“I Love This Quilt.”
Part 3: Replacing Folded-Edge Binding with Prairie Points
Welcome to Part 3 of McCall’s Quilting, January/February I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star! I’m getting closer to finishing my reproduction of this vintage quilt pattern, originally presented in the Spring 2004 McCall’s Quilting Vintage Quilts. I’m ready to prepare a Prairie Point edging.
If you are joining me for the first time, you can get the free quilt pattern download of Twinkling Star from our Quilt and Sew Shop. Also check-out my previous blogs about the changes I’m making to the design. Click here to see Part 1, Using Triangulation method to make half-square triangles and click here to see Part 2, Changing Pattern Borders.
I’m getting close to finishing my quilt top so today I’m going to talk about the alternative I’m making to a regular folded-edge binding, adding prairie points. I’m sure just the mention of prairie points brings a big “Ugh!” to some of you. No worries. I’ve learned there are about as many methods for making prairie points, as there are types–some are much faster than others.
One of my work buddies handed me a Quick Points ruler when she learned I was planning prairie points for the edging of the Twinkling Stars pattern. I’m learning that this tool eliminates some of the pre-measuring and cutting, reduces the time of making prairie points considerably and helps to uniformly space the points around the edge of the quilt top, three of the biggest hassles of the dreaded prairie points.
I’m using the tool to make 2” layered prairie points on my version of the Twinkling Star pattern. Here’s a brief description of the steps I used to create the edging for my quilt. I’ll add links to a few sources for more detail at the end of this blog. You can also search for making prairie points on the web for more information about using a ruler to help you make the points.
1. I used two different fabrics to continue the interaction of cream, blue and triangles to the edge of the quilt top. I cut two lengths of each of blue and cream print fabric the width of the ruler plus ½”, and sewed them together. You can easily add length to the prairie point strip by joining strips end to end, pressing the seams open so the points will lay flat.
2. Next, on my cutting board, I placed the ruler onto the wrong side of the fabric, lining up the center line with the horizontal seam line of the fabric strip. Holding the ruler in place, I cut into the fabric along the cut-out edges of the ruler.
3. I folded over the flaps of the blue and cream prints, one at a time, and then once more to make the prairie points, as shown in the photos below. I pressed the folded edges in place. I applied a small drop of fabric glue between the folded fabrics to hold the edges in place. (As you can see in the third photo, this method could also be used to make a really cool zigzag applique!)
4. Once a series of points were made, I folded the points in half to finish the edging strip. The prairie point strip is ready to add to the border.
5. Notice in the photo below that I pinned two prairie point strips to the right side of border, matching corner points, and the edges of the border and prairie point strip. Then, I sewed the strip to the border using a ¼” seam allowance.
I turned the prairie points to the front side of the quilt top to check out how they will look on the finished quilt. Here are before-edging and after-Prairie Point-edging photos. Nice. I so Love This Quilt!
I’ll be back next month to share my finished quilt. In the meantime, here are more sources about prairie points, and how to make them.
Click here for a tutorial about making prairie point edges using a traditional method: Making Prairie Points Edging.
Click here to see the Fons & Porter Prairie Points Quilting Video.
Download the free Twinkling Star pattern and join me making your own version of this vintage modern quilt. I’d love to see how you’ll make the quilt made by Alice Melum Moss in the 1930’s your very own.