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    Cathedral Window

    Hello everyone.
    I am in the process of working on a cathedral window. I have made several pillows and two lap quilts out of the cathedral window. All from different size squares. It is a pleasant way for me to sit and do some hand stitching when I sit with my folks or watch an evening of tv with my hubs. One thing I am curious about is this:

    I use the method of folding the blocks in half, sew the short sides and the middle. When I turn the squares right side out, sometimes the seams pucker. Does anyone know why? Many thanks.

    Blondie
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    #2
    Re: Cathedral Window

    Hi Blondie! It has been years since I did a cathedral window square but I remember how relaxing the hand sewing was. This is just a shot in the dark but could your blocks not be cut exactly right or could your stitches be too tight? I bet they are beautiful just the same!
    patti
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      #3
      Re: Cathedral Window

      Hi Patti
      thanks for the response. I don't think it is the stitches and the blocks are all uniform. I was wondering if cutting on the bias or selvage makes a difference?

      I was taught this many years ago by my granny but she did the old way of folding and folding. I always make them "work", LOL, but this is a very minor annoyance.

      And yes, they are very relaxing to do and always seem to impress everyone. I am SOOOO not a great quilter, just enjoy the busy work.
      Sewing mends the soul.
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      Do the math; count your blessings
      Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

      http://pinterest.com/vintageprims/boards/ Unless we are creating we are not fully alive
      ~ Madeleine L'Engle

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        #4
        Re: Cathedral Window

        Wish I could help but cannot.

        A few years ago I learned how to make the background block from scratch. Then, I learned how to make them fast using the sewing machine. I prefer the first way. I did get a few sample squares done. Always wanted to make a larger, bed size quilt.

        I need to quit procrastinating and get with the program, get those background blocks made so they are ready for me to add the colors.

        Can you post a photo of yours? I love looking at them!

        Hugs,
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          #5
          Re: Cathedral Window

          I will be glad to post when I get the chance to snap a few pics.

          I am thinking maybe it has to do with the bias / straight of the grain thing. I am not a genius and this stuff always confuses me.
          Sewing mends the soul.
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          Do the math; count your blessings
          Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

          http://pinterest.com/vintageprims/boards/ Unless we are creating we are not fully alive
          ~ Madeleine L'Engle

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