The “Cathedral Windows”, sometimes called “Stained Glass”, quilt pattern has long been a classic favorite. There’s so many differing effects than be achieved with it. Since it’s just pieced and not quilted, it’s a good project for people who want to sit down with a few “windows” at a time.
We’d like to thank Jane Duncan Murray for sharing hers with our quilting community at 24 Blocks. She writes that it is just her second quilt! She made the basic white blocks on the 1954 Singer Featherweight that had belonged to her mother, then hand stitched the rest. So, for those of you who think that Cathedral Windows is too hard, we hope that Jane’s beautiful quilt will show you that it can be done. She’s going to do a Dear Jane next.
There are many online tutorials on how to do a Cathedral Windows, plus patterns/templates you can purchase. According to our reading, very early quilts in this pattern were made with the windows in sheer muslins so that the light could shine through. Batting was not used in them and the backing would also be a lightweight muslin. We at 24 Blocks have never seen one like that, but would love to! The pattern also makes for great creative bags, table runners, pillows and wall hangings.
Thank you, Jane, for inspiring us with your Cathedral Windows. It’s a nice thing in the morning!