Did you ever notice that prairie points have almost disappeared. When I was young, there was a white and green embroidered sampler quilt on our spare room bed. I remember being fascinated with the green triangle trim around the outside edge just inside the binding. I thought it was amazing then. I still do today.
They were prairie points of course. Prairie points are very easy to make one at a time, but that gets really cumbersome if you need to make a bunch…and you always need to make a bunch. And then there are always problems with spacing them correctly, pinning them, etc., when you do it that way.
But, there is a smarter easier way to do it. Let’s say you have a small quilt that just needs a little extra something to make it stand out. Let’s also say that the outside edge of the quilt is 40 inches square.
The math is simple. Always cut the fabric strip 4 x as wide as the finished prairie point will be and as long as you need it. Sew strips together with a 1/4″ seam if you need it to be longer than 1 WOF.
For the sake of simplicity in this tute, Lets say you want your prairie points to be 2″ completed. so…
Measure a WOF strip 8″ wide x 40″ long
This next part is the trickiest bit
Repeat the process on the other side.
Such a cute line of pretty almost done prairie points!
To do this you simply open each point and reposition it with one piece to the front and one piece to the back and set one side in front. Press with a hot iron and steam to nestle everything together nicely and make it nice and flat.
To keep the points stable, take them to your sewing machine and stitch the edges down about 1/8 inch from the edge.
But if you want to be really awesome…why not make a strip of two coloured prairie points
Sew two strips of different colors together. Remember to make the math work out you will have to add 1/4 inch to each strip to account for seam allowances…so to make 2″ finished prairie points, each strip should be 4 1/4″ wide. I suggest you press the seam allowance open just for ease in folding. And use your seam ripper to open the seam when you take out the 2″ section for the bottom half of the strip. Follow all other steps just the same as above. And this is what you’ll end up with.