Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Scalloped Border

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!!!!

Alma

33 comments:

  1. Another beautiful quilt! I can't wait to see the new book. I've never tried a scalloped edge yet, so your tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing how you do the scallops.

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  2. Alma, Can I borrow your husband to make me a templet? lol Quilt is beautiful !! Thanks for showing us how to do. Now if I could just quilt... lol

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  3. Nice tutorial, makes it look easier to do.
    I would like to try one, so maybe I can do a mini quilt to get the hang of it.

    Debbie

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  4. Thanks for the lesson on scallop borders. I have a quilt or two that call for them but really wasn't looking forward to actually doing it. Now, with your help, I'll give it a try.
    Spring has finally sprung! Yipee!
    Happy Stitching!

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  5. Thank you for the tutorial about the scallops. I've always liked quilts that had the scalloped border so maybe I will try it on my next quilt. I can't wait for your new book, I will be eagerly awaiting it's release!!!

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  6. Thank you for the information about scalloped borders. It looks beautiful on your quilt. Most of all, thank you for the wonderful pictures of spring! I'm so glad it's almost here.

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  7. gorgeous quilt
    esp the quilting

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  8. Oh my GOSH, that is gorgeous!!

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  9. I've never made a scalloped border, but I think I see one looming in my future. I can't take my eyes off of what I can see of the quilt. Can't wait for the book to come out.

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  10. It is a good idea to make a border, I keep it mind !!

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  11. Wow, BEAUTIFUL quilt, can hardly wait to see the entire thing. It will be some time before I try a "Scalloped Border", as I'm a newbie quilter, but I think I might be able to accomplish it. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

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  12. That quilt and the fabric are gorgeous, I'll definitely be looking out for those. I've never done a scalloped border before either - too scared! Super tutorial so I might give it a try...when I get brave enough.

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  13. Oh wow! That's so cool! I had no idea how to make a scallop border! Of course I'm not sure I'm daring enough to try even now. lol! Thanks for the tutorial though. I'm much more likely to try now. I love the quilt!!!! Can't wait for the book!

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  14. Thank-you for doing a tutorial on scalloped borders! You made it look so much easier. I have not tried to do a scalloped border as of yet. I have done prairie points though. I look forward to seeing your new book! :0)

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  15. I have a quilt ready to go to the quilter tomorrow that is supposed to be scalloped...and I was hesitating to go that route (out of fear that I might mess it up) but I think, now that I've seen yours, that I will give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Love the colors in your quilt!

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  17. Oh my...love that quilt and the scalloped edge! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  18. Never done a scalloped border! You make it look so easy hihi! Tks so much for the tutorial and perhaps..one day...hihi! Have a nice day, hugs, Daniëlle

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  19. Wow Alma: another great tip!!! So far my forays into scalloped edges on my quilts have been less than satisfactory - I can hardly wait to try again using your technique. I know it will make it so much easier for me. Thank you so much!
    This quilt is just so lovely.

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  20. You make it look so easy! Thanks for the photo tutorial!!

    Bring on spring!!

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  21. OMG. From what I can see of your new quilt - it is gorgeous. I quickly put in an order for a fat quarter bundle of the fabric plus a few extra for the borders and will try to patiently await your new book. Thanks for all your wonderful designs and patterns.

    Terry in So. Calif.

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  22. Just wanted to say that the quilt is going to be beautiful with the scalloped border. I do a scallop on quite a few of my quilts. I found a few years ago an idea of using adding machine tape..remember that stuff on a roll? I have a master shallow scallop drawn and cut and use this as my template. It can be adjusted much the same way as you do yours by taking ever so tiny tucks in it to adjust for the length needed. I also do not cut my scallop on the quilt itself until I have sewn on the binding. This gives me a bit more of an edge to stabilize while sewing the binding on. I just know that one day my paper template is going to need replacing. Love, love love those scallops. Louise

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  23. I always admire your will to teach others. What a pretty instruction piece to demonstrate with! Praise the Lord Spring is on the way!

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  24. What an exquisite border for a delightful quilt. I love your nature posts too. One always looks for the beauty in all: even the weeds!.

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  25. Alma, I love the new quilt and can't wait for the book. I love how you adjusted the template to adjust. Very cool. Now I can't wait to do a scalloped border! Thanks, Stephanie

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  26. Hi…can you tell me where to purchase the CZ beads for the stocking patterns?
    I searched Treasure Beads online, but didn't come up with anything…
    Best…
    Lee

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  27. Love your website. Just found it. Really like the scallop edge and the ruffle edge also. A lot!

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  29. Sorry, just getting started with this. My comment went up twice so I deleted one. :0( What a goof ball I am. But I DO love to quilt. :0)Maybe I am giddy because it is so sunny here today....? Love to quilt when the sun shines and when it doesn't also. Your quilts are awesome! Thank you

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  30. In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

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  31. A spectacular finish to a beautiful project! I am currently working on your Friends of a Feather quilt for my sisters 60th birthday! Love your designs! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. How did you do the edging? I want to use this on a pillow case I am mkaing with this beautiful rose print.

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  33. Granny on the Go in CaliSeptember 12, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Just found your website. Beautiful Quilt! After the quilt is quilted and you cut the template on the quilt edge, do you sew along the edge to finish it off. Seems like a step is missing in there. I'd love to try it soon!!

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