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Sew Prairie Points to the Edges of the Quilt
Sew Prairie Points to a Quilt

Sew prairie points to the quilt.

© Janet Wickell
Sew prairie points to the quilt after it's been quilted -- leave about an inch and a half of unquilted space around the edges of the quilt.


  1. Trim the batting and backing to match the quilt top. Square up the edges if necessary. Fold the backing and batting out of the way. See option below
  2. Beginning at a corner, arrange the prairie points along one edge of the quilt, right sides together. Adjust positions as needed to balance the prairie points. Pin in place.
  3. Sew the prairie points to the quilt with a 1/4" seam allowance.
  4. Sew prairie points to the remaining sides.
  5. Trim corners to reduce bulk if necessary.
  6. Flip prairie points right side up, taking the seam allowance to the back of the quilt. Press to help Fold the backing under 1/4", pinning it in place to cover the line of stitching.
  7. Blind stitch the backing in place.
  8. Add additional quilting if necessary to fill in gaps around the outer edges of the quilt.

Backing Option

When you trim layers, leave the backing 1/4" larger than the quilt top and batting then turn under 1/2" before stitching the backing in place.

More Ways to Use Prairie Points

You can place prairie points anywhere, not just around the edges of a quilt. Try them between blocks or use small prairie points to surround applique shapes.
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