How to make a Prairie Point Christmas Tree quilt

I wanted to make a prairie point Christmas tree quilt but I didn’t find a pattern for the version I wanted to make, therefore I created my own - a great project to use scraps of (Christmas) fabric.

Finished size approx. 20 x 24 inches (50 x 60 cm)

The center part is foundation paper pieced; the star on top is appliqued.


·         Basic sewing materials, iron
·         Paper for drafting the pattern at full size (newspaper or pattern paper will do), pencil and marker
·         A variety of 4 inch (10 cm) blocks for the prairie points – I required 41 pieces for my version
·         1 ¼ inch (3 cm) wide strips as background for the Christmas tree
·         Scraps for the Christmas tree trunk, tree skirt, and start on top
·         Fabric for background, borders and binding
·         Batting and fabric for backing and a hanging sleeve


1.       Cut the pattern paper to the size you want for your quilt. With pencil, make a draft sketch of the design you want.
I wanted a Christmas tree in the center, surrounded by a narrow green and a wider red border. As I did not like how the green and red looked next to each other, I also added a narrow white border in between. I wanted to leave some space between the green border and the Christmas tree; I marked those borders with dotted lines. I also used a dotted lines to show the center and cutting lines.
This is what my pattern looked like:

2.       Cut the outside borders off the pattern and cut the horizontal lines of the center pattern parts.

3.       Cut the pattern in smaller pieces that can be used as foundation for sewing the quilt.

4.       Make prairie points

a.       Take a 4 inch (10 cm) and fold it in half horizontally. Press to set the fold.
b.       From the fold, take one corner and fold it diagonally so the raw edged line up. Do the same with the other corner.  Press to set the folds.

Tip: put a ruler or book on the prairie points after pressing, that way they will stay flat.

5.       Now we can start “building” the Christmas tree. Take a 1 ¼ inch (3 cm) wide strip and lay it behind the triangle part of the pattern (wrong side up) and pin to the paper. Make sure it sticks out at least approx. ¼ inch (7 mm) at both sides and the bottom. This will be the seam allowance.

6.       Turn around so the green strip is right side up. Lay out prairie points with the folded triangles at the back, rough top side lining up with the top of the strip. Arrange them the way you like. They can stick outside the triangle; excess fabric will be cut off later. When you are happy, pin in place.

7.       Right on the edge of the prairie points, slowly sew the prairie points and the strip to the paper pattern. Make sure to sew through all layers of the prairie points.

8.       Lay the next 1 ¼ inch (3 cm) wide strip on the prairie points, good side down. Line up with the edge of the prairie points and sew the strip, this time using a ¼ inch (7 mm) seam allowance. Fold the second strip up and iron.

9.       Turn the whole piece upside down and trim both sides at ¼ inch (7 mm) from the paper. 

10.       Turn around again and place the next row of prairie points. If required, adjust the width of the strip to get the layout you like. Repeat steps 6-9 until you reach the top of the Christmas tree.

11.       When reaching the top, lay the final prairie point in place. On the back side (paper facing up), starting from the top, sew along both edges of the fabric at approx. 1/8 inch (4 mm) to keep all prairie points in place. Then trim the top prairie point down too.

[I forgot to take pictures of the next steps]

12.       Take the rounded tree skirt part and sew the parts to the paper using the foundation paper piecing technique.

13.       Cut a rectangle of fabric for the tree trunk. I added a narrow red strip.

14.       Using the paper pattern, cut out all background fabric.

15.       Sew both sides to the Christmas tree
              Sew both sides to the tree trunk
              Sew the bottom part to the tree skirt, sew both sides to the tree skirt

16.       Sew the top strip above the Christmas tree

17.       Pin the bottom prairie points up to prevent that they will be caught when sewing the tree trunk beneath the tree. Lining up the tree trunk in the center of the tree, sew the tree trunk strip under the tree.

18.       Line the tree skirt up with the tree trunk and sew in place.

19.       Add borders as desired. I used a 1 inch (2 ½ cm) strip of green, a 1 inch (2 ½ cm) strip of background fabric, and a 2 ½ inch (6 cm) strip of red fabric.

20.       Determine how large you want the star on top to be. I used a picture from a free internet coloring page as template for the star [SOURCE]. 

21.       Cut the star fabric using sufficient seam allowance and applique the star in place. The top is finished.

22.       Square the top and sandwich the quilt. Quilt as desired and attach the hanging sleeve and binding.

If you want, you can use some bling to decorate the Christmas tree. I used some cheap Christmas earrings. What do you think?

                                                                        Merry Christmas!

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