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?
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