I just got home from my family quilt retreat last night. Four days of laughing, sewing, sharing, eating, and very little sleep. We do this every year, and it was even the subject of my last book, Stitched Together. Twenty Eight of us met at a cabin from all over the country to spend this weekend together. Here's a glimpse of the mess we made. (And the fun we had!)
my blog in the coming days. (I still need to unpack and get organized, but I will be posting more soon.) So I am home just in time to post this for you. Since it is fresh in my mind from retreat, I am going to share a project we did together. My sister Susan made the sample, a pillow made with cathedral windows blocks. Isn't it so cute?
We'll make the window panes first. On Susan's pillow above, the window panes are in the green fabric. In the following photos, I used a different fabric (which happens to be the one she used for the "stained glass" so don't get confused.)
First, cut nine 14.5" squares from your window pane fabric. Cut a template from poster board 13" square. Center the template on the wrong side of your fabric square. Use a hot steam iron to press the corners up over the template, and each long edge as well.
Remove the template.
Fold and press all nine of your fabric squares that way. (Stack them up so you can enjoy how cute they are together. I added this step because that is about all I got done!)
Appli-Glue to baste them to the window panes. In the following photo, I left some off so you can see where to place them on the panes. The stained glass squares will hang off the edge on the outside windows. We will trim those later.
(Note that I have no pictures showing the next few steps, because that is as far as I got! My machine is still in the car, so you will have to trust me on this.)
Measure your pillow top and cut a pillow back the same size. Place the pillow front and back right sides together and stitch around leaving an opening to stuff. Turn out to the right sides. You can use a pillow form or loose stuffing. Fill your pillow and hand stitch the opening closed. Add buttons for embellishment if you want.
My daughter-in-law Erin did a smaller version. Here is her finished block:
Another sister, Judy made her cathedral window pillow out of silks. It is absolutely beautiful. I will post a photo of it on my blog as soon as I get one. If you use silk, make sure you use a lightweight fusible interfacing to make the silks easier to handle.
I would like to give away a prize to a few lucky readers of this post. I will randomly choose a few winners to send a copy of my book, Stitched Together, my Appli-Glue, and my newest notion, Poke-A-Dots.
my blog. If you haven't heard of Poke-A-Dots, they just came out and will be showing up in quilt shops soon. They are a sticky little thimble dot that you stick to your pushing finger for hand sewing, like bindings and buttons, etc. Learn more about them here.
(If you don't happen to be a winner, you can purchase all of these items on my website, along with all of my patterns and kits.)
I hope you have a fun time making a cathedral window pillow, or maybe even a whole quilt!
Happy Quilting-- I hope to see you on my blog!