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"Peek-A-Boo" Prairie Points Table Runner Tutorial!

Jun 01, 2021
Hi, I'm Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics. Today we are going to make a Prairie Points

table

runner

. We have now made a Prairie Points trail. You may have seen this

tutorial

. It is one of the most popular. I think it's because it's simple, but. It's very, very nice, but I always thought that if I could have added some tiles to some of the blocks and then used these two-tone

prairie

dots around the edges, it might have even turned out better, so that's what we're going to do. do. Do it today, so let's go ahead and get started.
peek a boo prairie points table runner tutorial
Now you will need two sets of charms to make the

runner

and the

points

, so there are 40 in each set. I'm now using a suite called Earlybird. This one is from Windham. Has many. chicken wire has chicken wire, but almost any color or theme will work. The top of the runner is made up of three different types of blocks, some of them are just these five inch squares and some of them will be little nine patches and then we have some that are so they have a little strip right in the middle, so The first thing we need to do is get 12 different charms in different colors so we can make the patchwork blocks.
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I have my 12 here and they will all be cut the same so you can stack them and cut several if you want or you can do them one at a time so the first thing we're going to do is cut a one inch strip and we're going to use that, like this So we'll put it aside now. I'm going to cut what's left into two inch squares, so I'm going to cut it in half here, two inches here. way so we have two squares and another two inches and this is the only little bit that we are not going to use, so I am going to go ahead and make those same cuts on the 12 so that all the pieces of the twelve squares are now we are going to need some you strip more of these, so we're going to take one more square and we're just going to cut it into 1 inch strips, you don't have to worry about remembering all these numbers because this is a free pattern and you can click the link right below the video, the link which says free pattern and that will take you to our website and then you can get all those numbers that you need now we're heading to the sewing machine with all of our two inch squares so we're going to make a simple nine patch so pick nine fabrics, it doesn't really matter what order they are in, just get a good variety of colors, mix them up, so here's how I sew them.
peek a boo prairie points table runner tutorial
I'm going to take this row and place it on the right side above those guys. Take the first set here and join it together using a quarter inch seam and just leave it in the machine and then grab the The next set joins it together and then the last set brings it closer together this way we won't have a lot of extra threads and all the blocks They will stay right where we want them, in the right order. Now let's open. this up we're going to add this piece here now open up the middle row here add that piece and then the last piece now let's take the middle row and we're going to press the seam allowances away from the center so I'm going to press with my fingers just draw your nail or your finger down on the scene, press this out, then the top and bottom rows should have the seams facing the middle.
peek a boo prairie points table runner tutorial
Now the reason we do it like this is because our seams, our seam allowances will now all be. going in alternating directions and now when we sew this row on top of this one, those seam allowances will nest and lay nice and flat and it will be very easy to sew them together now all we have to do is sew this one. and that block is ready, so let's make a total of five blocks like this. Those blocks are now ready for our second Patrick block. We need to choose sixteen in a variety of colors of these charms now to make this block. we're going to take the charm and we're going to cut it in half so that there are two and a half inches left, so go ahead and do that for all 16 blocks now that I have all of my squares divided and all of my 1 inch strips and this is how we go to put the block together, we're going to get two equal halves and a strip that's a contrasting color and we're just going to put them back together, so put this guy here and sew it with a very careful quarter inch seam and we're going to press that seam toward the middle, so I just fold it pressing with my fingers so that the seam goes towards the small strip.
Now put this guy and press that seam again. towards the center, so go ahead and do that with the rest of your blocks and it doesn't really matter what color you put in the middle, just try to have a little bit of contrast between the outside in the middle, now that we have all of them. the pieces we need so we can start designing the top of the runner, now the nine patch blocks will go right down the middle of the runner, so we'll start with those blocks that have the strip in the middle. we're going to put one at the end and then we're going to put them on either side of these guys and they're also going to go between the blocks now all we have to do is take these charms that don't have patches on them and fill in the rest of the spaces and now I'm not even looking at what color goes, I'm just laying out the blocks when I'm done, I'll change it a little bit so the colors feel balanced.
Of course, we don't want them to be right next to them, so we're going to want to move that guy there and then we'll take a look at the whole hallway and see if it looks like it's pretty balanced to me and there's no special combination or anything. to sew them together. I'm just going to do the three rows and then sew all the rows together and then we're ready to work on the

prairie

stitches, now we're going to take the rest of these charms. squares and we're going to cut each one into two and three inch segments, so all we're going to do is take two different three inch fabrics by two inches and we're going to sew them together with a quarter inch seam and then take another couple of them again, just two different prints to put together and do that for all the pieces.
Now we want to take each one of these, open it up with that seam going towards the little piece there and iron it on. flat, then we'll fold it in half like this and iron it again, so go ahead and do that with all of these blocks now before we fold them. It really helps if you sew this long edge very close to the edge like about an eighth of an inch away just to keep the pieces together so that when we fold them they line up nicely so you can line them all up and do it all in the row here now we're going to fold them down so set it up on your ironing board and fold it like this so you have all the edges lined up and I'm going right to the corner there and I'm going to iron that side down and then I'm going to fold this side down again so in the corner we're going right along of the diagonal, we give it a good pressure, this is what our meadow point will look like.
It's not really pointy, it's a little bit flat on top, but it has that contrast color on the inside, so let's go ahead and do that with all these guys, look how cute they look. Now we want to sew this one more time along the raw edges here so it's folded over, so again I'm going to go very close to the edge. about an eighth of an inch apart, it may seem like an extra step, but it doesn't take much time and makes sewing them to the patchwork mat much easier now, no matter how careful I was, I can't fold them completely perfect. along the edge and it's a little messy, so I like to take my ruler and just trim off a little bit of that excess so it's nice and straight along the edge.
Now we're ready to place the meadow dots around the outside of the runner, so we're going to need 14 on each of these long sides and we're going to need four on the ends and I'm going to start spreading them out and balancing the colors, trying to figure out what's going to go where and I'm not going to space them exactly right now, I'm just going to try to alternate the colors a little bit to have a nice black color, okay, I have them in the order I want them here, but you need to place them with the right side down on top of the corridor, so let's start in this corner here and we're going to put that guide face down and this guy face down and they're going to aim, both things are lined up. up with the edge of the runner pointing towards the corner, so we're going to do that on all the corners first now, once you have those spots there, let's pin them in place so they don't move, so I'm just going to put a pin in with a big bite on each of these

points

, now we want to flip these two guys down and you don't have to measure this side, you just want to have about the same amount of space between all of these so you can see I need to get them a little bit closer, they're going to overlap a little bit here and that's fine and then let's put a big pin in there as well now for the long sides of the runner.
I'm going to have to measure a little bit, so I'm going to put everything right side down here and then once I have them in place, I'm going to take my yardstick and we're going to make sure they're level, so I'm going to use my big yardstick here . We can use a smaller measuring tool, it doesn't matter, but from the center of this point to the center of this point is about three and a half inches, so we have three and a half from there, we have seven here. I have about ten and a half and again, it doesn't have to be perfect, but you just want them to be spaced pretty evenly here, so I'm going to keep going here and make sure they're about three and a half inches apart. once you have them spaced evenly, go ahead and pin each one in place.
Now I'm just going to sew everything around the edge about a quarter inch from the raw edges and make sure that these pieces are nice and neat here. so they don't turn around or anything so just make sure it's along the edge at that point so the same distance about a quarter inch all the way around try to keep that quarter inch nice and straight because we will use this sewing line. in the next step, that's why you don't want to waver there, you want to keep it a quarter inch even, the top is sewn now, now we need a piece of backing and a piece of batting and they need to be a little bit a little bit bigger than the top, about 51 52 by about 15 inches and I'm going to lay down the batting first and this is the same batting that I use on all of my quilts.
This is Hobbes 8020 80% cotton 20% polyester, but polyester fleece will work any type of batting will work. I'm going to put it on first and then I'm going to put my back on top and the back will be right side up, so we're going to take our top and put it right side down, smooth it out. everything and pin around the edges. Now I'm going to sew all of this from front to back, just above or just inside my previous seam, so I'm going to go all the way around, but I'm going to leave about an 8 inch opening, so let's start right here and I'm going to rivet, so I'm going to go right inside my previous seam and go all the way around except to leave about 8 inches on the stick so let's see that's a nice big opening I'm going to sew right here and I'm going to carry the backpack now , let's bring this back to the

table

, now we want to trim off the excess batting and backing so it's even with the top and you can use your rotary. blade, if you want, I find it's just as quick to use my scissors, so I'm just trimming everything out even where this opening is.
I'm still trimming even with the top, it's a good idea to trim off some of the excess. in the corner it also helps if you turn it over you can make sure you're not trimming the seams there to turn it right side out just put your hand between the top and the back and reach to the other end and just grab them and pull, it's very easy to turn them over because we have those prairie points around the edges, so even though it looks very lumpy now, all we have to do is start pulling on those points and it will be nice and flat now, it helps if you just you press with your hand right now, so I'm just pressing along the edges here all the way around and then I turn the whole thing over and do the same thing pressing from the back now the opening. which is right here.
I'm going to turn it under and pin it here and I think I'm going to hand sew this. I think that will make a nice, neat seam there, but you can certainly sew this on your machine if you like now. I don't do a lot of hand sewing, but let me show you how to close an opening here. I've got my needle threaded here and I'm just going to use a strand of thread, so Cut this here and I'm going to tie a knot here by wrapping it around my finger and then twisting it down and pulling like this so I have a nice big knot there, now I'm going to find the opening. here it's starting right here so I'm going to stick my needle in here and I'm going to go a little bit beyond the opening if I can find it and get the needle out and I'm behind the opening because that I know that when I close this it's going to look pretty and sure, so we'll put that thread in there so nothing shows, then we'll just give little stitches, so I'll make a stitch in the Prarie stitch.
There, then I'm going to go into the body of the runner, I'm going to come back out and as I pull this, you'll see that the dots are going to become practically invisible, soI'm taking pretty small stitches here to make sure it's sewn properly. and sure and you can't really see if you look back at my sewing here all the time here you can't really see much of anything now to finish this. I'm just going to take a couple of small points here, so I'm just going to take two points in a row and then one. more, it's just a little stitch, now I'm going to put my needle here and wrap the thread around it three times, pull that needle, slide it down and it'll make a nice knot, then we can trim it.
The last step is to do just a little bit of quilting, all I'm going to do is stitch in the ditch along these rows here, so two stitches in the ditch, I'm going to start right at the end of the runner here and I'll have my Needle right where is the seam and I'm going to open this. I'm opening up the seam and making my needle go straight into the ditch. I have all the quilting done, very happy with how the runner turned. outside so you can't see the padding when it's in the ditch, if you turn the runner over, you can barely see it here and this is good, this runner looks good from both sides because we have all these different colors all the way around. the edge but of course I'll probably keep this side up most of the time.
I love having that texture around the edges and the shapes of the runners are really fun and that little bit of extra fabric folding it in there gives it such a nice touch now. here is the original runner, this is the one i made in the first video, it has a simple mosaic and meadow dots all over the outside. Now these stitches are a little simpler, it's just made with a five inch square, fold it diagonally. and then fold it again and so you have four layers. Now I have a couple more colors. I have this nice bright Christmas color and then I have one in Civil War fabrics and so you can see, this pattern just pops. good on almost any fabric theme you want to use flowers civil war chickens now I love the originals but the new one has those fancy patrick blocks and the accents on these guys and then the prairie dots folded with that color The middle

peek

ing out there gives it a little extra sparkle and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Now leave me a comment. Let me know which stopping point runner is your favorite. Now they don't just have those meadow spots. To add a table runner, I was playing around with some of my extra pieces and made a pillowcase, so I only have nine patches here and then the extra prairie dots are on the edge and that creates a really pretty frame. for the pillow thanks for watching our

tutorial

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