Dealing with inside Prairie Points

Sometimes when we’re making a quilt top, inside prairie points are just the detail we need to set off the center of the quilt.  But what do you do when it’s time to quilt it?

As a longarm quilter, the fewer pins I can put into a customer quilt, the better.  Pins equal risk of stabbing myself, which increases the risk of bleeding.  NO BLOOD ON CUSTOMER QUILTS…..seriously, they don’t need my DNA!   ;>)

So, how do I get each and every Prairie Point out of the way and minimuze the pins?  I resort to one of my favourite quilting tools, PAINTERS TAPE.

Here’s what it looks like on the longarm as I’m in the process of controlling the points:

This is what the points look like before I start, no way do I want to move each one out of the way as I get to it, and I certainly don’t want that many pins!

Step one, attach painters tape to the backside of the Prairie Points:

Step Two, turn the points to the inside, add another layer of painters tape so you are well beyond the size of the point, and place a few (key word FEW) pins to help hold the tape from coming loose:

You now have the entire border free to quilt and when you release the Prairie Points they will play peek-a-boo with the quilting underneath as they are meant to on this quilt.

I hope this helps the next time a customer, or you yourself, add prairie points to the inside of the quilt.  Remember painters tape is your best friend some days!

Sew A Row Class Starts August 6th!

Starting August 6th, on Friday’s, I’ll be teaching a Sew A Row quilt class.

Each week we’ll cover a different technique which makes this a great opportunity to revisit basic skills and/or learn new ones.  Some of the techniques we’ll be covering are machine applique, paper piecing, strip sets, migrating geese, prairie points…and many others.

The class will run for 9 sessions, through October 22nd.  There will be a couple breaks in the scheduling, which will give you extra time to complete a few of the more time consuming or complicated piecing rows before the next session.   This is a scrap quilt class, and is based on the book by Karin Hellaby titled “Sew A Row Quilts”.

I did my quilt in a jewel tone color palette, but just imagine this quilt being done in scrappy Christmas colors…and best of all, with the manageable size and the easy finishing technique (which is a bonus lesson), you can have this quilt done before the holidays to decorate your walls!  Or perhaps you’d prefer to work in a spring or fall palette, this quilt is scrappy so you can work in any color palette you desire!

There are still spaces available in this class, but they’ll fill up quickly.  The class is being held at Quilters Loft, 188 N. Main Street, Mooresville, NC and registration is being taken there.

Not what you want to see in the morning……

It stormed here again last night.  This morning when I opened up the living room door I was greeted by a sight I didn’t want to see…..landscape damage.

Upon closer inspection it looks like it twisted and broke right at the base, so I’m not sure what we’re going to do with it.  Trim it back and hope for the best, or dig it up and replant.   I’ll know better when I get right up outside to it.

The most interesting part of all this, we have a dead pine in the front yard as well, that stands 25 to 30′ tall, and it’s still standing!   It’s stood through all the storms this year, the ones that took down my Azaleas, the storms that threatened my Rose of Sharon, and now the one that has damaged my Crepe Myrtle.