Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
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.
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.
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.