Meet author Karen Sievert (+ giveaway)

Prairie PointsKaren Sievert was introduced to quilting 15 years ago, and it was love at first sight. With her enthusiasm for the craft, it wasn’t long before she was inspiring others to quilt as well. Soon she had her own quilt shop and long-arm quilting business. Read the interview to find out more about the author of the popular books Prairie-Point Pizzazz and Better Together.

What’s one thing you remember making or doing as a child that showed your budding creativity?

The first thing I remember making is grape-cluster shaped potholders from felt and bottle caps. I also remember watching my mom crochet, so I decided I wanted to do that too. It seems I’ve always been interested in “arts and crafts,” which is pretty funny since I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler!

Karen SievertHow did you first get hooked on quilting?

My husband was in the military, and my children and I had to move from Hawaii to Virginia by ourselves. My sister also lives in Virginia, and one day she exclaimed that I needed a hobby. After she (literally) dragged me into a quilt shop, I swear, visions of sugarplums were dancing in my head! I was absolutely enthralled by all the possibilities! My sister told me that all I had to do was sew a straight line, and I thought surely I could do that. Of course, there’s a little more than that involved in quiltmaking, but who cares? I love it!

What can you tell us about your journey from beginning quilter to quilt-shop owner and long-arm quilter?

One of the things I love today is being around new quilters. They see things with such fresh eyes, and they usually see only the possibilities. Their excitement and enthusiasm is contagious. That was me! I fell hook, line, and sinker for quilting, and I thought the best way to share it was to open a shop. Was I naive and inexperienced? Absolutely!

But here’s one of the greatest joys you’ll ever experience through quilting: the friendships you forge with other quilters. I was very fortunate to have been blessed with quilters who were (and still are) more talented than I, and who helped and mentored me. The rest was “PPP.” We used to say that stood for “practice, practice, practice.” Now I say it stands for “play, play, play!”

Prairie-Point PizazzWhat gave you the idea to write Prairie-Point Pizzazz?

When I first started quilting, a woman named Janice Streeter, who belonged to our guild, made one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen. It was an autumn-leaves quilt, and she had used prairie points on rectangular bias strips to make her leaves dimensional. Remember: I was a beginner. Bias strips just didn’t work for me. They curve! So, I figured there just had to be an easier way to make prairie points in quilting. It took me a few years, and I admit, a lot of “unsuccesses” to figure it out, but I finally came up with a way to insert prairie points into any half- or quarter-square triangle. No need to redesign a block; just use the technique and tool, and anyone can do it. In fact, I made a video about my prairie-point technique to show you exactly how it’s done!

Tell us about a few of your favorite projects in Prairie-Point Pizzazz.

My personal favorites in the book are “Color, Color All Around,” “Bears Paw Lap Quilt,” and “Peekaboo.” I love all the possibilities with the numerous layouts for “Color, Color All Around.” And the three-dimensional flying-geese border in “Bears Paw Lap Quilt” is the easiest flying-geese border you could ever make. It’s almost like a “V8 moment”: once you see how simple it is, you’re just blown away! With “Peekaboo,” well, I adore those hidden treasures underneath the prairie points.

Color, Color All Around quilt by Karen Sievert
"Color, Color All Around"

Bears Paw Lap Quilt by Karen Sievert
"Bears Paw Lap Quilt"

Better TogetherYour book Better Together shows blocks that form extraordinary layouts. Which of these quilts would you recommend for beginners?

Without a doubt, I’d first recommend “Sun-Kissed Roses.” It’s simply a combination of a Nine Patch and Rail Fence, two very simple blocks. Next, I’d recommend “Sherbet Stars” and “Midnight Fairy Lights.” These are one-block quilts where the block is done in several colorways. Couldn’t be easier, but the results are so much fun!

Sun-Kissed Roses quilt by Karen Sievert
"Sun-Kissed Roses"

Sherbet Stars quilt by Karen Sievert
"Sherbet Stars"

Midnight Fairy Lights quilt by Karen Sievert
"Midnight Fairy Lights"

What’s your favorite part of the design process?

Creating, creating, creating! Like other quilters, I love being able to play with different fabrics, colors, and ideas for putting a quilt together. There’s no better feeling than when you can go from concept to completion. I think it’s because no matter what I’m making, I’m always growing and learning as a quilter. I’m always striving to get better, to improve my skills.

Do you have some tips for beginning quilters that you’d like to share?

My favorite tips truly go back to the basics. First and foremost is accurate cutting. If your patches aren’t cut accurately, they won’t fit together as planned in the pattern. Secondly, I always test and measure my seam allowance to ensure that it’s an accurate ¼". Again, this is so important. All quilting patterns are based on a ¼" seam allowance, and if you’re off, even by an eighth of an inch, the problem just multiplies.

How can our readers find out more about your workshops and classes?

By visiting my website, TheNiftyNeedle.com. Readers will find not only my schedule but also videos demonstrating how to make prairie points, how to insert them into patchwork, and even how to make a three-dimensional flying-geese border.

I’ve noticed that a lot of quilt shops are also teaching classes from Prairie-Point Pizzazz, so it’s always a great idea to inquire at your local shop to see if they’re offering a class.

What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

What spare time? LOL! When I do have extra time, I enjoy spending it with my family and friends. I also enjoy things like bowling (great stress buster!), camping, and oh no, you guessed it—sewing!


Thanks for sharing your quiltmaking journey with us, Karen!

Do you have a story about using prairie points or two-block combinations in your quilts? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Prairie-Point Pizzazz eBook or the Better Together eBook! We’ll choose two winners—one for each eBook—one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Karen’s books here, and if you do, you can download the eBooks for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner of Prairie-Point Pizzazz is Heather, who said:

“I love the look of prairie points but haven’t used them in years. Would love the book to get me started again!”

The randomly chosen winner of Better Together is MizPat, who said:

“I have made several quilts with the two-block concept. I love how the two blocks combine to create unexpected effects. I have designed several two-block quilts that I am in the planning and processing stage, prior to the cutting and sewing stage. I don’t know which I enjoy more, the planning and processing or the cutting and sewing!”

Heather and MizPat, we’ll email you each a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!

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97 Comments

  • I remember when my mother took a quilting class in the early 80s so she could make quilts for her grandchildren. Her first quilt was a sampler quilt and she decided to border it with prairie points. I had never seen them before and thought them ingenious. I have liked them ever since!

    Michelle Harrison on August 10, 2012
  • Great giveaway, thanks!

    Debi R. on August 10, 2012
  • I’m doing a baby quilt for new grandchild using prairie points as the border. I have made one before and loved the look of the points. Great book to have.

    —Sharon Brown on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve never used prairie points but think it’s about time to give them a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Rina on August 10, 2012
  • I haven’t used prairie points in a quilt yet, but I have used them to edge a table runner. Figured out a way to do scrappy continuous flying geese.

    —LeAnne L on August 10, 2012
  • thanks Karen for your demo video! I love folded pieces in my patchwork, did the Bow Ties even in spool blocks and the folded flying geese already. Would love to play with your idea
    holding my fingers crossed 😉
    greetings from Germany
    Brigitte Baierl

    Brigitte Baierl on August 10, 2012
  • I love the dimension that the prairie points add to the quilts! Gorgeous. Haven’t ever used them but this makes me want to.

    —Laura F on August 10, 2012
  • I like the idea of prairie points in quilts. It adds great dimension and variety. I would love to win the book. Thanks for giving me a chance.
    Patricia in Ohio on Aug. 10, 2012

    —Patricia D. Roberts on August 10, 2012
  • i have no story to tell. i have never used them but i would like to. i like trying new things. prairie points are on my to-do list. yours makes me want to more them up on my list!

    —beverly maples on August 10, 2012
  • Can’t wait to check out your book, the examples shown are amazing! I am wanting to make a special quilt for each of my children for them to remember my parents, my Dad having passed away 3 weeks ago. I’m sure your quilts will fit the bill 🙂

    —Edna on August 10, 2012
  • I haven’t made prairie points for a long time because I thought they were so hard to do. Now that I know how -easily- I’ll use them a lot!

    —Roberta Kennedy on August 10, 2012
  • I have not used prairie points so don’t have any stories but I do like the look of them so that is something I definitely want to try.

    —Judy on August 10, 2012
  • We were on vacation in Pennsylvania when I saw a quilted wallhanging of a turkey with prairie points tail feathers. I couldn’t afford it at the time but couldn’t get it out of my mind. After considerable browsing on the internet, I was able to find and order the pattern. It was my first experience with prairie points and people still comment on how much dimension was added with the prairie points tail feathers. I really like trying new things and Karen Sievert’s prairie points options would be wonderful. Thanks!

    —Leslie on August 10, 2012
  • I love the look of prairie points but haven’t used them in years. Would love the book to get me started again!

    —Heather H on August 10, 2012
  • I love 3d quilts – but have never used prairie points on a quilt… hmmm…

    —Linda V on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve never used prairie points, but gosh I love the dimensionality you have added to quilts with this!! It is a very new concept to me.. I love it!

    —Marcia Kosturock on August 10, 2012
  • I made a quilt for my mom’s 60th Birthday (16 years ago) and sewed prairie points around the border. It was fiddly, but it turned out so nice! I haven’t sewed another prairie point since! 🙂

    —Debbie Constable on August 10, 2012
  • I discovered prairie points a couple of years ago, and totally fell in love with them, but still have not had a chance to try them. I would love to win the book. maybe that will give me the little extra nudge I need. here’s hoping……….

    —Bonnie L on August 10, 2012
  • i haven’t made prairie points yet … they’re on my to-do list! i have, though, made two-block quilts, the latest being a my first mystery quilt. a charming pattern, but learned that one must see the patterns first. i had to switch two of my fabrics so one of them could form an accent line. using my first choice, that line disappeared! the first blocks made an accent pillow, so all was not lost.

    ritainalaska on August 10, 2012
  • I did a quilt with points, a 4 patch with a point on each of the squares. I did the quilt in reds and black on a white background. I started it when I knew nothing about making a quilt and ended up making 144 – 4 patches and sewed them together, a medley of red, grays and black patterned 4 squares only an 3 1/2″ each patch. I had no idea it would take so long or use so much material, but the finished project was stunning! I am glad to read and watch another inspiration and may give it another try using an easier method. Thanks for your insight!

    —diane on August 10, 2012
  • I’m vaguely familiar with how to make prairie points but have never been comfortable enough to use them in a quilt. I’d love some inspiration and advice for technique. Thanks for this opportunity to win this book. It looks fabulous!

    —Wendy A on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve made several two block quilts and am working on one right now. I like to make them what I call "semi-scrappy". I pick one of the main fabrics in one of the blocks and make it different in each block. The one I’m doing now has green fabric that forms a ring in one of the blocks. So each of the 17 blocks uses a different green fabric. I think it makes the quilt more interesting to look at.

    —Lisa Marie on August 10, 2012
  • I was involved in a Round Robin with my small quilt group a number of years ago. One of the members moved during the period that we were doing this project but she continued on with us anyway. We mailed her each quilt as it was to be passed on to her. She had my quilt last and since the "rule" for the last border was "do anything you want", she did prairie point all around the outside. It was a fall colored/themed wall hanging and these points just set the whole thing off. It turned out great and I have loved prairie points ever since. I really like the 3-D ones that Karen Sievert has put on her quilts. They would be great on a kid’s quilt because kids like to finger things.

    —Karen L. on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve not tried prairie points since I’m relatively new to quilting. Sounds like a challenge.

    —Mary on August 10, 2012
  • Brings back such great memories! Thanks so much for all the beautiful work that you do! 🙂

    —DJ on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve made dimensional prairie points and love them. They add such movement to a quilt. Made a small dimensional pinwheel wall hanging and won a ribbon at our quilt show several years ago. It was embellished with buttons and fun to make. Would love to win the book for more ideas.

    —Connie on August 10, 2012
  • I have always wanted to try three dimensional quilting. I viewed your Praire Point video and loved it. Your book has jumped to the top my Most Wanted list!

    —Suzette Maier on August 10, 2012
  • I am adding a prairie point border to a Christmas quilt and it is the first time I am making prairie points. I love how creative Karen was in the way she used them in her quilts.

    Joanna on August 10, 2012
  • I made 2 pinwheel-type blocks using 3D Prairie Points from Karen Sievert’s Prairie Points Pizazz on a photo memory quilt made for a friend’s 70th birthday. I wrote various memories we have under each 3D point.

    I’d never made prairie points before because I thought they were too difficult. My daughter loaned me her book; they were so easy to make. I want to re-borrow the book so I can make at least one quilt from Karen’s patterns.

    —Joanne Scott on August 10, 2012
  • I belong to a group of charity quilters, and every now and then we take a break for learning some new//fun thing .. last year i showed them how to incorporate prairie points into their pinwheels for a fun effect – one of the gals worked all year on a quilt for her hubby, and brought last month for show and tell. She was so happy with her new skill and her new completed project. Of course I was thrilled to see that she not only started it – but finished it!

    —Sandie McFerran on August 10, 2012
  • Wow, looks like a lot of fun, and really adds something extra to our quilts. I will try it soon.

    —Marilyn Koestler on August 10, 2012
  • I have made several quilts with the two-block concept. I love how the two blocks combine to create unexpected effects. I have designed several two-block quilts that I am in the planning and processing stage, prior to the cutting and sewing stage. I don’t know which I enjoy more, the planning and processing or the cutting and sewing!

    —MizPat on August 10, 2012
  • Love the Bear Paw quilt shown in the video! I have not tried making prairie points yet, but would like to try. I am currently working on a queen size Feathered Star quilt that is the two color combination of a cranberry print and a tone on tone cream print. I love your Feathered Star on the wall behind you in the video!!! The quilting is awesome!

    —Vicki Sprain on August 10, 2012
  • I used prairie points on a baby bunting years ago but I love the way you use it to add dimension.

    —joyce mosby on August 10, 2012
  • Thanks for the useful and great giveaway.\

    —pat on August 10, 2012
  • I love dimension in my quilts, it always makes them stand out from the rest of the quilts displayed somewhere. I have Prairie Point Pizzaz, but not Karen’s other book. I haven’t made one of the quilts yet, can’t decide which to make first!

    —Cindy Stowe on August 10, 2012
  • Several years ago I moved to CT and was lucky enough to secure a teaching job in a quilt shop. My best class is Binding with Prairie Points and Lined Prairie Points. No one in that area had ever done them so I get a big kick out of saying I brought prairie points to CT. Karen has a different method and I love what she does with her quilts!

    —Pat Hersl on August 10, 2012
  • I personally havn’t used prairie points in a quilt yet. I remember when they were the big rage to use on the edge of quilts. I would like to make one of Karen’s quilts from this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Marilyn Snow on August 10, 2012
  • I made a large tote to carry quilting supplies and mats. This introduced me to prarie points. They add a lot of pizzaz to projects.

    —Judy Allen on August 10, 2012
  • Ingenious! I loved the video. It made everything seem so easy and the results are spectacular. This is one book I am buying, today!

    —Judii Reiss on August 10, 2012
  • Apparantly I have been making two block combination quilts and didnt know it! Would love to have either of these books!

    —Madeline on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve never done that, but after reading this I want to!

    Rachelle on August 10, 2012
  • I went to a Quilt Club meeting at a local fabric store where KIaren was the guest instructor. I was blown away by her Prairie Point technique. She made it so easy and such fun! She’s a great teacher. Hope I get to win one of her fantastic books!

    —Carolyn Fulmer on August 10, 2012
  • The first charm pack I purchased was in pinks and white. I made a lovely baby quilt with them and used prairie points all around the outside instead of binding. I was very pleased with the outcome. The quilt is hanging in my closet, waiting for a future great grandchild.

    —Sharon Lichter on August 10, 2012
  • Found some "prairie points" at a garage sale with some other fabrics but didn’t know what they were or what to do with them. Some quilting friends knew and found me some ideas for using them. Then I was hooked! Liked the name, too, cuz my family came across the prairie in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail!

    —Barb Peters on August 10, 2012
  • Several years back the daughter of a good friend from out of state did an internship in my husband’s office. When it was time for our shop hop, my friends and I convinced her to come along on our "girls’ day out." She came along and collected the blocks, and even found fabric and a pattern for an apron she wanted to make. She was not a quilter but did get her apron done before going back home. When she departed, I found she had left the quilt blocks for me. Since she was planning her wedding the following spring, I used our combined blocks to make a quilt for her and her husband to be. I made prairie points for the edge, decorative but not too feminine. It was my first time to use prairie points and I loved the look! We didn’t make it to the out of state wedding but the quilt made it!

    —Carol C on August 10, 2012
  • I did a demo on the Prairie Pizzazz book at my guild and was thrilled to see a member bring in a quilt with Karens prairie points. Love that book!

    —Ruth B on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve never made prairie points but I have a project coming up that calls for them. I love prairie points but have let them intimidate me – I’d love to win this book.

    —Lynn D in NC on August 10, 2012
  • The only time I’ve ever used prairie points is when I made a doll quilt for my oldest daughter. I used feedsack reproduction fabrics and hand quilted it, and the prairie points were at the edge. It was really cute! (if I do say so myself). She is 20 years old now and she still has that little doll quilt, so I think she liked it! 🙂

    —Jane S. on August 10, 2012
  • I am a beginning quilter so I have not done prairie points yet. I would love to learn
    Ore about it!

    —Lisa Garrett on August 10, 2012
  • I used prairie points on the edge of a quilt I made using fabrics from clothes I had made for myself (since I was 9), for my mother and my daughter. It is a special quilt and I love the scrappy points. Would love to win either book and get more ideas.

    —G Britten on August 10, 2012
  • I purchased a kit from one of my LQSs (when I first started quilting last year)that used prairie points all around the outside and it is my favorite table runner. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Terry on August 10, 2012
  • Even before I was a quilter I was using prairie points, of course I didn’t know what they were called. I used to sew garments and I loved embellishing with triangles, my favorite use was a series of PP made of Ultrasuede that I had on a vest front.

    —OHSue on August 10, 2012
  • My mother has always wanted to make prairie points, and so do I. It would be wonderful to win this book so we can attempt our first ones together. Thanks.

    —MarciaW on August 10, 2012
  • I took Karen’s Bear paw with claws class several years ago when she lived in Seabeck, WA through my quilting club. She made the class fun and easy. I have received many compliment since then on my quilt.I fell in love with dimensional quilts since then and have tried several different techniques in many of my quilts. I would love to win her book. Theresa

    —Theresa Taylor on August 10, 2012
  • some years back I made a table runner for my mother and used prairie points . It was thanksgiving on one side and fall on the other. the points were not the most perfect and had to fudge a little to make them come out even, cause I did not have a plan or know how to measure, but she loved it

    —Lawana Whaley on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve only done prairie points two times,but honestly I think I overlapped them too much. But they look wonderful. Your book looks interesting, would love to win a copy. Thanks, Patty B.

    Patty B. on August 10, 2012
  • I have only done prairie points 2 times, andd I think I overlapped them too much. They really dress up a quilt. Youur book looks interesting, would love to win a copy. Thanks, Patty B.

    Patty B. on August 10, 2012
  • When I was just a beginning quilter I made a pillow with prairie points all around the outside edges. The fabric was pink polka dots. I haven’t used prairie points on a project since but would love to plan a new project so I can experiment with them again.

    —lindawwww on August 10, 2012
  • I have not tried prairie points yet but, I have a couple projects lined up for them! Would love this book for more inspiration! Thanks for another great giveaway! Good luck, Everyone!! 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on August 10, 2012
  • I made a two color rapid fire hunter star quilt, and thought it just needed something else. Although I had never made them before, I borded it with prairie points alternateing colors. It gave it just the boost it needed and they were fun to make!

    —Patricia Bourque on August 10, 2012
  • I have not used praire points but I would love to give it a go!

    —Lee on August 10, 2012
  • I am working on a "cats" quilt for my grand-daughter. Each cat has a pair of prairie-point ears over the sashing.

    —Lynne on August 10, 2012
  • I am used to seeing prairie points on quilt borders but to have them incorperated into the body of the quilt is such a wonderful suprise!
    They add so much dimenson. They go on the list of tecniques to try.

    —Pam Losely on August 10, 2012
  • I have used Prarie Points for enhancements to borders on my quilts. I first learned how to make them in an intermediate quilting class I took many years ago. I love making them and embellishing my quilts with them. I would love to win a copy of either book!!

    —Debbie Thomas on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve only used prairie points on one quilt and they were a nice addition. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Mary Furber on August 10, 2012
  • I had never heard of prairie points until a few years ago. I have no idea how to make them, but they are intriguing to me.

    —Ginger on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve never used prairie points, but my favorite quilt growing up had them on the edge. Have been wanting to learn how to make them!

    Thanks for the give away!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on August 10, 2012
  • I used prairie points as an accent in a side front seam of a jumper that also included the corn and beans block, a section of bargello and seminole piecing.

    —Sally on August 10, 2012
  • I made prairie points for my granddaughter’s baby quilt and, at that time, I thought they were hard to construct – my directions were not very clear. Karen’s demo was excellent and I wish I had learned with her technique. I feel very confident now with an easy construction technique! Thanks!

    —Betty,comment_author_email_0ce6e521831d0015e9b0d3ee82aba079=bmoubray@yahoo.com,__utma=217663060.671992225.1336500134.1338305714.1339730655.6,__utmz=217663060.1339730655.6.5.utmcsr=StitchThis!blog|utmccn=0a31b9d510-DailyEmail,Quilting|utmcmd=email on August 10, 2012
  • I had only heard of prairie points used for a boarder but love quilts with demensions so was happy to view the video and would especially like to make "Color,Color All Around".( in Canada it will be COLOUR COLOUR All Around)

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve always liked Prairie Point, but as yet have not had an occasion to use them. If I won this book, it sure would give me some good instructions and motivation to make a quilt that incorporates the technique. Thank you for the opportunity to win a great book.

    —Rosemary on August 10, 2012
  • I was visiting my sister this summer and we visited a small local quilt shop. One of the quilts they had on display interested me because of the 3D effect the prairie points gave it. The prairie points were placed around the edge on the outer border with the points toward the center. Then the binding was stitched on to hold them in place. The quilting in the border was done around the prairie point which drew your eyes to this detail of the quilt top. I resently saw a pattern for 3D or Origami Pinwheels. It used prairie points as the blades of the pinwheel giving the blocks movement. What a fun idea. I have always loved watching a pinwheel spin in the wind.

    —Julie on August 10, 2012
  • Prairie Points add a fun element to quilts. I finished off my summer quilt made from Connecting Thread’s Lawn cotton fabrics. Used a disapearing 9patch block and surrounded it in prairie points. Have also made a couple of stunning 2 block quilts. When 2 blocks are combined the resulting secondary and sometimes even more, patterns that develop can just blow one away. Would love to win this giveaway and be able to explore more ways to combine these into quilts.

    —Cindy on August 11, 2012
  • I find that putting an applique block and a patchwork block together in each of my two block quilts gives them a more even balance…And I get to learn two blocks at a time that way…

    —Darlene Krystal on August 11, 2012
  • The prairie point quilts are wonderful! I need to get back to some more quilting! I think I have found the quilts to take me there. Karen’s enthusiasm shines through. Thanks!

    —Bobbi on August 11, 2012
  • I am very interested in completing a sampler quilt that I am working on with prairie points and would like to use the 3D effect in the featured quilt. I started quilting August 2011, this would be a great addition to my learning process. Prairie points seem to be a traditional design element, but this book puts it into the quilt – not just border element. I would LOVE to win this book! Thank you for having these giveaways.

    – Sandy on August 11, 2012

    —SD on August 11, 2012
  • I’ve only made a few prairie points, to finish off the ends of table runners. Those photos of squares with prairie points in them are intriguing!

    Amy DeCesare on August 11, 2012
  • The first time I tried prairie points was on my grandson’s crib quilt. They were used as an inner border.

    —MoeWest on August 11, 2012
  • As a new quilter,I have not used prairie points, but as I continue to learn new techniques, prairie points is on my list of to do list.

    Dianne

    —Dianne Sanders on August 11, 2012
  • Thanks for the chance to win! I love quilts with prairie points and have also used them on a quilted purse project. My friend (who encouraged me to start quilting) bordered her first quilt with hundreds of prairie points and it’s gorgeous!

    Maree on August 11, 2012
  • One of my favorite quilts was made using a simple nine-patch block made out of scraps alternating with a triangle-in-a-square block made out of yellow and white. The results look like stars dancing across the quilt. I still need to make and use prairie points and Karen’s book looks like an excellent way to begin using them.

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on August 11, 2012
  • I made my first art quilt last year and someone suggested I add Prairie Points to it – I didn’t know what they were but I found out and added them: I think it made the quilt and I entered it in a festival! I didn’t get a ribbon but the judges placed it in the 4th place category!

    —Diane on August 11, 2012
  • There was no quilting done in my home but my best friends grandmother pieced. I remember sitting for hours hand stitching little squares together to make a quilt. It only lasted for one sleepover but it is
    one of my most cherished memories.

    —Diane on August 11, 2012
  • lol I don’t have a story about prairie points, but I do have one about one of my first design attempts. I had been reading about this new thing, tesselations. I went on to design my own, picked out the fabrics that I thought were fabulous together and started sewing away. I thought things were going marvelously…. until I got it all together and held it up…. those fabrics that I picked? Well, lets say that they blended TOO well. I still finished it, and beleive it or not, still have it! I just can’t seem to part with it lol

    —Carol J on August 11, 2012
  • I haven’t made a quilt with prairie points, but I really like the author’s patterns and would thoroughly enjoy the chance to make any one of them. Thank you for the chance.

    Peggy H. on August 11, 2012
  • I have never used praire points but I will be trying them on my next project, I will use your video as my learning tool, hope I win the book, it would be great.

    —Marcia on August 11, 2012
  • I love a Snowball with just about any other basic block. It is the easiest block to make and even alone it’s great!

    —Chris on August 11, 2012
  • I made a small quilted cosmetic bag and decided it needed some extra "zip" so before I put on the zippered section, I added prairie points and it made all the difference in the project. They look like an inverted crown all along the bag, making me feel like royalty when I use that little bag!

    —MaryRose on August 12, 2012
  • i am working on a two block quilt right now all done in oriental fabrics. Finally making a quilt for me, I love the different ways you use prairie points. I have used them on a bag for a different look. Thank you for the chance to win

    —Sharon Meyer on August 12, 2012
  • I’ve used both prairie points and 2 blocks in my sewing. The prairie points I used to decorate the front of a shirt. They were fun to make and certainly dressed up a check shirt. The 2 block quilt was also made with only 2 fabrics, 9 patch and quarter square triangle. I was amazed at the extra dimension that appeared with using only two fabrics. But as the quilt grew, I decided to add another colour as a narrow border and then bind it with it. The quilt was a short order request from my daughter to take overseas. It was very quick to assemble, took twice as long to quilt and looked spectacular.

    —Barbara Chegwidden on August 12, 2012
  • I love the look and dimensionality of 3D prairie points and I love Karen’s designs. I’ve made several 2 block quilts and I love how the secondary patterns come out and make the 2 blocks into something totally different. I hope I win one of these books and thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on August 13, 2012
  • wow..I have never done prairie points. I just didn’t realize how easy they are to make, with steam a seam easy easy. Thank you. I love the idea of making a quilt with texture. Sew Peacefully

    —Deb Mack on August 14, 2012
  • I have never done prairie points, but I did make a two book quilt last year for a raffle prize. When a friend asked for my help I used the nine patch block and white blocks with gold hearts to make a cute crib quilt. Each block shined on it’s own as well as complemented the other.

    —Jamie on August 14, 2012
  • I have never done a prairie point block. I have done a baby quilt and lap quilt with 2 different blocks and the end result was so satisfying. I watched Karen’s video and Wow! I know I could do that…I think. Oh, I would so love to win her book!

    —Jane Knoll-Tenney on August 14, 2012
  • I love 2 block quilt designs and make them quite often. I love Karen’s designs and hope I win one of the books. Thanks for the give away!

    —Susan on August 14, 2012
  • I have used prairie points in quilts before, but they were not easy to construct! I would love to win and read your book to find out about the tools and ways you make your prairie points! I am sure I could love them again. I love your quilts!

    Barb on August 17, 2012

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