Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cathedral Pillow Present

I finally tried my hand at making a Cathedral Window Pillow. I've wanted to make my mom something for a long time and with Christmas right around the corner it was the best time to do it. I followed along with this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop by Angela Nash of My Three Sons. The only thing I didn't do was the binding. To be honest I've never done binding before and I didn't want to add to my stress level of getting this pillow done. (The first two pictures are from my phone.)

As you can see from the picture above I went with the "Lake View" pillow.

The hardest part and most time consuming is all the folding of the fabric. Since this was my first try at making such a time consuming project on such short notice my corners certainly are not as precise as they should be.

I looked all over Flickr to see what I could do about all the corners of the blocks. Some corners looked pretty good (not perfect) and some I could see right through to the other side of the piece which wasn't good. I thought of making yo-yo's, using regular buttons, folding fabric (again) to cover all those points but making fabric covered buttons won out.
There are nine fabric covered buttons (another craft I have never done) and half way through making them I changed colors. I was going to make them dark blue but that just took away from all the work that I had done. I didn't want anyone to look at the pillow and only see the buttons so white won out. Since I only bought what I needed taking the ones apart that I had already done was quite a challenge. 
I love this pillow! I should have taken a picture with my mom and the pillow but of course I didn't think of it then. I will definitely be making this pillow again and conquering my fear of binding!
In other exciting news our Christmas was fantastic. I was surprised with a Silhouette Cameo from my husband and I can't wait to start being creative with it.
Hope everyone has the healthiest of New Year's! We're celebrating with neighbors and I'm looking forward to saying good-by to 2012!
Have a Great Day!



Needled Mom said...

I think it looks wonderful and I love the buttons. The colors are gorgeous. I did a pillow a few years ago in a QAL and it is still one of my favorites. Someday I would like to make a whole quilt in Cathedral Windows.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just love this pillow. It would look wonderful in my house......grin.

Celtic Thistle said...

Your pillow is just lovely Judy! Your mum must have been thrilled with it.

I treated myself to a Big Shot die-cutter so shall be watching what you do with the Cameo with interest :)

Have a great New Year.

Mama Pea said...

I have not yet done a cathedral window, but I did do secret garden, which is a variation on it. I LOVE this pillow! I think your buttons are fantastic and add such a nice design element. Wow. I would love to receive this!

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