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Cathedral Square Quilt

Cathedral Square quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour. I’m thrilled to have a block in Volume 5 of this special issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Cathedral Square block

My block is #469, “Cathedral Square.” (The inspiration for the name of this block comes from one of my favorite areas of downtown Milwaukee.) Yes, you will have to piece some flying geese in order to make this block. But yes, these flying geese are worth it! At least, I think so.

Cathedral Square quilt

One of my favorite things about this block is that small tweaks can make it look like a completely new design. For example, staggering the blocks gives the layout an unexpected zig-zaggy movement. In fact, I loved this layout so much that I decided I had to make an entire quilt to show it off.

Cathedral Square quilt

My quilt features 20 Cathedral Square blocks (two of them are cut in half) and measures 48″ by 60″. That’s 160 flying geese units, in case you were wondering. : ) I used Flea Market Fancy, Farmdale, and other fun vintage-modern prints.

And check out some of the other tweaks you can use to make this block your own. Here it is with print squares in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with corner squares

With half-square triangles in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with HSTs

With the blocks set on point:

Cathedral Square quilt - blocks on point

Yep, I could show you design options all day long. : ) But I won’t, because here’s where I give away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 5. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Any old comment is fine—although if you already have special plans for the Cathedral Square block, or a particular fabric line in mind for it, I would love to hear about it. I’ll draw a random winner on Monday morning.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

And in the meantime, be sure to visit Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, for lots more prizes and a list of all the designers participating in the Volume 5 blog hop (everybody’s giving away a copy of the magazine, so there are lots of chances to win this amazing block resource!) Thanks for visiting!

This giveaway is now CLOSED.

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  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    I had to Google Cathedral Square in Milwaukee just to see where your inspiration came from cause that's what I do. 🙂 Love the design of your block and the quilt is gorgeous.

    DEAN FAMILY says:

    Oh wow this is such an amazing block! I can't wait to try it out and play around with different layouts, now just to choose some fabric.


  3. Kira
    Kira says:

    People are so talented. I think coloring is the most important and fundamental way to sell a block. I need a color theory course.

  4. Eden
    Eden says:

    Oh yes, I see many possibilities for this block, thanks for sharing some of them. I would love to pick a color scheme for the block and pull random fabrics for each block in that scheme to give it a scrappy yet coherent look. And it would look great in luminous jewel tones on black… Like a cathedral window.

  5. Rachell
    Rachell says:

    oh so pretty! a modern take on a traditional-style block! Just my style! I love the zig-zag layout, too, and it's wonderful in a whole quilt.
    And I don't mind doing flying geese: the no-waste kind with one large square and four small squares. I love the easy (yet precise sewing and cutting required) way to get four units at once!
    Thanks so much and congrats!

  6. Nancy Sue
    Nancy Sue says:

    Congrats on the success of your block!! It is gorgeous in the quilt!! Thank you for showing different layouts! I think I'd like to play with this pattern in Christmas fabrics and see what happens 🙂

  7. Jana
    Jana says:

    I like this block! I love the setting with half square triangles. I need to make a quilt for my niece as she is goint to the hospital even she is only 2 years old. Unfortunatelly.

  8. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Ooooh, I love this block! I think it would look great with a scrappy assortment of cheery fabrics. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  9. Shayla Sharp
    Shayla Sharp says:

    I wasn't going to buy vol 5–I was going to be good and stick to my don't buy more patterns to sit on the shelf plan, but this block alone is so worth it, there goes my resolve. Oh well, lol.

  10. Shirley V.
    Shirley V. says:

    What a gorgeous block! I have several projects on the go, and there are so many interesting blocks I'd still like to do someday, so I am contemplating incorporating several ideas into a sampler quilt. I think your block done as a row of miniatures, to border one or two sides of an applique block would be REALLY sweet. I would LOVE to win this issue.

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I am bleesed with 4 men in my life. A few years ago i maded a quilt with my second eldest son, Jack. We cut, we laughted, we sewed and we laughted.
    At the end of our time together Jack had a beautiful quilt he will cherrish forever. Me, i got some of the most precious memories, that i will cherries for my life time. I think this quilting book i might be able to do the same with my 9yr old son. Thanks Tanya

  12. Linda
    Linda says:

    What a pretty, modern rendition of a traditional block. Love your layout options too. As always, you have beautiful stuff, Lee. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  13. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I looked at the magazine today at B&N. They didn't do you justice. Seeing your block and layouts made me think I need to take a second look. Really a well designed block.

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