In our last episode, I was tearing my hair out trying to draw a scalloped border for the unnamed quilt. This exercise really illustrates how math-challenged I am, because this is obviously a math test.
I dug around in my bookcase and came up with Patti Anderson’s EQ5 Drawing book. Guess what? It has a chapter on scalloped borders. And I had flagged it with a sticky note, no less! Sheesh!
I knew I could count on Patti to come up with a solution, and this is a very good reason not to trash/give away those older books when you upgrade to a new version. The new books are not necessarily a re-hash of the stuff that’s in the old ones.
So I began by following Patti’s instructions to a “T” except for changing the size of my block. Hers was sized for a 12″ quilt center and my center is 54″. This took a little effort and required me to get out my proportion wheel leftover from my desktop publishing days. Because of the miter, you can’t just make your block the same length as the quilt center. For Patti, the 12″ center required a 16″ block. My center required a 72″ block. The extended length also required a little compromise because the largest graph paper grid is 48 and 72 would have been real nice. So I basically had to do without the graph paper.
Patti offered 2 types of blocks. One is drawn the full length of one side. The other is drawn to divide the length into 2 blocks, the one with the miter and one with straight sides which connect the two miter blocks together. As she says, the second method is more versatile and after all the futzing I’ve been doing, I’d have to agree. But the second method introduces more scallops than I want, so I stuck with the first.
So I went back to the book and made a test of Patti’s 12″ quilt, just to see if I could at least recreate that. If not, then I should hang up my EQ badge, right?
These corner arcs are exactly what I was trying to achieve before! (Even though I double- and triple-checked the measurements, there is the one miter in the upper left corner that doesn’t match. All I can figure is it’s a display problem. I rebooted Windows just to see if that changed anything and it didn’t.)
Ok, so now I know that I should be able to make those miters line up. I went back to my proportion wheel and determined that Patti’s 12″ center is 400% of her 3″ border width. (Yes I know, that’s just basic math.) With that in mind, I dialed in my 54″ center and checked to see what size border I should be using at 400%. 13.5? Well, doesn’t that seem a little excessive? When I resized my border to 13.5, the miters were way off. So apparently, that’s not the right math principle to use (I told you this is a test.) I then reduced my border width an inch at a time until I got to 7″. And then went up and down with the arrow keys between 6″ and 7″. This is about as close as I can get and it’s obviously not perfect, but at least it gives me an idea of what the unnamed quilt should look like. And I like it!