Patchwork & Points

Kennedy and her quilt

1- Martinque by 3 sisters charm pack
1- bella solids charm pack
(yes you heard it here- Moda is doing a variety of bella solids in charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes and fat quarter bundles) IN STORES APRIL 2010
1/2 yd Prairie Point
1 1/2 yd Backing (you will also cut 1-5" square from this fabric)

Your choice of buttons or floss to tie quilt top


STEP 1: Set aside 4 solid charms and 5 print charms.
STEP 2: Alternate print and solid charm packs sewing sets of two. Press towards the prints so the seam allowance does not show through. Continue combining the sets until you have 9 sets of 8 squares.

STEP 3: Using the charm squares set aside in step 1, add 1 charm to each of the rows. Arrange the rows in whatever order you want. My niece Kennedy was up bright and earlier so this is where the project became "hers." This will give you 9 rows x 9 rows. Imagine the possibilites of adding the solid charm packs to your favorite print collection. Can you tell I am super duper excited about mixing Bella solids with the moda prints?
And yes i did let my niece have a Dr. Pepper for breakfast.

PRAIRIE POINTS (or as my niece calls them, shark fins)
Cut 4 strips 4" wide.  I decided to do this size prairie point when I was playing around with my pillowcase tutorial. Follow the directions listed on my blog for the prairie points except the size is smaller. I have listed the sizes here.
Fold the strip in half length wise and press to determine the middle. Start on one end of the strip and cut every 2" stopping at the middle fold. From the other side of the strip make your first cut at 1" then start cutting every 2" being sure to stop at the middle fold.
4" strip cut every 2" alternating on each side so it it staggered

Lay the strip on your ironing board and press all the squares in the same direction. Leave the 1" strip
loose. You will get rid of it later.
Then continue pressing all the triangles back onto themsleves in the opposite direction.
The strip of "Points" will fold together to create your strip of prairie points.
By pressing the points in the same direction you can "nest" each of the points into each other.
The points all line up nicely and rest inside each other. This step if reminds me of a caterpillar. To hold the "caterpillar" in place you can now top stitch this down to hold them in place.

Prairie Points rolled up
If you want a strip longer than approx 41" of points just make another strip and nest it into the last point on your strip. This is the perfect size for making prairie point border on a baby quilt or throw.

The length of the prairie point strip will always be the length of the fabric. The only thing that varies is how many points and how far apart they are.

For example, cut an 8" strip for 4" prairie points and you will have fewer but bigger points. The strip will still be approx 41"/42" long.

Cut a smaller strip 6" for 3" points. The strip will still be approx 41"/42" long.

Machine Baste the praire points to all 4 sides of your quilt top.
Lay quilt top on the floor right sides up.
Next lay quilt backing right side facing quilt top.
Lay batting on top. Pin the 3 layers together. Sew 1/4" on four sides leaving a 12" opening to turn the quilt right side out. Be sure and use the 1/4 seam allowance so you do not chop off the small prairie points.
Clip away any excess batting and backing. Trim the corners nicely and turn right side out.
Sew the opening closed. I topstitched around the edges of the entire quilt.
Use your favorite choice to secure the layers together. Kennedy choose to tie the squares in the middle of the print blocks with a pink thread.
I was serious about Kennedy making the quilt "Hers". The quilt is off to Austin for a neighbor who is expecting a new baby.(Kennedy said 70% chance it is a girl)

1 Print Charm Pack & 1 Bella Solid charm pack yields a 9x9 quilt measuring approx. 40.5" x 40.5"

2 Charm Packs & 2 Bella Solids charm packs yield a 10 x 15 quilt measuring 40.5" x 67.5"

3 Charm Packs & 3 Bella Solids charm packs yield a 15 x 16 quilt measuring 67.5" x 72"

Lots of fun doing this project with my niece. She nows wants a sewing machine for her birthday!
Project Runway, here we come!


Angela said...

Sooo cute and simple... love it!

Vickie E said...

what a wonderful memory you've created!

Dianne said...

so so cute!

Melissa Stramel said...

This is so very special. I really love it.

greetingarts said...

What an amazing job she did! Born to be a quilter. Fantastic. I've got to go check out that prairie point tutorial on your blog now. Thanks!

rachel griffith said...

how adorable.
both the quilt & miss kennedy.

teresamnj said...

I really love this. It's very sweet!

jaybird said...

love it.. and love that you let her drink dr. pepper for breakfast... now thats my kind of aunt!!

quiltcetera said...

you are a super cool auntie! Very pretty quilt!

Cara said...

Oh Lord I'm soooo excited about the bella precuts!! They will make so many projects so much simpler and faster.
This is a super cute project.

kersten said...

Love it! Simple and Sweet.

Tasha said...

Way to go! It is beautiful. I love it!

Heather said...

You are such a cool aunt! Cute quilt.

Molly said...

How fun--what a wonderful project! :) Seriously excited about Bella solids in precuts! :)

Sherry said...

Very cute!

Sherri said...

What a great picture of your niece and her quilt...her smile is priceless! Love the fabric and the quilt!

Qubie said...

Very fun and easy. How cute

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

I'm excited to hear about Bella Solids charm packs! Moda is so smart! I would love to get a charm pack of the new cross weaves too. Also love the tiny prarie points. I am going to try that.

*kelebek*-* said...

very beautiful..çok çok güzel..

Barbara McD said...

LOVE that big smile at the end!! GREAT JOB!!

Sleepy Cat Hollow said...

What a great Auntie you are! Looks like you both had a lot of fun...thanks for sharing!

Joanna from Fresh Figs said...

Cute project. Cute niece. Hey, where is the cute picture of you?
:-) love ya, Joanna

Jamie said...

I love this - thanks for the new (to me) way to make prairie points!

Jennifer said...

That is adorable! Way to go Kennedy!

Ellen said...

Thank you Kennedy and Lissa for this beautiful quilt. I am truly touched and honored to be the recipient of it! This quilt is very special to me, especially because Kennedy made it with her own hands.

kate spain said...

Love that fabric and such a beautiful quilt! Your niece is so talented! Nothing like starting the day off with the breakfast of champions! What a cool aunt you are.

Bonnie said...

My boys love to quilt and this is perfect. Thanks for the tutorial and your creation is so pretty.

Ingrid said...

Cute quilt!
I think sharkfins is a better name than prairie points!
Job well done,Kennedy! Keep up the good work! You and your aunt will have a lot of fun quilting!
Hello from Sweden where spring finally si on the way!

Michell said...

Love the quilt and so easy to do

Carolyn said...

Love, love the border!!! Wonderful job!