High Prairie Quilt Tutorial

QuiltNotes Learning Center

Last Updated February 14, 2019

The High Prairie quilt is designed by Kriss Holderness. This tutorial includes 5 lessons and over 15 videos and instructions for piecing the pattern.

High Praiie QuiltHigh Prairie Quilt – Double Size

High Prairie WorkshopHigh Prairie Quilt Throw Size

You must purchase the High Prairie pattern in addition to these instructional materials to make the quilt shown. Click on the link below to purchase and download the pattern.

High Prairie Quilt Pattern – Digital

This tutorial consists of 5 lessons. One lesson will be uploaded each week starting January 26, 2019

Supply List and Cutting Notes

  • High Prairie Pattern by Kris Holderness
  • 45mm rotary cutter with fresh blade
  • 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ ruler or whatever you have
  • Smaller ruler for sub-cutting (optional)
  • Cutting mat at least 18″ x 24″
  • Quality 50wt or 40wt cotton thread
  • Washout fabric glue stick
  • Sewing machine with 1/4″ foot
  • Small scissors to use at the sewing machine
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • 6 Ziploc™ or store brand plastic bags.\
    • Number them SB-1, SB-2, RB-1, RB-2, RB-3 and B-1.
  • Small binder (1/2″ – 3/4″) and 17 sheet protectors for pattern


See the fabric requirement page of the pattern. There are two quilt sizes and fabric requirements are listed for each. The box below the fabric requirements contains tips for choosing fabrics.

NOTE: I suggest you purchase at least 1/4 to 1/8-yard EXTRA for each fabric to allow for cutting mistakes/and or waste. If you prewash your fabrics, I suggest you always purchase more than what is called for in this or any other pattern.

There are 5 lessons and 15 videos in this tutorial. For the best workshop experience. I suggest you progress through the lessons in numerical order. When you start a lesson, read through the entire lesson and watch the videos in order and then start from the beginning of the lesson and complete the steps in that lesson.

Lesson One – Prepare Supplies & Fabric

The design of this quilt is striking and one might think the look is difficult to achieve. But the truth is, if you can cut strips, you can make this quilt. The key is to be organized and stay organized and take it one step at a time. Follow the lessons in order and you will do just that.

The lessons are divided into the following:

  1. Prepare supplies and fabric.
  2. Cut the fabric and organize into bags.
  3. Piece the Sun Block.
  4. Piece the River Block.
  5. Assemble the top.

In my opinion, the first lesson is the most important. You are preparing all the things you’ll need to successfully complete the quilt top. At the end of this lesson, everything you need should be in one place and ready to start cutting fabric in Lesson Two.


  1. Download and print the High Prairie pattern if you purchased the PDF version.
  2. Download and print the High Prairie Supply List.
  3. Place all pages into sheet protectors and binder.
  4. Gather the supplies.

Choose Fabric

The next video talks about fabric. I suggest that, if you pre-wash fabric or not, you should ALWAYS purchase a little more fabric than the pattern calls for. Anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 yard extra per fabric. Many things can lead to a shortage in fabric such as:

  • You never know how closely the designer has calculated yardage requirements.
  • Fabric widths vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and some manufacturers put printing near the selvages that take about an inch away from the usable width.
  • Small mistakes in cutting.
  • If the fabric is rolled a little wonky on the bolt and you straighten it, you lose some fabric.
  • Pre-washing fabric usually causes it to shrink. Some fabrics shrink more than others


  1. Choose your fabric.
  2. Cut a swatch strip from each fabric. Place swatches in the chart on page 14 of the pattern and on pages of the cutting notes for the size you are making.
  3. Pre-wash your fabrics (optional)
  4. Press the fabric as it comes off the bolt. Fold the selvage edges to the fold and press again so you have 4 layers of fabric for cutting.

Lesson Two – Cut the Fabric and Organize Into Bags

The first thing you’ll want to do is download and print the Cutting Notes. There are so many different pieces and so many bag, these charts will help you keep organized.

Download Cutting Notes

Put these in sheet protectors in your binder. These will become your friends!

Cutting Fabric

In this lesson, we will use the tables in the Cutting Notes to tell us how to cut and sort the fabrics into bags for piecing.

NOTE: The next video is a demonstration of how to read the tables, cut the fabric and place the fabric in its proper bag. DO NOT rely on the cutting sizes shown in the video. Instead, use the information in the tables for the size quilt you are making.


Starting with Dark Fabric #1 and, using the tables corresponding to your quilt size, cut all the fabric according to the tables and place in the corresponding bags. When you are finished with this step, you will have your 6 bags filled with fabric strips and segments, ready to piece. I like to keep my bags in order in a plastic bin as shown here. Leftover fabric is stored in the bottom of this bin.

High prairie in bin

Check What’s in the Bag

After all the fabric is cut, it’s time to check that each bag has the correct number of fabric pieces. We do this now so there still might be time to purchase more fabric if needed. NOTE: the fabrics used in the video are not the same fabrics used in the final quilt. I changed my mind. The remaining videos in this workshop will use the fabrics in the final quilt.


Lesson Three – Piece the Sun Block

Piecing begins with the Sun Block, which is done by piecing two units:

  • 9-Patch Block (Bag SB-1), and
  • Cross Piece Blocks (Bag SB-2).

The videos in this lesson follow the pattern instructions on page 4 for Throw size and page 7 for the Double.

Note About Cutting Segments

In some of the videos in this workshop I demonstrate cutting the fabric strip sets into segments using the lines on the cutting mat as guides. This method may not be ideal for everyone. The video below shows an alternative method that you may wish to use.

Strata 1

Strata 2 and Frames

Cross Pieces: Bag SB-2

Cross Pieces and Block Assembly

Demonstration on Sewing Interlocking Seams

In the video below, you will see how the finished blocks are stitched together. This is done in the final lesson however, I put it here so you can see now how to stitch interlocking seams. There are many in this quilt.


Lesson Four – Piece the River Block

The River Block is the second and final block for the High Prairie quilt. There are three piecing units:

  • Corner Block (Bag RB-1),
  • Inside Corner and Connector Blocks (Bag RB-2), and
  • 9-Patch Block (Bag RB-3).

The videos in this lesson follow the pattern instructions on page 5 and 6 for Throw size and page 8 and 9 for the Double.

Corner Blocks: Bag RB-1

Inside Corner and Connector Blocks: Bag RB-2

Assemble the Connector Blocks

9-Patch Blocks: Bag RB-3

Assemble the 9-Patch Blocks

Lesson Five – Assemble the top

Coming February 16, 2019

Assemble the Quilt Top

Next, we lay out the blocks by alternating a Sun Block with a River Block. The blocks are sewn together in rows then the rows are sewn to each other.

Attaching Borders

The next video show how to attach the borders to the Throw size. Borders are added to the Double size quilt in the same way except there are more strips to prepare and longer borders.

That’s All Folks

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it. Be sure to share it with your friends and subscribe to my YouTube channel at the link just below.

Happy Quilting!


For more project tutorials and videos:

Don’t miss a thing!

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter sent every Saturday morning at 8:15 Central Time. Forward this information to your friends because I know they’ll love it and appreciate you for it.

Subscribe for updates