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Prairie points are squares which have been folded into triangles. They are inserted into seams to serve as a decorative effect. Prairie points made with half square triangle blocks can produce an unusual decorative effect. Experiment with two-color squares with a seam in the middle or slightly off to one side for different effects, too.

How to make a prairie pointThere are three different methods for making a prairie point, all starting with a square. In one method, the square is folded in half, wrong sides together to make a rectangle.  Then the two corners are folded in to the center so all the raw edges are along the bottom. These raw edges will be enclosed in a seam.

 

How to make a prairie pointThe graphic shows the prairie points all neatly lined up, but they don't have to be!  Experiment with different sizes and different spacing.  You can even make a two-color prairie point by using a half-square triangle or by seaming the square in the center.

How to make a prairie point
How to make a prairie pointAnother method folds the square in half on the diagonal, wrong sides together. The side with the raw edges is then folded again so all the raw edges can be inserted into a seam. These points look good next to each other or nestled inside each other.


How to make a prairie point

To make a prairie point with no folding, place two squares right sides together and sew using a 1/4" seam all the way around the outside. Pretend you are making a pillow with no way to get to the inside. Cut this pillow once on the diagonal and turn the two resulting triangles inside out, cutting off any excess fabric. This is a great way to use up scraps.

To make an example of continuous prairie points, cut a strip from the width of a fabric 7 inches wide. Draw a line down the center lengthwise. On one side draw a line horizontally from the center line to the cut edge every 3-". Do the same thing on the other side of the line **BUT** start your first line 1-3/4" from the top.

Cut on the drawn horizontal lines to the center. Don't cut that vertical line! You will have a small block at both ends on opposite sides of the center line. Just cut that away.

You now have squares that are anchored only by a center strip of fabric. Fold these into prairie points using the second method, then fold the entire strip in half vertically so one side of points lays over the other side.

If you use fabric that variegates in color either top to bottom or left to right, your prairie points will change color, too. You can also seam the strip in the middle.  The graphic to the right is a thumbnail - click on it to see it close up.

Here are some pictures of items using prairie points.  Most of them are thumbnails - click on them to see them close up.  The link underneath should send you to a page for more information about each quilt or project.  This tutorial is available without the pictures as a

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Paula Ross made this baby quilt

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Friendship Quest

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From the book Prairie-Point Pizzazz: Quilts with New Dimension

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Robbie from Pieceful Hollow Quilts shared this with us.

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From Ladylike Designs

 
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Spiral Tree Skirt from the book Quilts Without Corners: 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition

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Prairie Point ornament from Quiltviews, with a free pattern

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Prairie Points in a Jelly Roll quilt by Uniquely Jen

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Folded Stars Using Plumeasy's Round or Square Folded Star Templates
(tutorial by Lovely Little Handmades)

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Double prairie point video tutorial

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Stichin Time put prairie points on her owl bag.

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Amanda's Baby Quilt


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