It's finished!! I know I got a bit behind on posting each of my blocks in the Cathedral Window Sampler Quilt-along. You can see the detail on each individual block here in my flickr set. I love how this came out so much that I decided to take it to one of my favorite spots for a little photo shoot. I made this for my own living room, with fabrics from Fly a Kite and Outfoxed. I used Maureen Cracknell Handmade's quilt-as-you go method, so when the quilt along was over all I had to do was sew my blocks together.
I added a cathedral window block of my own, based around a little cathedral window I already had waiting in my stash for just the right project. Then I added two plain 12.5" squares of fabric to make a 3x4 quilt. And I even remembered to add a label.
The backing is from Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner. I had it in my stash, and it happened to go perfectly. I used the "self-binding" technique for the backing for the first time. Basically, I trimmed the backing to 1.5" larger than the quilt (after quilting the backing fabric to the rest of the quilt) and then folded the raw edge of the backing in to meet the raw edge of the front. Then I pressed the folded edge over the front and machine stitched all the way around. Voila! No hand sewing involved. In the whole quilt. Hooray for that!!
Here's a little better look at the quilting on the front...although the bright sunshine this morning makes some of it hard to see.
Perfect for a cold Alaskan morning at the beach! And since the sand is frozen, it didn't even get dirty.