This is a simple Cathedral Windows quilt tutorial that uses circles and is also Quilt As-You-Go! I really enjoyed making this quilt – it’s refreshing to make something different from your traditional patchwork quilt for a change. It comes together fast and beautifully! Simply prepare your circles and then sew them together, and no binding needed!
Please scroll down to see my tutorial, which is comprised of 7 steps: steps 1 through 6 are video tutorials, and the last step are photos.
This is my first time doing a video tutorial on my own, so forgive me if I drifted out of the frame for a few seconds here and there ;-p
Inspired by my love of vintage china and tea cups, my High Tea fabrics are a delicate, soft and romantic collection.
My High Tea collection has a total of 36 prints, so I decided to make this a 6×6 quilt (6 rows with 6 circles in each row). This size makes a great wall-hanging or baby quilt that measures approximately 37″x37″.
Here is how the back looks. I love the quilted petal pattern on the back that is easy to achieve by simply stitching the circle edges down on the front of the quilt. This is explained in the last step of my tutorial.
Materials for a 6×6 Quilt (measures approximately 37″x37″:
- Batting (use needle-punched batting by Warm Company): cut thirty-six (36) 10 inch batting squares
- 36 Fat Quarters (or Fat Eights) – Cut two 9″ circles from each (refer to my video in step 1)
- Coordinating thread, rotary cutter
- 9″ circle template (I used a paper plate)
Recommended, but optional:
- rotating cutting mat (refer to my video in step 1)
- Plastic gridded template by EZ Quilting (refer to my video in step 3)
Okay, let’s get started! I hope you enjoy my first ever video tutorial! 🙂
Step 1 – Cutting: cut thirty-six (36) 9″ batting circles, and seventy-two (72) 9″ fabric circles. Layer for quicker cutting. To quickly complete the cutting, I used a 9″ paper plate as a cutting template, a rotating cutting mat by Fiskars, and a 60mm rotary cutter. Watch my video to see how I did it!
Step 2 – Sew the Circles: Next, sew thirty-six (36) padded circles, or “pancakes” as I like to call them =) Make sure to cut a hole in the front!
Beautiful stack of “pancakes”! =)
Step 3 – Make a Square Template: Sew all 36 of your circles (or pancakes) as shown in step 2, above. Then, prepare a 6″ square template for marking your circles. My video shows how to account for any seam allowance discrepancies, so be sure to watch.
Step 4 – Properly Mark your Circles: First, arrange all 36 circles on the floor in a 6×6 formation (6 rows with 6 circles in each row). Make sure the holes (where you turned the circles right-side-out) are facing up. Then, watch my video below on how to properly mark the circles using the square template.
To recap, here are Three things to remember from my video (above) when using the square template to mark your circles:
- Mark the side of the circle that has the hole.
- Only mark the sides where you will be sewing and folding the edges. Or in other words, do not mark on the outer edges of your quilt where binding would be if this were a traditional quilt. If this sounds confusing, please watch the video for a better explanation.
- Hide the holes! When marking, keep in mind where the hole is to make sure it eventually gets hidden.
Step 5 – Sew each circle within each row together: Watch my video on how to pin and sew your circles within each row together.
Step 6 – Sew the Rows Together: Watch my video on how to assemble the rows. Make sure the intersections are sewn down.
Clarification: in my video above I said to make sure to “sew through all 4 layers at each intersection,” and then drifted out of the frame when trying to show it up-close, lol.” This was (obviously) my first go at a video tutorial! ;-p What I meant to say is to make sure to sew through both layers of the row at each intersection. Please see my photo below for clarification. Sorry for any confusion!
Step 7 – Top Stitch the Petals down: Iron the petals down so they are laying flat, then top stitch them down. I don’t have a video for this, but below are some up-close photos of how it looks after I stitched them down. I simply guided my walking foot along the edge of the petals to stitch them down, using a 3.5 stitch length. Depending on your sewing machine, you may want to use a walking foot for this part. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
I started with a corner circle and stitched all the petals within that circle down, then made my way to the next circle. In most cases, I was able to do continuous quilting from one circle to the next without having to end a stitch and lift my presser foot. However, whenever I came to a point where I couldn’t continuously quilt into the next circle, I simply ended that stitch with 2 back-stitches, lifted my presser foot, then re-positioned the quilt so I could continue stitching down the petals within each circle.
Here’s how the back will look:
I hope you enjoyed my first video tutorial, and my first quilt that I made using my own fabrics! =) If you make this, don’t forget to tag me on instagram! Seeing your projects makes the time spent doing this tutorial all worth it!