Prairie Points – a simple picto-toot

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

I’ve flipped every other one up so you can see what I mean. You don’t have to do this, but it makes it easier to cut I think.

This next part is the trickiest bit

There will be a 2″ piece left over at the other end as well, I promise.  Cut it out also.

self explanatory right?  Make sure all the folds go the same way!

Repeat the process  on the other side.

Such a cute line of pretty almost done prairie points!

Now  you’ve got a strip 40 inches long with 10 inside and 10 outside prairie points.  You can certainly leave them like this if you want


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.

E-Z-P-Z  right.

But if you want to be really awesome…why not make a strip of two coloured prairie points

Like this.

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.

Amazing!  Try this some time. You will be so pleased with the results.


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