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Cathedral Window Pillow

 

Free project instructions to embroider a cathedral window pillow.

Free project instructions to embroider a cathedral window pillow.


The classic cathedral window quilting style is the perfect way to showcase a variety of beautiful embroidery designs. Fabric in a monochromatic color family mimic the changing fall leaves -- choose frosty shades and snowflakes for winter or greens with flowers for spring!
 


Project Needs & Notes

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18" x 18" pillow form
- 1 1/2 yards quilter's cotton for embroidered squares, border, and back
- Nine 10" x 10" pieces of print quilter's cotton (choose different prints)
- 30" x 30" piece of cotton batting (like the Warm & Natural brand)
- Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold's KK100)
- Air-erase pen
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
- Paper and pen

For this tutorial I used designs from the
Falling Colors (Redwork) Design Pack and Light and Lovely Leaves Design Pack. Choose designs that are 4" x 4" or smaller to fit inside the opening in the blocks.

This project was featured in the following:
Pillow Party Lookbook
Pillow Party Trunk Show 2 Video
 

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Begin by printing the pattern pieces. Click here to open a PDF file of  the patterns. 

The patterns print on two sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of paper.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Cut out the pattern pieces and tape them together according to the instructions printed on the patterns.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Pin the pattern piece on top of the quilter's cotton. Use an air-erase pen to trace the shape.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for positioning and placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you don't have software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program that can print templates.

Place the template in the center of the shape. Allow at least
2 1/2" of space in between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape.

Mark the center point of the design on the fabric, as well as the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.

S
pray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the back of the fabric. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Cut out the circle shape. Repeat  to make nine pieces for the blocks.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Next, assemble the circles.

Lay the batting flat and lay the printed quilter's cotton on top, right side facing up. Align the embroidered fabric on top of the print cotton, right side facing down.

Pin all the layers in place and cut around the shape.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

On a piece of paper, draw a
6 1/4" x 6 1/4" square. Cut out the square.

Place the layered fabric with the design positioned straight up and down. Place the paper square on top of the fabric with the corners aligned with the edges of the circle. 

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long the outer edge of the circle, mark 1" out from the bottom left corner of the square. Sew a 1/4" seam along the outer edges of the fabric leaving the space between the marks open for turning.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Turn the fabric right side out in between the fabric layers and press with an iron. The batting will end up in between the cotton fabric layers. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press. Next, using needle and thread, hand-sew the opening closed.

Repeat this process for each of the nine circle pieces.

Top-stitch a 1/4" seam around the entire shape.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Next, assemble the pillow front.

Arrange the pieces how you want them, three pieces per row.

Position the designs straight up and down.

Starting with the top row align the middle piece with the left piece, wrong sides together. Pin in place and measure and mark 1 1/4" in from the left side.

D
raw a vertical line at the mark and then sew a seam alone the line.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Lay the pieces flat with the right sides facing up, fold back the fabric, and press. Pin the folds in place and sew along the existing seams to tack them in place.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Next, flip the assembled pieces over, wrong side facing up. Align the right piece on top of the center piece, wrong sides together.

Pin in place, mark the left side, draw a vertical line at the mark, and sew a seam along the line just as you did earlier.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Press the folds and tack them in place. Repeat this process for the two remaining rows.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Align the center row on top of the top row, wrong sides together. Align the seams and the shapes. Pin in place. Then, measure and mark 1 1/4" in from the top center of each shape. Draw a line connecting the marks and sew a seam along the line. Press the folds and tack them in place. Add the bottom row to the middle row by repeating this process.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

Now that the front panel is complete, add the borders.

Cut four pieces of fabric to 20" x 2 1/4". Lay the front panel flat with the wrong side facing up.

Measure and mark 1" down (starting at the outer edges) at each seam. Place the border fabric on top of the front panel, wrong side up, at the top and bottom edges. Align the long edges of the fabric with the marks you just made. Pin in place. 

Flip the front panel over to the right side and mark the fabric for the seam just as you did earlier when preparing the three rows. Sew a seam along the line, press the folds, and tack the folds in place. Next, add the side borders just as you did at the top and bottom.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

To finish the corners of the borders, tuck the side borders under the top and bottom borders. Fold the bottom edges of the top and bottom borders over 1/2", press, and then sew a 1/8" seam along the folds.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

To prepare the back fabric, cut two pieces of fabric to 14" x 19 1/2". Fold one of the short ends in 1/2" and press. Fold the end in another 1/2" and press. Sew a 1/4" seam along the folded edges.

Lay the back fabric pieces on top of the front panel, right sides together, with the folded edges facing inward. Overlap the back pieces over one another, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edges of the fabric. 

Turn the fabric right side out in between the overlapped back pieces and insert the pillow form.

Free project instructions to make a quilted cathedral window pillow.

The fabric choices in this tutorial range from bright to light to give a gradient, or ombre effect. Pick your favorite coordinating fabrics to customize the pillow for your home.


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