Fabric quilting and paper crafting collided on a home décor canvas that I created for the Winter 2010 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, and now this piece rests on my mantle.

The quilting technique is called the Cathedral Window, and I am excited to share how you can recreate this technique using a variety of patterned papers from your stash.


1. Start by using a 2.5” circle punch on your favorite double-sided patterned papers. For my sample canvas, I punched out 22 circles.

2. After punching out your desired number of circles, trim a 1.75” square out of cardstock, center it inside each circle, and trace around it with a pencil.

3.  Score and fold on the pencil lines, folding your patterned paper up and towards you.

4.  Apply adhesive to the underside of each flap and press firmly to adhere. At this point, you can change the color/pattern of several of the “Catherdrals” by trimming 1.75″ squares from various patterned papers and slipping them inside the circles before adhering the flaps. If you are using a single-sided piece of cardstock for your circles, adding a square inside each circle will create a great contrast.


5. Once the flaps are adhered, arrange the square shapes next to each other in a design that is pleasing to you. They will now create a beautiful and intricate design that will enhance any project, just as the design made the perfect accent to my holiday canvas.