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    How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

    Dear Wise Oldies ,
    I'm using EB's scallop/vine template and Jenny's tut to scallop a queen quilt. I checked another source for length of binding for a queen with straight sides. I don't know how to translate that length to a scalloped edge. I was thinking I should add about a third more length? I'm making my own binding on the bias (with Jenny's tut and the EZ binding tool) and need to buy more yardage and get this done when it goes to the Long armer this week. My finished quilt will be about 94 X 98 - give or take but only scallops on 3 sides. Does anyone have a chart for scallops or ideas of how to figure this - or do I just make a bunch and then add to it as I go? Thanks so much!
    Love,
    Newbie Lilly

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    Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

    I'd take a measuring tape and figure out the length of the edge of each scallop, multiply by the number of scallops on your quilt, then add the length of the straight side. Add at least two feet (or more?) for leeway, corners, etc.

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      #3
      Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

      I think figuring how much for each scallop, then multiplying by the number of scallops is a good idea.

      By the way - you haven't cut the scallops yet, have you?? Please say no....

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        #4
        Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

        I just add half a side extra, of one edge is longer, I add half of the longer edge. I always seem to have a lot left over, but I'd rather have it too long than too short!

        And I have to agree with Peggi, don't cut the scallops first! Sew the binding on, THEN cut the scallops!
        Cathryn

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          #5
          Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

          According to the Robert Kaufman binding calculator bias is the same yardage as straight.

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            #6
            Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

            Originally posted by Cat n bull View Post
            I just add half a side extra, of one edge is longer, I add half of the longer edge. I always seem to have a lot left over, but I'd rather have it too long than too short!

            And I have to agree with Peggi, don't cut the scallops first! Sew the binding on, THEN cut the scallops!
            How do you sew binding on before cutting? And why?
            "Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it"
            Hillary Clinton

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              #7
              Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

              Originally posted by Marta View Post
              How do you sew binding on before cutting? And why?
              Great question Marta!
              Thanks everyone but I too don't know how to sew it on before cutting. I was just going to follow Jenny's method.
              And Peggi, no I haven't cut the scallops - I'm just going to mark the scallops and send it to the long armer so she knows what I'm doing, like Jenny said. I was just trying to figure out the yardage for the binding so when I run errands in the next few days I can pick up the material and start making it. I really really want to finish this up - Jim keeps asking about it so hopefully he'll like the surprise on his BD on May 14.

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                #8
                Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                Well, I was referring to not cutting the scallops until after the quilt was quilted. When I made my quilt, I didn't have any problems attaching the binding to the scallops after I'd cut them. But perhaps the other poster found it easier to attach the binding, then cut the scallops.

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                  #9
                  Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                  I don't see how it's possible to put the binding on first and then cut the scallops. Or does that mean just the straight edge being attached to the body of the quilt?
                  🌺 Lorie

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                    #10
                    Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                    When I recently bound a scalloped border on a Queen quilt I used a 38" square of fabric to cut my bias binding that was cut 2 1/4" wide. I had plenty for my quilt and oodles left over for a table runner or three!
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                    Scottie Mom Barb

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                      #11
                      Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                      Re putting the binding on before you cut the scallops - I think they mean line your raw edge of the binding with your marked line and sew it down, THEN cut the excess quilt away before you turn the binding to the other side and sew it down. I don't know why they say to do it this way. I'm working on a scalloped edge quilt (my first) too and would also love to know why you cut it after. Anyone?
                      ;)Nancy

                      I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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                        #12
                        Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                        Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                        I don't see how it's possible to put the binding on first and then cut the scallops. Or does that mean just the straight edge being attached to the body of the quilt?
                        Draw your scallops on to your quilt then stitch the binding on as if the drawn edge was a cut edge. Once stitched, you can then cut the scallops to this edge. Turn binding over as normal and slip stitch to the back. Hope this helps.

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                          #13
                          Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                          Originally posted by Loonwatcher View Post
                          Re putting the binding on before you cut the scallops - I think they mean line your raw edge of the binding with your marked line and sew it down, THEN cut the excess quilt away before you turn the binding to the other side and sew it down. I don't know why they say to do it this way. I'm working on a scalloped edge quilt (my first) too and would also love to know why you cut it after. Anyone?
                          I think that if you cut it first, you would be sewing the curve on the bias and it could end up wobbly.

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                            #14
                            Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                            Thanks for clearing that up. I would still be inclined to cut the scallops first (after quilting) and use a bias cut binding. I'm looking forward to using my template, but don't have the right project for it yet. Maybe for a baby quilt Dresden.
                            🌺 Lorie

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                              #15
                              Re: How to figure yardage for binding on scallops

                              Sorry, I was gone most of the day.

                              And yes to marking your scallops, (or whatever shape edge you want) sew your binding using that drawn line as your guide, THEN cut the shapes out, turn the binding to the back and stitch down. It makes for a much more stable edge to sew the binding to, and keeps your shapes from distorting as you sew the binding down.

                              If you are going to have ANY kind of curved edge, you need to use bias binding strips.
                              Cathryn

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