Scalloped BorderTuesday, March 9, 2010
Today I'm cutting a scalloped border...perfect time to share my technique with you. The quilt must be quilted before cutting the scallop....otherwise it would stretch all over the place. Not a very good look. I ask my husband to draft the circular pattern for me. I then print many copies until I have enough for one length. The pattern is drafted for the top size before quilting. This top is 88" x 88". So I'm using a 8" scallop.
Of course quilting takes up a bit of fabric. So my border measures smaller than before the quilting. Look at the bottom of the top picture. Do you see the template is longer than the quilt?
To adjust the template, I make small folds. I leave the scallop the same size and fold the paper between the scallops where it won't be noticeable.
After a couple of small folds, notice the pattern now fits the border. I tape the fold so the pattern will not move.
The scallop aligns with the edge of the quilt and is pinned in place.
This was really the scary part for me the first time I cut the scallop! But it must be done. After the first one it's easier the next time.
Remove the template and go to the next border. I really like a scalloped edge. The circular pattern of the scallops gives motion and another design element to the quilt top. This quilt top was made using our new line of fabric Garden Party from Moda fabrics. Look for the pattern in our newest book Country Inn which will be released at spring market by the Kansas City Star. Click on the Star's name for more publications.
I went outside to hang up my clothes on the line...and what did I spy? I don't even remember planting these small wonders. I see my phlox awakening under the cover of leaves. Welcome Spring! It's about time.
Even the weeds growing in between the bricks on the patio bloom with minuscule blue flowers.
Hope spring is coming your way too!
Back to work!!!!