.00 – but the quilt is beautiful. Log cabins are very easy to start with and you can do some great things in designing the colors of them.