How many charm packs do you have sitting in your stash? I don’t care to disclose the number I have either. Quilters love to make blocks that go together easily. The Cathedral Block does not always fit into the easy category. A mock cathedral quilt block will go together easily.
Although it appears quite simple, the turning back of the corners can stretch the block out of shape. Fortunately, Jera, from Quilting in the Rain shares her technique and instructions for putting together a Mock Cathedral Quilt Block. Using 5″ Charm squares she takes us step by step in making the block. When we had our brick and mortar shop we taught this same technique. Using quilt shop quality material will help your blocks to stay square. Any lesser quality material will lead to frustration. Not only will the material shrink once you apply a hot iron, but the lower thread count will stretch more. Jera does a very nice job on stitching down the folds. This step will take a little bit of time, but the results will give this quilt an heirloom quality.
Just My Opinion
A good quality sewing machine will help you to fall in love with quilting. As with any skill you need to practice. If you are using a sewing machine that breaks down constantly you will never want to sew. After much research, I recommend the Brother CS600i for a beginner quilter. For less than $200, this sewing machine features needle up/down, quilt stitches for piecing, and at 13 lbs can be carried to a retreat. Once you decide that quilting will become a serious hobby you may decide on a sewing machine from a dealer. This machine will at least get you off to the right start in quilting.