Prairie Point Quilting Borders 101

Check out these foolproof strategies for folding, attaching and calculating size for quilts.
Related To:
qlt1138_4d

qlt1138_4d

Calculating size

To determine the initial size of your points, consider the proportion of your quilt. Audition points of various sizes to determine what looks best. For the pictured project, one block in the quilt was measured, and that length was divided into about 3½ prairie points.

Folding

1. Fold a selected fabric square into a half-square triangle, right sides out.

2. Fold the square again into a quarter-square triangle and press. Once folded, the raw edge will be the same length as the initial square.

Attaching

1. With right sides together and raw edges aligned, place prairie points along one side of the quilt top. When satisfied with the placement and all points are pinned down, continue in the same manner around the rest of the quilt top.

2. Sew the prairie points with a ¼-inch seam.

3. Layer, baste and quilt the quilt top. Stop quilting about ½-inch from the edge.

4. Trim the backing ¼-inch beyond the raw edges of the quilt top and prairie points. Carefully trim only the batting slightly less than the raw edges of the quilt top and prairie points.

5. Turn the prairie points away from the center of the quilt. Note that the seam allowance turns inward. Wrap the backing over the edge of the batting. Secure the backing to the prairie points with pins, and hand-stitch to close.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Freezing Produce 101: How to Preserve Your Summer Bounty

Don't let your garden harvest go to waste; learn how to prevent spoilage and maintain freshness by freezing your fruits and veggies.

Closet Systems 101

There are many customization options for closet systems that can be a perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.

Transitional Style 101

Not sure exactly what transitional style is? Get all the design details here.

Tuscan Style 101

Not exactly sure what Tuscan style is? Get all the design details here.

Eclectic Style 101

Not sure exactly what eclectic style is? Get all the design details here.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.