Anjeanette from by Anjeanette used her beautiful new sewing machine to create today’s Prairie Point Houses tutorial. Anjeanette has contributed to Sew,Mama,Sew! before… Remember this fabulous Fun + Frayed Flower Girl Basket (wouldn’t that be perfect for Easter too?!). Here’s a little more about Anjeanette from last year. Since that introduction last year she has moved to the East coast (where she has her own, dedicated sewing room) and she now blogs at by Anjeanette. Check it out, and have fun with today’s Prairie Point Houses tutorial.
From Anjeanette: I have a mild obsession with houses. We moved to the East coast this last summer and I have been wanting to cozy up my creative space since then. I thought it would be fun to use a prairie point for the top of a house and have a little bit of a dimensional detail for a little wall hanging. I found the prettiest fabric in Tanya Whalen’s Deliliah line (Beth’s note: Now on sale in the shop!). I started with half yard cuts of 5 fabrics as well as some white Kona fabric for the backing and sashing on the front. I used striped fabric for the binding. All seams are 1/4 inch.
House tops (12) – 4.5 x 4.5 pieces
Houses (12) – 3.5 x 4 pieces
Sashing between the houses (11) – 4 x 4 pieces
Sashing at ends (2) – 4.5 x 4
White top border 4.5 x 84.5
White bottom border 2.5 x 84.5
To make the prairie points, fold the roof pieces in half to form a triangle and press the fold.
Typically you would not do this part, but I wanted a little detail so I top stitched the fold line with a contrasting thread.
Fold the triangle in half again, still forming a triangle.
Again, press the fold and top stitch just the fold. At this point, I stacked up my top stitched prairie points and got excited at the pretty stack. I am using my new machine for the first time and I am in love.
Form the row of houses. Start with one of the 4.5 x 4 inch sashing pieces. Sew it onto one of the house pieces with right sides together. Continue with one of the white 3.5 x 4 inch sashing pieces and then rotate between a house and a sashing piece, ending with the second white 4.5 x 4 inch white sashing piece. Press the seams towards the body of each house.
Carefully pin the roof pieces to the right side of each house piece (with the roof top pointing down) as shown in the picture.
I made sure the point of the roof was about in the center of the house piece. Pin very well. I went ahead and ran a basting stitch across the top of each roof piece to make sure I caught the whole roof in the seam. Make sure this is more narrow than your regular stitch would be so it isn’t visible in your finished piece.
Lay your top sashing piece over the row of houses, with the prairie points still pointing down and sew together.
Sew on the bottom sashing too and press both seams open. Make sure the roof tops are pointing up when you press the top seam open.
Make your sandwich of top, batting and backing fabric. Pin well. I chose to stipple the white only. I also carefully held the roof top back and stippled below (without sewing the prairie point down) to make it a little more dimensional.
I ran a quick topstitch around the inside of each house to help with the line and dimension as well. Bind your piece and enjoy it! I know it makes my window much happier to be wearing it.
You could easily change the dimensions and make this a table runner or smaller wall hanging.