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Jack in the Box

Put pumpkins in their place. Fussy-cut jack-o’-lanterns glow when surrounded by pieced triangles and prairie points.

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1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired, leaving at least 3⁄4" unquilted along all edges of quilt top. Freda Smith used matching thread to machine-quilt a tight stipple inside the jack-o’-lantern facial features and in the background, then she stitched in the ditch around the squares. She used orange thread to quilt a wavy line along the seams joining the triangles, then sewed straight lines 1⁄2" apart in the border, alternating their lengths from 3⁄4" to 1-1⁄2".

3. Fold an assorted print or stripe 4" square in half diagonally with wrong sides together to make a triangle (Diagram 4). Fold triangle in half again and press to make a prairie point. Repeat with remaining print and stripe 4" squares to make 36 prairie points total.

4. Referring to Diagram 5, pin prairie points to edges of quilt top only (not to batting and backing) with raw edges aligned and prairie points pointing toward quilt center. Slip single-folded edges between double-folded edges. Space evenly, making sure all double-folded edges face the same direction. When satisfied with placement, sew prairie points to quilt top with a scant 1⁄4" seam, sewing through quilt top only.

5. Trim batting 1⁄4" smaller all around than quilt top. Trim backing 1⁄4" beyond edges of quilt top.

6. Wrap raw edge of backing around batting,  and whipstitch folded edge of backing to prairie point seam line. Press prairie points away from border to complete quilt.

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