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What is the traditional method?
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Date: 2/12/13 9:00 PM

Hello!

I have finished the top of my log cabin quilt and now moving on to a new project which will be the cathedral window!!

I have been watching youtube and googling for instructions. I tried a piece which requires to miter the corner of the squares - hand pieced everything. I haven't tried the sewing machine method. My question is, what is the traditional method? Since I am enjoying handpiecing the windows, I might as well go that route. In the traditional cathedral window, do they sew all the layers together when the little square piece is attached? or just the square and the window?

Thanks in advance!!


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Date: 2/12/13 9:34 PM

I'm not sure what your specific question is but I have a cathedral window that my grandmother made and it is all hand done?

Editted to add: I don't know when the quilt was made.
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Date: 2/12/13 9:57 PM

Was the frame, the tiny square, and back of the fabric stitched through all those layers? or was it just the frame and tiny square(window)


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Date: 2/12/13 10:08 PM

I believe that traditionally a large piece of muslin was folded until it was a smaller square onto which one placed the colored piece of fabric, and then the top piece of muslin, which was in four pieces, were folded back and the whole thing slip-stitched by hand into place. These finished pieces are then joined together.

It seems to me that it is described by Rose Wilder Lane in her book "American Needlework," but I could be wrong.

This is called a quilt, but there is no quilting involved as the muslin is too thick for nice, small hand stitches.

I have always thought it would be lovely to have one of these quilts.

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Date: 2/12/13 10:13 PM

I googled Cathedral Window quilt tutorial and found many sites but here is one. This one appears to use machine stitching to hold the window open.Cathedral Window Block Tutorial
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Date: 2/13/13 9:04 AM

The hand stitched cathedral windows I'm familiar with uses just two pieces of fabric per block. You fold and whip stitch a larger square of muslin so that the raw edges are enclosed and then fold and stitch it around a smaller square of colored fabric.

There are instructions for making the blocks and yardages for various sized quilts in "Leisure Arts Presents Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns". You don't layer the blocks with batting or backing because the folded muslin provides the weight to the quilt. I bought the book at Joanne's but it should be available from multiple sources. It includes 101 "all time favorites".

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Date: 2/13/13 11:52 AM

Great tips!! Thank you everyone!! Heading over to Joann to get the book!! I tried the sewing machine method last night - although it was faster, I didn't like the results..

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