QUILTS FOR COMFORT NORTHEAST

Quilts for Comfort Northeast – Meeting the challenge of bringing comfort one stitch at a time.


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HOW TO MAKE INDIVIDUAL PRAIRIE POINTS

Prairie Point 5

I recently made some cushion covers to which I added Prairie Points as embellishments. So today I thought I would show you how I approach this task. It’s really easy and looks great.  I make up my individual Prairie Points with 3″ squares but you can resize them larger or smaller depending on your project but I find that 3″ is a pretty good size and quite easy to manipulate.

I cut however many 3″ squares I feel I will need. Now take your 3″ square and fold it in half diagonally and press.

Prairie Point 1

 

Prairie Point 2

Now fold it again and press. You just carry on in this fashion until all you squares have been shaped and pressed.

Prairie Point 3 Prairie Point 4

And here’s an example of  what you can do with Prairie Points.

Applique Cushions 1

 

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CREATIVE FRIENDS LAUNCHING AGAIN…..

Back in May two of our Creative Friends launched a successful companion project. Well they have gone back to the drawing board to create something new and truly whimsical. This time Sandra of The Crafts House has designed the most whimsical of hangers called A Pocketful of Gingerbreads for a quilted Gingerbread Pockets designed by Lucie the Happy Quilter. The two projects look fantastic paired up together. So now, as of today, you can purchase the pattern for the quilted Gingerbread Pockets and you can make the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger at The Crafts House with the guidance of the very talented Sandra in her wonderful treasure trove of a studio. You can find more info about the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger here and more info about the quilted Gingerbread Pockets by clicking here. Sandra and Lucie have worked hard to bring this project together and have had plenty of laughs along the way. This companion project is the perfect gift for a special someone.

 

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HOW TO MAKE REALLY GOOD CIRCLES

Do you struggle with making really good round circles for your appliqué work? Well here’s a simple way to make good round circles without a struggle. You’ll love this method because it’s really quite simple and gets great results.

I start with a cardboard circle template the size of the circle required. I don’t use fancy cardboard; just cereal box cardboard is perfect. Now I trace the circle onto the chosen fabric.

Now cut the fabric leaving a generous ¼” allowance.

Stitch around the fabric circle using a running stitch approx. 1/8” from the edge of the fabric. Do not cut the thread yet.

With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, place the card template back into the centre of the fabric and pull the thread and needle which makes the fabric bunch up around the template. Secure the thread, cut. Press the circle on both sides. Let the circle cool.

Remove the card template. Press once more. Voila you have a perfect circle to appliqué to your project. Wasn’t that fun? You can use the same method for ovals as well.

I often think that it’s the simplest techniques that are the best. I learned this particular method of making circles from a Thimbleberries BOM many years ago. I’ve used this method ever since. After having a little go today I feel a scrappy quilt coming on. Circles are great fun to make especially if you’re using this simple method.

So the next time you have to make circles for a project I hope you’ll visit again.

Thanks for popping in today.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter ♥♥


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EASY PEASY PINCUSHION TUTORIAL

As a Creative Friend I thought I ought to post something creative before the month comes to an end. So here’s how to make a very simple pincushion using scraps from you scrap basket. I start by tracing this template which is very much like a Dresden Blade onto both layers of my chosen fabric. (You can add some fusible interfacing if you would like a little more body to your pincushion.) I lay my fabric right sides together and trace.

After tracing the template I secure both layers with a couple of pins and cut on the traced line.

Now we can start machine sewing. Just like the Dresden Blades, fold your pieces lengthwise and sew across the top.

Clip the corner to reduce bulk.

Now turn you pieces right side out and work the points out. I use a blunt pencil for this task.

Now press the point flat.

Now with right sides together match both pieces and sew around the three raw side edges.

Clip the corners to reduce bulk. Now press again.

So now I fill the pincushion. I use a combination of wadding and I make a little pouch for bird grit. I know you think I’m nuts but I find the bird grit keeps your pins sharps and it helps keep the rust to a minimum plus it gives the pincushion some weight. You can fill your pincushion using your preferred recipe.

We’re almost finished now. Match the points and sew straight across so that your points can be flipped down.

Now that your pincushion filling has been secured you get to do the best part; the embellishing. I just added a little ribbon and a button to mine but the sky’s the limit. Go on dig around your stash and find some interesting things to add to yours.

I hope you all have a go at making this very simple project. And if you do make one please send photos and we’ll try to publish it. If you would like to use the template that I used please email me at lucie@mapleleafquilters.co.uk and I will email it to you.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter XX