Sunday, March 22, 2020

Victory! Nancy Cabot Cathedral Window Block Completed for Anders' Quilt

Ta-DONE!  I have not been this proud of finishing a single block in a long time, but this one was a bruiser.  It's a vintage block pattern called Cathedral Window, designed by Nancy Cabot and originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.  I foundation paper pieced as much of it as I could, and then there were SIXTEEN Y-seams of traditional piecing to assemble those FPP'd units into the finished block you see below.  The points are sharp, the block is flat, and it measures EXACTLY 20 1/2" square.  That makes me quite a happy camper.

20 Inch Vintage Cathedral Window Block Completed
This block is destined for my version of the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt, although this block is not one of the ones Moda chose -- it's one of several blocks that I swapped out to make my version more interesting (to me, anyway).  Here's what my version of this quilt will look like if I ever get it finished:

94 x 104 Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler for Anders
I cut the pieces out for this block months ago, then got distracted by other projects and the pieces got buried on my cutting table...  So it felt good to get the block sewn together rather than just shifting the pile of pieces somewhere else.

My Design Wall of Distraction
So as you can see on the overcrowded design wall, I've got four of the blocks done for Anders' sampler quilt now.  Per the Moda instructions, I am working my way from the largest blocks down to the smallest, so the five 15" blocks will be next.  But alas, this gets set aside again because now that my cutting table has been cleared off, I'm going back to my Spirit Song Birds in the Air top that you see on the left side of the design wall.  That one needs the backing seamed, the borders cut and sewn, and then it's getting loaded onto my longarm for quilting before anything else gets pieced!

Spirit Song Borders and Backing Fabric, Ready to Go
Piecing that vintage block for Anders' sampler quilt was actually one of my Tuesday To-Do items last week, but so were the borders, backing, and binding prep work for Spirit Song.  With my schedule completely cleared thanks to COVID-19, the odds are in my favor, don't you think?

Stay safe, everyone, and happy stitching!  I'm linking up with:

·       Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts  
·       Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

·       BOMs Away Katie Mae Quilts  


Vivian said...

Oh wow, that block is a beaut! A worthy addition to your building blocks and that very lovely wall of distraction. Better to be distracted by quilting than the news!

SJSM said...

It is good to see your progress. I truly like the designs and colors in Anders quilt.

Taxes are finished so I can SEW! Today face masks are being made for a surgeons office staff. She would like a dozen so my hope is to get a dozen done to deliver Tuesday. Believe it or not, there is now a shortage on ¼" elastic. I thinkthere is enough in my stash to churn those out. If not, tubes of binding will be made.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great block and I know you are glad to have it done

Jayne said...

Your design gorgeous!! Kudos to you for completing that beautiful block. All the 'Y' seams would be enough for me to pass on making it, but you totally nailed it!

AnnieO said...

Gorgeous job on the colors and piecing. Satisfaction well earned!

Susan said...

I’ve followed this block for the last few days and absolutely love it. The effort gone into it cannot be underestimated. And the colours are wonderful too!