Cathedral windows quilts always looked quite difficult to me, but when I tried one I was amazed at how quickly the quilt came together.
In the quilted wall hanging in the photo I used a Celtic panel for the main section but then surrounded it with a border made of cathedral windows quilt blocks made in black.
As I wanted to use cathedral windows blocks for the border of this panel, I needed to have an 18" length of blocks. This could be made with four 4.1/2" blocks and that would mean four cathedral windows quilt blocks down two sides and six blocks going along the other two sides.
Press a 1/4" seam around the edge of the 9" square and fold the square in half along the diagonal. Press to get a fold on the diagonal and do the same with the other diagonal.
Fold the corners in towards the middle, creating another square.
Then fold these corners in to make yet another square. This is the basic cathedral windows quilt block.
To join two blocks, lay them with the smooth sides together and slipstitch along the edge catching both quilt blocks with your stitching.
To secure the glass fabric, roll back the edge of the square over the top of the glass fabric and slipstitch in place. This gives you the lovely curved look that makes cathedral windows quilt blocks so special.
The instructions in video:
I thought at first that this block was quite extravagant in terms of using a lot of fabric for a small quilt block, but of course the cathedral windows quilt block come complete with its own backing fabric so there is a big saving there.
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