Cathedral Window Pillow (aka Birthday! part 1)

Two of my loveliest friends had birthdays last week, and I couldn’t help but pull some things together for them. I could picture in my head exactly what I wanted to make for them, and no matter how many times I tried to think of something store-bought that would be just as good, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t settle.

So I just did it.

First, an oh-so-fun Cathedral window throw pillow in red and lime green, to match her bedroom makeover! (Lucky girl got some really cute beadboard and shelving in there too!) She said it matched just right, and I’m so glad. A few fat eighths of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and some white yardage and I was on my way!

I’ve wanted to do a cathedral window pillow for quite some time, and lucky me, there was a great tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop that walked me through it. I was SHOCKED at how much fabric it uses. So much folding! It’s like origami magic with fabric.

Super fun, super time consuming, but super great results. I’m going to have to refrain from making about 5 for my own room, whenever I get around to redoing it. (In case you’re curious, the walls in my bedroom are a striking shade of mauve, a gift from the previous owner. I avoid my bedroom in daylight at nearly all costs.)

I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?), another for a sweet little girl fighting cancer, and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.

Have you ever made a Cathedral Window pillow or quilt?



PS Stay tuned tomorrow to see the quilt I made for my other awesome friend’s birthday…she used to be a Disney princess.

15 thoughts on “Cathedral Window Pillow (aka Birthday! part 1)

    1. It was pretty fun to make. I think a second pillow would go even faster, now that I know what I’m doing. Thanks for the love!

    1. Oh, thanks! I’m in love with it right now, too…though I’m thinking of other color combinations for one for my bedroom. Suggestions?

  1. Aaaahhh!! Love it! I’ve been dying to make some cathedral windows for a long time. Might have to dig it out after market!

    1. It was a lot more fun than I expected–also more time consuming. After market is probably best. Speaking of which, I’ll see you there! Just walking the show, not having a booth…spent all my $ on a longarm. ;)

  2. This one was so much fun to look at–up close. Holy cow–the work involved. It was also pretty fun to touch. And to answer your question…

    heck no.



  3. wow april, this pillow is beyond amazing. i quilt but only easy SQUARE blocks. :) my mom told me about your beautiful pillow so i’m glad i remembered to come and look. i love the colors, the design, everything. you are so talented!!

  4. Hello,
    You have made a BEAUTIFUL pillow. I have scoured the internet for the pattern but all the links have come up dead or do not contain the tutorial. Could you please share the pattern? I checked out the referenced site above and I was unable to find it there. Thank you for sharing pictures of your finished product. ❤️

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