Adjustable Template For Elegant Scalloped Borders
|May 12, 2003||in Product Reviews|
A review of
from EZ Quilting
Are you bored with putting plain borders without much personality on your quilts? If you are, but you aren’t ready to commit to a lot more work to finish the quilt with a pieced border, then I’ve found a solution for you that is easy and quick.
EZ Quilting’s Easy Scallop template set makes it easy to make scalloped borders for your quilts. It adjusts to make scallop sizes from four to twelve inches across.
EZ Quilting’s clever design for this tool keeps you from having to buy and store several sizes of templates. The Easy Scallop comes as two pairs of piece-of-pie-shaped templates, a large pair and a small one. The large pair makes scallops from seven to twelve inches. The small ones go from four to seven inches.
To mark a scallop of a particular size, just slip the tab you’ll find on the edge of one template piece into the slit marked with the size you want on the other template piece. The two pieces together now form a piece-of-pie-shaped scallop of the size you selected. After marking the scallop edges, quilt as usual, trim to shape, and bind with a bias binding.
The Easy Scallop instructions have pictures for measuring, marking, and binding in only eight steps. Is it really that easy? Yes and no. It depends a lot on how many scallops you want.
If you know the number of scallops you want on each side, it is easy. Just divide the length of the side by the number of scallops to get the scallop size, then round to the nearest 1/4 inch. That’s it! You’re ready to scallop.
Same Scallop Size On All Sides
Unfortunately, I didn’t know how many scallops I wanted. But I did know that I wanted the scallops to be the same size on all four sides of the quilt. So to find the scallop size that would give me a whole number of scallops (no partial scallops!) on each side of my quilt, I made a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
In Column A, I put all possible scallop sizes, from four inches to 12 inches, in half-inch increments. Those numbers became my divisors.
Next, I measured the length of the quilt from edge to edge, through the center the long way. I put formulas calculating that quilt side length divided by each possible scallop size in Column B.
I also measured the quilt width and put formulas calculating the width divided by each possible scallop size in Column C.
Then I looked down Columns B and C for a pair of numbers that were as close to whole numbers (no fractions) as I could get. Whatever scallop size came closest to dividing evenly into both my quilt length and my quilt width was the scallop size I would use.
If having same-sized scallops on the sides and on the head and foot doesn’t matter, you won’t have to go through this. And if you want the same size all around but don’t feel comfortable using spreadsheet programs, you can do the same thing on a piece of paper.
Binding The Quilt
The rest of the Easy Scallop instructions are easy to follow. They tell you how to cut and iron a 1/4″ binding for the edge. Making the binding according to the instructions gives you only one layer of fabric that actually wraps around the edge. The binding looks like double-fold bias tape.
If you don’t like that method, you can use your favorite method for making the binding. But you should still follow the Easy Scallop instructions for applying the binding. And to make things even easier, you can purchase Wright’s pre-folded bias tape at any fabric store.
The only problem I had with Easy Scallop was dropping the templates on the floor. They are made of light-weight template plastic. If I had threads on the floor (though I’m sure none of you do), I found it nearly impossible to see the templates. I resolved this issue by putting big gold stickers on each piece. Now I can see them easily.
Even counting the time I used to make the spreadsheet, it really only took me a few minutes to determine the scallop size for my quilt. Marking the quilt border was easy. And making bias binding doesn’t really take any more time than straight binding. But it does take a little longer to sew on the scalloped binding because of the pivots where two scallops meet.
The look you get from this little extra work makes your quilts more distinctive and attractive. This is the next step in improving your quilts.
Where To Buy: Easy Scallop