Create your own scallop borders with the specialty ruler, Fancy Frame™ by June Tailor.
Tis innovative tool allows you to create unique decorative quilt borders. With the wide slots of the Fancy Frame™ ruler plan, you can mark your border using an extra-fine marking pen or mechanical pencil. Ten cut with a rotary cutter for complete accuracy and ease. Te teardrop shapes of the ruler allow for cutting perfect points.
Tis giveaway is courtesy of EQS. All you have to do is send in a note or email with the words Scallop Border and your name will be entered in the draw. Email to editorial@irishquilting. ie or send a note to Irish Quilting, FREEPOST Vilavita, Garrenstackle, Bree, County Wexford Ireland. (Mail outside of Ireland requires postage.) Deadline to enter draw is 28 February 2012.
Do plan your scallop border as a single border, or at minimal, paired with a narrow inner border.
Don’t cut the curvy border shape until after first edge of binding is attached. Fabric cut on the bias (across the grain) will stretch with handling.
80 Irish Quilting Issue 16 Old Fashion Freezer Paper Scallops
Measure the border length for the scallops. Divide into the number of curves desired. Use a math compass, create a circle with this diameter size. Mark this arc (half circle) onto freezer paper. Iron onto the quilt edge after you have drawn the design on it. Sew the binding onto the drawn line. Peel freezer paper off.
Shore Up Your Scallops
Knowledgeable Planning • Scallop size refers to the distance between two V points (width), not the height of the scallop.
• Small scallops are appropriate on small quilts and large scallops are appropriate on large quilts.
• The shallower and wider a scallop, the easier it is to pivot at the inside points for a smooth finish.
• Plates and bowls make good templates for scallop shapes.
• All quilting should be done before shaping the borders.
Edge Preparation • Border trimming should be done after the binding is attached at topside of quilt.
• Basted edges help keep the three layers in place while creating scallop edges.
• A bias binding is a must for binding scalloped or curved edges.
• A narrow bias binding results in a smooth binding.
• Binding clips help secure binding for stitching. • Work from corners inward when marking, leaving necessary adjustments at border’s midpoint.
Finishing Touches • Iron the binding back over the seam. This will make it easier to sew the binding to the back.
• Make sure joining seams in the binding is not close to the concave curve point.
• The binding should cover the stitching line on the back.
• Stitches should not go through all the layers; they should not show on the quilt top.