I have a love/hate relationship with scallops. I love how they make any project just that much more adorable, but I dread doing them. (OK so true confessions, this was only my second time doing a project with scallop edges!)
In fact, when I saw the list of projects that we could choose to sew up, I raised my fist to the sky and said, “Curse you Mari and your adorable scallop edge projects!” (I’m not lying about that. It actually happened.) Mari assured me that it would be fine and that I could do it. (Don’t you just love Mari with her wonderful encouragement? I do.)
I loved the strawberry prints from Berry Fresh collection, but since that had already been done, and I have a more French Country color scheme in my kitchen, I thought the Autumn Bouquet fabric from our new collection Spiced Potpourri would work perfectly. I also used Gathering Twigs Gold for the binding. (I wasn’t about to plan the first batch of Lovely Potholders for someone else; I mean, what if Mari was wrong and it didn’t come out wonderful?)
I quilted the fabric using more of a 60 degree diamond instead of the usual cross hatch, which I think adds just a little touch of something special.
The pattern in Fast, Fun, and More Gifty was easy to follow and the scallops actually turned out really good for a second try! It was a little easier since the project is round. The convex curves aren’t so pronounced.
I love that you can use these as a trivet or as a mitt.
Since it only takes 3 Fat Quarters, and finishes up really fast, it is a perfect gift to give. Now that I know I can do it, it is time for me to dig through my fat quarter stash and pick out some gifts!
Here is my little tip for those trying scallops for the first time- if you have a clear foot, use that. While working on my first project, I tried to use my walking foot and it did not go so great. My binding just wasn’t sewing on evenly. When I switched to my regular foot (which is clear), it was much easier to see the edge of the scallop for a more even binding. The single fold bias binding is also the key to success. It really, really is. It will really give you a nice finish scallop.