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5 simple steps to add prairie points to your quilt

by Christine Baker

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used a pressing sheet to assemble our horse head applique. Today I’m piecing the Equestrian Beauty Wallhanging using the Wild and Free fabrics from Northcott and then fuse the applique onto the background fabric. Let’s do it!

Cutting the fabrics

Trim the background fabric to 19″ x 24″.

From the dark brown inner border fabric, cut three strips 1½” x width of fabric. From these cut two strips 1½” x 24″ and two strips 1½” x 21″.

Sew the 1½” x 24″ strips to the two sides of the background. Press.

Sew the 1½” x 21″ strips to the top and bottom of the background. Press.

Prairie Points

To add some dimension to the wallhanging I’m putting prairie points in between the inner border and outer border. Prairie points can be placed all the way around the quilt or use a few on each border as I’ve done in this wallhanging.

Step 1 – cut and fold

From the beige horse-shoe fabric, cut 12 squares 4½” (1). As shown below, fold each square in half to make a large triangle (2) and press. Fold each of those triangles in half again to make a small triangle (3). Press.

Folding steps for prairie points

Folding steps for prairie points

Step 2 – baste

Next, baste the raw edge of the folded prairie points with a narrow ⅛” seam.

Basting the prairie points

Basting the prairie points

Step 3 – place and pin

The first Wild and Free prairie point is pinned to the inner border starting 2½” from the left end of the border.

Pin 2½” from the end of the border

Pin 2½” from the end of the border

Two more prairie points are placed on this border, overlapping each by 2″. Try to make sure that the open edge of all three prairie points is pointing the same direction.

Overlap by 2"

Overlap by 2″

Step 4 – baste in place

Next, the prairie points are basted to the inner border using a ⅛” seam.

Baste to the inner border

Baste to the inner border

Step 5 – add the 4″ border

  • Add the outer border.
  • Cut the brown hats and boots Wild and Free fabric into four 4″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips.
4" outer borders

4″ outer borders

  • Measure the length of the quilt and cut two borders this exact measurement.
  • Sew one of these borders to each side of the quilt.
  • Press the seams and the prairie points towards the outer border.
Press towards the outer border

Press towards the outer border

Add the applique

  • Peel the horse head applique from the pressing sheet. It should peel away from the sheet as one complete applique shape.
Peel the horse applique from the silicone pressing sheet.

Peel the horse applique from the silicone pressing sheet.

  • Center the horse applique on the background fabric and move around and place as desired.
  • Press it into place to finish the quilt top made with the Wild and Free fabric from Northcott.
The finished quilt top

The finished quilt top

Now it just needs to be stitched!! If you like, you can use a blanket stitch, either by hand or by machine, to stitch down all of the raw edges of the applique. I’ll finish it by thread painting and quilting it, at the same time. Join me in December as I walk you through this.

Whatever way you choose to finish, it’s going to look great. As one last finishing touch, you can add a dark brown button onto the center of each prairie point!!

Thanks for joining me this week. I really loved designing this wallhanging and I’m really pleased by how the Northcott Wild and Free fabrics gave my horse applique such a great equestrian feel! Look for these fabrics at your local quilt shop and try making your own version.

I’ll see you next month on QUILTsocial!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: 10 easy steps to assemble a horse applique using Free and Wild fabrics

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Sara Katz October 3, 2019 - 3:29 pm

I am interested in seeing how you thread paint this. I have searched to see if I could find it, but I’m not having any luck.

Anita Jackson November 14, 2017 - 2:46 pm

Love that you put prairie points in the quilt! Thanks for the tutorials!

Rebecca K. November 13, 2017 - 1:47 pm

Love the prairie points so much!

Pauline Gudas November 13, 2017 - 7:47 am

I want to try putting prairie points on a wall hanging Thanks for the tips

Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:10 pm

You’re welcome Pauline! Have fun!

Sherry Jurykovsky November 11, 2017 - 12:45 pm

I really like the look of prairie points. I will be trying them on my next project.

Carla A. Canonico November 11, 2017 - 5:41 pm

They are like little charms on your quilt…

Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:13 pm

I know Sherry! Aren’t they fun? Have fun experimenting with them.

Carol J November 11, 2017 - 10:01 am

Thank you! One day I will try adding praire points – adding only a few is so effective!!

Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Yes Carol, having just a few is a quick and easy way to add dimension!

Karissa Sirdar November 10, 2017 - 11:56 pm

So neat!

Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Thanks Karissa!

Linda November 10, 2017 - 4:37 pm

I like the different craft ideas and thank you for the free magazines


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