Books on Monday – Cathedral Window Quilts

It’s the fourth Monday in April and time again for Books on Monday. This time we are looking at Cathedral Window Quilts: The Classic Folded Technique and a Wealth of Variations by Lynne Edwards. The link below is, of course, Amazon Affiliate links which will provide a bit of money to help support the blog, things like domain name purchase and hosting fees.

The first church quilt I participated in was a Cathedral Window quilt with Christmas fabrics as the centers. We made a twin sized quilt and then used leftover blocks to make two Christmas tree skirts, one of which I own. Here’s  a close-up of the center of the quilt:

Christmas Cathedral Windows. The first quilt (and two Christmas tree skirts) with which I had any involvement. – Version 2Cathedral Window quilts are very heavy and do not technically have three layers or quilting as we know it, but they are pretty.

My new favorite quilting magazine is Today’s Quilter, and I learned of this book through this magazine. I have long considered making a Cathedral Window quilt of my own, so, of course, I had to have this book.

It is more than worth the purchase price. The directions for making a Cathedral Window quilt are thorough and more easy to understand than many I have seen in the past. Lynne Edwards also includes directions for using a machine for some of the steps to speed up the process if you’re interested in that. She also includes directions for several variation blocks, which I am currently very excited by!

Her designed quilts are gorgeous and, in addition to directions on how to make them, she includes tips for designing your own quilts of this type. She uses batiks in many of her quilts as the background fabric, which I want to try, although I wonder about hand sewing through closely woven batiks. But you can bet I’m going to try it!

Here is what is included in this wonderful book:

  • Introduction
  • Fabrics for Cathedral Window
  • Equipment and Techniques
  • Part 1 Classic Cathedral Window – includes some rectangular versions
  • Part 2 Keep on Folding – other folded block techniques
  • Finishing Techniques
  • About the Author
  • Dedications
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

If you are interested in making Cathedral Window quilts, I highly recommend this book!

Quilt on!


3 thoughts on “Books on Monday – Cathedral Window Quilts

  1. Are you planning some smaller projects or a quilt or are you still in the wishing/planning/dreaming stage?

Comments are closed.