>Part 2: Cathedral Windows Quilt Tutorial

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cathedral windows quilt  tutorial

There are two traditional  places to add color to the traditional cathedral windows quilts. The first is shown above which is traditional. The second spot places colored fabric in the long white oval openings as seen in the photo above. But there is actually a third spot to add color which is the background that can be more than one color adding more variety to the blocks.

Quick Traditional method: Easiest
  1. cut 2 1/2 inch squares two for every piece of white fabric you have cut.
  2. place on space where two squares come together pin in place
  3. fold over edges pin in place
  4. sew with sewing machine
  5. repeat till done
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Optional Steps
I will start with the optional steps method then move on to traditional version 1 and version 2 and version 3.
This will place color inside the spaces that are white in the photo above. This of course is twice as much work if you do it the first way listed below. The second way is faster but not as thick or as warm of a quilt depends on your final goal. These steps that are optional are added to the traditional method not instead of it.
Optional steps if you want more color you can skip this step as I did in the above photo which will make your quilt go tons faster.
Traditional version 1 : Hardest to make
most work but a much warmer quilt (tons more work than traditional)
repeat steps 1-6 (from how to construct block)but in color and with a 6 1/2 inch square you will end up with a square that will fit under your flaps of your fabric ruffly 4 1/2 inch square. Stitch corners together by hand and stitch 1 or 2 stitches through the color fabric piece to tack it in place for now.
Traditional version 2: Medium
a little more work than traditional and a little warmer
cut 5 inch color squares of fabric also cut a 4 1/2 inch card stock template. Lay cardstock template over each color square and fold over the 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides and press in place pull out cardstock and repeat for every 5 inch color square
Traditional version 3: Easy
a tiny bit more work than the traditional and a little warmer
Just cut 4 1/2 inch squares the same number you cut of white squares and place below flaps. Stitch corners together by hand and stitch 1 or 2 stitches through the color fabric piece to tack it in place for now.

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Tutorial parts

Part 1 cathedral windows ( background)
Part 2 Cathedral windows ( color filler squares) this post

>Part 1: How to Make a yoyo Advent Calender

>This is the start of a continuing tutorial. This will show you how to make the wall hanging part of the calendar. Then, each day I will post how to make one or more ornaments to hang on the tree ’till I have 25. This way you can make it, too. (Above photo is after star, prior to buttons)

Supplies:

  • Green fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of green fabrics, I choose solid for the tree and variety for the ground) 42 green yoyos tree, 25 green yoyos ground = total 67 green yoyos
  • White fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of white fabrics) ( I used recycled 100% cotton, from my husband’s outgrown Sunday shirts, 2 of them) 86 white yoyos
  • Red fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of red fabrics, I used lots of varieties) 67 red yoyos
  • Brown fabric enough for 1 yoyo
  • Yellow fabric enough for 1 yoyo for star (I used the small clover flower maker to make my star)
  • Standard cd to use as template
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Thimble (if you use one)
  • Pencil, optional (for tracing around cd; I don’t do this, but some might)
  • Optional small clover flower maker to use in making the star. You can also just buy a star at a store and sew it on instead of making one.
  • 2- 4 cabone rings ( or other type of ring to use as a hanger)
  • Dowel or other straight item for strength when hanging
  • Bias tape
  • 67 buttons (I used mother-of-pearl, but you can use whatever you want)

Photo to upper right is what the back looks like.

Order of events:

  • Make round yoyos and yoyo star
  • Lay them out in the pattern (shown below in this post)
  • Stitch together in six format, not the 4
  • Add star at top of tree
  • Stitch a button on every green yoyo
  • Stitch on cabone rings (or other hanger item) on back of wall hanging on top row of yoyos; covered by bias tape
  • Stitch dowel (or other straight item) to top back of quilt to help prevent sagging from weight; covered by bias tape

There are 21 rows in this wall hanging.

  1. 11 red
  2. 1 red 8 white 1 red
  3. 1 red 4 white 1 green 4 white 1 red
  4. 1 red 3 white 2 green 3 white 1 red
  5. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  6. 1 red 3 white 2 green 3 white 1 red
  7. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  8. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  9. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  10. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  11. 1 red 2 white 5 green 2 white 1 red
  12. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  13. 1 red 2 white 5 green 2 white 1 red
  14. 1 red 1 white 6 green 1 white 1 red
  15. 1 red 4 white 1 brown 4 white 1 red
  16. 1 red 2 white 4 red 2 white 1 red
  17. 1 red 3 white 3 red 3 white 1 red
  18. 1 red 8 green 1 red
  19. 1 red 9 green 1 red
  20. 1 red 8 green 1 red
  21. 11 red

Stitch all yoyos together and hand stitch star at top of tree. You can do this same type of pattern with English paper pieced hexagons. If you want to use this other technique, go here; there is a tutorial.

Add front embellishments like the star and buttons now. The buttons are for holding the ornaments on the tree. They are also to hold the ornaments on the bottom ground area ’till they are moved up. There are more buttons on the tree than on the ground so you can have more of a choice where to place them.

Stitch two to four cabone rings (or other hanging devises — I used metal belt loops because that is what I had on hand) on top row for hanging purposes. Use four if you don’t use a dowel for strength and to keep quilt from sagging. Once stitched on, cover stitches with bias tape, too, just like the dowel.

Here is the link to make all the ornaments to add to this advent calendar.

DO NOT USE THIS PATTERN TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

Help me date and name this quilt block

front  help wanted :date  and name

Please help me I am trying to date this quilt block.  I inherited from my mother-in-law and she inherited it  from her parents but I don’t know where it came from before that.  I am trying to figure out the age of it to help me with it.  I am wanting to get it archival framed to help stop any more damage but I want to put a little plaque on it with the name of the block and ruffly it’s age so my children in time won’t have to guess like me all help is greatly desired and wanted in this quest.  Thank you now for any help you can give me.

front 2  help wanted :date  and namedetail front fabric  help wanted :date  and namedetail front and back fabric  help wanted :date  and name

Update it looks to be a sort of mariners compass like this one.  But would still like the fabric dated. I am thinking very early in the 1900 to about 1930 maybe as early as 1880’s  but I am not sure help is still greatly appreciated

>Update Japan quilts

>Chinese / Japanese New YearGo to the link below to get all the news on how this went.  When everything is done quilts and kits and binding I think the count was 78 quilts for Japan.  Thanks ladies and a few gentlemen for helping.
http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/2011/03/23/quilts-for-japan-the-recap/#comment-520
If you still want to help and didn’t get a chance go here there is still time and you don’t have to live near me to do it either.
http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/2011/03/18/call-for-quilts-for-japan/ 

These photos are from other bloggers that had been there that day.  My photos did not come out well.

My little niece helping out with the white flower head band and April’s Mom at the machine (April is the one that coordinated this  event) and my middle daughter the orange blurr. Photos from the blog of Tea Rose Home not my photos.

I straightened the quilts up so we could all get a good photo for our blogs well mine didn’t come out so these are from Gracious Rain‘s blog post.   Not my photo but it is my work in folding and straightening and a few of those are the ones I tied on too.

Another photo from tea rose home with me and my family in them.  That is me in the back in white with black gloves on for tieing for 8 hours.  My sister law in the black leather jacket next to me and another niece in the hat front right with another sister on law next to her in the black sweater.  I also have nephew the blue blurr next to the sister in law in the black sweater and my three daughter here at this time helping.  My husband came at the end to haul stuff to April’s vehicles.   It was a family thing for us.
Me and my husband and 3 daughters
3 sister in laws and 2 nieces and 2 nephews
12 Harbaughs that is one great family I have I love them so much

another blogger there diary of a quilter 

>49 patch block of GGH

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block from Great grandma harbaugh

Here is another block from Great Grandma Harbaugh.  I have a fan somewhere from her too that I will get around to framing still have not found it from the move a year ago but things are still in storage so that doesn’t bother me yet.  Except that I still have things in storage that bothers me a lot.  I love this block such vibrant colors.  It hangs above a set of French doors in my dinning area now for all to see when they walk into that room.  These squares are 1 by 1 inch.

blocks home above french windows

>Grandma Harbaugh’s yo-yos

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close up of yo-yos

kitchen entryWhen my husbands grandmother died she had some sewing supplies.  They have since been divided among my sister-laws who sew and myself.  In the the items I chose was a small bunch of yo-yos that had been made but not sewn to anything.  So I sewed them together and framed them today I just love them so sweet and it is nice to have something from grandma, especially yo-yos.

She had a few more (3 and 1) in two different sizes which I will frame some time in the future.  Those are kind of fun as the paper template is still with one cut out from a newspaper with the date and all.

This is the entry way from my front room into my kitchen I think it goes well with the embroidery that I got from my old neighbor.

On the top shelf is the rocking horse my children used when they where just tikes but they have since out grown it so now it is a decoration.  The doll house is “The Littles” from when I was a kid.  It is a pretty cool little doll house has cast metal furniture that functions meaning drop leaf tables actually work.  This is sort of where childhood gets remembered on that shelf.  I have a few more things to put up there but I have to find them first in storage still working on that.

close up of area

>Battle Creek Falls

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love the moss in this photo
river rushing bye

I am a leader in my church for the 8 year old girls.  We had a field trip today. Two adults 5 eight year olds and 5 teenagers/pre-teens.  I think fun was had by all here are a few photos of the day.

fall onesecond smaller fall
look Mae (MOM) a bug
near trail head
hi

balancing on rocks
Hi Mae ( pronounced my means mom)

can I get wet
looking at the falls
if I hold my tongue just right I won't fall
studying rocks
why the name

Afterward we (me and my kids) went to quilt fair but sadly no quilt show this year so I didn’t take many pictures in fact only one of a piece of a very old quilt but I liked the pattern a lot and want to make it someday.

pretty pattern on old quilt

Also this was the sign on the gas pump on my way up  the canyon to the waterfall.  I know I have a lot of typing errors and grammar issues on my blog and as such this just made me laugh and I had to get a snap shot of it.  As my family says if mom can find the mistake in the spelling and grammar it must be bad.

funny sign on gas pump

My day in a nut shell.

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