Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: block 3

Ack, I missed posting block 2.  It was a super-cool design by Bree that has lots of motion.  I stuck with using fabrics from my "to experiment with" fabric pile, and came up with a very flowy block.
It reminds me of fall, which is just about over in my neck of the woods.

Block 3 instructions were posted on Monday, and I had a lightbulb moment.  This block is so fun and modern looking.  It made me switch from my experimental stash to my "saving for just the right project" stash.  I have a combination of fabrics from Outfoxed and Fly a Kite that I wanted to use for a lap-ish sized quilt for my living room, and this block is a great way to showcase the fun prints!

I loved making Block 3, because it was quite a challenge to get it all together correctly.  The directions were very clear, though.  I did have a couple of slip-ups that could have been prevented with a little more pre-planning.  I cut the focus pieces oriented as squares, and then had to go back and re-cut them as diamonds. I also didn't think about the darker frame fabric showing through the lighter focus fabrics when the block was complete.  I left that as-is, but I'll be sure to think about that if I make another.  My only real issue with the finished block is that the areas containing the focus pieces are a bit stiff due to the iron-on adhesive I used.  It may have been heavier-weight than what was called for in the directions, but I just used what I had on hand.  Oops.  Next time, I might just try basting the focus fabric squared onto the frame fabric instead.

I think I'll go back and re-do blocks 1 and 2 in these fabrics so I can use them all together.  I am really loving the completely modern spin on the traditional cathedral window pattern!


  1. Your fussy cut pieces look great! I probably would have made the same mistake you did the first time as well. I can't wait to see the first two blocks after you redo them, I already really likes your block 2. :)

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  3. Christy, these blocks look great! I'm so glad you enjoyed my block, too. You are right. I should go back and specify that when fussy cutting the squares for the windows the should be diamond oriented. Thank you for the feedback. I can't wait to see your final quilt. :)


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