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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. mumasu
    mumasu says:

    I love your block, and after always quilting with pattern I am now getting into solids and think it would work really well in an "all solid" version. Maybe with varying shades.

  2. eholst
    eholst says:

    The colors of your quilt make me think of endless summer days, blowing bubbles, and brightly colored popsicles 🙂 Can you tell I'm ready for the sun to make another appearance in WI? Your block is just lovely!

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Ooh, yes, this really gives me the "envie" to try a little more. Wonder how you manage with your family around. I never seem to get started until late… ;o)
    Deborah (gurteens@gmail.com)

  4. Kits Corner
    Kits Corner says:

    I am always looking for new and unique blocks to try out, get away from the traditional ones and I really love this block, it will go to the top of my design wall of things to definitely try out.

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