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Thread: Looking for scalloped edge inspiration and wisdom

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    Question Looking for scalloped edge inspiration and wisdom

    I'm coordinating a group project quilt -- very simple four patch interspersed with some applique blocks. It's pretty, traditional, and pleasant, so far, but I'm thinking it needs a little something more to punch it up and put it into the wow! category.

    The fabrics are very subdued pastelly pink/blue/green florals, with scrappy cream tone on tones as background. I have a toille with pink design that coordinates with the fabrics well, and which I think will be the border. However, it is a directional print, which is just one more factor to work with. I'd probably feel the need to keep the design consistently oriented (birds in flight, florals, swirly things).

    Anyone have a scalloped edge quilt picture to inspire me? Words of wisdom? How do you decide how big your scallops should be? Is there a formula? Advantages to larger or smaller? The quilt blocks we're working with are small -- 4 inches finished. I was thinking of an 8 or 12 inch scallop (cake plate or dinner plate, roughly) I also realized that I'm unsure how to deal with the corners. Any suggestions?

    Thanks--RST

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    My friend Cindi made this pretty quilt - not exactly scalloped, but it's another option. She used EQ to figure out the size and layout of the border. Do you have EQ? That would be a great place to test out different options!

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    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor.../2011/05/2509/ (the finished quilt)
    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor.../09/i-love-eq/ (details about the border)

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    in a 'Endless Borders' class we used freezer paper... some of us used a sheet-full length of the quilt, we kept folding it in half till we liked the size of the curve the we cut a half circle.... ironed it on the border and cut the border.. and some used only half or quarter length of the quilt.. but the same process..

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    If you get the Scallops and Waves ruler from Quiltinaday.com it has directions to help you figure out how many scallops and how big, and how to do the corners. Missouri Star has a video on using this ruler. It is marked like a ruler so you can use it for any size scallops or waves.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIHhTxTpMQ0
    Here is the video. You can also get the ruler at Joanns.

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    Linda Franz has kindly made her instructions for scallops available at:
    http://lindafranz.com/galleries/my-dear-jane/22
    Click on "THE FAMOUS SCALLOPS" near the bottom of that page.
    Bev in TX

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    Here are a couple of quick snaps of a WIP which sounds similar to what you are working on. Rather than using scallops, I decided to go with a tie-up flounce. I just tossed it over the quilt frame to get the shots - the stripes are the border, the outer most pink will be the backing. It's in the to be quilted pile. Getting the gathers around the corners was a bit of a challenge, mathematically, but it worked out OK. I have no intended use for the quilt when it is finished, just something fun to make. I'm sure the right occasion will come along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat View Post
    Here are a couple of quick snaps of a WIP which sounds similar to what you are working on. Rather than using scallops, I decided to go with a tie-up flounce. I just tossed it over the quilt frame to get the shots - the stripes are the border, the outer most pink will be the backing. It's in the to be quilted pile. Getting the gathers around the corners was a bit of a challenge, mathematically, but it worked out OK. I have no intended use for the quilt when it is finished, just something fun to make. I'm sure the right occasion will come along.
    i love the look of this flounce... unique and beautiful!
    Nancy in western NY

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    Thanks for the link. Some great information there besides the scalloped border.
    unclefreckles' Grandma

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    Here's one I did. I used a dinner plate to draw my scallops. http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...94495901BClupi
    psumom

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