I have began a project I shouldn't be working on just yet. I have a challenge quilt due by the end of the month, and I started on my 'Cathedral Window' quilt. Baaad me - shame on me. I just couldn't help myself. Our bedroom is in a sorta pumpkin spice color as well as antiqued bronze, and I am making it for our bed. This will give you a bit of an idea what it should look like.
The ladies in Baker are making one for next years raffle which inspired me. I love the hand work. Nothing like having a needle in hand. Most Cathedral Window quilts I have seen have either a white or unbleached muslin background fabric (of which it takes 25 yards.) With such a requirement, it is easy to understand why muslin is so popular for the background. I chose to use a dark for the background then have the 'windows' be vibrant. I am using several background fabrics all of which are a very dark brown/black. They start out as a 9.5 inch square.
That is actually pretty easy - other than the mass quantity needed. I am somewhere between half and two-thirds of the way with this step. I think I need about 10 more yards of background fabrics. Anybody considering making one of these, be advised: there is A LOT of ironing. Once all of the 9.5 inch squares cut, I fold them up using an iron to become a four inch square that looks like this.
I have 97 of the 396 needed that are completed to this stage. (that's 1/4 of the way:) I am stacking them so I can keep track of how many I have. I had to have some way of organizing them. Once I get them all ironed, I will have to stitch the 4 corners together - yesss, on all 396 of them. Actually, I am looking forward to that stage as it will mean the ironing is finished. Then I will get to ladder-stitch them together side-by-side to create the real background for the windows. I will probably do this in sections (as I was advised to do.) After that (we are so in future tense now) comes the making of the windows. I need 696 2.5 inch squares for the windows. I have about 3/4 of what I need for those.
I am using a variety of different prints for these as well - but all in the same color range. You notice I am using the 'make a pile' organization method for these:) I will be putting them in a basket here shortly as I don't want them to fray or scatter etc. while the background pieces are being finished.
They will look something like this. The 2.5 inch square is placed in each 'frame' and the edge is folded over to create a scallop shape and stitched in place. I can hardly wait! I have also learned that this is actually considered a coverlet because of the fact that it has no batting. I have a feeling that it will be plenty warm enough considering the fact that there will be 25 yards in background plus the windows over us.
Soooo, now I am off to work on the challenge piece - I really am making headway on it and am enjoying working on it. The UFO's are calling my name.
Until next time ~ Happy Stitches & Many Smiles.
I cant wait to see how this will look at the end!!! It looks fantastic already! :DReplyDelete
What size bed is this for?ReplyDelete
This is for a queen size bed - I now have 43 of the blocks done:)Delete
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