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Date: 5/10/13 11:29 AM

I am thinking of doing some Prairie Points as the binding/finish on my quilt. I can find lots of tuts on how to make them but...

First, how do you know how wide (and high) to make them so that they line up with the ends of your quilt, especially if you don't want to make single unit ones that overlap?

I am using a panel that I found and am adding borders to it to beef it up. It is a really narrow panel (22" and I am hoping to get it to at least 30" wide. I am not certain how long it will end up. It is already 42 long. I am thinking I might make the top and bottom border less than the 4" I am adding on to the sides.

Second, if the quilt is flannel, will flannel be too thick to use to make the PPs??

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Date: 5/10/13 1:10 PM

The best way to find out what will work best for your particular project is to do a mock-up. Takes less time than ripping and resewing.

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Date: 5/10/13 7:34 PM

Jane, you have the absolute right to make your quilt any way you wish. I just want to mention a couple of things for you to think about.

Some babies put everything in their mouths. My older child hardly ever put stuff in her mouth, but the little one sucked on everything. He used to suck on his blanket in his crib, and I used to sneak in when I thought he was asleep and remove it from his mouth.

I admit I have a thing about choking, but personally I would never put prairie points on a baby quilt. If someone had given me such a quilt I would never have used it near my baby.

I, again this is just my opinion, do not think that flannel would be satisfactory in the long run.

To make it larger I would use another border, rather than prairie points, however, you must do as the muse moves you, and I support you in that.

ETA: someday I will write a post without typos.


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Date: 5/10/13 8:34 PM

Good point. Even though I tend to sew everything such that it will withstand almost anything.... I would hate the thought of baby choking in spite of my best efforts.

I think I found another way to do my quilt anyway. The prairie points are so cute but they seem like so much work!

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Date: 5/11/13 7:26 AM

Franksdottir:
I respect your comments, but am confused and am having a hard time visualizing.....or maybe I am just being obtuse, but how can a child choke on a prairie point? It is connected to and sewn into the larger piece of fabric that is the quilt. It is not like a button that can be pulled off.
I made a quilt with a prairie point border for my granddaughter and am concerned about any potential hidden hazard that might accompany it. Can someone clarify for me?

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Date: 5/11/13 11:27 AM

Perhaps there are sewists out there who don't have the greatest of machines and / or don't take enough care to ensure that the seams holding the points are indeed secure. Not sure - Barb perhaps can address this more.

Am still interested in learning how to determine what width (and height) the points need to be to meet up with the corners or the quilt. Especially if one is making the continuous string of points.

BTW - continuous string once sewn in might be much safer for a baby/toddler than the individual ones sewn in.

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Date: 5/11/13 2:41 PM

Sharon, I am a bit crazed on the subject of choking. To my mind, a prairie point is just the right size for a baby to suck on, and what if that one was badly made?

With my older child it would not be a problem. She sucked her thumb and wiggled the fabric of her blanket in the first two fingers of her other hand. (She actually called that motion "sewing," which we thought was adorable.) I was grateful that she sucked her thumb because thumbs don't come off no matter how hard you suck them.

With my younger child, everything went in his mouth. I had to be super-careful and it was a huge worry to me until he grew out of it. I would never have let a quilt with prairie points near him.

If your granddaughter is in no danger from the prairie points then it is not a problem, and I am sorry to have worried you unnecessarily.

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