The Nifty Needle

Karen Sievert:
Author, Teacher, Speaker and International Award Winning Longarm Machine Quilter

This-n-That


 Flying Geese Border Chart     NEW!

If using this size square for Prairie Points: Cut this size rectangle for Borders:
2" 2" x 1 1/4"
2 1/2" 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
3" 3" x 1 3/4"
3 1/2" 3 1/2" x 2"

Blooming Tree of Life Center Medallion Quilting Pattern
From the book Prairie Point Pizzaz, this pattern was utilized for the center medallion and setting triangles of the quilt.  Open the link, print and take to your local office supply store or copy center and have enlarged 188% to fit the 20 inch center block.

 

Figuring Measurements to Rotary Cut Triangles from Squares
When the finished length of the long side of a triangle is known, multiply that number by .707 to give the measurement of the short sides of the triangle.  Add 7/8 inch allowance on two sides of the square to get the proper size triangle when the square is cut in half diagonally.

When the finished length of the short side of the triangle is known, multiply that number by 1.414 to give the measurement of the long side of the triangle.  Add 1 1/4 inch seam allowance on two sides of the square to get the proper size triangle when the square is cut in quarters diagonally.


Quilter's 1/4 Salad:

We served this at the lock in and everyone wanted the recipe!  Thought we'd share it with everyone else 'cuz it sure is great!

1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 Cup vegetable oil

1/4 Cup sugar

1/4 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp garlic salt

Mix above ingredients together with wire whisk. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over your favorite salad greens. I add sliced cucumber, cashews, golden raisins, and craisins!


Quilter's Tips:

1.  After washing your fabric, place in dryer, remove while slightly damp.  Spray entire fabric with spray starch and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Press with steam iron.  Gives the fabric sizing, and best of all, you'll find less stretch when working with those pesky bias edges! 
2.  If you get blood on your fabric, let's say from a pin prick, did you know that your own saliva has the enzymes necessary to remove the blood?  Sounds a little nasty but it really does work!

 

Please feel free to submit your tips, recipes, suggestions, etc.  When space allows, we'd love to publish them!  You never know who might need them!