Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Double Continuous Prairie Points quilt tutorial

I love Prairie Points on a quilt.  Here is a quick and easy way to make a double prairie point edge or border that is all in one strip, evenly spaced apart, and ready to stitch to your quilt.  I will be demonstrating a 3" prairie point but you can easily adjust the size if you like. 

Cut your fabric 6" x width of fabric.  Press in half widthwise to make a center crease.  If you want to have two alternating colored points, cut each strip of fabric 3 1/4" wide and stitch them right sides together along the one long edge.  Press.


Lay the fabric on your cutting mat.  Measure 3" in from the left edge and cut with your rotary cutter just to the crease mark in the center.  Now make another cut every 3" to the end of your strip.


Turn the fabric so that the uncut edge is closest to you.   
Measure 1 1/2" in from the left edge and cut just to the center crease.  Cut off this section completely. 


Now measure 3" in from the new left edge and cut just to the center crease.   Make another cut every 3" just to the center crease. 


Place fabric strip on your pressing table wrong side facing up.  Fold each top square diagonally to the right to the center crease and press. Fold each bottom square diagonally to the left to the center crease and press.  I spritzed with a little Mary Ellen's Best Press to hold it in place


Now fold each triangle diagonally in the opposite direction and press.


This is what your fabric should looke like with both edges folded twice to form the prairie points.


At this point you can either place a little drop of applique glue at the tip to hold it in place, or machine baste along the inside edge close to the crease mark.


Fold the fabric in half widthwise so the bottom prairie points are overlapping the top prairie points.  Repeat to make as many strips as you need.   You are now ready to stitch them to your quilt.

3 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never seen anything like this before! Great tutorial. I'd love to put this on the outer edge of a pillow cover. Thanks so much!

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  2. Krista, I'm so glad you liked it. I hope to be adding more quilting tutorials to my blog in the near future.

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love prairie points. I only know the long way. This is awesome. !!!! Thank you so much.

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