Kathy McNeil told me how she came up with the inward-pointing prairie point border on the December TQL centerfold quilt, Audubon Christmas, and I had to smile. The innovative edge treatment really completes the look Kathy was after–that of an embossed Christmas card.

“My uniquely creative spin on an old border idea was actually a total wimp out on my part,” Kathy confessed. “After 300 hundred hours of applique and 100 hours of quilting, the quilt was actually coming together. With several thousand yards of thread, the whole thing could have stood up by itself and walked away, but still it looked amazing.”

Anticipating a huge sigh of relief when the quilt was finally finished, she arranged the prairie point along each side. “While machine basting them in place, that I started to feel the fear building in my tummy. This thing was stiff. How was I going to turn the prairie points out and get a decent corner?” Sure she was about to ruin the quilt, Kathy avoided it for two days. “My best quilting buddy was cracking up laughing at me,” she recalls. “She told me it would be fine. Flip them over. Nope, I was not going to risk wrecking this quilt now.”

Then she had a flash of inspiration. The prairie points looked so flat and pretty the way they were. “What if I sewed a bead onto each point to make the judges think that I had planned it that way? Then I could just put a binding on,” Kathy realized. “The prairie points remained pointing in and I just smile and take the credit.”

When you take the time to listen, sometimes a quilt will tell you what it needs.…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Audubon Christmas, detail, by Kathy McNeil
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I just purchased the Audubon’s Christmas Quilt pattern – Is the pattern imaged or will it still be ok to trace orginial