Cathedral Window Quilt Using the Circle Magic Ruler


Hi, itís Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Weíve got a really fun tutorial for you today. When I first started in quilting
one of the things that drew me to quilting was the beautiful Cathedral Window quilt.
I fell in love with that! It was amazing, and I asked this gal who was doing it, how
to do it, and as she explained it to me I thought boy never in my lifetime could I ever
do that! Well then, recently somebody showed me how
to do it that is quick and easy. So, Iím really excited to show you about that today.
This is what youíre going to be able to do. Weíre going to be able to make a quilt that
looks like this. So it has the Cathedral Window look and you can do it in a fraction of the
time. So let me show you how to do that. Iím going to set this over here, so, you can keep
drooling while youíre watching. So, the way Iím going to do this is Iím
going to use this circle magic ruler. If youíve got one great, if you donít you can pick
one up at the shop, or if youíre really creative you can use the circle cut ruler that we have,
because what youíre doing is making circles. So, let me show you how to do that. This is what the ruler looks like right here,
and the markings on it are significant. Youíre going to lay your ruler, and I did it on top
of two pieces of a Layer Cake, you could probably use more if youíre careful, and the regular
rotary cutter works. You just follow around the edge of the circle, and weíre just going
to cut all the way around here. Let me make sure Iím getting this up. Weíre going to
turn it a little bit. There we go, weíre all clear on that corner.
Letís turn it a little more. This is the problem us leftyís have. Weíre one directional
cutters. Alright, let me get that little piece right there. OK, so now weíve cleared that off. Now right
here youíre going to notice on this ruler it has these little holes in it and youíre
going to want to mark these holes with your pencil. You can use any pencil this is all
going to be on the inside. So, weíre going to mark these points on here. Just like that.
And then weíre going to go in and weíre going to sew ºî all around the outside of
this circle to enclose it and make it a pocket. So, letís go to the sewing machine and do
that. OK, so what weíve done now is weíve sewn
ºî all the way around the outside edge. Our right sides were together. So, this has
completely enclosed this now. This is a completely closed up circle, and so weíre going to go
back here, and I donít know if you can see on this ruler right here, but where we made
the first two dots it says, ìSlit here to turn.î So, weíve got our two dots that we made in
those little holes right here. Show you again, and then what weíre going to do is you have
to pull the fabric apart because youíre just going to slit on one layer, and youíre going
to make this slit on your top layer or the layer you want to be in the middle of your
fabric. So, Iím going to make a little tiny cut here. Got to not get that other fabric.
This is the part where you have to be really careful. Letís see, pull that other piece
out. OK so I made a little V, and now Iím just going to cut straight across like this.
And then, what youíre going to do, youíre going to use this to turn it. So now weíre going to turn it. You donít
really need to clip it because itís all an outside curve. Weíre going to push that through,
and then what I like to do is I like to take the, well you can use your Purple Thang, or
your pencil, or if you have a good finger nail, and just run it along that seam on the
inside there to push that out. So when you go to iron it itíll just make it easy and
flat because youíve already kind of opened up that seam. So, then what weíll do is,
weíll head over to the iron, and weíre just going to iron this flat and make us a nice
even circle. So, let me go iron that. One of the things I do when I iron this is
I kind of roll that seam back and forth with my fingers to make sure that it all comes
out to the front edge. A lot of times you can get a little fold in there, and that wonít
be good for this particular pattern. So, I just kind of roll it, make sure the seam is
out to the front, and press right along that edge. So, you want a nice clean circle, and
I think weíve got that. So, now that we have our circle all ironed,
weíre going to lay our ruler back on the top and weíre going to make it get that circle
as close on that line as we can. This part has to be marked on the front. So, weíre
going to take our pencil and mark it on the front in these four holes right here. So,
we have the four holes marked, and then what weíre going to do is weíre going to watch
these marks but weíre going to take a ruler. So, once youíve marked your dots, what you
want to do is take a straight edge ruler and youíre going to draw a line from dot to dot. So, here we go, weíre drawing our line here.
And what youíre making is a square inside this, and these will be your sew lines. So,
line up our dots, there we go, draw a line. Hereís our dot, there we go. OK, so what
youíre going to do is, youíre going to do this on all of them. Now for mine I used a
Dream On Layer Cake but you could use any cake this would be darling in anything and
for my back piece, of course, we love the Bella Solids that are already cut, so, theyíre
real easy and quick. So, now that you have your circle ironed,
youíve put your dots on, and drawn your line, the next thing weíre going to do is start
making long rows of these. S o, what weíre going to sew is weíre putting
our presser foot right along, this is going to be our guide, thatís not going to be where
we sew. Weíre actually going to sew, if your foots right along here your going to sew in
about ºî just right along here and youíre going to sew right off the ends. Now youíre
only going to do it on one seam because youíre going to make long rows of these and so Iím
just going to pin this together to show you whatís going to happen. So, weíre pretending
Iím sewing, and then this will open up and then these parts will fold down like this. Now, I want to show you over here on the finished
quilt. Let me just move this. Over here on the finished quilt you can see, see weíve
taken a row, and this is the outside row, and I left them down. You can fold them up,
but I like the look of a scallop so I left them down, and weíve got where you just sew
this seam and you going to sew circles to it for as long as you want it. Then you sew
the next row with the circles together. Hereís your seam again. Youíve laid it over
and then you finally can put this row together and you just do the same thing. You lay your
circles flat like this. Youíre going to sew right along this line, and then when you put
them together this way. Youíre going to lay them flat and youíre going to sew right along
these lines because all your lines are marked remember, so it just makes it really easy
to go ahead and stitch right along that edge, and then youíll come back later and youíre
going to top stitch and sew all this down right here to make the Cathedral Window look.
Isnít that awesome? I mean itís just so quick and fun! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this tutorial from
the Missouri Star Quilt Company.