by Mary Beth Krapil
I had the fun of attending the American Quilter’s Society show in Daytona Beach a couple of weeks ago. It was a wonderful show with great vendors and spectacular quilts and of course the location speaks for itself. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to be in sunny Florida at the beginning of February? I got to see this every morning.
As I walked through the quilts I began to notice something that many of the quilts had in common. So many had unique edge finishes. I took pictures so that I could share them with you. I want you to be on the cutting edge in the quilt world, right along with me!
This first one is something I had never seen before. So edgy! Those jagged edges are what started me looking at the edge finishes of other quilts in the show.
Black Pearl by Aline Bugarin and Natasha Bugarin of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The next quilt had a bit more subtle edginess, with beautiful beaded piping and prairie points.
Into the Westward Sun by Bethanne Nemesh of Allentown,PA
Some of the quilts had curved, rather than straight edges. This one had a beautifully graceful curved bottom. And I love striped bindings!
Drama Queen by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, MN quilted by Marilyn Badger
This lovely wholecloth features elegant curves with beaded piping.
Just Ruffling Some Feathers by Gina Boone of Yadkinville, NC
Curvy edges with curved insets behind the curves, piping and embroidery; just Wow!
Champagne SuperNova by Marilyn Badger of St. George, UT
Best of Show winner had a beaded curved edge with colorful fabric curves added in between for good measure.
Fleur de Glace by Collette Dumont of Saint-Romain, Quebec, Canada
Quilted curvy clamshells with beaded points in between really make a fabulous edge.
Taking the Unmapped Road by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME
More little clamshells with adorable plaid binding and a cute little applique on each one.
Garden Variety Sampler by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS
This quilter used delicate lace to create the curved edge.
A Visit To Nana’s Attic by Pay Delaney of Abington, MA
Adding a decorative element to the edge to create interest is a great idea. Here is a fringe effect (a bit hard to see the black fringe against the black drape).
Whim Sea by Catherine M. Dossman of Belton, TX
Some quilts had straight edges, but gave the illusion of curves. This one used a scalloped binding with the wonderful detail of those tiny little flowers.
Hawaiian Improv by Cheryl L. See of Winchester, VA
This one used a cool fabric that created the illusion of curves when the sides were actually straight. Genius!
Broken / Beautifully by Amy Allen of Honaunau, HI
Back to curves, this quilt was the curviest edge I saw!
Picatso: The Artist At Play by Nikki Hill of St. Augustine, FL
I hope this inspires you to get a little more edgy with your next quilt finish.
Or inspires you to go to a show and find a theme that catches your eye. If you do, please share!