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June Tailor Fancy Frame Ruler Open Printer Friendly Version

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Fancy Frame™

This innovative tool allows you to create unique decorative quilt borders. With the wide slots of the Fancy Frame™ ruler plan and mark your border using an extra-fine marking pen or mechanical pencil. Then cut with a rotary cutter for complete accuracy and ease. The teardrop shapes of the ruler allow for cutting perfect points. Follow these simple instructions to create the borders pictured on your ruler.

Scallop Border

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1. Begin by cutting the four points in the corners of your quilt. Mark a 45° angle in all four corners of your quilt border.

2. Select the size scallop you would like to use. With short straight edge of ruler running parallel to the raw edge of quilt border, and end point of chosen scallop on 45° marking, place ruler with scallop inverted close to raw edge of fabric. Mark or cut one scallop.

3. Using the same size scallop, repeat process for adjacent scallop to form a point in the corner of your quilt.

4. Repeat steps for remaining three corners.

5. Once all corners have been marked or cut, measure the distance between the end of the scallops you've marked or cut. Using this measurement, determine the size and number of scallops needed to complete the side of quilt.

6. Locate and mark the center of the side of your quilt border. If the number of scallops needed is an odd number, position the desired scallop size (with scallops toward raw edge) aligning the scallop's center marking on the border's center marking. If the number of scallops needed is an even number, position the desired scallop size with the ruler's "0" marking on the border's center marking. Mark or cut scallops to corners meeting up with the corner scallop.

7. Repeat for remaining three sides.

Double Scallop

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1. Mark a 45° angle in all four corners of your quilt border.Mark a point on each angle line 1 3/4" in from raw edges. This allows for the curve of the scallop.

2. Measure the length of your sides from point to point to determine which two sizes and the number of scallops that are needed to complete the side. In order to alternate two sizes of scallops, you must have an odd number of one size scallop and an even number of the other size scallop.

3. Locate and mark the center of the side of your quilt border.

4. Position the size scallop for which you need an odd number with center marking of scallop on center marking of quilt border. Note that the Fancy Frame ruler has alignment markings (lines parallel to the scallop tops) for use when different sized scallops are combined. When 9” scallops are used, place scallop edges 1/8” from raw edge of quilt border. Align all other size scallops with ruler marking above desired scallop size on quilt border. This will assure that scallop end points of different sizes meet concisely.

5. Mark or cut scallops, alternating sizes along border edge to 45° markings.

6. Repeat for remaining three sides.

Wave and Scallop

1. Mark a 45° angle in all four corners of your quilt border.

2. Locate and mark center of each side of your quilt border.

3. Position wavy edge of Fancy Frame ruler with “0” marking on center of border with ruler edge approximately 1 1/2” from raw edge. Mark or cut wave across entire side of quilt border.

4. Repeat process for remaining three sides.

5. For corners, select scallop size and position 45° marking of ruler on 45° corner marking on quilt with scallop facing raw edge of border. Mark or cut scallop from angle to wavy edge. Flip ruler. With same 45° ruler marking on corner quilt marking, mark or cut balance of corner arc.

6. Repeat for remaining three corners.

Wave and Scallop

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1. Mark a 45° angle in all four corners of your quilt border.

2. Locate and mark center of each side of your quilt border.

3. Position wavy edge of Fancy Frame™ ruler with "0" marking on center of border with ruler edge approximately 1 1/2” from raw edge. Mark or cut wave across entire side of quilt border.

4. Repeat for remaining three sides.

5. Select scallop size and position, inverted to corner, with center scallop marking on 45° marking of border. Mark or cut scallop.

6. Repeat for remaining three corners.

 

Tips for binding your Fancy Frame bordered quilt

Bias Binding:
Use 2 ½” wide bias binding. Fold binding in half, press using spray starch. Pin to quilt top matching raw edges. Machine stitch layers together with ¼” seam. Flip binding to back and hand stitch in place.

Binding on round corners:
Do not stretch the binding or clip in the seams, simply ease the binding around the curve and the corner will lay flat when done.

Binding on point:
Use a folded mitered corner application.

Binding on scalloped edge:
When working with curves, always baste the three layers of the quilt together ¼” inch from the edge with your walking foot to prevent your quilt layers from slipping when attaching your binding.

Pin binding around one curve at a time. Start in-between the inside corner and top of curve. Do not stretch binding as you position it around curve; simply ease in any fullness. Use a pin to mark the inside corner. Stop stitching at inside corner point where marked, leaving needle in fabric. Raise presser foot. Turn your binding so it is ready to stitch on next scallop. Pivot the quilt, lower presser foot and stitch on next scallop about an inch, then stop and pin the binding to the next scallop Repeat until binding is attached.

Turn binding to the back of the quilt one scallop at a time. When you get to the inside corner, turn one side of the corner to the back and pin it on the back. As you turn the second side of the corner, a tuck forms a folded miter. The deepest part of the tuck will be at the outer edge of the binding. As the binding turns to the back of the quilt, the fold will taper to lie flat along the sewing line.