I haven't done much quilting, but I'm learning! Along with some machine piecing and quilting that I'm learning, I want to make a cathedral windows quilt. (I know, I know - not for beginners!) But I have some questions!
I made a cathedral windows pillow last year for my sister. Our mom had died recently, and I used fabrics from her sewing box for the windows. In general, it turned out well. The one thing that did NOT work well was the points/corners. Part of this was due, I'm sure, to my being new to quilting and not nearly precise enough. Part of it was also due to using a "shortcut" technique. In this technique, you don't totally sew together all the raw edges of the background squares, so when I started sewing in the windows, some of the points had raw edges showing where the curved edge is folded over. For the pillow, I fixed this by sewing buttons on each set of points, from my mom's button box. Don't want to do that on a quilt!!
So, one lesson learned. Sew the background blocks the traditional way (though I plan to sew them on the machine)and measure/square them exactly!
My other concern is strength. I know one of the posters on this board had a cathedral window quilt she'd made that fell apart the first time she washed it. I think it's Donna? Donna, could you please give me any info you can on where you think the sewing weaknesses were?
Anyone else have any ideas? I found with the pillow that sewing through all the layers rather than just the top when placing the windows was easier. I sort of think that will contribute strength, kind of like quilting the whole thing.
Other thoughts? Thanks in advance!!!