How to Make a Scalloped Edge on a Quilt


Hi, itís Jenny from, the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Weíve got a fun tutorial for you today. This is one thatís been asked for
and asked for and weíre going to teach you how to do the scallop edging on the edge of
a quilt. This is the ruler I use. There are lots of rulers out there. Theyíre all probably
fine. This is just the one I use. We have it available here in the shop itís from Quilt
In A Day. What I like about it is it can help you do
vines, the wavy border, or the scallops. So, itís three different uses. OK the first thing
weíre going to do is measure our quilt. We have this darling little quilt. This is made
with three Charm Packs from Rural JardÌn. I hope I said that right Iím not French
you know, but this is adorable quilt, we have a small border on it and weíre going to scallop
the edges. So, when you open up this ruler, you get a little book inside, and the book
is really helpful because it gives you all kinds of information and tells you exactly
how to do it. It just takes you through it step by step, and so, weíre going to go over
here to the part on the scalloping and this is the table that you use. So, the first thing we do is we measure our
quilt. This quilt measures 60î by 52î. The next thing it tells you to do is subtract
4î from each measurement, and you donít have to remember that because itís in the
book. So, when you get your new measurement which 60î from 4î is 56î you just go down
the side of this table right here when you get to 56î it tells me that I can do seven
8î scallops. So itís like set out for you so it makes it really easy. Now let me show
you how we mark that. The first thing youíre going to do now is
youíre going to draw a diagonal line on your corners, and you just
do this from the corner to the edge of your block youíre going to draw a diagonal line.
I just go ahead and do it in pencil. Thereís your line right there, and you do that on
all the corners. Then youíre going to take your scalloping template, and right here you
can see it says scallop, line up with the edge of the quilt. So you put this line right on the very edge
of your quilt. Now remember it said we were going to have 8î scallops so what Iím going
to do is Iím going to put a little piece of, this is a post it note but you can use
painters tape to help me remember where my 8î scallops are. Right there, and then weíre going to put
this corner of this 8î here even it on the top, and then right to the edge of this scallop.
What this is going to do is give you that nice curve for the corner. So,
then weíre going to go along here and you can mark it with a pencil or you can pin it
every 8î. I like to do this before I draw it out to make sure that it fits. If thereís
any discrepancy in your placement itís easiest to come in from the edges and make up that
little difference middle. So, weíre just going to pin along here on
the eights and see how it works out here. There we go. Alright, so thereís another
one, pretty sure this is going to go all the way over to the edge. Going to grab some pins
here. Alright here we go, is our next one, and see how we just use that little edging
of that tape on there, and whatís so easy is that it just tells you in the book how
many you need. You donít have to figure it out. You know, I used to use a half of a
plate, or a cup, but you just never know if thatís going to work out perfectly, and this
just works out perfectly. So, there we are at the eight and see how
it just comes right to the edge of, this is our corner again. Got to line it up here on
the top. Donít forget that. And itís going to go, right there. So, now what weíre going
to do is we go back. Because we know this is going to fit, weíre going to go back like
this, and weíre going to line it up again using our pin marks, and our edge marks and
weíre going to draw in that line. Remember you do this all after your quilt is quilted
and ready to go. Then weíre going to draw this all along here and see how that scallop
is taking place now. Make sure your line stays lined up on the edge, and this is the only,
or one of the few edges that you actually really need a bias binding for, because when
it goes around the curve you need that bias. So that it can bend and it doesnít have the
folds in it. Itíll just lay really easily. Alright, weíve got the whole side done here,
and weíre over to our diagonal line. Then weíre going to come around this corner and
weíre still keeping our line even with the top weíre going to come around the corner
and weíre going line it up with this, Iím going to take that off right here, see where
this line is? We move this so that the 8î is right there matched with that line, pull
this up, there we go. You just got to get those lines right, you want to have a nice
corner, and then you can draw it in. Then, now before you want to go down this
line you want to do the same thing and mark your 8î all the way along here. For the use
of this weíre going to go ahead and trim this out and show you how that looks. So,
we just finished all the tracing and as you noticed I used a regular number two charcoal
pencil not generally the best thing to use on your fabric but it shows up well for the
camera, but I wanted to show you some of the things we have available at the shop. Weíve got some great marking pencils. This
is one of those fun ones that you can carry that has the different leads, and these kind
of things. These are generally better they wash out very well and very quickly, but we
needed to show it for the camera. So now weíre going to trim it out, and this is sometimes
a scary thing for people because youíre trimming on your finished quilt, but itís necessary.
So, we just come right along this line right here, and weíre just going to trim this out
right to the edges, and you can see the scallop taking shape. Isnít this going to be darling!
Once you know the size of those scallops you can just go ahead and mark all the way around. OK, so weíre going to finish cutting this
and Iíll show you how to put on that bias binding. OK, so here we are at the corner and weíre
just going to go ahead and trim right around this corner here. The middle of your scallop
should hit this diagonal line and if it has a little bit of a peak you just want to round
that off so you have a nice corner. Let me turn this, so I can get to it with my left
hand there. Weíre just going to come right around there, you clip up to those edges.
There we go, keep going all the way around till itís all trimmed. OK, so we made this binding using the continuous
binding method for the bias. Weíve ironed it in half. Itís just a 2 Ωî strip and
we ironed it in half and I like to start my binding on a scalloped edge, someplace inconspicuous,
so I wouldnít start on the corner, but Iíd start it kind of in the middle here and you
just put it on like normal. So weíre going to slide it under this foot,
and because the bias binding has a pull to it, it moves a little easier, you can just
move it around these curves, and I just want to show you, I donít do any tucking on these
curves. What I do is I get down here, I kind of let my needle be in the down position,
I lift up my foot and Iím going to turn the whole quilt and then just pull that bias around
it. So, I donít do any tucking or anything like that. Weíre going to
go around this.