Thursday, October 29, 2009

I must be nuts

I think I may seriously have a mild case of ADD.
I started a new project yesterday.
I've always wanted to make a cathedral window quilt.
Yesterday I saw one online and suddenly HAD to try the technique. I could think of nothing else.
I couldn't find instructions on how to make the blocks using the traditional, hand-sewn method anywhere online.
I had to resort to a book. Gasp!
A new project
According to the book, for a twin sized quilt you need 572 background squares and 1100 colored squares.
I may be making a table runner.

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30 comments:

Diane said...

Wow... I get a twitch just thinking about all those squares. I look forwad to seeing your progress!

angela said...

It looks wonderful! I considered these for a mini, but even that many make me twitchy!

jacquie said...

i started one of these...i think they are beautiful. mine ended up as a pillow.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I've seen them done on blogs lately and had the itch to start one... then I remembered I couldn't be bothered lol I think a runner's a safe bet, otherwise you might start tearing your hair out!

amandajean said...

it would be AMAZING as a twin size quilt.

Terry said...

It looks great so far. I think I'd make a pillow cover! :0)

summersadie said...

There was just a tutorial on this over at The Sometimes Crafter...
http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-cathedral-window.html

simplehappyhome said...

There's a tutorial here: http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot.com/2007/08/cathedral-window-quilt-tutorial.html

I've had it bookmarked for well over a year. Have I started? Well, no. But if you finish yours, maybe I'll be inspired. :-)

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I started one of those years ago. I have 125 squares done. It is a nice crib quilt so far. . .
once in a while I pick it up and work some more. Most of those squares were done while waiting in a doctor's office or dentist office for my children's numerous appointments. It is a good pick-up-and-go project
~a

Kelly O. said...

iloved the last line "I may be making a tablerunner."
Ha! you cracked me right up!

I find quilting is sometimes like eating at a buffet, sometimes it all looks so good you put way too much on your plate! :)
Looks good!

CitricSugar said...

Best of luck with your table runner! I'm still a little too intimidated to try one of these... Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Jackie said...

It looks fantastic! Now you have me wanting to search for instructions. A table runner sounds like a good alternative.

Lizzie said...

Beautiful work, maybe you could do a tutorial!

Lizzie

Louise said...

My great grandmother made these almost obsessively. I have a couple of double-sided 15" pillows, and my mom has a pair of twin quilts and a few more pillows. I love them dearly (one of the pillows is in my living room right now), but they make my mother feel the loss of her grandmother all over again-- little bits of all the clothes her grandmother made for her over the years. I'd love to see them come back into fashion, though.

Robin said...

Not quilter's ADD... just a creative spirit! (That's what I keep telling myself anyway.) :P

I LOVE cathedral window quilts... there is just something about them that is so beautiful! Can't wait to see what you put together.

Carolyn said...

I started one too...mine did end as a tablerunner! I loved making it, maybe I should try again...

Adrienne said...

I'm thinking a table runner would be great! And enough for me if I were in your shoes!
~Adrienne~

MichelleB said...

Aren't they fabulous? I bought a whole BOOK on them because I think they're wonderful. But I have yet to start one.

Fiesta said...

stunning!

Itch2stitch.com said...

Looks fantastic... but is it difficult, it looks like it is! Suzie. x

Terriaw said...

I always thought these were cool looking quilts. I saw a new tutorial this week for one, but it looked quite complicated, which I didn't feel like dealing with. Here's the link to the one I saw- maybe it will help: http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-cathedral-window.html

Barbara said...

I love these quilts too but they do take a lot of fabric and a lot of time. I made mine into a small lap quilt or wall hanging. But I love it none the less.

jaybird said...

i support your table runner idea!!! so cute!

Shari said...

Most quilters have QADD - specific only to quilters who will step over 20 UFO's and WIP's to try a new technique - this will be stunning - and what's wrong with a book!!! They never break down or go off-line...

happy zombie said...

Is there an i-must-be-nuts support group? SIGN ME UP! I saw your pic in flickr, and I thought, "NO, don't tell me Anina's starting a CW - how will I be able to resist??!!"

And then I clicked "blogged"... and I knew it was over for me. So. Do they have coffee and cookies at the i-must-be-nuts support group.

elle said...

Oh, dear! I, too, have too many cookies on my plate. I don't have an urge to do this one but I may be at the next support group myself. Nice work, Anina
ellendacoop

UK lass in US said...

I'm going to look away and pretend that I didn't see the pretty picture, because it would take me bloomin' ages to make something like that and that's the last sort of thing that I should be considering...

Ok, I'm just going to have a quick look at the tutorials mentioned, but just a quick look, mind...

ktquilts said...

These are amazing quilts. There was one at our 4-H fair this year made by one of the Homemakers. I may have drooled... But every time I contemplate the directions, I get a nervous tic!!!! Well, that may be an exageration, but not by far. Can't wait to see yours, no matter what it turns out to be. I will try not to drool on my keyboard!!LOL!!!
Blessings,
KT

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha - a table runner would be about right for me too -- I love that block, but boy, are they labor intensive!

byneedleandthread said...

yes a table runner. good idea. i also have always wanted to try this.