Welcome to Shelley's Studio

the online studio of Shelley Swanland, author of "Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows" and "Machine Stitched Cathedral Stars"



Cathedral Window Quilts became an interest of mine in the mid 1970’s. I purchased every book I could find on the Cathedral Window technique, but, I never finished a single Cathedral Window Quilt preferring machine to hand piecing. Then, in the summer of 1998, I discovered the three-dimensional bow tie block and my adventure in Cathedral Window Quilting began. Using the bow-tie knot as the window frame I was able to put together a Cathedral Window Quilt completely by machine.

It has been a fabulous journey. In December of 1999 my first book, “Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows” was published, followed in October of 2001, with “Machine Stitched Cathedral Stars”. I was most fortunate to be a guest on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson and partnered with RJR Fashion Fabrics, making quilts that appeared in The Quilter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and Quilter’s World. My line of patterns includes designs that use easy elements of my Cathedral Window Quilt technique to create Cathedral Window curves and chains as well as original designs of Cathedral Window Quilts. Visiting many guilds, I have really enjoyed the opportunities I've had to share my quilts and techniques and to meet so many fine quilters. It has been an incredible joy sharing my love of Cathedral Window Quilts with all of you!

Thank you so much for visiting my studio,


Click the links on the left to check out the Quilt Galleries, Books, Patterns, Workshops, my appearance on Simply Quilts, my 2002 Journal Quilt entries and My Assistant's Showcase.

You can contact me at: 

Shelley Swanland

P.O. Box 862, Banning, CA 92220                                   

Email: shelleyswanland@gmail.com





Detail of Classic Windows

Classic Windows is one of twelve cathedral window quilts included in "Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows, Updating an Old Favorite"

Detail of Layers of Lavender

Layers of Lavender is an original design variation of a cathedral window quilt. It is available as a pattern on the Pattern page.

Patterns 2007-2011

Blog: Snips & Bits from Shelley's Studio

Patterns 2002-2006


The Quilt Gallery 2001/2002

The Quilt Gallery 1999/2000

A Page from my Journal 2002

My Assistant's Showcase.

SLO Quilters 2003 Quilt Celebration

Simply Quilts Episode