7 of the best Cathedral Window quilts

Cathedral windows quilt

It’s official. We’re smitten. We’ve long been fans of the three-dimensional, curved beauty of Cathedral Window quilts, but now we’re stepping it up a notch. We’ve put together a free supplement that’s dedicated to mastering the art of Cathedral Windows (get it free with issue 18 of Today’s Quilter). So while we’re in the mood for a spot of curved piecing, here are 7 of our favourite Cathedral Window projects* to admire, covet, sew and treasure.

Shhhh! Confession  time – these aren’t all full-scale quilts: we’ve included a couple of smaller projects too for those of you who fancy giving it a go without committing to a whole quilt top!

1. Everlasting Cathedral Quilt

Designed by Lynne Edwards MBE

Lynne is one of our all-time favourite quilters and contributors. This design (pictured in full at the top of this post) pays homage to the traditional look of Cathedral Windows, while adding quiet calm through the white background. It’s one of five new projects that she shares in our issue 18 free supplement (did we mention it’s rather lovely?).

Everlasting Cathedral window quilt

2 Vintage sewing set

Designed by Laura Pritchard

If you fancy giving Cathedral Windows a go, but aren’t quite ready to piece-together a whole quilt top, we’ve got the perfect project to whet your appetite. Our Technical Editor Laura has put together a free step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make a Cathedral Window pincushion.


3 Chicopee Windows quilt

Designed by Jo Avery

We love taking classic techniques and giving them a contemporary update. So we’ve picked a Jo Avery design for the third in this pick of the projects. It was first published in issue 6 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Jo’s picked a rainbow of bold bright fabrics in modern prints to centre her Cathedral Windows and combined them with a fresh white backdrop to pull the design together and create colour-popping diamonds.

Jo Avery Cathedral Windows quilt

4. Fronds Cathedral Window Quilt

Designed by Lynne Edwards

We’ve picked another of Lynne’s quilts here, as we think it’s a great example of how you can make neutral tones really fly on a quilt. Lynne made this for an exhibition by The Quilters’ Guild in Halifax. “There was a size specification, so I reduced all the sizes of my folded squares and rectangles to make a more complex design in this smaller area,” she recalls. “I hardly ever use neutrals and earth colours, so this was a good chance to try it out and use up some of my fabrics that were sitting there looking sad and unloved. I used a real mix of fabrics and weights, including cottons and silks with a frame of linen that I textured with paint.”

Fronds Cathedral Window quilt

5. Labour of Love quilt

Designed by Jennifer Green

Working on a quilting magazine, we get to see a lot of quilts, but sadly a lot of them aren’t face to face. So it’s a treat to see a whole quilt-top filled with Cathedral Windows in the flesh. We got to do just that when we were browsing the Traditional Quilt gallery of this year’s Festival of Quilts. Jennifer Green used subtly variegating fabric tones to add another dimension to her Labour of Love quilt. It was one of our quilting highlights of last summer.

Labour of Love quilt

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6. Cathedrals cushion

Designed by Diary of a Quilt Maven

We stumbled upon this cushion entirely by chance while browsing Pinterest. The cushion itself is one of a couple of colour placement ideas that you can see over at diaryofaquiltmaven.blogspot.co.uk, alongside a handy tutorial for how to make a Faux Cathedral Windows Pin Cushion.

Cathedral Window Cushion by Quilt maven

7. The Mae Quilt

Nothing beats a heritage quilt, lovingly pieced by hand or machine, but we’re not fussy about where we find our quilt inspiration for our colour combinations. This shop-brought quilt is ‘technically’ a bit of a cheat, but we’re rounding up our Cathedral Windows collection with it just in case, for any reason, we haven’t convinced you into devoting your next month of evenings to Cathedral-Window-making yet).

Mayfair Mae quilt

The Mae Quilt is from Wayfair‘s Nostalgia Home range. You’ll get the look (though not the 3D effect), or if you’re set on making your own Cathedral Windows quilt, this one’s worth a look at to inspire you with its classic tones! It’s got a lovely country feel and we like the idea of adding a darker toning border to great effect to highlight the Cathedral Window circles pattern.

New Cathedral Window supplement

We can’t think of a better way to banish the January blues than by switching up your Cathedral Window skills and sewing up a fresh batch of three-dimensional blocks that wow this month! Discover Lynne Edwards’ fresh twist on this classic technique in our New Cathedral Window supplement, free with issue 18 of Today’s Quilter.