Cathedral window is an old time pattern but can be made to look modern by changing the base to a different shape. This is technique I have done before. I had a lot of fun with it. It uses a lot of base fabric but you can use a lot of stash and do some fussie cutting also.I think it's neat .I'd like to make a quilt or small coverlet sometime.I have done several projects and did all the centers by hand . I have a wall hanging to match a quilt and a couple of pillow to mach. I made a big floor pillow for my brother in law with southwestern fabrics so he could lay on the floor and watch tv. so you have several ways of doing them .You can do all by machine or part by machine and part by hand.
There are several books on the windows. I have one called "Through the Windows & Beyond" by Lynn Edwards. Another book is machine stitched "Cathedral Windows Updating An Old Favorite" by Shelley Swanland. I havent checked to see about any new ones.I'm sure there are some newer ones out there. These two books show you some new twists like making the windows look like they were stretched .It was just a website I ran across so I thought I'd post about it.