Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hey - what's this?A finished quilt! After I showed it earlier in the week, I trimmed the borders to be scalloped and have been occupying my time with stitching down the binding.
This is a nice finishing technique for me. I often use quilts on my dining table which is round. I've no intention of getting into the round quilt business, so the scallop is a pleasant way for the edges to hang down without long, pointy corners hanging at the legs of the table. I learned this in class at the local quilt shop. It was a little scary to cut the edges of the first quilt I did this way, but this is my third time and I can just march right in there with my scissors like a brave girl.
I do mark it first. I use Terri Thompson's Vine Line Ruler to mark the scallops and then just trim with scissors. If you don't have the ruler - a plate (dinner, paper, decorative . . . whatever) will do the trick very nicely.
One important factor is to use bias binding. The first time I used straight grain binding and it was quite a wrestling match. I won - but it was not an easy nor a happy victory. The bias just curves right along with quilt and everyone is satisfied.
On weather - we seem to be on an even/odd system. Yesterday was cold and dreary. I even turned on the heater briefly to take off the chill. Today is gorgeous, warm and sunny. I wonder if it's called spring because you must be flexible?

25 comments:

anne bebbington said...

I really love scallopped edges to quilts but have never done one yet - definitely on my to do list

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

OH Libby - I love it! What a wonderful way to finish it. I have not ventured into scalloped edges (I'm afeared-lol) - you are my hero!

Patti said...

What a beautiful finish to a lovely quilt. I've never scalloped a quilt edge - not sure why. I'm not afraid to and I like how it looks. I'll have to try it some time.

Quilt Memories said...

What a beautiful way to finish a beautiful quilt.Someday I may "think"about scalloping the edge of a quilt. Have seen them before and love them. Very, Very PRETTY

tami said...

The quilt is gorgeous and I love the way the scalloped border finishes it. How do you keep the scallops even if you use a plate? I'm going to have to give it a try.

Quilt Nut said...

love the scalloped edge! think i may have to try that

Cynthia said...

the scalloped edge looks lovely. I haven't tried this either but i plan to do it on one of my quilts but i won't say which one for the moment ;-) I like your pieced backing too.

Screen Door said...

Awesome quilt (as usual), I love the edging. I've made a double wedding ring quilt that had the edges, but never tried it with another quilt. How do you plan get get all the scallops the same size and space? You are just too good....

KCQuilter said...

Love, love, love that scalloped edge quilt! I've been wanting to try that! Thanks for the tips on your technique.

Diana said...

Your scalloped edge is lovely. How did you have the courage the first time you tried this? It really sets off the quilt.

Fiona said...

I like the scalloped edge - soemthing different. I did make a small quilt with a scalloped edge once - I used bias and it wasn't difficult.

kjquilts said...

Your scalloped edges really finish this quilt off nicely! I know what you mean about being afraid to make that first cut. I put a scalloped edge on my wholecloth quilt and it took me many years after the quilting was done to put the binding on! After I did it I wondered why I waited so long!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I would be petrified, not brave like you; to cut into the borders... but you know what? I might just try it when I see completely stunning results such as yours! Great quilt, and what a clever way to use them! I'm going to look for that ruler, thanks for the suggestion... oh, I love the pieced back, too!

Dawn said...

It is beautiful! I love your scallopped borders! Now if I could just get my work done and maybe make some holly!

Knot Garden said...

The scalloped edge looks exactly right on that quilt! I might get myself one of those vine line rulers.

Judy said...

The binding is perfect for such a pretty little quilt! I've never done one yet and suppose you have to divide the sides into sections then have the right size scallop?? Very nice!!

Did you make the continuous bias binding after sewing the tube or just cut from a square of fabric, then sew together?

Very nice and another finish for you!!

YankeeQuilter said...

I've only ever done scallops on a mini quilt...yours looks great. congrats.

Shelina said...

Congratulations on another finished quilt. I love scalloped edges - the way they look, and one of these days, I will be brave enough to do one myself.

Nancy in MT said...

The perfect finishing touch to a beautiful quilt, how you make these quilts so fast, I'm impressed.

joyce said...

I love the scalloped edges too. The closest I have gotten is rounded corners.

Tracey said...

libby, you are just too speedy. it's a lovely quilt and you did a wonderful job!

Wendy said...

I've done a couple of quilts with scallopped edges, it's a real soft look. Baby quilts are especially nice done that way. I also used a "wave" ruler for a different edge.
Love your quilt!

Quilt Mommy said...

I love the scalloped edges - and what a good idea, a quilt on the table! :)

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Love those edges and the block. Thanks for the hint about the dinner plate as i REALLY don't need another tool! LOL tracey

Carmen said...

Love your scallops! I'm inspired to try to bind a small double wedding ring quilt that I've put off for months because of the scallops. Did you use a single layer or the usual double fold french binding? Thanks for the inspiration! Carmen in Maine