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    Default hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    I have never done a scalloped border but want to try it on the one I am making, since I already have the QIAD scallop ruler. All the instructions and videos I find say to cut the scallops into the edge of your border after the quilting is all done. I am not that far yet, have finished quilting about 3/4 of the center and have not marked or quilted the borders yet, but the borders are attached. If I hand quilt the borders before scalloping the edges, won't there be a danger of trimming off the quilting part, thus increasing the chance that the quilting will start coming loose? What I would like to do is scallop the edges and attach the bias binding first, and then quilt that part last. If you have done this would you please explain what order you did yours in so I don't mess this up. Thanks

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    Mark your scallops first, then quilt within your lines. When you are done quilting, sew your binding on, using your marked line as your sewing line, then cut the scallops.
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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    Yep. That. ^^^

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    Okay that makes alot of sense. But isn't it easier to attach the binding to the cut edge instead of trying to keep it on the drawn line and cutting after the binding is attached? Is there some reason you don't cut it first? Sorry to ask so many questions, I have never done this before so am trying to anticipate in my head any problems I might run into.

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    It is MUCH easier to sew on the un-cut edge. It has more stability, especially when in the inner corners.

    The drawn line is just as easy to use as a guide as a raw edge.

    I love scalloped and sculpted edges!
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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    It's personal preference whether to cut the scallops before or after applying the binding. I'm from the "cut the scallops first" group like Jenny. I do agree that if you are hand quilting you should mark the scallops first and hand quilt inside the markings so you don't cut any of your hand quilting.

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    If you cut first, you tend to get some "warp and flutter".

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    I've seen it done both ways (cut before attaching binding and cutting after attaching binding), I've only tried it with the 'cutting first' method, and I didn't find it too difficult. I agree with marking your scallops and just quilting within the lines.

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    Glue baste the binding on the drawn line then sew, then cut. Be sure to stitch straight across the inside point of the curve about two stitches. This should make it easier to turn the binding nicely.

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    Default Re: hand quilters, question about scalloped border

    I like to cut first to I feel like I can better control points without extra fabric in the way

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