I’m not trying to be “snippy” or sound uncaring with this title but my least favorite thing to do on a quilt is the binding. I get so BORED! You cut and sew and cut and sew and don’t really change the look of the whole thing. It is like the last blank page of a book.
Ok, sister I hear you saying it has to be done or the batting falls out. Well, if is has to be done, at least make it pretty. So I started looking into the trick of using prairie points as a binding. I had seen it a time or two on old quilts and that it certainly adds interest. Boy! was I in for a surprise. Prairie points aren’t just for binding and there are a ton of tools and ideas out there. I started with prairie points at the center of my “Vintage with a Twist” quilt and it began it work its way out from there.
This Tuesday Tutorial isn’t full of diagrams about how to make those decorative points, but it is a beginning step on where to find the best help about prairie points.
Let’s start with the definition of Prairie Point: Folded square of fabric (no size limits, color restrictions, or even fold location). Some with center fold, others will side fold. Craftsy gives a clear distinction between the two types, overlapping or side by side. Each give a unique look for a specific purpose.
Next think about where to use Prairie Points: Of course, I would recommend our Let Freedom Ring patterns that use them. Even the free pattern for the BBQ mitt has added style with patriotic points. Check out the PS patterns under the Brag Book tab.
Back to quilts and points: Don’t leave them on the outside edge. Try using them in the sashing as well.
My personal favorite is the dimensional use in a block like these:
But don’t stop with quilts, add them to the pillows too. I remember making one with ombre shades net! (Yes, it was green even back then.)
Cute as a hot pad as well. Our guild used the same steps to cover Styrofoam balls for ornaments.
Another Ornament Idea
So many ideas and so little time so use the following links to find the:
The point is….go out and enjoy the prairie!