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Thread: Help! I need advice on Prairie Points

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    I am a new quilter, having made only 3 pieced quilts so far. I have always been intrigued by prairie points either as a border or as part of a quilt but was afraid to try them. Our lqs had a "free" pattern using fat quarters to make a prairie point 3-d pinwheel quilt. It was cute and I thought it looked easy - ha!

    What is the trick to keeping all those layers from shifting while sewing? I did pin them but the centers of my squares are off kilter and the lower edges on some are sneaking out to show themselves. Is there a trick or some fail proof method to sewing these little buggers? The bottom fold shouldn't show should it? Thanks for any advice.

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    I've never made them but have admired them and think someday I will try... but could you glue them down (like with Ailene's glue or something that will wash out?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestManiac
    Thank you for these links. I learned a lot from them but, for what I am doing, they need to be individual as they will be forming a pinwheel - four squares to a block. I never thought about glue - can you sew through it? That sounds like a lot of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestManiac
    Easy, make them one continuous length. Here are a few tutorials for ya, hun.

    http://rowenasrantings.blogspot.com/...sentation.html

    http://www.freespiritquiltguild.com/...iriePoints.pdf

    http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewt...-tutorial.html

    THANKS FOR SHARING - found that really fasinating
    Hope these help ya! =)

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    I was wondering doesnt the bottom get kinda thick, sewing through all those layers, when you fold for the triangles to be going the same way.

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    Use a tiny bit of glue stick or basting glue to baste them into place first. This is what I do and I use prairie points a lot.

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    Rather than glue I would use spray starch and press it well.

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    Look on Alex Anderson site, her partners has a good way to make pairie points, One of our quilters brought it in and showed us how to do it.......So simple

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    Check our the Sharon Schamber Network. She uses Elmers glue to secure her bias tape for finishing her quilts. She uses tiny dots--you can get the tiny tips from Connecting threads or I got some at Michaels. She irons them after the application to disperse the glue throughout the fabrics. I have used a whole line of the glue, not ironed it and broken needles.--The secret is to use it in the seam area--few tiny dots and iron it.--It does hold it securely until sewn.

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