Prairie Points: A Traditional Technique for Today’s Project
As folded triangles made from fabric squares, prairie points can be used in a variety of fun ways! Prairie points are great for everything from embellishing items such as table toppers, decorative towels, pillow cases and bags to finishing quilts’ edges; they can even be combined with a regular binding to give an added textural dimension. In addition, prairie points can enhance the interior of quilts as an extra design element, like this, for example.
Prairie points in a project can be made from a singular fabric or a variety of fabrics providing extra interest and color.
Now that you’ve been amazed by prairie points’ many uses, let’s take a look at how they can be created. There are two different ways to fold a square piece of fabric to create a prairie point: the quarter fold and the centerfold. Using the quarter fold method the formed triangle will have an open edge on one side, making it easy to slip the adjoining prairie point inside, forming a continuous border.
Another way to fashion a prairie point, the centerfold, is to fold the square in half leaving the folded side on top. Then bring the two upper corners down to the center, lining the raw edges along the bottom.
When using prairie points in your own designs, you’ll first need to decide how large they should be as you can make them in a variety of sizes. Once you have selected the height for your prairie point (the measurement from the base of the triangle to the tip of the triangle) multiply this measurement by 2 and add 1/2’’ to determine your square size.
You also have a choice in how you space prairie points along the edges of a quilt. By overlapping the prairie points you will have flexibility in making sure they are the length you desire. It is a good idea to arrange all of them along one edge of your quilt, pinning each one in place. After pin-basting, make sure that the spacing and fabric placement are appealing before sewing the prairie points to your quilt.
Have you ever worked prairie points into a quilt or other project?