a simple, easy and fun way of folding fabrics known as “CATHEDRAL WINDOWS” (in its less known and fascinating rectangular shaped variant),
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our quilts in Verona in the prestigious Spring 2019 Verona Tessile quilt show organized by Ad Maiora quilt association. The quilt project is open to all quilters and textile lovers!
HOW TO START:
The project consists of cathedral windows distributed in rows of seven windows each according to the diagram below.
Once you have printed one or more copies of the diagram, I suggest to cut out the columns. You can arrange them in infinite ways. Look at the lines of the diagonals of each rectangular. By interchanging the columns you can see that these lines suggest different “dilated” and “compressed ” spaces. Choose the combination that you like and take note of the sequence.
NOTE: you may want to add the same column more then once, or you may want to take out another one. You can add or take out any columns you wish.
Per le finestre
Important Note: measures for the squares below include the seam allowance.
SQUARE WINDOWS SIDE MEASURES (including 1/4 of an inch)
H3 , H6, A3, A6 cm 30,2
I1, I5, E1, E5 cm 16
B7 cm 23
D2, D4 cm 37,5
If you plan to sew by machine the square windows you can do so in the same way that it is explained in the video finestre2 for the rectangular windows so you can skip the video below.
HOW TO MAKE THE SQUARE WINDOWS
PATTERNS FOR RECTANGULAR WINDOWS:
Instructions for printing out the patterns:
- Download the patterns;
- Print the patterns (make sure you select “actual size”);
- Once printed the red dashed line should measure exactly the length indicated in the box;
- Enlarge your printout by 300% (you will need a professional photocopy shop)
Instructions for cutting out the fabrics:
- the patterns below do not include seam allowance: please add a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance after having enlarged the pattern by 300%.
HOW TO MAKE RECTANGULAR WINDOWS
After having stiched together the seven windows of each column, we proceed to stich together the columns according to our choice.
HOW TO SEW TOGETHER THE WINDOWS
After having sewn together all of the rows and columns, we are ready to start the creative part of our project: the addition of many small pieces of fabrics that will create the actual windows.
HOW TO APPLIQUE THE WINDOWS
Tips for choosing fabrics: cottons are best because of the size and of the construction techniques of our cathedral windows. The pieces of fabrics appliqued on top, which will be our windows, may be a showcase for using any kind of “unconventional fabric”, such as synthetics, photocopy transfer on fabric, silks and anything else that your imagination suggests.
Tips for ideas: check out the open group “Finestre Migranti” on Facebook!
- For the construction of the windows I would suggest that you skip the video for the square
cathedral windows because you can sew them by machine just as the rectangular shaped units.
- the measures for the square windows DO include the 1/4 inch seam allowance;
- Be sure that the printed patterns have the same measures as specified in each pattern.
- you will need to ADD the 1/4 inch seam allowance to the patterns for the rectangular shapes AFTER they have been enlarged to 300% when cutting on fabrics.
- as the shapes are not perfectly symmetric… please avoid folding the pattern in half when you position it on the fabric..
REGARDING TO THE MEASURES FOR EACH QUILT:
each panel/quilt is about 35 inches tall since each column is made of seven window units sewn together.
(for example A1+A2+A3+A4+A5+A6+A7)
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Q: Can I change the disposition of the columns?
A: Yes for example you can decide for A5+A3+A1 +A2 + A4 +A7 +A6
of course any permutation will remain the same for all of the remaining columns.
2) Q: How long should the quilt be?
A: As much as you want from a minimum of 60 inches.
The length depends on the number of columns you sew together.
Please keep in mind that you can REPEAT, ADD, DELETE how many columns you want.
(for example I know of a quilt panel that is made only of A columns joined together to better obtain a round shape)
I am making a quilt panel 177 inches long.