Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fancy Finishes: Scallops & Prairie Points

Decorating with a little LOVE this week! Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points And re-sharing a couple of "Alternate Endings" tutorials today.


Sometimes you want to get a little fancy around the edges. These fancy scallops and prairie points work well both as outer or inner embellishments on quilts and pillows.

Heart Pillow with Scalloped Edges Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points 
SUPPLIES:  2 Coordinating Fat Quarters (18" x 21")
20 or so assorted 3-1/2" squares
Fiberfill
Matching thread, needle
I ♥ Applique' pattern << click to download
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points


Enlarge I ♥ Applique' pattern 250%.  Cut 1 front and 1 backing from fat quarters, using only the outer lines of the pattern.  You may wish to trim the bottom so it's a little less pointy.

Prepare Scallops:  Start with 20 @ 3-1/2" squares.

Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points
Assorted red Basics from Riley Blake Designs

Trace a 3" circle on the wrong side of 10 squares
using a removable marking instrument.
(I used a Frixion iron-off pen and traced the 3" base of a spool of thread)
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points


Layer two squares, right sides together.
Stitch on the drawn line, overlapping beginning/ending stitches.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Trim circle, about 1/4" from stitches.
(I like pinking shears for the perfect notched edge = smoother curves.) 
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Cut in half.
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Turn scallops right sides out; press.
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Lay out scallops over pillow top with raw edges aligned.
Baste (glue, pin, stitch) scallops to pillow. Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Layer pillow back over front, right sides together
and stitch using a generous 1/4" seam allowance.
CLIP inner corner of heart to but not through the thread,

then turn pillow right side out. Fill pillow with fiberfil, then stitch opening closed. 
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points
3 Fat Quarters
6 @ 5"  squares
1/8 yard binding
18" zipper
Buttons
I ♥ Applique' pattern (with feathers)

Cut 1 front piece @ 15" wide by 14" in length for pillow top.  Prepare applique' pieces (I used lightweight fusible web and a blanket stitch), then center and stitch to pillow front.   At this point, you could layer the pillow top with batting/backing and quilt if desired.

Prepare Prairie Points:  (say that fast 3 times!!)  
Use either technique #1) or #2) and press the six 5" squares.

Method #1) Fold diagonally in half twice; align raw edges and press.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

OR Method #2) Fold square in half, then fold corners to the center,
aligning raw edges.  Press well.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Lay out individual prairie points as desired; baste (glue/pin/stitch,etc).
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Rifle through Great-Grandma's old buttons = 6 medium size, 3 small.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Stitch on buttons or embellishments.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points
Prepare pillow backing:  WITH ZIPPER:  Cut one backing piece at 15" x 12", and the other at 15" x 5", then follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the zipper.   Trim backing to the size of the pillow top.

WITHOUT ZIPPER: Cut two backing pieces at 15" x 10", then finish one long edge on each piece by folding edge over 1", then fold again and top-stitch.  Overlap the edges to the size of the pillow and proceed by layering the pillow top wrong sides together.  Baste edges.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Add Binding:  Cut 2 @ 2-1/4" x width of fabric strips for binding, then follow the instructions to finish the binding HERE, or try a machine binding technique by following this VIDEO.

 Here's the back side... I like it as much as the front.
Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points


P.S. Want to see what's on the other side of that heart pillow?  Oh, yes, there's a story.... Click HERE to learn the rest of the story.  Have a question?  Leave a comment, or send an email: 
Until next time, happy stitching!

6 comments:

  1. I love the scrappy scallop method! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. These pillows are both so adorable. Love that heart applique design. So clever of you with the scallops and prairie points at the edges!

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  3. Beautiful. Thank you so much for the great tutorial.

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  4. Great tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you sew very much for sharing your beautiful and cleverly edged pillows and tutorials. Now we can change out for any season or holiday just by using other fabrics. Happy Hearts...<3 XO

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