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Prairie Point Part 4–Trimming and finishing the back

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This is the fourth installment of the Prairie Point Tutorial series.Prairie points part 1Sizing and countingPrairie points part 2FoldingPrairie points part 3Distributing them evenlyPrairie points part 4 – Trimming and finishing the back**************************************************Here is my little sample quilt, all quilted and with prairie points sewn on.  I think it could be cute just like this, with the points pointing in, in which case I would just add binding to finish the edges.  However, I want my points to point outwards and be the finished edge so there’s more work to do.Next I need to trim the backing and batting, but I can’t just wield the rotary cutter and trim everything flush with the edge of the quilt top.  I need the backing 1/4” larger than the top all around, and the batting 1/4” smaller than the top, all around.1. Trimming the batting and backingStep 1.  Fold the backing out of the way, well away from the edge of the quilt top so you can trim the battin…

Prairie Points Part 3 – Distributing them evenly

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This is the third installment of the Prairie Point Tutorial series.Prairie points part 1Sizing and countingPrairie points part 2FoldingPrairie points part 3 – Distributing them evenly Prairie points part 4Trimming and finishing the back**************************************************This part of the series will look at two ways to distribute your points evenly along the edge of your quilt.But FIRST:1. Decide if you will sew them on before or after the quilt is quiltedYou can sew the prairie points to the quilt top before sandwiching the quilt, or after you have sandwiched and quilted it. I usually do it before.  As you’ll see in part 4 of this tutorial series, you need to leave at least an inch of unquilted space on the outside of your quilt so you can finish the back properly.  I find that having the prairie points in the way in place first is a good reminder not to quilt there. I can go back and add quilting later if I want that space filled.  I just need to think ahead …

Prairie Points Part 2 – Folding

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This is the second installment of the Prairie Point Tutorial series.
Prairie points part 1Sizing and countingPrairie points part 2 – Folding Prairie points part 3Distributing them evenlyPrairie points part 4Trimming and finishing the back ************************************************** (Note: if you’ve been following this blog for at least a few months, this part of the series will seem familiar!  I’m repeating some info to gather all the prairie point information together.) I’ll share how to fold two different styles of prairie points.  Whether you choose the first or second method, the information from Prairie Points Part 1, about sizing and calculating how many points you’ll need, will apply.



Prairie Point #1

Step 1. Start with a square, wrong side of fabric facing up. I’m using a 3 1/2” square, which yields a 1 1/2” tall finished point.



Step 2. Fold the square in half once on the diagonal.  Press the fold.



Step 3. Fold in half again. Press the fold.  I like to hit it with …