When it comes to those finishing touches that make a quilt stand out,one of my favorites is adding prairie points instead of binding. Here's how I added them to my whole cloth quilt.

     First, you DO have to plan for this in advance, because you must leave 1" of unquilted area around the perimeter of your quilt. This is because they are inserted between top and backing.


Cut 3" squares out of your fabrics for a lap sized quilt.   31/2" is better for a bed size, but you could experiment.

I chose to use scraps, you may prefer one color, two alternating colors, or more for an artistic effect. I found that 25 points covered 45", if that helps you decide how many 3" squares to cut.


Fold kitty corner, press, then fold the resulting triangle again. I coral them into a skinny basket to keep them from sliding around. I make sure all the "open " parts of the folds are facing the same way.

Next, I prepare the quilt. I fold the backing away from the edge, pinning it out of the way. The points will be laid on the top, with each one inserted half way inside it's neighbour. Notice I start on the right side, working left. I do this because it is easier to sew over the prairie points going with the flow instead of against it.








I arrange the points, stabbing with a pin to keep in place temporarily. I sometimes find they're not evenly spaced, so I have to spread or compress the arrangement. I count the number on each side of the quilt, keeping the number the same for equal sides.


Next, hand baste in place through the top and batting, (but not the backing, it remains pinned back).I use a 1/4 " seam allowance for the basting, but then sew with 3/8 " seam allowance with the machine. If I don't, I find that I can miss an edge.

When stitched,I remove the pins holding the back. From the front, use the tip of ironto  press the seam allowance under (back into the quilt).



Now flip over the quilt, and tuck in the back seam allowance by 3/8" and pin...my quilt is the same color on both sides, don't let that confuse you.




                            Now it's time to relax with a cup of tea/coffee/wine and  hand sew the back seam allowance down. I use a blind stitch with a thread that matches the quilt back.



Here are a couple of my other quilts finished with prairiepoints. The green/yellow one, Clay's Choice, won third place at the Western Fair , in London Ont. in 1977.  It's still in use, having stood the test of time. The redwork kitty quilt raised funds for the local animal shelter.


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Comment by sandi king on June 28, 2014 at 9:30pm

i will have to try the prairie points at least one time.

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 28, 2014 at 6:21pm

It's more work than binding...but not hard, and it's a nice change from the same old same old. I find it doesn't take that much "effort" if you do the steps in stages on different days. Like when I'm rotary  cutting a new project, I'll grab the points fabric & cut strips. Then next time I'm trimming something, I'd take those strips & cut into squares. Then , next time I'm pressing out a block I'd press a dozen or so into folded triangles, and so on. I kept them in a long narrow French bread basket, but a drawer sleeve or plastic sandwich keeper would work as well. Eventually they're all prepared. That's when you need to take some "on purpose" time to pin/baste. The sewing can be done right away...or you can carefully fold the quilt away until the next time you're at the sewing machine. The hand work can be done in front of the TV. I call this my "Swiss cheese" method of finishing projects I've been procrastinating on:)

Comment by sandi king on June 27, 2014 at 10:21am

i don't know how the prairie points got past me. i just found your tutorial. i love it, but don't know if I have that much patience. i sure looks like a whole lot of time and work.

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