Not that I can't sew together layer cakes. Not because the leaves are appliqued. Not even because of the rick-rack.
Because...I have not done the prairie points for about 20 years. That was before I learned how to quilt --- and tied most of my creations.
So, here is what I learned along the way.
- When you plan on using prairie points, quilt only to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Normally we look to quilt to 1/4 inch of the edge.
- Sew the folded triangles only to the top layer of the quilt.
- Trim the batting to the edge of the quilt. Normally I leave it 1/4 inch beyond the edge in order to fill the binding. Not here.
- The back fabric is trimmed larger than the batting.
- The back fabric is folded over, and the front edge is folded back. Then sew these edges together. I like to use the ladder stitch. This closes the quilt and helps the triangle points to stand up.
The pattern did not give me these hints. I picked them up with the good old "school of hard knocks". I unpicked several times to fix the quilt and do it right. I am truly relieved to be finished!!!
I have several other items I have finished and will be showing them soon. I have also added a finished list on my sidebar for this year. I am hoping to add a lot to the list.