Cathedral Window Quilted Artwork

So awhile ago I was surfing the web and I came across this beautiful type of quilting called Cathedral Windows.  And it suddenly took hold of my mind and every other project HAD to be pushed aside so I could make something with the Cathedral Window tutorial.  Isn’t it just beautiful??

It’s called Cathedral Window because it’s supposed to emulate stained glass (you know, like in a cathedral.)  It’s an example to me of just how amazing sewing can be.  Can you believe this is even a technique?  I mean really, it’s just freaking awesome.

So I have to warn you, it is pretty time-intensive.  And since I was in a hurry to get it all done, I didn’t take pictures of the process.  But I followed this excellent tutorial for making Cathedral Windows, so please go visit there to get the full tutorial.  Since it took so long I knew that there wasn’t a prayer of me making anything bigger than this size and also it’s really not very cuddly.  I think this type of thing is mainly decorative, and makes GREAT artwork for a handmade nursery, which I’ve been working on for over a year now.  Sigh.

I saw a pillow done with this for the front of it and it was amazing. Maybe I’ll make one for Christmas this year. Maybe.

What do you think?  Do you like this type of quilting?

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  1. My grandmother actually taught me how to do this when I was about eight or 9 years old. She has recently started my daughter and I on making one. We have yet decided on colors and backing. I love your sampler. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful!

  3. My mother-in-law made one of these in king size – all by hand. My daughter has it now. It is beautiful!

  4. It is absolutely beautiful. Maybe one of these days I will have time to try it. 🙂

  5. Wow, it’s beautiful! You did a fantastic job! 🙂

  6. Really pretty! It seems even do-able in a hanging-art size too!

  7. Sheila Adams says:

    My Mom has made 2 queen-size quilts, and has another that has been “under construction” for too long! However, she hand quilts these. It took her approximately 1 year to do each one; again, total construction was hand-stitched. Mom’s inspiration was an 85-year-old woman in Houston TX who had made one. The purchase price was $1300.00. (This was about 20 years ago.) The Cathedral Window quilt is truly a beautiful work of art. And your choice of framing the piece you did was an excellent idea!


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