I was immediately smitten...I MUST MAKE ONE OF THESE... but the pattern looked way too intricate for a total newbie like myself. Of course, I couldn't let a think like the lack of skill or experience stand in my way AND that's when I found this amazing tutorial by Hyena in Petticoats.
I thought I'd share with you my progress via a step-by-step picture tutorial. It is a really simple technique. All you need is time and patience.... oh and a few materials.
A Note About the Materials:
This will all make sense once you've read through the tutorial :-)
(8) eight background squares = 36"
For every (16) sixteen background squares you will have 22 windows.
Use the guide below to determine your fabric needs. I used Kona cotton in white for the background. Scraps and fat quarters from 22 different fabrics for the windows.
1 yard of 44" wide fabric yields approx (12) twelve 10" squares
3 1/4" squares for windows (scraps)
2 1/2" squares of batting (scraps) (batting is optional)
File folder, mailer, or manila envelope for template (anything that can be ironed)
Thread to match background fabric
Basting spray or straight pins
A Note About the Pattern:
Where this pattern skips traditional quilting steps, it makes up for in precision, folding, and ironing. The more precise you are in making sure everything is absolutely square, lined up, and straight the better your finished quilt will be.
Also, I precut all of my materials before beginning.