Monday, August 5, 2019

⛪️Church Window 窓 QAL ⼳

Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery, released a new pattern, Church Window, in June, which I promptly fell in love with! I just finished a QAL (quilt along) with 400+ other quilters, making this beautiful quilt. Here's a photo journal of my weekly progress. Continue to the end to see my finished Church Window quilt with real church windows!

Week 1--fabric pull. I used a Zen Chic Bella Solids bundle, fabrics on left in photo below. I added the fabrics on the right, to get the count up to the required 18 fat quarters:

Week 2--cut out fabrics. Those 45 degree angles are easy to cut with a regular rotary cutting ruler that has a 45 degree line:

Week 3--sew "stained glass lead" on straight edges:

Weeks 4 & 5--arrange blocks, sew "stained glass lead" on 45 degree edges, sew 45 degree seams. This step was a bit trickier:

Week 5 continued--sew vertical seams. Top finished:

The pattern recommends pressing all seams open, but I still prefer to press to the dark side. I did press the long vertical seams open, as there are places where many seams come together:

Quilting in progress:

All quilted up:

Add some binding:

The backing is a duvet cover from IKEA:

Grace and Peace label:

Quilt Info
Size: 53" X 62"
Quilting: Sashiko
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient--bamboo & silk--super soft!
Thread: Glide Light Grey
Interesting Fact: Check out all the 400+ Church Window quilts on the Instagram hashtag, #ChurchWindowQAL

Now for some church window photos. I will add, it is difficult to take photos with stained glass windows--either the window is clear and the quilt is dark, or the window is fuzzy and the quilt looks better. 

This first one is taken in the chapel at my mom's senior apartment:

The rest are taken at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where my DH is pastor.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

Linking up with Design Wall Monday, Cooking Up Quilts, What I Made Monday, Love Laugh Quilt, Moving It ForwardColour & Inspiration Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, WOWNeedle & Thread Thursday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Wowza! That's a stunner! And what an array of beautiful pictures, too. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

  2. I love this quilt and will tuck it away as an idea for a rainy day - I need another spring like last to do all the wanna do projects. It is really gorgeous and I love the photo shoot. Good thing the pastor let you hang the quilt in the church (ha ha). It is a pretty church and fun to see your stained glass. What year was it built?

  3. Oh my gosh I love it love it love it! I have that same bundle, and I actually made a hexagon type quilt with that fabric too. What a stunning quilt! And baptist fans is just perfect for it.

  4. So pretty! And I love all the quilts displayed over the railing.

  5. How fun to be able to make this quilt from start to finish so quickly, and then have a fun photo shoot as well. It's a beauty, Nancy. I hope you enjoy it for years to come!

  6. This is stunning! I love the clear solid colors you chose, and your piecing is impeccable. Of course, it's the quilting that takes it over the top! Congratulations on a gorgeous finish, Nancy!

  7. Oh very pretty and I love the church photos.

  8. It is a lovely quilt and looks wonderful next to the coloured glass. A wonderful finish.

  9. What a lovely quilt. Being able to take such great photos in the church is icing on the cake.

  10. Hi Nancy! What a lovely post. Your quilt is gorgeous and the added benefit of all the stained glass windows really brings home your message. Wowee - what great quilting. All around a big winner. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Love the quilt all by itself but even prettier with the church pictures. Great job@

  12. ooo I love your color selection for this quilt and it DOES look like stained glass window...perfect photos!!

  13. Gorgeous! The colors are amazing together and your quilting is amazing. I like to press towards the darker side most of the time, but sometimes seams have a mind of their own!

  14. Your very bright and modern quilt stands out in a sea of traditional quilts. The quilting is exquisite and the photoshoot is just perfect!!!

  15. Ooh - I really like how you quilted it. The church shots are so much fun, too. It really fits in with the stained glass. :-)

  16. Oh so lovely! Looks just like stained glass, and the quilting - ooh-la-la!

  17. So beautiful and worth the hard work!
    Quilter Bonnie

  18. Wow, this looks amazing, Nancy! Your colors are beautiful and the quilting enhances it so much, which I didn't think possible after seeing the completed top! Stunning!

  19. Love the colours and the quilting on your terrific piece. The texture somehow makes it look even more like old fashioned stained glass. Thanks for sharing at Clever Chameleon :)

  20. Such a beautiful church, and what a perfect place to shoot photos of your quilt. Love the quilting!

  21. This is SO gorgeous, Nancy! I love it so much.

    :) Kelly


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