Thursday, January 1, 2009

Prairie Points

Always looking for new finishing ideas, I googled up a storm a while back trying to find out how to make the arrow-head like edges that are used on some quilt finishes. I didn't know what to call that edging so I never found what I was looking for. But out of the blue, Liz put a post on her blog about doing a variation of 'Prairie Points' and then I had a label to search for. Found several different techniques, so I picked one that looked like the least amount of work, method 2 on this page. Problem is, that one also requires the most precision and is very unforgiving when you don't cut and sew perfectly. Found that out the hard way. I stitched this little fairy from Chez Mounette, "Mariage d'Ariane et Jean-Pierre", for the sole purpose of trying out this technique. It's stitched in DMC 719 on a lovely piece of Miek's hand-dyed fabric. Next time I try this (if there is a next time), I won't use the one-strip method. I'll have to bite the bullet and make individual points so I can move them around in the sewing to make them fit perfectly.

The photo is also featured on the blog, Chez Mounette, on this page.

Happy New Year to everyone!


Miss 376 said...

You are a brave girl! makes a lovely change for finishing a project

Chris said...

I think it looks great! Especially for a first attempt.

MIEK said...

i love everything you can move around when your buzy whit it.
that`s why i like to do handwork and not machine work.
better 100 pins in the hand than 1 machine needle ruin everything :)

Liz said...

I do like the looks of prairie points and they set off your little fairy nicely. I'm so glad my post was useful in your search. I am going to try Method #1 myself one of these days. I think of it as "the right way" because it is easier to make the corners come out right. Although how anything that requires cutting 3" squares can be called "easy" is beyond me!

Sandra said...

Happy New Year Annie! Your fairy looks great, both the stitching and the finishing.

Pumpkin said...

I really like the fact that you're always trying new things :o)