April 11, 2016

Lost in the Storm

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , , at 1:49 PM by Shelley Swanland

Lost in the Storm RK W

Late last year Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me to make this quilt using their Artisan Batik line of fabrics featuring their Floriculture 2 and Prisma Dyed Batiks.

It’s a Cathedral Window Storm at Sea based on a quilt I designed and made that was featured in Joen Wolfrom book “Color Play”.  http://joenwolfrom.com/books/

I was thrilled to get the opportunity. Well, the Free Pattern is available on their website. i hope you enjoy working with the line as much as i did!

The link is here: http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/lost_in_the_storm/ 


March 13, 2015

Elegant Asian Fans

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , , , , at 10:25 AM by Shelley Swanland

Fans WAn easy introduction to the Machine Stitched Cathedral Window technique, Elegant Asian Fans uses the simplest element, a simple square folded diagonally. The base of each block is a foundation paper square with just thee pieces. Two folded squares are then basted on top. The curves happen during the quilting process.

I love Asian prints and have quite a few. This was a perfect opportunity for me to use some of them.

I just added this pattern on Crafty for those of you that like to download your own patterns. Of course you can contact me directly if you would like to buy the paper pattern.



August 21, 2014

Sunflowers and Cathedral Windows

Posted in Cathedral Windows tagged , , , , , , , at 9:51 AM by Shelley Swanland

Sunflowers for SybillThis one is for Throw Back Thursday. I came across the picture of my “Sunflowers” quilt that I made for my daughter, Sybill. It’s not a very good picture but it seems to be the only digital one I have. I think I made it around 2000. She loved Sunflowers so much that as soon as it was finished it became hers. The petals of the Sunflowers are three dimensional like I use in the Cathedral window process with four folded sides.

Sultry Sunflower

The  two inner sides of the points are rolled and stitched into curves. I think the blocks are 15″ each so the quilt must be around 60″ square.

“Sultry Sunflowers” is the same idea but with 9″ blocks and only 8 petals as opposed to the 12 petals in “Sunflowers”. It’s probably 40″ square.



August 28, 2013

Enchanted Garden Cathedral Window Quilt

Posted in Cathedral Windows tagged , , , , at 7:40 AM by Shelley Swanland

Enchanted View Web“Enchanted Garden” was made around 2000 in the style of the quilts in my first book, “Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows”. It used the templates in the book but the layout is different. It belongs to my daughter, Valerie, so it doesn’t go to lectures. I came across a rare photo of this quilt and wanted to share it. Click on the quilt and it will take you to the hi-resolution version. It has always been one of my favorites.

August 26, 2013

Shelley Swanland has Patterns on Craftsy

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , , , at 9:47 AM by Shelley Swanland

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Romantic Reflection

I have started to put my patterns on http://www.Craftsy.com . Berries Jubilee, Romantic Reflection, Parchment & Black Lacquer and Sparkling Stars are now available for purchase and download as PDFs at my Craftsy store. I appreciate all the support I have had through the years for my technique and hopefully this will make the technique available to more quilters all over the world. I will be adding more patterns as time goes on so if you have a favorite you’re waiting for just let me know.

Pattern Quilts

January 6, 2013

Cathedral Window Quilt – Layers of Lavender

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , at 2:00 PM by Shelley Swanland

Layers of Lavender 2013 WWoo Hoo!! I just finished this quilt on consignment. I think it looks pretty nice. I used my pattern, Layers of Lavender. It’s a variation of the traditional Cathedral Window in that it is stitched with a diagonal grid and where there would be a singe curve there are two curves. That forms a chain design between the windows. It took 100 hours to make and will be sent off to it’s new owner next week.

June 21, 2011

A Blue Moon Twilt

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 3:26 PM by Shelley Swanland

This Tuesday I finished up “A Blue Moon”. This Twilt features a tin ornament of a Blue Moon in the center. I got it from a good friend, Kathi, years ago. Blue Moons are a personal totem of mine. Years ago when I decided that I would follow an artistic path I woke in the middle of the night to see a full moon hanging over the ocean. Later I discovered that it was the second full moon that month, a blue moon. It was after that sign that I got serious about designing.

Now, before anyone points it out, I know,  the moon in my Twilt isn’t a Full Moon. But, it is blue. The rest of the twilt is pieced with some star printed batiks, quilted with metallic stars and I added some star sequins.

A Big Thank you to everyone who sent congrats to me for Asilomar. I just want to say how much I appreciate the gals at Empty Spools Seminars giving me this opportunity!

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September 21, 2010

Wild Roses

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:51 PM by Shelley Swanland

“Wild Roses”, this Tuesday’s Twilt, combines the technique I developed ten years ago, Cathedral Windows by Machine with a technique I love and had missed, Silk Ribbon mbroidery. The borders of this Twilt have three-dimensional triangles with their bias folds rolled into curves, the part that is Cathedral Windows.

In the center I have a bouquet of roses. embroidered with silk ribbon, accented with pearl cotton and beads.

The background is a crinkled batik that I quilted with different colors of thread. The ribbons used for the roses came from my collection of silk ribbon that I have painted and dyed.

I hope you like it!

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September 7, 2010

Blue Dragonflies

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 2:49 PM by Shelley Swanland

Just a quick Twilt for this Tuesday. “Blue Dragonflies” started out with a embroidered block that I picked up from Georgia’s Quilting Obession. The Indigo fabrics came from Cotton in the Cabin. I picked them up quite some time ago and I think they were made in Africa. I placed the block in the center and sewed strips around it log cabin style. Super Simple!

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August 10, 2010

Summer Sizzle

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 5:24 PM by Shelley Swanland

Hope everyone is having a nice summer. I just got back to my twilting and made my newest Twilt, “Summer Sizzle”. It’s the middle of August and the batik fabric with the sunflower just screamed Summer. After adding the border fabrics that are, I admit, a little out of my ordinary choices, I machine quilted around the Batik design with a varigated King Tut quilting thread from Superior. I then added french knots.

If you click on the pictures you can see a high resolution version.


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