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Thread: Rulers for Scallops and Prairie Point/Rick Rack

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    Question Rulers for Scallops and Prairie Point/Rick Rack

    At a sewing expo I recently saw a demonstration of Quick Points Rulers. I really wanted to get the 1" scallop rule and had to blink at the prices. Are scallops and prairie points difficult to make without these conveniences? There was another vendor demonstrating a prairie point device made of stainless steel that one could iron on. Once again, worth the price? I hesitate to invest money and storage space in things I don't really need. Thanks for your feedback.

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    i've made both without special rulers/templates. they are not difficult. certainly, the items you saw are a convenience, speed the process, and may help with accuracy. but i'm retired, and enjoy the quilting process without hurrying.
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    I too have made them without special rulers. look for videos on youtube and there are demostrations on there on how to do them without any special equipment.

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    Prairie points are not that difficult at all.

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    I've seen nice border treatments that look like scallops but are actually two sided half circles inserted inbetween the top and backing all around the quilt. cute!! no ruler needed for that.

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    I have the 1" prairie point one and used it to make Jumbo rick rack. It works great. The jumbo rick rack is expensive and this ruler saved me money. I decided to sell the big rick rack in one yard lengths at a craft show and made the cost of the ruler in one sale. One woman bought all I had so I lucked out. I haven't used it in a while, I need to make more for my guild's sale table. Thanks for reminding me.
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    I have the Scallops, Vines & Waves template from Quilt in a Day that I have used at least a dozen times. I love it. Here is a link http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/rulers.asp Scroll down the page a bit.

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    My grandmother used a salad plate to make a scalloped border and they were perfect!
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    Gail B - Thanks for the tip about that ruler - it looks like it is can be easily adjusted to any length/size with good results!! I haven't seen the other "new" rulers but this one seems to do the trick for scallops.

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    Going to the Sewing Expo (Puyallup, WA) can be dangerous! You get mind overload of all the 'new' and latest gadget. Sometime they make our life easier and other times we purchase items that just sit in our drawers or on our shelves.

    I have made my prairie points with a square piece of fabric, folded twice. A class that I took this last weekend on boarders, suggested for scallops ~ EZ scallop rulers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the 1" prairie point one and used it to make Jumbo rick rack. It works great.
    Just wondering if you can supply instructions for making Jumbo rick rack or if there are instructions online somewhere? I have never heard of doing this. I do make prairie points frequently. They are one of my favorites.

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    I have only made it using the ruler. Here is a video of how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyd0SG2GBWo The demo woman makes it look harder and more drawn out then it really is.
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    I have a running zig zag templates that I made using small plates. It is on some nylon type of clear material that I got at a hobby shop, but I have friends that use Dollar Store "cutting mats". You can make the same pattern several times and tape them together (I used clear shipping tape) to get the lenth you want. The ones I made curve "out" and then curve in (half circle above and half circle below); First I drew a straight line the lenth of my "template material" then I marked the half way point on both sides of the dish I used (use top half, match the mark on the dish, move it over and use the bottom half). It was very easy to do. I find I use the large one more (about 4 inches across each upper and the same on each lower swing of the pattern). Move the template over about 4", match up the curves and mark the next row. This gives me a simple but very pretty pattern to use for a lot of my quilts. The overall effect is of a gentle wavy line of quilting and it looks good on a wide variety of quilts. It is easy to do on any sewing machine. Of course really large quilts need a larger machine throat; My Janome has a 9" throat and I've quilted a King size quilt on it. Had a lot of compliments on this pattern. Sorry, but I'm not able to post photos; don't know why. I'm electronically challenged.
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    BelloBoo, thanks for the link! I have a project that this would be perfect for. I think I can accomplish it without purchasing the ruler.
    Sierra, Very, Very, clever! I wish my mind worked like that. I will definitely be using the method and can see how it could be used on both the DSM and the long arm.

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