Terrific quilting techniques for your tool belt (+ sale!)

Terrific quilting techniques for your tool belt

Ok, I admit it…I can’t resist a new and fun quilting technique. I will try anything, but rarely do I do the same thing twice. I call it Quilter’s ADD. The fact that I work here at Martingale is, well, not helping me with this problem.

Seriously, though, isn’t it great to have a few special techniques in your tool belt that you can use in almost any quilt to give it that extra little bit of “oomph”? Our sale books this week have some great ideas for you.

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Prairie Points

I hear you: “Uh, Cornelia, there’s nothing new or exiting about prairie points!” Those cute little fabric squares that have been folded into triangles have long been used to add dimension and interest to the outside edges of quilts. In Prairie-Point Pizzazz, author Karen Sievert shows you how to use them in the body of the quilt to give your quilts extra dimension and sparkle. They can be used to add subtle layers of color as seen here:

Blooming Tree of Life quilt
“Blooming Tree of Life” + detail
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Or, used to create an extra “pop” of color:

Bear's Paw table runner
“Bear’s Paw Table Runner” + detail
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Karen illustrates just how simple her prairie-point technique is in this video:

Reading this in email? See the “Prairie Points & 3D Flying Geese Borders” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

See more projects from Prairie-Point Pizzazz >


Folded-Corner Technique—expanded

Chances are you’ve run across the concept of folded corners. Sew a smaller square of fabric to the corner of a larger square or rectangle, and then fold it over to make a triangle on the corner.

Folded-corner technique

In Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts, Donna Lynn Thomas has taken that simple idea and expanded it to make striped units.

Folded-corner units
Example of striped units from
Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts

Donna’s versatile units will add excitement and visual complexity to your projects.

From Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts
“Blackford Blue” and “Flames”

See more projects from Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts >


Strip-Pieced Triangles (“Twin Peaks”)

Half-square triangles are a main component of so many block designs. By taking one side of that unit and using two fabrics instead of one, you get double the design possibilities! Who knew that you could improve on that basic unit? After all, if one fabric is good, two are better, right?

Take a look at this classic Ohio Star—see how those side triangles use two fabrics instead of one? Best of all, the triangles are strip pieced so you don’t have to worry about those pesky middle seams!

Ohio Star quilt block variation

In Twin Peaks, Gayle Bong shows you how quickly and easily you can add this technique to your tool box.

From Twin Peaks
“Get Dizzy” and “Queen for a Day”

See more projects from Twin Peaks >


I hope we’ve given you some great new technique ideas for your tool box! What are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

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7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I used prairie points in a memory quilt (with our family’s photos on it) for my mother-in-law who was in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s. The playing with the prairie points around our photos gave her something to do with her hands and something soothing to feel. It think that technique would work well for a baby quilt, too. They wash well, because the process of installing them was easy and well secured.

    —Pamela Zajicek on August 17, 2015
  • I have used a flange attached to a border or binding to help "frame" a quilt and add another color without adding size to the quilt.

    —Patty on August 17, 2015
  • Oh, I love the Bear’s Paw Table Runner! And the quilts in Twin Peaks are wonderful!

    —Lynne on August 17, 2015
  • Bear paws and fall leaves and also prairie points.

    —Karen on August 20, 2015
  • I love using prairie points in my quilting. It’s kind of like dimensional jumbo rick-rack!

    —Mary Smith on August 21, 2015
  • Wow, do I love those prairie points! Karen’s instructions are wonderful, I can’t wait to try them.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on August 21, 2015
  • I love Prairie Points but especially like the strip pieced triangles for the Ohio Star. A new concept for me using prairie points in so many different ways.

    Sandy R. on August 22, 2015

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