Scalloped Quilt Edge

It’s not that a plain old binding won’t do. Or maybe it is! But when it came to finishing my quilt about time, a binding just didn’t seem like the right choice. I wanted the royal blue fabric frame to be the essential outside edge, with just enough black background fabric to support the appliqué that appears to twist over and under it. A binding felt like an interruption.

I had (just) enough excess black background fabric to turn it over to the back. I measured the quilt and marked the outside edge with white chalk, then basted the marked line using red thread.

I folded the black background fabric back along the basted line so that I could trim away the excess batting and backing fabric. Yes, this was terrifying.

Then I hand sewed 1/4″-wide ribbon along the cut edges to stabilize them.

The black fabric was then turned to the back and hand-stitched to the backing fabric. Now I could go back and finish the micro-stipple quilting. But I knew I couldn’t quilt right to the very edge, so should I leave a 1/4-inch straight line? What if I quilted a scalloped line, like the flower of life motif I had used as a background fill?

Pretty hard to see, isn’t it? What if I tied black embroidery floss around each scallop…

… and pulled it tight?

And that is how the quilt ended up with a scalloped outside edge.

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  1. Martha O. says:

    Absolutely love this finish!

  2. Joanne E Rodriguez says:


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